Towers: Patrick Corbin has shot at Opening Day roster
The 22-year-old southpaw, whose sterling 0.57 ERA this spring has caught the eye of the D-backs' brass, is still being considered for a role with the major league club.
"We haven't ruled anybody out who's still here in camp and Pat's still here in camp and certainly I would say has definitely helped himself the way he's performed," D-backs General Manager Kevin Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Wednesday.
The D-backs have already announced their rotation for the start of the season, so if Corbin were to make the club, he'd likely be utilized as a reliever.
"I would imagine if everybody stays healthy, if we were to keep him it'd probably be out of the bullpen," Towers said. "The one thing that we are looking for without Micah Owings here is we kind of miss the length. We were hoping that [Craig] Breslow could do it but we haven't been able to stretch him out much so we are looking for one of those guys specifically in April and May that could give us some length when your starters aren't going out in the 7 and 8 inning early in the season."
Whether Corbin makes the Opening Day roster or not his stellar performance this spring has made his presence known.
"In camp, he's been as good as anybody we have so we'll kind of keep an eye on him," Towers stated.
Towers hasn't been surprised by Corbin's ascent this spring, but he is pleased with his left-hander's improved delivery.
"I think some of the issues he had last year was kind of pulling himself hard off the mound, didn't have a good directional path but he's kind of cleaned those things up," Towers explained. "Charles Nagy has done a nice job with him."
Corbin tinkered with his mechanics and the results have been eye-opening.
"He's done a nice job of commanding the breaking ball, the fastball, the change-up, he's throwing his two-seamer, his four-seamer -- good sequence of pitches, getting ahead in the count, fields his position well, stops the running game, he's got a good pick-off move and now a pretty good bat, too," Towers said.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has been an avid supporter of Corbin's all spring, but he isn't the only one who sees a bright future ahead for the young hurler.
"He's certainly made a real strong impression on our coaching staff as well as our front office," Towers stated.
If Corbin continues to impress, the future could be now.
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