Diamondbacks News

Arizona Diamondbacks: Several relievers on the bubble

By Mark Brown
Mar 9, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Dominican Republic pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) throws a pitch in the eighth inning against Canada during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. Dominican Republic won 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Dominican Republic pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) throws a pitch in the eighth inning against Canada during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. Dominican Republic won 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
2 of 4

Tom Wilhelmsen last season with Seattle (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

The case for Tom Wilhelmsen

Signed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, Tom Wilhelmsen could emerge as the Diamondback’s setup reliever. That would be in place of Barrett and Wilhelmsen has done nothing to embarrass his chances.

Should Barrett return to the bullpen, Wilhelmsen would likely stick around as a sixth or seventh inning reliever.

In his first seven appearances in spring games, Wilhelmsen, who played parts of six seasons with Seattle and Texas, allowed one earned and sported a 1.23 ERA.

One issue with Wilhelmsen could be physical. The 33-year-old native of Tucson went on the disabled list last Sept. 10 with sciatic nerve irritation but has demonstrated no signs of that injury this spring.

Should Barrett return to the bullpen, Wilhelmsen would likely stick around as a sixth or seventh inning reliever. At any rate, Wilhelmsen has pitched well enough this spring and combined with his experience of 317 major league games coming into this season, makes him a strong candidate to break camp as one of the 25-man, opening day roster.

facebooktwitterreddit