Tyler Skaggs was good enough to make some room for himself on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ major league roster this season but he hasn’t been good enough to keep it. After his short outing against the San Deigo Padres, the DBacks optioned Skaggs to Triple-A Reno. This was the right move for everyone involved for many reasons but the one that will get those most from the demotion is Skaggs himself.
Skaggs is a talent and likely will carve room for himself on a MLB roster very soon. In all likelihood he will be pitching in the starting rotation for a team as soon as the start of next season. Whether or not that happens with the DBacks is up in the air but Skaggs is going to be a MLB starter. There is little doubt about that. He only needs time to find the ability to consistently find the strike zone with his pitches.
He would make a really good trade chip this winter at the MLB Winter Meetings if the Diamondbacks look to not have room for him. It would have to be a good deal though as the DBacks are still really high on Skaggs future. He was after all the top pitching prospect going into this season. He will work on his control and be a force for the Diamondbacks, in one way or another, very soon.
While he is working out his issues and hoping for another shot next season the DBacks will be better off as Brandon McCarthy will take Skaggs’ rotation spot next time around. McCarthy has completed his rehab assignments and is ready to go. Without the problems Skaggs has been having and with the hopefully rejuvenated McCarthy, the Diamondbacks look to be in position to be a serious threat for the N.L. West pennant down the stretch.