When general manager Kevin Towers passed on trading deadline deals that would have thinned the Diamondbacks minor league system, the recent performance of Patrick Corbin was the sort of thing that informed his thinking.
Corbin has made two quality starts since returning from Class AAA Reno to the rotation Aug. 1. He beat the Los Angeles Dodgers with six shutout innings that day and was in line for the victory Tuesday before the bullpen could not hold a 3-2 lead in Pittsburgh.
His is one of the many quality arms in the D-backs system.
The kind of arms opposing general managers sought.
The kind that the D-backs refused to move.
Pitching is always at a premium on the open market, and if you can grow it yourself, all the better. Combine interim general manager Jerry Dipotos astute 2010 deadline deals with the D-backs ability to make two of the top seven picks in the 2011 draft, the D-backs find themselves with several of the top-rated prospects in baseball.
Long-term control is th...