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Skaggs struggling in competition for rotation


MESA, Ariz. -- One day after watching Tyler Skaggs struggle to get through one inning against the Reds, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson sat down with the young left-hander.

Skaggs, who is battling Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, had an OK first outing of the spring, but Thursday he allowed three runs and three hits, walked two, threw a wild pitch and committed a balk.

After looking at video, the coaching staff felt Skaggs was overthrowing, which led to mechanical issues and therefore the command issues.

In trying to win the spot, Gibson is concerned that Skaggs is pressing. The manager cited an interview Skaggs did with KTAR 620AM during FanFest in which he said he planned on treating every outing this spring like it was the seventh game of the World Series.

"That's really unfair [to himself]," Gibson said of that approach. "I told him I understood what his mindset was and how he wanted to win a job, but at the same time we wanted him to continue to develop as a pitcher. I think that he's just going out there and putting too much emphasis on winning a spot every pitch he throws."

The D-backs want to see Skaggs focus on commanding the strike zone with his fastball.

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