10/01/12 10:12 PM ET
Skaggs already working toward 2013 season
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Skaggs threw 15-to-20 pitches at less than max effort under the watchful eyes of pitching coach Charles Nagy.
"It's nice you get to work with the big league pitching coach one-on-one," Skaggs said. "It's a good experience and it's going to help me going into Spring Training to hopefully make the team."
Skaggs will be among those involved in what figures to be a spirited battle for rotation spots next spring.
"He got a good taste of it when he was up here," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's going to benefit from having been up here. We didn't want to overdo it. He's going to have to work hard, though, in the offseason, he's going to have to work hard in the spring and prove that he's ready again."
After compiling a 5.83 ERA in six big league starts, Skaggs is plenty motivated to do just that.
"Trust me, when you see me in Spring Training, it's going to be a whole different person," Skaggs said. "You'll see. It'll be fun to watch."
Bauer, Eaton earn organization honors
PHOENIX -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer and outfielder Adam Eaton were rewarded for their outstanding Minor League seasons on Monday as the D-backs announced them as the organization's Pitcher and Player of the Year.
"Trevor and Adam have each developed tremendous foundations for their promising careers ahead," D-backs farm director Mike Bell said. "It truly is a testament to our outstanding player development staff and how great our Minor League coaching and support staffs are at each level of the organization.
"They are able to teach our players how to reach their potential on the field, but also teach them how to become better people off the field. We are also grateful to our affiliates for creating an environment for these young players to be successful."
Bauer was the team's No. 1 pick (third overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and he went a combined 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 22 starts for Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno. He led D-backs Minor Leaguers in strikeouts (157), tied for first in wins and was second in ERA.
Bauer made four starts for the D-backs in the first half of the season and was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA.
Eaton hit a combined .375 with 47 doubles, five triples, seven homers, 44 stolen bases and 130 runs scored for Mobile and Reno.
Eaton led all Arizona Minor Leaguers in average, hits (198), doubles and runs scored. His hit total led the Minor Leagues and was the second-highest total since 1997. As a result, Eaton was named the Pacific Coast League's Rookie of the Year and he also captured the PCL's Most Valuable Player award.
Eaton was called up to the big leagues for the first time on Sept. 4 and he hit .259/.382/.412 in 22 games before having his season cut short when he suffered a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch on Sept. 29.
Goldschmidt, Johnson back in D-backs' lineup
PHOENIX -- The D-backs lineup got a boost on Monday with the return of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Chris Johnson.
Goldschmidt missed the weekend series against the Cubs after experiencing a stiff back during batting practice on Friday.
"It tightened up on me that day during BP and it was hurting pretty bad," Goldschmidt said. "But it's gotten better every day and it feels good now. The trainers did a lot of work on it."
Johnson, meanwhile, has not played since being hit on the left hand by a pitch on Sept. 23.
Johnson recently saw team hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who told Johnson that it was simply a deep bruise and that he would do no further damage to it by playing, if he could handle the pain.