Arizona Diamondbacks News: Don’t Overlook Allen Webster
By Joseph Jacquez
If this years battle for the final three rotation spots wasn’t already interesting to all of our readers and Arizona Diamondbacks fans, it sure is now!
Every time a guy seemingly pitches their way out of the competition, they get right back in it with a great outing.
With less than three weeks to go till Opening Night at Chase Field, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale and the rest of the coaching staff don’t have a lot of time remaining to decide who will make up the rest of the starting staff, and with nine guys competing it won’t be easy.
Andrew Chafin and Vidal Nuno were already taken out of the competition, and if you had Allen Webster as a long shot, than you might want to change your mind after want transpired on St. Patrick’s Day during the Dbacks 10-0 win over the Giants.
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The beauty of spring baseball is that I learn something new about my team every game, and yesterday was no different.
Webster struggled during his first two outings, but he was on point on Sunday tossing four shutout innings in relief of starter Josh Collmenter.
The bottom line is that the Diamondbacks need starters that can get ground balls, and during his start yesterday he had a good natural sink, and he was getting a lot of weak contact. He also had great command fanning three and walking none.
It was easily his best outing of the spring. All of the pitchers have shown flashes of greatness and they have all struggled which makes so hard to decide.
According to a report from Nick Piecoro at the Arizona Republic, Hale hinted that Chase Anderson and Trevor Cahill have a great chance to grab two spots, meaning the battle will be about the fifth spot.
At this point Randall Delgado has to be the favorite, but you have to throw in Webster. If he keeps getting a ton of ground balls, he needs to be seriously considered.
Competition brings out the best in everybody, and the more quality and depth this team has in the rotation the better.
Keep an eye on this competition moving forward!