MLB: A Closer Look at the Diamondbacks Pitching Staff
The Diamondbacks started the 2014 campaign with three consecutive losses before defeating the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. Coming into the season the Diamondbacks were preparing to be headed by ace Patrick Corbin. In Spring Training, Corbin suffered a torn UCL that required season-ending Tommy John surgery. Due to this injury, Wade Miley became the team’s number one pitcher.
Miley has been a member of the Diamondbacks rotation for two full seasons now, posting a career record of 31-24 and holds a 3.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.28. Last season he not only pitched 200+ innings for the first time in his career but he also hit a homerun and had a .133 batting average. Miley was a National League All-Star representative in 2012.
Cahill began his career with the Oakland Athletics, posting an 18-8 record with a 2.97 ERA in 2010. He was acquired by the Diamondbacks prior to the 2012 season and has had a 21-23 record with Arizona with a 3.95 ERA. Cahill was an American League All-Star representative in 2010.
McCarthy begins his second season with the Diamondbacks and has a lot of room for improvement after finishing last season with a 5-11 record and a 4.53 ERA. McCarthy has always been an average major league pitcher with a career record of 42-50 and a 4.13 ERA with his best stint coming with Oakland in 2011 and 2012.
On February 7, the Diamondbacks signed veteran Bronson Arroyo to a two-year, $23.5 million contract with a club option for a third year. Bronson Arroyo has a combined record of 138-127 with a 4.19 ERA in 14 seasons. He has surpassed the 200 innings plateau in eight of the last nine seasons.
Delgado made 24 starts with the Atlanta Braves between 2011 and 2012 before being a part of the package the Diamondbacks received in exchange for Justin Upton. He made 19 starts for the Diamondbacks last year, posting a 5-7 record with a 4.26 ERA while also giving up the sixth most homeruns in the National League (24).
Putz enters his 12th major league season this year and 4th season with the Diamondbacks. Putz saved 45 games for Arizona in 2011 and 32 games in 2012 before being moved out of the role last season. In his three seasons so far with Arizona he has posted a 2.44 ERA along with 83 saves. Putz was an American League All-Star representative in 2007 for the Seattle Mariners.
Last season Ziegler pitched in a career high 78 games and was also the beneficiary of multiple late game heroics as he posted an 8-1 record out of the bullpen. To go along with the eight wins, he also posted 13 saves in what may have been the best year of his career. In six seasons at the major league level Ziegler is 25-15 with a 2.39 ERA.
Perez is a very seasoned veteran as he begins his 12th season with his fifth different team. In nine of his 12 seasons Perez has had an ERA over 5.00. In his past two seasons with Seattle, he has posted a 2.12 ERA and a 3.74 ERA respectively.
Thatcher was a member of division rival San Diego for seven seasons before being traded to Arizona in exchange for Ian Kennedy. Thatcher is a left handed specialist and led the major leagues in one-batter appearances (31) last season.
Harris had a phenomenal first season for Arizona last year in which he appeared in 61 games and struck out 53 batters in 52.2 innings while only allowing 50 hits. In eight seasons (minor league included) he has finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched in each season.
Last season the Diamondbacks relievers only converted 38 saves out of 67 save opportunities. The Diamondbacks front office addressed this issue by acquiring Reed from the White Sox. Reed had 81 saves in 2012 and 2013 combined for 70 saves.
Prospect to watch:
Bradley was selected 7th overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 amateur draft. Bradley is a 6’4”, 22 lb. right-handed pitcher with a fastball that consistently hits between 92-95 MPH and tops out at 97 MPH. He has a nice knuckle-curve as well that has been compared to Barry Zito’s curveball by multiple scouts. In three minor league seasons so far, Bradley has posted a 26-11 record with a 2.76 ERA while striking out 318 batters in 290 innings pitched.