The Arizona Diamondbacks’ trade of Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres was little bit surprising because of how important the Diamondbacks starting rotation is going to be down the stretch. They were in on Jake Peavy after all and really wanted to bring him in. Reportedly they were very close at one point a day before the deadline. So why would they move from bringing in a big name starter to selling off one of theirs for a reliever? It seems quite puzzling in all honesty.
It took me a little bit to figure out their thinking and I’m not positive I know still why they did it. What I think I understand now is that they will be okay. Sending Kennedy away isn’t quite like sending Patrick Corbin packing but he was still a pretty solid starter that would give them a good chance to win. The DBacks had Brandon McCarthy coming back from the disabled list but still were one starter short with the demotion of Tyler Skaggs.
Enter Zeke Spruill. Spruill made his starting debut for the Diamondbacks on Thursday night against Yu Darvish of all people. Darvish threw one down against the DBacks striking out 14 batters over 7 innings. Spruill struggled and gave up three homers in the loss but his overall ability is not what we saw last night. Spruill says he was too predictable with his pitches and I think he’s right. One thing I know for sure is that he is not a home run pitcher.
His entire minor league career saw a hr/9 ratio of 0.5 and he averaged a little more than 8 hits per nine as well. This is not a guy that is going to give up a ton of homers and several hits a game. He might a few times but his overall debut will probably mirror that of teammate Randall Delgado where he will struggle for a couple of starts and then zero in down the final several starts of the season. Spruill won’t be an ace this season for sure but he should be stable enough for the DBacks to survive in the National League playoff races they are a part of.