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2023 Diamondbacks Reviews: #49 Nabil Crismatt

He’ll be a trivia question some day: who had more losses than earned runs allowed as a Diamondback?

Nabil Crismatt tips his cap to his former Padres teammates after his call-up to the Diamondbacks in August Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

2023 overview

  • Rating: 2.75
  • 2023 stats (with Arizona): 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 2.0 IP, N/A ERA+, 0.1 bWAR
  • Date of birth: December 25, 1994
  • 2023 earnings: League minimum
  • 2024 status: Unrestricted free agent

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2023 review

In a matter of months, if not already, people will have forgotten that Nabil Crismatt pitched for the 2023 Diamondbacks. So brief was his tenure with the club, he has the same number of innings as, and fewer appearances than, Carson Kelly, Josh Rojas, and Jose Herrera. The only people to throw fewer innings were Peter Strzelecki and Seby Zavala. One would expect that Strzelecki and Zavala, and possibly Herrera, will take the mound again for the Diamondbacks at some point. Crismatt is less likely to do so. One is uncertain whether Nabil Crismatt, Ricardo Caldera, or Sven Thorenson is least likely to pitch for the Diamondbacks in the future.

Crismatt began the 2023 season in San Diego, fresh off the World Baseball Classic, where he represented Colombia. It didn’t go well. He gave up multiple runs in four of his six appearances before going onto the injured list with a left hip strain. After spending a month on rehab assignment in El Paso, he was activated for one further game with the Padres. This one saw him struggle with control, but not allow a run as he closed out a loss to the Rays. Four days later, the Padres designated him for assignment, and after he cleared waivers, he opted for free agency.

The Diamondbacks signed Crismatt to a minor league contract on June 30th, but apparently not to add to their bullpen depth. For it seems that one of the reasons why Crismatt chose to sign with Arizona was that the franchise provided him with a path back to becoming a starting pitcher. He worked towards getting stretched back out, and made his first real start in affiliated ball since 2019 in Round Rock on July 22nd. It went well, as he allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 5 innings. However, his next start was nothing short of disastrous. He allowed 9 runs on 9 hits, 4 of them home runs, in 3.1 innings at home against Oklahoma City. Four days later, as part of the roster moves surrounding the trade deadline, Crismatt was released.

But Reno had not seen the last of Nabil Crismatt, who was promptly re-signed, and made starts on August 8th and August 13th. Between the two, he allowed 5 runs in 9 innings: respectable numbers for Reno, particularly since he allowed just one home run.

Needing some options for length in the bullpen, the Diamondbacks selected the contract of Crismatt prior to his next scheduled start. Due to the approaching Hurricane Hilary, the Diamondbacks were set to play a double-header. Crismatt did not get in either game. Nor did he get into any of the next four games, despite one of them going extra innings. He was clearly the last of the length options.

But even the last option sometimes needs to be used. On August 26th, one week after his call-up, Torey Lovullo finally called upon Crismatt. Zach Davies had pitched well, but Kevin Ginkel and Paul Sewald had combined to blow the save, and the game went to extra innings. Miguel Castro opened the inning, and proceeded to go double-ground rule double-single. So Crismatt entered the game now trailing by three runs and with a runner on first, and no outs. Noelvi Marte hit a ground-rule double to put runners on second and third, but Crismatt struck out Will Benson, retired the runner from third (Encarnacion-Strand) on a comebacker, and retried TJ Friedl on a groundout.

With Alexis Diaz coming on to pitch, one might have expected the game to end at this point. However, Diaz blew a three run lead thanks to Geraldo Perdomo, Tommy Pham, Christian Walker, and an error by Matt McLain. Out came Crismatt for the 11th, with the zombie runner at second base. He struck out McLain, retired Elly De La Cruz on a fly out to Alek Thomas in center, before Spencer Steer reached on an infield single, putting runners at the corners. Crismatt got ahead on TJ Hopkins 0-2. Then, Crismatt was assessed a balk. Prior to becoming set, he moved his hand towards his glove and then back to his side. How this is ruled a balk, given that Crismatt had yet to come set, is beyond me, but so it was ruled. He concluded the strikeout of Hopkins. The Diamondbacks were unable to come up with a run in their half of the inning, and so Crismatt was stuck with a loss despite having only given up one, unearned run, and that under questionable circumstances.

After the game, he was designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and made five more starts in Reno. Four of them were good-to-solid, one was terrible. Crismatt elected free agency after the season, and is currently pitching in LIDOM for Tigres del Licey.

While Crismatt’s tenure in Arizona was brief and painful, his designation for assignment did allow the Diamondbacks to activate Ryan Thompson, who turned in an excellent September and was a key part of the run to the National League Pennant.


Which of the following players mentioned in the article was entirely made up?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Ricardo Caldera
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Nabil Crismatt
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Peter Strzelecki
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Seby Zevala
    (2 votes)
  • 63%
    Sven Thorenson
    (37 votes)
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