Following a 2012 season that saw the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff accumulate a 3.77 ERA, team general manager Kevin Towers sought to find minor improvements.
What did Towers get for the fruit of all his labor? Towers acquired Tony Sipp, Matt Reynolds and Heath Bell via trade, while also bringing in Brandon McCarthy via free agency. These moves were designed to provide the Diamondbacks with some depth in the rotation and the bullpen.
The Diamondbacks restocked their pitching depth by drafting talented youngsters such as Jake Barrett, Jeff Gibbs and Ben Eckels, and are positioned to add another talented arm in the 2013 draft as well. In addition to the new talent that was added, the team also has pitchers such as Archie Bradley and Charles Brewer in the minor league system, with Brewer being the closest to MLB-ready.
In the bullpen, the Diamondbacks have a reliable closer in J.J. Putz and a solid setup man in David Hernandez. Arizona also has a talented right-handed reliever in Brad Ziegler and a solid left-hander in Reynolds to count on in the bullpen. Currently, the bullpen is projected to look like this:
Closer — Putz
Setup — Hernandez
Lefty specialist — Sipp
Middle relief — Bell
Middle relief — Ziegler
Secondary lefty — Reynolds
Long relief — Josh Collmenter
The Diamondbacks have a solid rotation with no glaring weaknesses. Currently, the projected rotation to start the 2013 season is:
- Ian Kennedy
- Trevor Cahill
- Brandon McCarthy
- Wade Miley
- Patrick Corbin
These names should inspire plenty of confidence for Diamondbacks’ fans. The rotation will be a strength for the club this season.
When you look at the Diamondbacks pitching staff heading into 2013, there is cause for excitement. If I were to predict how the pitching staff will fare this year, I’d say the staff will have a 3.70 ERA for the season.