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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA

May 21, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

Patrick Corbin AP

Patrick Corbin was never considered an elite prospect and had a decent but unspectacular rookie season for the Diamondbacks last year, throwing 107 innings with a 4.54 ERA and 86/25 K/BB ratio. He had to compete for the fifth starter job this spring and now … well, it’s safe to say his rotation spot is secure.

Corbin tossed a complete game against the Rockies last night, allowing just one run on three hits at Coors Field, and the 2009 second-round pick is now 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA overall this season.

His secondary numbers aren’t a whole lot different than last season, with nearly identical strikeout and walk rates, but he’s allowed just two homers in 62.1 innings after serving up 14 in 107 innings last year. He’s also been extremely fortunate in terms of batting average on balls in play and men left on base and all the usual stuff that says he’ll come back down to earth soon enough.

But for now … wow. Corbin has thrown at least six innings in all nine starts and has yet to allow more than two runs. He finished April with a 1.91 ERA and it’s gone down in each of his four starts this month, which is pretty damn hard to do. Not bad for a guy who was considered the “other” prospect in the Diamondbacks’ haul from the Angels for Dan Haren.

  1. rickeye9 - May 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Yeah angels, how’s Dan haren?

  2. hoopmatch - May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    With former Angels prospects Jean Segura and Pat Corbin flourishing on other teams, one must wonder about wisdom of whoever is calling shots in LA.

    • gbrim - May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      The guy that was calling the shots in LA was replaced by the interim GM in AZ who pulled this deal off for AZ after they fired Josh Byrnes. This deal is one where dealing stars for prospects worked out better for the team that got the young guys.

      • notsofast10 - May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        “This deal is one where dealing stars for prospects worked out better for the team that got the young guys.”

        Sky is Blue Water is Wet

    • asimonetti88 - May 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Some people might argue that Moreno is calling the shots, which if true, could be a problem. Segura is a nice player that could really help the Halos. If Greinke had stayed it wouldn’t hurt as bad but that didn’t work out either.

  3. jkaflagg - May 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Angels have no clue how to develop pitching, but do know how to draft and trade them…..or, in the case of Matt Harvey, how to draft them but not sign them…..

    • asimonetti88 - May 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      that Jered Weaver fella isn’t that bad.

  4. alexo0 - May 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Reminds me a little of Josh Collmenter as the Dbacks starter to come out of nowhere and surprise people.

    • gbrim - May 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Reminds me more of Wade Miley–comes out of nowhere and wins 16 last year. Lefty, too.

      • biasedhomer - May 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Ans they will have Skaggs up soon.
        Plus they have some young offensive talent. The days of the DBacks as the class of the NL West may soon return.

  5. 13arod - May 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    rickeye9 dan harran is with the nats now

    • asimonetti88 - May 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      that’s the joke

  6. yahmule - May 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Corbin showed some very strong underlying skills in the second half last year, which were masked by a 4.70 ERA. In 69 innings, he struck out 57 and walked only 12, while maintaining a high groundball rate. A command ratio of 4.4 is a pretty solid indicator for continued success.

  7. adcoop22 - May 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I know BABIP is like sabermetrics gold, but how much would it be affected if the DBacks defense wasn’t the best in the majors? I am sure Gregorius, Parra, Prado, and Goldschmidt play a huge part in Corbin’s success.

    • biasedhomer - May 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Well if thats the case, Corbin should continue to have success because I don’t see any of those 4 players leaving the team anytime soon.

  8. rickeye9 - May 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Haha I know he’s on the Nats, that’s part of joke…. wow

  9. rickeye9 - May 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    On the Nats

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