In his first full season back after 2014 Tommy John surgery, Patrick Corbin fell well short of expectations. He was a bit up and down out of the gate but had a 3.99 ERA on May 20 after posting a quality start against St. Louis. From that point on, however, the lefty posted a 5.80 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. In August, the team decided to move Corbin to a relief role, and he actually did pretty well. As a reliever, Corbin posted a 2.70 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 23.1 innings. Of course, Corbin holds more long-term value if he can be an effective starter again, and given Arizona's struggles in the rotation last season, he could snag a spot in 2017. Remember, this is a guy who posted a 3.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 178 strikeouts over 208.1 innings in 2013, before the surgery. If Corbin finds a way to approach those kinds of numbers again, he'll be a useful fantasy option. At the very least, he'll likely come at a steep discount in drafts.
Corbin fired five scoreless frames in his start against the Rangers on Tuesday afternoon. He was very sharp throughout the outing, striking out five and pounding the strike zone (56 pitches, 42 strikes). Corbin appears to have the edge in the competition for the No. 5 starter job to begin the season, especially since Archie Bradley has been inconsistent this spring. The left-hander leaned heavily on his fastball Tuesday, sitting at 91-94 mph with the pitch, an encouraging sign after his fastball velocity dipped slightly in 2016.
Corbin is currently listed one of the team's five members of the starting rotation on the D-backs' official site. Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley are listed behind Corbin, who may be destined for the bullpen depending on how the competition for the final two spots in the rotation plays out. Shelby Miller, who listed as the team's fourth starter, will also have to earn his spot this spring, but the most likely scenarios include Corbin moving to the bullpen and Bradley beginning the season back at Triple-A Reno if the starters atop the depth chart remain healthy between now and Opening Day.
Corbin agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The terms of the agreement were not announced. Corbin is coming off a pretty terrible year in which he posted a 5.15 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 131:66 K:BB in 155.2 innings. He will compete with Shelby Miler, Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley for the final two spots in the big league rotation this spring.
Corbin pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts to finish off Thursday's win over the Dodgers for his second career save. Indeed, Corbin did get a save back in his rookie year of 2012, but had been a starter (or injured) since. This was a nice outing and all, but it really just serves to highlight that he's now a long reliever who rarely appears in important situations.
Corbin pitched two innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres, allowing three hits and two runs (both earned). He struck out two and walked one. The move to the bullpen hasn't changed the results for Corbin, who's struggled pretty much all season. Since shifting to a relief role, he's tossed 4.1 innings and has allowed six hits and five earned runs. For the season, the lefty now has a 5.73 ERA to go along with a 1.67 WHIP.