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Josh Collmenter isn’t long for the Diamondbacks rotation

Apr 8, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

Josh Collmenter AP

Forget that Josh Collmenter had a 3.59 ERA in his 24 starts as a rookie last season. If many Diamondbacks fans had their way, he would have been demoted to the pen before 2012 even opened.

Those calls will only get louder now. Collmenter followed up a Cactus League season in which he went 0-4 with a 9.95 ERA by giving up six runs — five earned — in three innings Sunday against the Giants.

The case against Collmenter wasn’t personal, but Diamondbacks fans are undoubtedly excited to see what pitching prospects Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs and, especially, Trevor Bauer can do. Much of Collmenter’s rookie success was credited to his deceptive windup, something that hitters figure to get more accustomed to this year. Collmenter throws just 86-89 mph and lacks a plus breaking ball to go along with his fine changeup, so if hitters start seeing the ball better against him, they’ll likely knock him around pretty good. The Giants certainly had his number today, with Buster Posey taking him deep and light-weights Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford picking up doubles.

It seems like only a matter of time before Collmenter is shifted to the pen. But the Diamondbacks will face an interesting decision when that happens. Corbin, Skaggs and Bauer are all in Double-A right now, and the team would likely prefer not to have to turn to any of them before June. Wade Miley might get the spot on a temporary basis. He relieved Collmenter today and pitched four hitless innings to get the Diamondbacks back into the game.

  1. ezthinking - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Yeah, Collmenter is weak, no doubt. But, Posey, or how he will forever now need to be called, Pusey, will have to leave catching after failing to even put his foot on the plate for a key force out. Sad.

    • phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:11 PM


      You are.

      • ezthinking - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        I am when guys refuse to play their position.

    • illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      cool, thanks for the posey update in the posey related blogpost.

      • ezthinking - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        No problem. I was watching the game, thought you could use the help with what’s going on.

  2. braddavery - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Pretty tough on the guy. 3.49 ERA as a rookie is pretty damn solid.

    • itsacurse - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      When you get figured out, you get figured out.

      • braddavery - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        I don’t think he’s been “figured out” one game into the season. lol

  3. 5thbase - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    He doesn’t throw hard, he doesn’t really have a third pitch, his control is meh and his team has a bunch of really solid starting pitching prospects. Why in the world would anyone thing he’s not likely to be starting long-term?

    Seriously though, hats off to him for his contributions thus far. It’s possible he could prove me wrong, but I think it is far more likely he could make his contribution out of the bullpen in the future. I think he could be really successful there as he wouldn’t have to go multiple times through the order and he wouldn’t have teams specifically prepping for him.

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