What is there not to like he's a 6-foot-5, 215-pound kid but with all of only 13 big league starts. Skaggs, a left-hander, was selected by the Los Angeles Angels out of Santa Monica (Calif.) High School with the 40th pick in the 2009 draft.
But then he was traded by the Angels with three other players to Arizona for Dan Haren in 2010 (UGH!) we know how that worked out RIGHT! In 17 starts at Triple-A, Skaggs was 6-10 with a 4.59 ERA. In seven starts with the D-backs, he was 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA. More troubling was that Skaggs' velocity declined, and the D-backs seemingly had no qualms including him in the trade that landed them outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels.
We do miss Trumbo! But I believe Skaggs is still the man the Angels thought he was drafting him in 2009. So far Butcher has been working with Skaggs' mechanics and working to restore both his velocity and confidence. Also I'm sure for Skaggs working around veterans like Weaver and Wilson is got to be a huge learning experience.
To me watching his stuff is about as good as any lefty in baseball. For Skaggs, it's just a matter of harnessing it. His command is going to come. When he gets that down, the sky is the limit for the lefty. Call me crazy but he's at least in my eyes a No. 1 or 2 on any rotation in MLB.