Tyler Skaggs has been tipped to break into the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation this season, with many believing the left-handed pitching prospect could be in with a chance of challenging for the NL Rookie of the Year.
Still just 21-years old, Skaggs has made huge strides with the Diamondbacks since he was traded to Arizona from the Angels in 2010 as part of the Dan Haren deal. The youngster made his big league debut last year, breaking into the Diamondbacks line-up after another impressive year spent dividing his time between Double-A and Triple-A.
The Arizona management certainly felt confident enough in the potential of Skaggs to trade Trevor Bauer in the off-season, possibly pointing to the fact that the young left-hander could be set to secure that number-five spot in a Diamondbacks’ starting rotation that is looking to get back to a winning season after last year’s disappointment.
Despite all his talent, there have been question marks over Skaggs’ early season form. In the past two seasons spent in the minors, the youngster has posted a 4.65 ERA in the opening month and a 2.57 ERA throughout the rest of the year.
With a place in the big leagues at stake, Skaggs has made strides to ensure he does everything he can to secure his place in the team, returning to training three weeks ahead of his previous preseason schedule.
“I just needed to start throwing more. I started throwing a lot earlier this year, so I feel like my arm’s in better shape than it was last year. I’m trying to fix that because I know I’m a little bit of a slow starter, but once you get everything clicking, life is good,” insisted Skaggs.