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Skaggs got a lot of love at the Futures Game because he's a Diamondback farmhand, but don't fool yourself into thinking he didn't deserve to be there, much less be the guy who started for Team USA.
Skaggs has been one of the most impressive pitchers in baseball this season, and he's practically a shoe-in to be named Arizona's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, which is saying something because they've had a ton of pitchers perform at their very best this season, including Pat Corbin, Wade Miley, David Holmberg and, since the All-Star break, Jarrod Parker.
None of those pitchers, except for maybe Parker, offer the same ceiling as Skaggs, who has gone from a highly regarded supplemental first-round pick by the Angels in 2009 to a top-of-the-rotation guy for Arizona.
That simple fact makes him untouchable.
Skaggs spent the entire first half of the season with High-A Visalia, where he posted a ridiculous 125 strikeouts in 100.2 innings. Batters hit just .219 off of him and he ended his run with a 3.22 ERA over 17 starts.
After the Futures Game, Skaggs got a well-deserved bump to Double-A, where he's been hit pretty hard in both of his starts, but at the same time shown incredibly resiliency, working his way into the sixth inning in his most recent start. His ERA stands at 6.52, but he has a healthy 12:4 K:BB ratio.