The D-backs waived Rule 5 draftee James Skelton on Wednesday. After he cleared waivers, they negotiated a trade with the Detroit Tigers to keep Skelton in the organization without the stipulation of having to keep him on the 25-man roster.
Skelton proved this spring that he was not yet ready for major league pitching, as he went 6-for-40 (.150) with just one double and one RBI. He showed some aptitude for playing second base, third base, and the outfield during camp, but clearly wasn't ready to contribute at those positions at the major league level. That versatility would have been a necessity with catchers Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero already on the roster.
Brooks Brown had been one of the most impressive sinker/slider pitchers in the Diamondbacks organization. But after successful stints at three separate minor league affiliates, the big right-hander hit a snag in Double-A last year, going 6-15 with a 4.18 ERA for the Mobile BayBears.
Brown was a non-roster invitee to D-backs' spring training this year, pitching in four games with a 20.25 ERA (six ER in 2.2 IP). His time in the Arizona Fall League was a mixed bag, as he went 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA over his best three fall starts, but 0-3 10.38 in the remaining four.
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