Yes, the rumors are true. Today we traded Tony Clark to the Diamondbacks for RHP Evan Scribner.
While primarily a starter in his amateur days at Central Connecticut, the D'Backs have used Evan as a reliever. Standing 6'3" and featuring a 90-91 mph fastball with a big curveball, Evan has posted the following line so far in his pro career: 2.27 ERA, 91 innings, 70 hits, 24 walks, and 123 strikeouts.
After being drafted in the 28th round in 2007, Evan began his career in rookie ball before finishing the season with 10.1 innings at South Bend (Midwest League). Evan returned to South Bend for the 2008 season, pitching 34.1 innings, striking out 52 hitters, and sporting a 1.57 ERA. The D'Backs recently moved Evan to high-A Visalia in the Cal League where he has pitched 9.2 innings (5 hits, 2 walks, 10 k's). Overall he has nine saves on the season.
In addition to the reports we receive from our scouts, both amateur and pro, we also ask our player development staffs to weigh in on players in their leagues. Generally we don't ask for too much volume or detail. After all, our staffs are busy enough managing their own teams. However, we do ask that they leave a voicemail with some specifics if there is an opposing player they particularly like. That way we can make sure our scouts follow up with a more formal report as the season continues. In this case, Doug Dascenzo, our manager in Ft. Wayne, phoned in a report on Evan earlier this season which initiated our interest.
We're excited to add Evan to our system, and we wish Tony the best of luck. He's truly a class act. As I wrote in an earlier post, his leadership in the clubhouse and his game-changing power are great attributes for a Club looking to complete their puzzle. Unfortunately, we're not in a position this season to take full advantage of those skills.