Gallen retired all six batters faced, striking out one, in two scoreless innings of a spring game against the Giants on Monday. Aside from an extended at-bat after starting 0-2 against San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt, Gallen impressed in his Cactus League debut. It would be shocking if the right-hander opens anywhere other than Arizona's rotation. and he'll perhaps be slotted as high as third, but the Diamondbacks have not yet confirmed Gallen's role.
Gallen's rotation spot isn't guaranteed as he's set to be part of an open competition for starting jobs, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Gallen's 2.81 ERA and 28.7 percent strikeout rate in 15 starts as a rookie would seemingly make him a lock to open the year in the rotation, but that's not the tone general manager Mike Hazen took Saturday. While Hazen preached competition, it would nonetheless be quite surprising if Gallen opens the year in the minors or the bullpen. He would seem to be the favorite of a group of four starters (Gallen, Luke Weaver, Mike Leake and Merrill Kelly) fighting for spots behind Madison Bumgarner and Robbie Ray.
Gallen is likely to begin the season in the Diamondbacks' rotation, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. It comes as no surprise that Gallen is likely to crack the rotation to begin the season after he posted a 2.81 ERA with a 10.8 K/9 across 80 innings in the majors in 2019. Free-agent acquisition Madison Bumgarner and Robbie Ray are locked into the top two spots for Arizona, but Gallen will only have to out-perform the likes of Merrill Kelly, Alex Young and Taylor Clarke in spring training to solidify his role.
Manager Torey Lovullo confirmed Gallen will not pitch again this season, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. With the Diamondbacks no longer fighting for a playoff spot, this isn't all too surprising, as Gallen has already thrown a career-high 171.1 innings between the majors and minors this season. The rookie right-hander made 15 big-league starts with the Marlins and Diamondbacks, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 96:36 K:BB in 80 innings. He's expected to claim one of Arizona's rotation spots in 2020.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Gallen may not pitch again this season, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Lovullo said Gallen's scheduled start Saturday is being skipped in favor of Luke Weaver (elbow) returning from the injured list and then acknowledged it is possible Gallen will not pitch again this season. The rookie right-hander has thrown a career-high 171.1 innings combined between the majors and minors, so the team was already thinking about capping his season. Earlier this month, Lovullo indicated that Gallen would be used as long as the playoffs were a possibility; Arizona entered play Friday technically still alive for a postseason spot, albeit facing long odds. Gallen is expected to claim one of Arizona's rotation spots in 2020.