Hagens will wear No. 60 in his Major League debut. Hagens, 25, combined to go 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA (53 ER in 115.2 IP) in 25 games (19 starts) between Double-A Mobile and Reno this season. He was named the Organizational Player of the Month for May after going 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (8 ER in 29.0 IP) in 5 starts, and has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 14 of his 19 outing overall. Over 6 Minor League seasons, Hagens has gone 34-33 with a 4.14 ERA (266 ER in 578.2 IP) in 166 games (82 starts). The 2013 Southern League midseason All-Star was drafted by the D-backs in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Merced College.
Chafin, 24, made his Major League debut in the second game of a doubleheader last night @ Indians, becoming the third rookie starter in club history to throw 5.0-plus scoreless innings (3 hits) in his first game (also: Micah Owings on April 6, 2007 vs. Nationals and Jarrod Parker on Sept. 27, 2011 vs. Dodgers). Chafin was 8-6 with a 3.96 ERA (58 ER in 131.2 IP) in 23 starts between Double-A Mobile and Reno this season. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 39.
"So, thanks for your five shutout innings last night, Andrew. Good job your family and friends showed up to see it, because here's a ticket to Reno. The Cleveland bus-station is that way." Ok, that's obviously that isn't quite what happened, but you've got to feel a bit for Chafin, who did just about everything we could have hoped for in his major-league debut - albeit taking rather more pitches to do so than one would have wanted, especially considering how long the game went. That's probably what sealed his fate: the bullpen having to work 9.2 innings yesterday, leaves them sorely in need of a fresh arm.
Hagens will be that arm, and when he makes his debut, will become the18th rookie Diamondback this year. The club says that will be a record, but I'm seeing 2004 as having had 19 rookies used that year. Still, it's a heck of a lot,k especially considering we haven't even reached the September roster expansion, which typically is good for a few more rookies. But Arizona has got some way to go for the modern record in the National League, which belongs to the 2009 Padres, who used 27 rookies.