Welcome back to our Touch’em All series. We last left you with our review of the Arizona Diamondbacks hitters and we now turn our focus to their pitching, one of the richest talent pool in baseball. 2012 was a year for several major league debuts by several top pitching prospects and Arizona was no different. These kids pitched well in the minors, but took some lumps at the big league level. One thing is for certain: it won’t be long until the Diamondbacks have a top-notch staff at the major league level for years to come.
AAA Reno Aces
Trevor Bauer, RHP – Age 21 - The 3rd overall pick from the 2011 draft started the season at AA, spent a month in the majors, then settled in at AAA Reno. In 4 starts in his major league debut, Bauer went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA and a 17/13 K/BB rate over 16.1 innings. Meanwhile, he found the competition in the minors to be of little challenge, going 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA and a 157/61 K/BB rate over 130.1 innings. His .319 BABIP at Reno would suggest that he doesn’t rely a lot on luck, and his 3.38 FIP was excellent for the PCL. He shouldn’t have any trouble nailing down a rotation spot with Arizona in 2013.
Tyler Skaggs, LHP – Age 21 - The 40th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Skaggs was a key part of the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels in 2010. Like Bauer, Skaggs started the season off at AA before being promoted to AAA. He went 9-6 with a 2.87 ERA and had a 116/37 K/BB rate over 122.1 innings combined at both levels. Skaggs made his major league debut on August 22nd and would make 6 starts until being shut down for the season after lossing velocity late in the season. He went 1-3 with a 5.83 ERA, 5.87 FIP, and a 2.64 BABIP to go with a 21/13 K/BB rate over 29.1 innings in the majors. He should be good to go for the spring and is a likely lock for a rotation spot for many years to come.
Patrick Corbin, LHP – Age 22 – The 2009 2nd round draft pick was also a part of the Dan Haren trade and a key part of the stellar AA Mobile rotation to start the 2012 season. He was the 1st of the group to be called up to the majors and would get a couple of call ups, as well as a promotion to AAA Reno. He went 5-2 with a 2.84 and a 80/23 K/BB rate over 79.1 innings. Corbin blew way past his rookie eligibility limits by going 6-8 with a 4.77 ERA, 4.17 FIP, and a .318 BABIP to go with a 55/15 K/BB rate over 52.1 innings in 9 starts. He’s due 1 more start this season, but after giving up 11 runs over 6 ip in his last 2 starts, he too may be done for the season.
Charles Brewer, RHP – Age 24 - The 12th round pick in the 2009 draft was a teammate of Trevor Bauer at UCLA. He started the season with the previously mentioned group at AA, but after 3 starts found himself at AAA where he we would spend the rest of the season. He went 11-7 with a 5.78 ERA, 3.45 FIP, and a pretty unlucky .340 BABIP to go with a 117/36 K/BB rate over 151 innings on the season. Brewer will be 25 when the season starts in 2013. Baring a trade, he’s likely going to end up as a long reliever for the D’backs based on filthy depth that they have at SP.
AA Mobile BayBears
David Holmberg, LHP – Age 21 – The 2009 2nd round draft pick was a part of the trade that sent Edwin Jackson to the White Sox for Daniel Hudson in 2010. After having a great season between Low-A and High-A in 2011, he would have similar success in 2012 between High-A and AA. He went 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA, 3.22 FIP, and a .305 BABIP to go with a 153/37 K/BB rate over 173.1 innings. His K rate dropped off a bit after joining Mobile, but his walk rate remained outstanding. There’s no room for him in Arizona yet, so he’s off to AAA in 2013.
Derek Eitel, RHP – Age 24 - The 2010 17th round draft pick spent a miserable 2011 season at AAA Reno in 2011, and his 2012 season at AA Mobile didn’t go a whole lot better. He went 8-11 with a 4.37 ERA, 4.74 FIP, and a .303 BABIP to go with a 91/52 K/BB rate over 150.1 innings. He will be 25 in November and it’s likely that his days as a starter are number, especially in this organization.
Chase Anderson, RHP – Age 24 – The 2009 9th round pick went 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA, 3.41 FIP, and a 2.90 BABIP to go with a 97/25 K/BB rate over 104 innings on the season. This could be viewed as a break-out season for Anderson, but after missing almost all of 2011 with injuries and the fact that he will be 25 in November, there isn’t a lot of time left on the clock to be a started. He will need to really impress in the AFL and in spring training.
Michael Bolsinger, RHP – Age 24 – A converted reliever, Bolsinger has made steady progress since being drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 draft. However, it’s been too slow coming for his age and he doesn’t have anything that would be confused with elite stuff. He went 7-5 with a 3.35 ERA and a 113/51 K/BB rate over 115.2 innings between High-A and AA on the season, both levels he was too old for.
Evan Marshall, RHP – Age 22 – Marshall was a 4th round pick for Arizona in 2011. He looked fairly dominant over 3 levels in his 2011 debut and went 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA, 3.73 FIP, and a .316 BABIP to go with a 27/16 K/BB rate over 48.2 innings in 2012. He also had 16 saves for Mobile. He’s not terribly over powering, but he’s been getting the job done.
High-A Visalia Rawhide
Anthony Meo, RHP – Age 22 - Meo barely got into any action last season after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and signing late. This season He went 9-8 with a 4.11 ERA and a 153/71 K/BB rate over 140 innings on the season. He’s likely headed to AA Mobile for the 2013 season.
Andrew Chafin, LHP – Age 22 – Like Meo, the 2011 43rd overall pick didn’t get into much action in 2011 after signing late. He went 6-6 with a 4.93 ERA and a 150/69 K/BB rate over 122.1 innings at High-A Visalia. He found his groove late in the season and went 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA over his last 10 appearances. He should join Meo at AA Mobile in 2013.
Taylor Siemens, LHP – Age 23 – The 2011 18th round pick started the season out of the bullpen in the Midwest League, however after an early July promotion to the CAL league, he started exclusively. He went 9-8 with a 4.63 ERA and had a 117/44 K/BB rate over 126.1 innings over the 2 levels in 2012.
Patrick Schuster, LHP – Age 21 - After pitching 4 straight no-hitters for his high school team in 2009, Schuster was drafted in the 13th round that same year. Midway through the 2011 season, Schuster was moved to the bullpen and with the exception of a couple of spot starts this season, he’s remained in the bullpen. He went 4-5 with a 4.90 ERA and a 67/32 K/BB rate over 64.1 innings in the CAL League on the season.
Low-A South Bend Silver Hawks
Archie Bradley, RHP – Age 20 – The 7th overall pick in the 2011 draft went 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and had a 152/84 K/BB rate over 136 innings on the season. He had a couple rough bumps along the way, but overall displayed the talent that makes him a top prospect in his first season of professional baseball.
J.R. Bradley, RHP – Age 20 – The 2010 2nd round pick went 7-8 with a 5.98 ERA and had a 60/45 rate over 117.1 innings in 2012. It’s hard to believe that after posting a 6-16 record with a 4.98 ERA in 2011 in the Midwest League, that he would fail to improve in 2012. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done and in short order for Bradley to find success at the next levels.
Tyler Green, RHP – Age 21 – The 2010 8th round pick is coming off his 2nd full season in the Midwest League, and the result are pretty similar. He went 4-9 with a 3.78 ERA and had a weak 75/60 K/BB rate over 126.1 innings. This doesn’t bode well for his next stop; The High-A CAL League.
Jesse Darrah, RHP – Age 22 – The 2011 8th round pick went 8-5 with a 4.65 ERA and had a 87/40 K/BB rate over 120 innings on the 2012 season. He’s likely to head to Visalia next season as well.
Jake Barrett, RHP – Age 21 - The 2012 3rd round pick was the 1st pitcher that Arizona took in this years draft. He joined Silver Hawks pretty late and went 0-4 with a 13.10 ERA and had an ugly 20/40 K/BB rate over 22.2 innings. Not the kind of pro debut anyone wants to see. A full spring will help to correct his issues.
Short Season-A Yakima Bears
Jose Martinez, RHP – Age 18 – After going 5-2 with a 1.72 ERA and a 71/22 K/BB rate over 73.1 innings in his DSL debut, Arizona promoted him all the way up to Yakima. He would get 2 starts to end the season, going 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA and posted a 8/6 K/BB rate over 10.2 innings. After a shaky debut in the NWL where nerves were a huge factor in his wildness, he settled down in his 2nd game and pitched a very effective 5.2 innings. He’s going to be one to keep an eye on in 2013.
Alexander Carreras, LHP – Age 22 – The Cuban defector signed with the Diamondbacks for $400,000 last December. It had been claimed that he could touch 93 mph, but rarely displayed anything over 89 mph this season. After posting a close to 10.00 ERA in 4 starts in the CAL League, he was shuttled up north to the Northwest League. He went 8-5 with a 2.96 ERA and had a 55/36 K/BB rate over 82 innings for Yakima. It’s unclear as of yet if they will try him again at High-A in 2013, or take it slow and send him to the Midwest League.
Daniel Watts, LHP – Age 22 – Watts was a 2012 32 round pick and went 4-5 with a 2.23 ERA and had a 52/16 K/BB rate over 76.2 innings in his professional debut. He should land in the MWL to start the 2012 season.
Blake Perry, RHP – Age 20 - The 2010 6th round pick found himself back in the NWL after a tough start to the season in the MWL. For the season he went 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA and had a 71/36 K/BB rate over 81.2 innings.
Derrick Stultz, RHP – Age 23 – The 2012 14th round draft pick went 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA and had a 17/11 K/BB rate over 31.2 innings in his professional debut.
Rookie-A Missoula Osprey
Karl Triana, RHP – Age 19 – Triana was a 2010 international signee from Colombia. He spent his 1st pro season in the DSL in 2011 and went 5-5 with a 5.64 ERA and had a 59/28 K/BB rate over 72 innings in 2012 in his debut state side. He will likely get into full season action in 2013 in the MWL.
Jared Ray, RHP – Age 23 – The 2012 34th round pick went 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA and had a 58/22 K/BB rate over 63.2 innings in his pro debut. He will be 24 at the start of the season next year and will likely get an aggressive bump to High-A.
Yoimer Camacho, RHP – Age 22 - Still young enough, but this Venezuelan has been bouncing around the system since 2008. He went 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA and had a 61/25 K/BB rate over 62. 1 innings in 2012.
Rookie-A AZL Diamondbacks
Luis Hernandez, RHP – Age 20 – The 6’2″ Venezuelan went 4-4 with a 4.71 ERA and had a 53/28 K/BB rate over 65 innings in his first season state side. He spent 2 seasons in the DSL. He should land in the Midwest League in 2013.
Ben Eckels, RHP – Age 18 – Picked in the 11th round of the 2012 draft, Eckels went 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA to go with a 56/23 K/BB rate over 52.1 innings in his professional debut. There’s a good chance we will get to see him pitch in the NWL in 2013.
Andrew Potter, RHP – Age 18 – The 2012 31st round draft pick went 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA to go with a 43/25 K/BB rate over 54 innings in his professional debut. Like Eckels, we may get a chance to see Potter next season.
Geordy Parra, RHP – Age 19 – The 6’2″ Venezuelan started the season in the same place that he made his 2011 pro debut; the DSL. After 3 starts he was promoted to AZL, and went 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA to go with a 54/24 K/BB rate over 55.2 innings on the season.
Jonathan Pulley, RHP – Age 19 – The 2012 33rd round draft pick went 2-4 with a 5.30 ERA and had a 42/15 K/BB rate over 37.1 innings in his professional debut. The D’backs stretched him out a bit towards the end of the season and he started 4 out his last 5 outings with a good degree of success.
Rookie-A DSL Diamondbacks
Anfernee Benitez, LHP – Age 17 – The 6’1″ 176 pound Panamanian went 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA and had a 49/21 K/BB rate over 72 innings on the season. That’s a lot of innings for a kid that didn’t turn 17 until the end of July. He should be in the AZL next summer.
Eric Leal, RHP – Age 17 - The 6’3″ 180 pound Venezuelan went 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA and had an impressive 70/11 K/BB rate over 70 innings in his professional debut. He should join Benitez in the AZL in 2013, though I would not be surprised to get a look at him in the NWL early next summer either.
Carlos Hernandez, RHP – Age 18 – The 5’11” 170 pound Dominican went 7-3 with a 1.68 ERA to go with a 67/38 K/BB rate over 69.2 innings in his pro debut. He was dominate down the stretch, allowing just 7 earned runs over his last 52 innings.
Anthony Basora, LHP – Age 17 – The 6’4″ 203 pound Dominican started the season with the Diamondbacks/Reds hybrid team before switch to the Diamondbacks regular team for his last 3 starts. Overall, he went 2-7 with a 3.86 ERA and had a 49/16 K/BB rate over 58.2 innings. He came on strong over those last 3 starts, going 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a 18/3 K/BB rate over 16.2 innings.
Roger Velez, LHP – Age 17 – The 6’2″ 192 pound Colombian did the reverse of Basora, trading places with him on the hybrid team for his last 3 starts. He went 3-3 with a 5.85 ERA to go with a 50/16 K/BB rate over 47.2 innings. Velez is one of the many candidates from the this DSL squad to head state-side in 2013.
Jesus Castillo, RHP – Age 17 – This 6’2″ 165 pound Venezuelan is the youngest of the group of pitchers on the Diamondbacks DSL team. He didn’t turn 17 until the season was over in late August. He went 2-4 with 5.40 ERA to go with a 41/17 K/BB rate over 46.2 innings. There’s a good chance that Castillo will spend another season in the DSL.
That concludes our season review of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching. After touching on both the hitting and pitching we will be moving on to the next organization shortly, so check back soon for that.
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