Patrick Corbin Is Frontrunner For Arizona Diamondbacks 5th Spot In Rotation

By chris lacey
Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a competition in spring training to determine who will earn a chance to be the team’s fifth starter in the rotation. The pitchers that have a chance to earn that fifth spot are Patrick Corbin, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs.

Skaggs has the most upside of the three pitchers and is also rated as the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. He has struggled with his command in his three appearances this spring training. He has allowed nine ER in six innings pitched this spring and still has a chance to impress the coaches with three weeks of spring training left, but it is looking more likely he will begin the season in Reno with the Diamondbacks AAA affiliate.

Delgado is the pitcher that came over in the Justin Upton trade with the Atlanta Braves. He also has struggled with command issues this spring, though. He has not pitched many innings this spring, but in his appearances, he has allowed five ER in just three innings of work. He could use more seasoning in Reno and then can be an option for a call up in September.

Corbin has pitched the best of the three pitchers this spring. He did have one bad outing where he gave up four runs in a relief appearance. Then in his next appearance, he threw for four innings while only allowing one run. He showed that he has the ability to bounce back from a bad start and turn in a great one. One of the areas that he has excelled this spring is that he has been able to locate and command his fastball against opposing hitters.

The fifth spot in the Diamondbacks rotation is Corbin’s to lose. He is the frontrunner to earn the fifth spot in the rotation and has pitched like he wants it.


Chris Lacey is the Arizona Diamondbacks writer for

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