Half of the pitchers selected for this Instructional League roster were amateur draft picks this June. These youngsters will benefit greatly from the near month-long tutelage of pitching coordinator Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. Dan Carlson, the pitching coach from the Yakima Bears, and Mike Parrott, the pitching coach of the Tucson Sidewinders, will also serve as pitching coaches during Instructs.
The club needs to be careful not to tax the arms of these neophyte hurlers, as most of them are already coming off the heaviest workloads of their lives. The rule of thumb for young pitchers is to never exceed the previous season's innings pitched total by 30. 8th-rounder Patrick McAnaney, for example, has surpassed his injury-plagued 2007 innings pitched total by 99 frames, not including playoffs. This 2008 total of 134 also exceeds his sophomore workload by 76 innings. Add in his five strong innings this postseason plus however many he throws during instructs, and we may see him wear down next year.
Similarly, 2007 first-rounder Jarrod Parker went from a Midwest high school workload last year to over 125 innings (including playoffs) this season. Parker joins Bryan Augenstein, Scott Maine, Sean Morgan, and Wes Roemer as the organization's five returning pitchers from the 2007 Instructs roster.
Here are the 19 Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers who will participate in the 2008 Fall Instructional League:
|Bryan Augenstein||R||22||South Bend/Visalia|
|Christian Beltre||R||23||South Bend|
|Jeff Dietz||R||22||South Bend|
|Jarrod Parker||R||19||South Bend|
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