Kevin Towers optimistic about pitching prospects
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers joined Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf on Wednesday and has rather high expectations for his group of young pitchers.
"You'd probably have to go back to the Atlanta Braves. We're hoping that we have a Greg Maddux, a John Smoltz, a Kent Merker, and Tom Glavine, people like that."
In 1995 that four man rotation went 54-24 for the Braves, leading them to a World Series win while all four were under the age of 30. The rotation of Wade Miley, Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer and Patrick Corbin has the potential to reach such a level of success, and it isn't just those of us in Arizona who believe that.
"These are guys that we've been touting and it's not just us. Industry wide these are the guys that people are asking about," Towers said. "When you look at the top prospects in Baseball America, the Bauers, the Skaggs, they're right near the top."
Towers is a firm believer that a winning franchise is built off of pitching, and is also a firm believer that the Diamondbacks have placed themselves in a winning position for the future. If he had wanted to, the opportunities were there to sacrifice young pitching in order to attract hitters at this year's trade deadline, but Towers opted to hold on to the prospects.
"The one thing that you need to be successful on a year in and year out basis is you've got to have starting pitching and we've got young starting pitching that's controllable and they don't make a lot of money yet," Towers said. "Hopefully they do make a lot of money because that means they've been successful and they can perform."
The young staff has already made its mark on this season, Miley made a name for himself as the only Diamondback All-Star on the year, while Corbin and Skaggs have most likely cracked the rotation for the playoff hunt.
Towers also went on to stress the importance of competition. This isn't the first time that the young players currently on the Diamondbacks roster have worked together.
"The good thing is, a lot of these kids, Miley, Skaggs, Bauer, Corbin, they were all on that Mobile club last year that had one of the best records in baseball as Minor League team of the year. And they push one another, they compete."
As of Wednesday the Diamondbacks have eight players that were on last year's 84-54 Double-A Mobile BayBears team, (A.J. Pollock will most likely be sent back down Thursday) while more of them will most likely get September call-ups.
While the next six weeks have the potential to be exciting for the Diamondbacks, Towers is confident that fans are getting just a sneak-peak at what the future has in store for them thanks to a young and talented group of players that have just begun to show their potential at the Major League level.
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