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  • The Struggles of Scott Diamond

    To say that Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has had a tough start to the 2014 season, would be putting it mildly.

    Diamond, Rochester’s opening day starter, is 0-2 on the season with an International League worst 15.58 ERA. If that large number wasn’t enough, through just nine innings pitched in three starts, Diamond has allowed an IL worst 25 hits and walked seven.




    After his last start against the Pawtucket Red Sox, when he pitched four innings, gave up seven runs and 11 hits, catcher Dan Rohlfing said about his performance, “It was a little bit of command issues, got squeezed a little bit but threw some balls over the plate and Scott will be the first one to tell you that he didn’t have his best stuff, but I thought he threw pretty well and went out there and battled.”

    Just 21 days ago Scott Diamond was released by the Minnesota Twins. He later accepted his outright assignment to Rochester, but it poses the question, what did the Twins releasing Diamond do to his psyche? Last season Diamond was sent down to the Red Wings, and was a big reason why the team made the postseason push they did. In seven starts he went 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA while walking nine in 41 innings pitched, a huge difference in comparison to what he's done so far this year.


    So I think the big questions are, how much longer should Rochester give Diamond to figure things out, and are there guys in New Britain who should be called up to take his spot in the rotation?


    To answer the first question, the Red Wings should give him a few more starts to see how he does. Although statistically he's one of the worst pitchers in the International League, since going 4-14 with the Wings in 2011, he's gone 8-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts coming into this season. Based on those numbers, it would be wise for Rochester to give Diamond some time solely based on the hope that he could again become one of the premier pitchers in the International League.

    What about guys like Pat Dean and Sean Gilmartin; should they get the chance to pitch in Rochester with Diamond struggling?

    In a word, yes, but not yet. Pat Dean pitched briefly in Rochester last season going 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in six starts before being sent back to New Britain. While there's no doubt the sample size is small, why not give the 25 year old lefty a chance to show what he has to offer at the next level? Sean Gilmartin is another name to consider calling up as well. Gilmartin, a top five Braves prospect just one year ago, struggled in his first full season in AAA. However he had skipped over the Eastern League, and went from the SAL to the IL, a jump not many pitchers make successfully.

    It's only the middle of April, but anytime you have a veteran pitcher struggling to this degree, it's just a matter of time before a change has to be made.
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      "It was not command but overall command of the strike zone." Wait what? That's been his problem for over a year. The guy we saw in 2012, who could paint with any pitch in any count, is nowhere to be found. To think he can just recapture that at this point seems naive in the extreme. In spring training, he had the command of a single A guy right out of high school. He was consistently missing the glove by a foot or more. I hope he finds it, but you don't make personnel decisions on hope.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      At least he "battled." Now, if he were to battle his tail off, maybe he'd get somewhere....
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      For what its worth, it appear the Twins correctly assessed the problem of which pitcher to keep for the 5th spot in the rotation and who to let go. Hendriks, Diamond and Worley appear to be done and they have Gibson and Deduno in the big leagues.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
      For what its worth, it appear the Twins correctly assessed the problem of which pitcher to keep for the 5th spot in the rotation and who to let go. Hendriks, Diamond and Worley appear to be done and they have Gibson and Deduno in the big leagues.
      But frankly, it would have been borderline criminal for them to decide almost anything else, given the way things played out in 2013 and spring training 2014. Not sure how much credit to give them for that "correct assessment".
    1. Jeff A's Avatar
      Jeff A -
      I have to wonder if he's pitching through an injury. Not that I think Diamond is anything great, but there's nothing in his record that suggests he should be this horrible in AAA.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Pitchers like Diamond walk a very fine line between success and failure. They don't miss a lot of bats and depend highly on control which can easily vary one year to the next. I don't think Diamond is as bad as he is now, but I doubt he's as good as he was in 2012. I was hopefully he could carve out a Buhrle-esque career, but that is looking less and less to be the case.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      21 days ago Scott Diamond was released by the Minnesota Twins. He later accepted his outright assignment to Rochester,
      Unfortunately that did not happen. He was Designated For Assignment, pasted through waivers and then accepted that assignment. At all points he was under contract with the Minnesota Twins and he did not have to sign another contract. When you release a player (e.g. Guerrier this Spring) and then you re-sign him, he gets a new contracts.

      I hope that the Twins cut the cord because at his point he might be a negative presence in the Rochester clubhouse. Let a kid with some future pitch.
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