D-backs' Corbin Taking Off In Double-A
PHOENIX—A two-sport athlete who grew up under the influence of Jim Boeheim's Syracuse basketball program, lefthander Pat Corbin flew under the radar in the early stages of his baseball career. He was not on the high school showcase circuit and because of that was less heralded than many.
That is all changing now.
In his first full season in the Diamondbacks organization, Corbin has blossomed with Double-A Mobile. He was 7-5, 3.87 and had allowed 104 hits and 21 walks in 107 innings while striking out 97. He was second in the Southern League in strikeouts, and he threw a three-hit shutout at Birmingham on July 6.
It was about this time last year that Arizona acquired Corbin, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, along with lefties Joe Saunders and Tyler Skaggs from the Angels for Dan Haren. Corbin, 22, was a second-round pick in 2009 out of Chipola (Fla.) JC.
"Baseball was his second sport, and he went down to Chipola without a lot of innings and worked his way into a second-round pick," director of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto said. "He's come about as far as anybody could possibly come from where he was in junior college in 2009 to where he is today, really a phone call from the big leagues.
"He's very athletic. He creates good angles to the plate. The breaking stuff has really improved this year."
Corbin, who tips the mid-90s and pitches in the low 90s, was 13-4, 3.42 at three stops in 2010. The Diamondbacks kept his innings to a minimum after his acquisition, so he made eight starts at high Class A Visalia. He struck out 30 and gave up 17 hits in 26 innings, and the Diamondbacks felt comfortable in bumping him to Mobile this year. He has commanded his stuff all along, averaging four strikeouts to every walk in his three pro seasons.
• Lefthander Wade Miley was promoted from Mobile to Triple-A Reno in early July, and he responded with victories and quality starts in his first two outings, giving up two runs in seven innings each time. He had nine strikeouts in 14 innings.
• The Diamondbacks sold righthander Matt Torra, their sandwich round pick (31st overall) in 2005, to the Rays. Torra, 27, was 4-2, 6.07 for Reno in his third season in Triple-A.