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Patrick A. Corbin

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Patrick Corbin was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2nd round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Tom Kotchman for $450,000 and made his debut playing for Kotchman that summer, with the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League, where he was 4-2, 5.05 in 13 games. He began 2010 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, where he won 8 of his 9 starts, recording a no-decision in the other. He had a 3.86 ERA when he was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He made 11 starts there, going 5-3, 3.88.

On July 25, 2010, Corbin was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a player to be named later, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders for Dan Haren. Tyler Skaggs was sent in August to complete the trade. He remained in the California League for the rest of the season, going 0-1 in 8 starts in spite of a sparkling 1.38 ERA for the Visalia Rawhide. Overall, he was 13-4, 3.42 between the three stops, pitching 144 2/3 innings with 136 strikeouts and 36 walks. He moved up to the AA Mobile Bay Bears in 2011, where he was 9-8, 4.21, in 26 starts. He returned to Mobile to start 2012 and was 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts when he got the call to join the D-Backs.

Patrick made his major league debut on April 30, 2012 against the Miami Marlins. Taking the place of Josh Collmenter in the rotation, he pitched 5 2/3 innings, and after being staked to a 7-0 lead, gave up three runs but ended up with the win as Arizona prevailed, 9-5. He struggled a bit in the 1st, loading the bases before escaping with an inning-ending double play, then did not allow another hit until the 5th inning. He stayed with the Diamondbacks for the remainder of the season and held his own, finishing at 6-8, 4.54 in 22 games, including 17 starts. He pitched 107 innings, and while he gave up 117 hits, his K/BB ratio of 86/25 was a sign of future success.

The predicted success came very quickly, as Patrick was one of the best pitchers in the National League at the start of the 2013 season. On May 14th, he defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, pitching 7 shutout innings, to earn his 6th win against no loss. His performance earned praise from recently retired Braves star Chipper Jones, who stated "This Corbin dude is pretty nasty!" on his Twitter account. Randy Johnson was the only other pitcher in team history to open a season with wins in his first six decisions. Corbin made it seven wins in a row in beating the Colorado Rockies, 5 - 1, on May 20th. It was his first career complete game and was achieved at Coors Field, where he gave up only three hits, in the process lowering his ERA to 1.44, second-best in the NL, behind Clayton Kershaw. On June 2nd, he became the first major league pitcher to notch 9 wins, although it was not his best performance, as he gave up 4 runs to the Chicago Cubs in 6 innings, but his teammates scored 8 runs. He tied Brandon Webb for the best start to a season in team history, and the D-Backs had been winners in all 11 of his starts at that point. Unsurprisingly, he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for May, on the strength of his record of 5-0 and his 1.53 ERA. He was the first D-Backs pitcher to win the honor since Dan Haren back in 2008. He was still undefeated at the end of June - one of two pitchers in the majors in that situation, along with Max Scherzer - having in the meantime improved his record to 9-0, with an ERA of 2.22, which was why he was selected to be part of the NL squad in the 2013 All-Star Game. He celebrated by logging his 10th win of the year the next day on July 7th, 6-1 over the Colorado Rockies. He finished the year at 14-8, 3.41, pitching 208 1/3 innings with 178 strikeouts.

Corbin was slated to be the Opening Day starter for the Diamondbacks in 2014 as they opened their seasons against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, but he did not make the trip down under, being diagnosed with damaged ligaments in his elbow a few days before the team was slated to leave. The question was now whether he would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season, or attempt some other form of rehabilitation not involving surgery.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL All-Star (2013)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (2013)

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