Just six years ago, Patrick Corbin was toeing the mound for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team, harboring big dreams, but perhaps not imagining how quickly they would come true.
Now Corbin has emerged as the ace of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks, and was rewarded with a spot in next Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, home of the New York Mets.
That game will fall just three days shy of Corbin’s 24th birthday, and much has happened in the years since Corbin graduated from C-NS, having never lost a decision in two years on the varsity Northsars, going 140
Starting out at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, Corbin played two sports – baseball and basketball – but quickly gained attention on the diamond, and transferred to Chipola College, on the Florida panhandle.
Continuing to pitch well at Chipola, Corbin, as a tall (6-foot-3), capable left-hander, became a valuable prospect, and in June 2009 the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected him in the second round of the MLB Draft, so Corbin decided to forego a transfer to Southern Mississippi and turned pro.
During 2010, Corbin went 13-3 in two Class A stops (Cedar Rapids and Rancho Cucamonga). But the Angels, looking to reach the post-season in 2010, traded Corbin before he could move further up the ranks, sending him to Arizona in the Dan Haren deal.
Corbin spent the entire 2011 season in Class AA, with the Southern League’s Mobile Bay Bears, where he only went 9-8, but led the league in strikeouts (142) as the Bears won the league championship.
Invited to the Diamondbacks’ spring training camp in 2012, Corbin impressed, but still began the season back in Mobile. Then, on April 30, when Josh Collmenter was moved to Arizona’s bullpen, Corbin got called up to the major leagues, where he won his first start against the Miami Marlins.