It was simply assumed that, when Josh Collmentor was replaced in the Diamondbacks rotation, it would be either Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs who got brought up. It was a fair thought, but at the end of the day it turns out it just isn’t going to be the case. Instead, it is Patrick Corbin who will be getting the call and take the ball in place of Collmentor on Monday.
Obviously, with the majority of the focus going towards the other two pitchers, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Corbin:
- 22-years old
- Left-handed pitcher
- Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft (80th overall)
- Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels (along with Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez and Tyler Skaggs) in exchange for Dan Haren
- Was solid at Double-A in 2011, going 9-8 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 142 K over 160.1 innings
- Led Southern League in strikeouts in ’11 (second was Dan Merklinger with 133, though Matt Moore did have 131 in just 102.1 innings) and innings pitched (Joseph O’Gara was second with 158.1)
- One of only seven pitchers in the Southern League to throw a shutout in 2011 (Matt Moore was also included in that group)
- In 2011 set the Mobile BayBears franchise record with 27.1 consecutive shutout innings
- Was the Southern League Pitcher of the Week three times in ’11 (only pitcher to win more than once) and was named to the All-Star Team
- Got off to a hot start in a repeat performance at Double-A in 2012, going 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 25 K over 27.0 innings (though he has posted an 83.9% strand rate)
- Solid control, with a minor league career BB/9 of 2.28
- According to Baseball America he “experienced a bump in fastball velocity in 2011. His heater now ranges from 89-94 mph and usually operates at 90-92” and also has a pair of “secondary pitches have the potential to become plus offerings, with his changeup more consistent than his late-breaking slider”.
- Mlb.com described him as a “strike-thrower who keeps the ball down in the zone and generates groundouts”.
- Neither Baseball America or mlb.com included him among the Top 100 prospects heading into the system
He clearly doesn’t have the same upside as Bauer or Skaggs and may not be long for the rotation in 2012. Long-term he figures to be a mid-to-late rotation option, but you would think that, sooner or later, the Diamondbacks will turn to one of their future stud options.
Does that make Corbin a pitcher that should be ignored? No, because while he’s in the rotation he could certainly prove to be usable for those in deeper formats with a solid strikeout rate and good control. Just don’t bank on him being a usable option for the long-term.