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Arizona Diamondbacks All-Time Top 50: #34, Josh Collmenter

The story of how a slightly above average role player tomahawked his way into the hearts of a fanbase

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
  • Average Ranking (High/Low/Most Common): 33.66 (9/46/31)
  • Seasons: 2011-2016
  • Stats: 200 games, 75 starts, 659.1 IP, 3.54 ERA, 112 ERA+, 7.7 WAR
  • Best season: Either 2013 or 2014

2013: 49 games, 0 started, 92 IP, 3.13 ERA, 124 ERA+, 0.9 WAR

2014: 33 games, 28 started, 179.1 IP, 3.46 ERA, 108 ERA+, 2.4 WAR

The story of Josh Collmenter starts with a kid throwing tomahawks on his family property. That lead to a very over-the-top throwing manner that eventually translated to throwing baseballs at the MLB-level.

It wasn’t his debut on May 14th, 2011 but it was when he made the biggest impression on the fanbase. It was against the Dodgers and Chad Billingsley in Chavez Ravine. Billingsley pitched a gem against the Dbacks, but Collmenter was better. He gave up no runs, no walks, and only two hits with three strikeouts. For a spot start, that wasn’t too shabby whatsoever.

He continued pitching well for the remainder of the 2011 season, and was an important piece for the team during that playoff run, using his unorthodox delivery to stymie hitters the first two times through the order, though less so the third. He continued his slightly above average output through being named the Opening Day starter for the 2015 season.

After that, Collmenter continued his swapping back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, being solidly average, if not the top of the rotation starter whose role he had been thrust in to start the season, in both roles overall for the rest of the 2015 season.

2016 was the end for Collmenter’s time in the desert. His shine from his tomahawk throwing technique started to wear off. Hitters were able to square him up more, and they made him pay. His ERA jumped over a run the next season, though still had a decent ERA+, and he was cut in favor of... Dominic Leone? Well I never said it made sense.

Behind him, though, he left behind some great memories, such as his auction of a date during the Sydney games, visiting Comi-con dressed as a Jedi, and deciding to educate his team mates on the finer points of the universe, such as general relativity. For all of those reasons, Josh earned his spot on this list.