With Arizona sending Collmenter to the bullpen, they had need for another starter – enter Patrick Corbin.
Patrick Corbin is not the top pitching prospect for Arizona, that would be Bauer with Skaggs being right there, but he is the older of the three. He may be overshadowed by his fellow minor leaguers but Corbin is a good pitcher. Now, he is a good pitcher on a very good team.
In the 4 starts he had in the minors this year, Corbin had a 1.67 ERA, 25 Ks, and 8 BB in 27 innings. Those are very strong numbers – not too many walks, nearly a K an inning, and an ERA that would please anyone. In addition, Corbin has made one start at the MLB level and did well. Against the Marlins this year, Corbin went 5.2 innings, 3 runs, 6 Ks, and 3 BB – good enough to get the win. Clearly he was not overmatched, and he gets a little extra consideration as this was his first start in the bigs ever, so you have to imagine that his nerves affected him.
Arizona is the favorite to win the west (although the Dodgers are not going to make it a cake walk), so any of their pitchers are worth looking at. The NL west is not the best hitting division (some would argue that it is the worst), so any pitcher in the NL West gets a little more of an edge (except facing Mr. Kemp). If Corbin continues his solid, if not very good pace, he will be a valuable addition in fantasy.
For now, deeper leagues should own him, medium leagues should consider him, and shallow leagues should watch. If Corbin can keep his ERA down and still K around 1 per inning, then he could be owned in all formats.