The Arizona Diamondbacks could be seeing fruit from trading Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for years to come. I feel like they will miss his presence in the line-up but they have plenty of outfielders to create a different style of scoring threat and they have a fifth starter. Randall Delgado was one of the more recognizable names in the trade that also sent Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks. Delgado’s goal to be a permanent starter for a major league team is about to be realized.
He has spot started at the end of seasons and at other times when the Braves needed him but Delgado has yet to get solid footing into an every fifth day starter role. After the trade, he appears to have won that chance with the Diamondbacks. It isn’t actually official but with the team sending Tyler Skaggs down to Triple-A, the writing is on the wall. Expect Delgado to get the nod within the week if not before.
The pressure was on Delgado to come out and prove he was worthy of a starting role and he did it. Now all he needs to do is go out and prove every fifth day or so why he won the job and climb his way to an All-star game bid within a couple of years. The sky is the limit for him and he has the stuff to be the ace of a staff one day. With his huge upside ready to blossom this season and next, the Diamondbacks continue to see dividends other than Prado from the blockbuster trade of Upton.