It wasn’t long ago that Randall Delgado was one of the favorites to make the Atlanta Braves starting rotation. The emergence of Julio Teheran as an elite prospect made Delgado expendable for the Braves. He was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he was one of the favorites to fight for the fifth starter role out of Spring Training. That went okay but the emergence of Patrick Corbin meant Delgado got to start the season at triple-A.
I’m sure Delgado wasn’t pleased with the decision of Corbin over him but even he must agree at this point that it was the correct decision. No one could have guessed the type of start that Corbin would have to the season but now he is probably considered, or should be considered the ace of the DBacks starting staff. What a surprise! Well, maybe now it’s Delgado’s turn for a surprise.
He wasn’t favored to make those rotations for nothing. He wasn’t featured in the Braves rotation for nothing. There is a lot to like about Delgado but it has just faded a little bit over the past year. I figure all of the changing and moving around has had quite a lot to do with that. Now he gets another chance though as he gets the nod for his first start of the 2013 season with the DBacks against the Miami Marlins.
Unfortunately, his start coming against the team with baseball’s worst record isn’t as great of news as it seems. The Marlins are playing pretty good right now and are currently looking for a three game winning streak with one of their top pitchers Nathan Eovaldi finally healthy enough to get his first start of the season. The numbers actually look better for the Marlins tonight but maybe Delgado will see fit to let everyone know that his time has finally come.