Nearing the end of September, who are the best Dbacks call-ups ever?
By Jake Oliver
Dbacks Best September Call ups 2010-14′
2010 Zach Kroenke and Konrad Schmidt
Two rather unmemorable players who had short stints with the team. Zach pitched in parts of two seasons, 10′ and 11′, while not being able to truly establish himself. He ended up pitching in multiple leagues until he finished his career in 2015. He is from Omaha, Nebraska. Currently, Zach is a nurse in Kansas. Meanwhile, Konrad was a catcher very briefly in two seasons with the Diamondbacks. Those years being 2010 and 2012 were his only action in the bigs. He retired following the 2013 season and being stuck in the Minors. Konrad was inducted into the Aces Hall of Fame and works as a color commentator for Aces games.
2011 Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook
Coincidentally enough, after both these guys made their debuts in 2011, they were traded together with other players to the Oakland Athletics for Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow. Parker had so much talent that he never got to truly play up to. He only started one game as a Dbacks player and went 5.2 scoreless innings. After that, he played two more seasons in the Majors with the A’s, 12′ and 13′. Due to multiple elbow/arm injuries, he only played until 2015 when he hung up the cleats. It will always be a “what if” as Parker had elite pitching talent. From 2011-13, he pitched 384 innings of 3.68 ERA, 3.93 FIP ball with 275 K’s. He went 25-16. He had two horrendous elbow injuries that just never allowed him to get back to that form again. He’s now an instructor at a Baseball coaching facility in Tennessee. Meanwhile, Ryan Cook, a relief pitcher, pitched in the Majors until 2018. He was an All-Star relief pitcher with the A’s in 2012. He’s currently a free agent.
2012 Adam Eaton
Ah, Adam Eaton, such a throwback. He played until the end of the 2013 season in the desert. In fact, he’s still playing although a free agent currently. He left the Dbacks after being traded to the White Sox in the 3-team trade with the Angels involving Tyler Skaggs and Mark Trumbo. Eaton won the World Series in 2019 with the Nationals. “Spanky” Eaton was missed in the desert soon after the trade and is still appreciated by many Diamondbacks fans. Hopefully, a team gives him a shot soon.
2013 Chris Owings
Now, this is a throwback for those who grew up with the 2017 playoff team. At the time of his debut, he was in the midst of an MVP season in Reno. However, he established himself in the Majors in September of 2013. Since then, Chris has barely seen the minors. He played with Arizona until the 2019 season when he signed with the Royals as a free agent. While in Arizona, he hit 23 triples and 31 HRs despite being a light-hitting middle infielder. After enduring a rough 2019, he signed with the Rockies in 2020. He re-established himself in the MLB with Colorado and is still with them. Although, he’s out for the rest of the season after suffering a finger injury that required surgery. He’s only 30 and should find interest in a cheap deal with a team somewhere. Heal up C.O.!
2014 No One
In the miserable 2014 season, no one debuted in the MLB in September. However, that doesn’t mean that a lot of players who would form the core of the 2017 playoff team didn’t debut. Some of the players who debuted were David Peralta, Nick Ahmed, Jake Lamb, Chase Anderson, and Andrew Chafin. Chase obviously was dealt to the Brewers in a trade for Jean Segura. However, the rest were core players. Jake Lamb made the All-Star team in 2017. He’s now with the Blue Jays helping them fight for a playoff spot. Chafin is with the Athletics having the best season of his career, helping them fight for the playoffs. David Peralta and Nick Ahmed are still with the team and helping mentor the young players through what has been a rough season. The two vets still give it they’re all though and are fan favorites.