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Josh Collmenter to Start Opening Day 2015

By Chris Jackson

Prepare yourself, Diamondbacks’ fans, because outside of Josh Collmenter, the starting rotation looks very weak for the upcoming MLB season.

In December, Jack Magruder announced via Twitter that Collmenter would get the opening day nod in 2015, with Rubby De LaRosa, Jeremy Hellickson, and Allen Webster to follow. The 5th spot will be decided coming out of Spring Training, with any number of candidates vying for the position.

Collmenter has been in “the bigs” since 2011 now, jumping around from starter to relief pitcher on any given day. Although Josh has amassed 141 appearances in his career, only 63 of those are starts. Collmenter has a solid career line of 31-27, 516.0IP, 3.43ERA, and a 1.15WHIP.

I have to admit that early last season I was amongst those against Collmenter playing the role of starting pitcher, as historically he had struggled there. Needless to say, by the end of 2014, you could’ve colored me impressed. The Tomahawk went 11-9 in 28GS with a 3.46ERA and a 1.13WHIP. In Josh’s 33 appearances last season, his 11 wins accounted for 17% of Arizona’s win total of 68 games.

Without Corbin and Arroyo until at least the All Star Break in 2015, Collmenter will again have to be the Diamondbacks’ workhorse.

Look for more information regarding the Diamondbacks pitching staff as this week progresses – including a rehab check-in on Corbin, Arroyo, and Hernandez.