Collmenter returns to starting rotation

For the first time since 2012, Josh Collmenter is back in Arizona’s starting rotation. Collmenter, who has flourished as the long man in the Diamondbacks bullpen, will start Monday night at home against the Mets. The 28-year-old has a 2.25 ERA in four relief appearances this year, including a scoreless four-inning effort last week when he picked up his first career save.

The move appears to be permanent as Collmenter replaces the struggling Randall Delgado in the rotation. Click here for a more extensive look at Arizona’s change.

Praise from Arizona media

With just one run allowed in his last 15.2 innings, a span that stretches over six games and nearly three weeks, Josh Collmenter has lowered his ERA to 2.75 this season. By becoming Mr. Extra Innings and a reliever who can throw up to four frames out of the bullpen, he’s also become an invaluable member of the Arizona pitching staff.

Fear the beard.

Baseball people understand how rare a quality that versatility is. This is what longtime reliever and fellow Diamondback (and Michigan native) J.J. Putz had to say about Collmenter to the Arizona Republic:

“I think he’s pretty much invaluable to a bullpen,” reliever J.J. Putz said. “He can come in and clean up an inning, get you out of trouble or come in during rain delays and throw five or six innings. He’s definitely preserved a lot of other arms out there.”

Arizona media has also taken notice. Here are a pair of articles this week on Collmenter, from the Republic and a Diamondbacks blog called Venom Strikes. The latter includes an awesome headline: My Love Letter To Josh Collmenter.

 

 

From Homer to the Big Leagues

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DBacks reliever Josh Collmenter, right, with Homer coach Scott Salow at Chase Field.

There was a time when Josh Collmenter was just hoping for a college scholarship to play baseball.

Now, he’s facing the best hitters in the major leagues and playing in front of huge crowds across the country.

Life is good for Homer’s finest, that’s for sure.

The 25-year-old has earned every bit of it.

After rolling through the minor leagues, Collmenter made his major league debut in 2011 and has impressed the Diamondbacks’ front office with his versatility to start and fill any bullpen need.

A fan favorite, he has a career ERA under 3.40 in more than 300 innings and a record of 19-15 in three seasons (through August 21). This season, Collmenter is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 73 innings. According to ArizonaSports.com, that’s the most innings pitched by any National League reliever this season.

Check back here throughout the year for updates on Collmenter’s exploits.