MLB: AZ Diamondbacks New Starter Zack Godley
When Chase Anderson went on the DL last Thursday everyone knew the AZ Diamondbacks were going to have to bring up a pitcher. Andrew Chafin or Josh Collmenter were considered for the starting rotation and, at the same time, several pitchers from the Minors were being considered for a spot on the big league roster as a reliever. Ultimately the front office surprised everyone by calling up right hander Zack Godley for the starting rotation spot. Godley was not even on the 40 man roster and spot had to be created for him.
He became the first pitcher since 1900 to pitch 6 scoreless innings, with zero walks and seven strikeouts, in his MLB debut. He kept calm and even turned an unconventional 1-6-2 double play to get out of a two-runners-on, no-out jam in the third inning. His sinker was working and he showed his off-speed pitches. He ended up giving up four hits and threw 71 pitches over the six innings.
In his 2nd start on Tuesday Godley went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 54 of his 94 pitches for strikes. He did give up two solo homeruns, but he was otherwise able to limit the damage and was assisted by a strong performance from the bullpen.
On December 9, 2014 Zack Godley, along with Jeferson Mejia, were traded to the Diamondbacks from the Chicago Cubs for Miguel Montero. Godley was considered to be the “toss-in,” as he was not listed among the Cubs top 30 prospects. He was not included in the Diamondbacks’ top 30 prospects either.
Godley was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 50th round of the 2009 MLB draft, but did not sign. Instead, Godley attended the University of Tennessee to play college baseball. He was ultimately drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and signed with the Cubs. Last year the Cubs used Godley as a reliever and he performed well. He had 15 saves, while striking out 77 batters in 55.1 innings, with an ERA of 3.09, for the Cubs A ball teams.
The Diamondbacks felt with his low-90s fastball, decent curve ball and solid sinker they would try him in a starting role. He made 14 appearances in Visalia with eight wins and his ERA was 2.27 with 78 strikeouts, before being called up to Mobile.
The question remains, can Godley continue to perform above expectations? We can’t expect dominate performances with every start and two starts is not a large enough sample size to pronounce him the next great Diamondbacks starter, but here’s hoping he can continue to contribute solid outings to the team’s starting rotation.
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