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Patrick Corbin
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Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 46
Starting pitcher
Born: (1989-07-19) July 19, 1989 (age 24)
Clay, New York
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record 20–16
Earned run average 3.80
Strikeouts 264
WHIP 1.22
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Patrick A. Corbin (born July 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball.

At Cicero – North Syracuse High School, Corbin did not pitch for his high school's baseball team until his junior season. He played college baseball at Mohawk Valley Community College in his freshman season, and was noticed by scouts in a traveling showcase. He transferred to Chipola College for his sophomore season.

After a standout season at Chipola, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Corbin in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft. The Angels traded Corbin to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as part of a package for Dan Haren. Corbin made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2012, and was named an All-Star in 2013. Corbin will miss the 2014 season due to an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

Early life[edit]

Corbin is from Clay, New York. His father, Dan Sr., worked as a driver for a sausage company, while his mother, Patty, works as a nurse at a rehabilitation center for the elderly.[1]

Corbin's father built a basketball court in his backyard for his children. As a child, Corbin identified basketball as his favorite sport. He played Pop Warner football, basketball in the Catholic Youth Organization, and Little League baseball. For baseball, Corbin was a fan of the New York Yankees.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

High school[edit]

Corbin attended from Cicero – North Syracuse High School (C-NS) in Cicero, New York.[2][3] His father suggested that he sign up for the school's baseball team during his freshman year, but Corbin declined, preferring to play with his friends.[1] However, he did play for the basketball and football teams. His friends on the basketball team convinced him to try out for the baseball team in his junior year, and with little training, he was able to throw as fast as 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).[1]

In 2007, his senior season at C-NS, Corbin had an 8–0 win-loss record, allowing only 33 hits and 16 runs while striking out 76 batters in 47 innings pitched. C-NS became the top ranked team in the state of New York, and Corbin was named to the All-League team and first team All-Central New York.[4][5] He graduated from C-NS with a record of 14–0 and 139 strikeouts.[4]

For the C-NS basketball team, Corbin broke the school's record for most three-point field goals in a single game. He played as a quarterback and safety for the football team.[1]

College[edit]

Corbin's grades at C-NS were not good enough for him to enroll at a four-year college that would allow him to play college baseball. As a result, Corbin enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College, a junior college in Utica, New York, for his freshman year. At Mohawk, Corbin played baseball and basketball.[1][5] Scouts from two teams attempted to sign Corbin as an undrafted free agent for a $75,000 signing bonus. Though Corbin's father wanted his son to sign, Corbin's coach suggested they wait another season.[1] After the season, he joined a travel baseball team, where scouts took notice of Corbin after recording his fastball above 90 miles per hour (140 km/h).[5] In a tournament in Georgia, Corbin opposed a team led by Zack Wheeler. Corbin allowed only one hit in a shutout.[1]

Corbin transferred to Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, also a junior college, for his sophomore year, so that he could play baseball throughout the year in the warmer weather.[6] At Chipola, Corbin stopped playing basketball, focusing exclusively on baseball. While training, Corbin added 15 to 20 pounds (6.8 to 9.1 kg).[6] Competing for the Chipola Indians, who play in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida Junior College Athletic Association (FJCAA), a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Corbin pitched to a 5–2 record with a 4.32 earned run average (ERA) and 86 strikeouts in 74 13 innings pitched.[6][7] He was named to the Panhandle Conference's All-Conference first team, and was voted the league's fourth best player.[7][8] Chipola reached the FJCAA/NJCAA Gulf District Tournament, but lost to Santa Fe College in the championship game. Corbin had a 1–0 record and a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings pitched during the tournament, resulting in his being named to the All-Tournament team.[9]

Following the 2009 season, Corbin signed a letter of intent with the University of Southern Mississippi.[6] He planned to transfer to Southern Miss in order to continue his college baseball career with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.[10][11]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

Scouts from every Major League Baseball (MLB) team evaluated Corbin prior to the 2009 MLB Draft, including Tom Kotchman of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a personal friend of Chipola's head coach.[6] With Kotchman's recommendation, the Angels drafted Corbin in the second round of the draft, with the 80th overall selection.[11] He was the first junior college player selected in the draft.[12] On the day of the draft, Corbin played basketball with his roommate.[1]

Corbin signed with the Angels, receiving a $450,000 signing bonus, foregoing his commitment to Southern Miss.[1][13] Corbin pitched for the Orem Owlz of the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2009, where Kotchman served as his manager.[14] Corbin struggled in his first professional experience. In his first six appearances, five of them starts, he allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in 17 13 innings, giving him a 6.23 ERA.[15] Corbin later related that he attempted to strike out too many batters while pitching for Orem.[5]

Baseball America ranked Corbin the Angels' 12th best prospect prior to the 2010 season, projecting him as a mid-rotation starting pitcher.[16] Corbin altered his approach, as he sought to pitch to contact.[6] He began the 2010 season with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League. Corbin had an 8–0 record and 3.86 ERA, allowing 25 earned runs in 58 13 innings in nine starts for Cedar Rapids.[17] He struck out 70 batters while allowing 78 hits and 20 walks.[5] During the season, the Angels promoted Corbin to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League. With Rancho Cucamonga, Corbin had a 5–3 record and 3.88 ERA, allowing 26 earned runs in 60 13 innings in 11 starts.[17] Combined, Corbin had a 3.87 ERA, 106 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 118 23 innings pitched with Cedar Rapids and Rancho Cucamonga.[16]

Corbin on August 9, 2013

At the trade deadline, Corbin was traded to the Diamondbacks with Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodríguez and Tyler Skaggs for Dan Haren.[11][18] The Diamondbacks assigned Corbin to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League.[19] Corbin pitched to a 1.38 ERA in 26 innings with Visalia.[20] In 2011, while pitching for the Mobile Bay Bears of the Class AA Southern League, he set a franchise record with 27 13 consecutive scoreless innings.[21] He finished the season with a 9–8 win-loss record and 142 strikeouts in 160 13 innings pitched.[3] His strikeout total led the Southern League, and Mobile won the league championship.[22]

The Diamondbacks invited Corbin to spring training in 2012, where he pitched to a 0.57 earned run average.[23][24] Corbin began the 2012 season with Mobile,[3] pitching to a 2–0 record and 1.67 ERA in four starts.[25]

Major leagues[edit]

On April 30, 2012, the Diamondbacks promoted Corbin to the major leagues to start in place of Josh Collmenter, who was moved to the bullpen. Joe Martinez was optioned to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to make room for Corbin on the roster.[26] Corbin allowed three runs in 5 23 innings in his MLB debut against the Miami Marlins, picking up the win. Corbin also had two sacrifice bunts and scored a run in the victory.[3] After pitching to a 2–3 record and a 5.27 ERA in five starts, the Diamondbacks optioned Corbin to Reno on May 22, as Daniel Hudson was set to return to the Diamondbacks from the disabled list.[27] Hudson suffered an elbow injury in June, and the Diamondbacks recalled Corbin as a long reliever, while moving Collmenter into the rotation.[28] The Diamondbacks again optioned Corbin to Reno in July so that he could continue to work as a starting pitcher when they activated Saunders off of the disabled list.[29] The Diamondbacks recalled Corbin on August 1, displacing Collmenter in the rotation.[30] In 107 innings with the Diamondbacks, Corbin pitched to a 6–8 record and 4.54 ERA.[31][32]

During the 2012–13 offseason, Corbin gained 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and added 2 miles per hour (3.2 km/h) to his fastball.[1] Corbin made the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster out of spring training in 2013, pitching in the starting rotation.[31] He won the National League (NL) Pitcher of the Month Award for May 2013, after he pitched to a 5–0 record and 1.53 ERA in five games started.[33] Corbin was named an All-Star, as he had an 11–1 record with a 2.35 ERA, which was the third best in the NL at the All-Star break.[34][35] Corbin was the eighth youngest player named an All-Star.[1] In the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, Corbin received the loss after allowing the game's first run in the fourth inning.[36] He finished the season with a 3.41 ERA.[37]

During spring training in 2014, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson decided that Corbin would start on Opening Day.[38] However, Corbin felt arm tightness during a spring training start. An MRI revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow.[37][39] He underwent Tommy John surgery, and will miss the entire 2014 season.[39] The Diamondbacks placed Corbin on the 15-day disabled list on March 30, and transferred him to the 60-day disabled list on April 4, in order to open a roster spot for Roger Kieschnick, who they claimed off waivers.[40]

Scouting report[edit]

Corbin is listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and 170 pounds (77 kg).[6] His pitching repertoire contains a fastball that averages 92 miles per hour (148 km/h), occasionally topping out at 95 miles and hour.[1] His secondary pitches include a changeup, which he throws between 81 miles per hour (130 km/h) and 82 miles per hour (132 km/h) and a slider, which he throws between 78 miles per hour (126 km/h) and 79 miles per hour (127 km/h), and considered his best pitch coming out of college.[6][41]

Corbin improved his changeup after pitching in Instructional League during the 2009–10 offseason, which led Corbin to consider it a better pitch than his slider.[5] However, Todd Helton, after striking out twice against Corbin early in the 2013 season, dubbed Corbin's slider "the best I've ever seen."[42] In 2011, he developed a knuckle curve, which he believes contributed to his consecutive scoreless innings streak.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Teammate Paul Goldschmidt describes Corbin as "humble" about his success. With his signing bonus, Corbin bought a used car instead of a new one. He lived in his parents' basement during the 2012–13 winter and officiates youth basketball games during the offseason.[1]

Corbin has three siblings. His sister plays for the basketball team at C-NS. Corbin met his girlfriend when they were classmates at C-NS.[1]

References[edit]

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