Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced Monday (via Twitter!) that former Midwest League pitchers Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill will start the team’s season-opening games in Australia on March 22 and 23.
Gibson’s counterpart, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, hasn’t revealed his starting pitchers for those games.
Corbin went 8-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 58.1 IP for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels.
LHP Patrick Corbin delivers a pitch for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2010. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/MiLB.com)
Cahill went 11-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 105.1 IP for the 2007 Kane County Cougars.
RHP Trevor Cahill pitching for the 2007 Kane County Cougars. (Photo from The Cougars Den)
In other news involving Diamondbacks pitchers, the team’s top prospect, RHP Archie Bradley, looked impressive in his 2014 spring training debut Monday. He struck out three and walked two batters while allowing only one hit in three innings. His fastballs were clocked in the mid- to upper 90s.
Bradley has a great shot at joining the big-league team this year after a dominant 2013 season split between High-A and Double-A (five starts at the former, 21 starts at the latter). In 2013, he cumulatively went 14-5 with a 1.84 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 152 IP.
From this year’s Baseball America Prospect Handbook:
After an invitation to big-league camp, Bradley will likely start the season at Triple-A Reno, a challenging assignment for any 21-year-old. A slow start or injury to a big-league starter likely will result in his big-league debut at some point in 2014.
Bradley’s first full season as a professional baseball player was 2012, when he went 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 136 IP for the South Bend Silver Hawks.
RHP Archie Bradley on the mound for the 2012 South Bend Silver Hawks. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)
Speaking of the Silver Hawks, some aesthetic changes are being made at the former Coveleski Stadium this offseason to reflect the ballpark’s name change to Four Winds Field. Here is a photo the team posted to its Instagram account Monday:
The Midwest League season opens Thursday, April 3. The Silver Hawks will open the season in Bowling Green, where the Hot Rods’ home field currently looks like this:
Note to winter: Go away already. (Photo courtesy of the Bowling Green Hot Rods)
You can see a .pdf file of the entire 2014 Midwest League season schedule here.