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.