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Skaggs picks up where he left off
D-backs' No. 3 prospect fans seven in 2012 debut for Mobile
04/10/2012 1:26 AM ET
Tyler Skaggs was 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA for Mobile in 2011.
Tyler Skaggs was 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA for Mobile in 2011. (Ari Rosenbaum/Mobile BayBears)
Tyler Skaggs learned a lot in March. As a result, Southern League batters in April had best be on their toes.

The D-backs' No. 3 prospect yielded a run on five hits while striking out seven over six innings as Mobile lost to Mississippi, 4-2, on Monday. Skaggs, who also uncorked a wild pitch, tossed 83 pitches in his season debut and was pleased with his debut.

"I was very happy, I felt really comfortable on the mound," Skaggs said. "I felt like I was throwing the ball well and I felt like I had pretty much everything working for me. I had good command of my curveball, so it was basically fastball, curveball and changeup. I felt like I could throw all three pitches for strikes tonight."

Skaggs got a chance to pitch for Arizona during Spring Training, going 1-1 with a 7.16 ERA in six Cactus League contests. While the 20-year-old left-hander wasn't expected to win a job at the big league level, the experience was nevertheless valuable for him.

"It was a great experience, I really learned how to pitch," Skaggs said. "I thought I knew how to pitch, but when I went up there, I realized I knew nothing about pitching. I really learned how to throw strikes and keep my composure on the mound."

Skaggs ended the 2011 season with Mobile, going 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 10 starts for the BayBears. The hurler was instrumental in the club's run to a Southern League title. Skaggs is grateful for the chance to open the season in the Southern League with the reigning champions.

"I'm excited about [getting a chance to defend the title]," Skaggs said. "It's going to be an exciting year."

Adam Eaton, Arizona's No. 16 prospect, was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for the BayBears, who lost for the first time this season.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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