Spring Takeaways From This Weekend’s Games
has pitched really well so far this spring. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Randall Delgado is Pitching Well
Randall Delgado is one of many pitchers fighting for a rotation spot, and in his first spring start last Friday against the Athletics he pitched two scoreless innings, and had the best day of any Diamondbacks pitcher.
Like with any of the pitchers fighting for a rotation spot, if Delgado continues to pitch well, he might force the coaching staff to put him in the rotation. That is why this year’s camp is being treated seriously by everyone in sedona red.
Since coming over in the Justin Upton deal, Delgado has been really inconsistent, which is why I think his time as a starter at least in a Diamondbacks uniform is done. Plus, his splits as a starter and as a reliever are drastic.
In 16.1 innings pitched as a starter he complied a 6.61 ERA, and a .352 opponents batting average. He was moved to the bullpen in the long relief role, and the results were much better. He had a 4.40 ERA, and a .200 opponents batting average.
To me, Delgado is better in long relief, but Chip Hale is going to take the five best pitchers to be in the rotation, and if Delgado is one of those five, than he should get a chance to be in the rotation again.
If Delgado fails to make the rotation, and the Diamondbacks don’t want him in the pen, he could be moved because he doesn’t have any minor-league options left.