The Arizona Diamondbacks have finally announced the Patrick Corbin will be the fifth starter for the club this upcoming season.
The battle for the fifth spot started early in spring training when it was believed that highly-touted left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs would earn the spot while competing against Corbin and Randall Delgado, but he struggled with locating his pitches. Skaggs just never looked comfortable while he pitched in the spring, and seemed to be putting a lot of pressure on himself to succeed.
The Diamondbacks sent him down to Reno with more than two weeks left before the regular season was to begin to work on the location issues that he had with his pitches and to regain some of his confidence.
After they had sent Skaggs down, the competition was now down to either Delgado or Corbin. Delgado was having a problem of walking several batters he faced early in spring, but he improved to the point where he had a chance to earn the fifth starter position with the Diamondbacks.
Corbin, on the other hand, had command of all his pitches from the early appearances that he made with the club in the spring. The key aspect to his success was that he located his fastball with consistency and attacked opposing hitters early in the count with this pitch. Once Corbin was able to locate his fastball, he could then use this pitch to set-up his off-speed pitches to keep the opposing hitters off-balance.
The Diamondbacks made the right decision in choosing Corbin to be the fifth starter in their rotation. The experience that Corbin gained while competing for the spot will make him a better pitcher this season.