Coaxed by friends on the basketball team to give baseball a shot, Pat Corbin finally tried out during his junior year of high school.

“I remember walking into the gym with jeans on,” Corbin said. “I didn’t really know what the heck was going on.”

That was seven years ago this week. Corbin now seems to have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing. The left-hander has thrown well in three of his four spring-training appearances and seemingly has the leg up for the No. 5 spot in the Diamondbacks rotation.

But unlike a lot of major-leaguers who have been on the prospect radar since they were teenagers, Corbin’s path was somewhat unusual. And he knows he probably wouldn’t be where he is if his buddies hadn’t convinced him to take his chances at high school baseball.

“There’s a couple of guys back home that I go and see, they always say, ‘You owe me a beer for getting you to play baseball,’ ” Corbin said. “They just said, ‘Dude, you have a pretty good arm. Why don’t you just go out there and give it a shot?’ I was good friends with all of them. I was like, ‘What the heck?’ ”