Patrick Corbin’s Spring Might Not Have Been Good Enough
Left handed starter Patrick Corbin out lasted top prospect Trevor Bauer, but his immediate path the majors is still very, very cloudy.
Corbin has been among the biggest surprises in D-Backs camp–0.84 ERA, .183 opponents average–but he has a couple of roadblocks in his path to make the majors, causing Kirk Gibson to admit that Corbin is likely to start the season in the minors. Recently acquired Craig Breslow will be the top lefty out of the pen. There are also a couple of slightly more experienced left handed pitchers who seem to have a better shot of making the club. Joe Patterson is a strikeout machine and Mike Zagurski is currently out of minor league options. Although neither has pitched nearly as well as Patrick Corbin, their circumstances would work in their favor and against Corbins’.
Gibson and Kevin Towers have raved about Corbin–with Towers stating that he believed he was ready for the major leagues–but Corbin’s short term destiny appears to be a return to the minor leagues. Additionally, starter Tyler Skaggs wasn’t demoted with Bauer, but he also appears to be an extreme longshot to make the team and the D-Backs as likely just hoping to get him some more major league work before final cuts.
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