As the newest high-profile member of the Washington Nationals, let’s get to know Patrick Corbin and his career in the MLB thus far.
As Washington Nationals home games enter the late innings, we typically don’t get to see what goes on in Chase Field in Arizona. So you can be forgiven for not knowing all that much about new signing Patrick Corbin.
Whether work the next morning means an early night or just the lack of interest in watching the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres duke it out at night, many Nationals fans may have never watched Corbin pitch outside of his five outings against the Nats.
After all, the fans are not to blame. The Diamondbacks were not good during Corbin’s tenure. In Corbin’s seven years in Phoenix, his teams have finished with 83 or more wins just once back in 2017.
Despite his team making the playoffs that year, Corbin did not throw a single pitch in October due to coach’s’ decision. He likely would have started Game 4 of the NLDS, but the Diamondbacks were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Without much national recognition before his breakout season, it’s fair to say not many people outside of Arizona knew his name. However, now he can become a household name in D.C. as the third piece of a star-studded pitching rotation.
Before we see Corbin whiffing New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in Nats Park this upcoming season, it’s only right that we look through his career and see how he ended up here. In this piece, we will follow Corbin’s Major League journey from the draft to his time with the Diamondbacks, and all the way through to his Cy Young-caliber 2018 season.