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Monday July 29th, 2013

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

On January 24th Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers traded 25 Year Old superstar outfielder Justin Upton along with teammate Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for fan favorite third baseman Martin Prado, pitcher Randall Delgado, along with prospects shortstop Nick Ahmed, Pitcher Zeke Spruill, and third baseman Brandon Drury. From the time of the trade Towers was hammered by the media for giving up on a young superstar with a club friendly contract. As the season started things only got worse for the Diamondbacks GM, as Justin Upton set the baseball world on fire in April as he slugged 12 home runs, and had the Braves on top of the Nation League East. While out in the Desert Martin Prado was slumping badly for the Diamondbacks, as was pitcher Randall Delgado who was sent to AAA after spring training and had an ERA around 9.00.

Since the month of April, the Justin Upton trade still looks one sided, but now in the Diamondbacks favor. After an incredible April Justin Upton went on a cold streak that has now spread from May through the end of July, and Upton is showing no signs of heating up. While Martin Prado has started to heat up and show Diamondbacks fans why he was such a fan favorite for Braves fans. Following injuries to pitchers Brandon McCarthy, and Trevor Cahill the Diamondbacks promoted Randall Delgado and inserted him into the starting rotation. Since that time Delgado has pitched to the tune of a 2.85 ERA in 8 Starts, with an impressive 38/10 strikeout to walk ratio, and appears to be showing what once made him a top 50 prospect in all of baseball when he was with Atlanta. Pitcher Zeke Spruill was also impressive in his short MLB stint as a reliever compiling a 2.08 ERA with 5 strikeouts, in 4 1/3 innings.

Down in AA Mobile shortstop Nick Ahmed got off to a rough start in April/May at the plate, but since June, Ahmed has been sensational batting close to .300 in June/July. Some scouts feel that Ahmed already plays better defense than current Diamondbacks defensive wizard Didi Gregorius, which if you’ve seen Didi play defense that is some serious praise. The most intriguing player of the entire trade may very well be 20 year old third base prospect Brandon Drury. In the Low A Midwest League Drury has been nothing short of amazing with a slash line of .321/.366/.532 with 41 Doubles, 4 Triples, 12 Home runs, and 71 RBI with a very respectable 27/63 walk/strikeout rate.

While we don’t yet know who won this trade, we probably won’t even know that for 10-15 years from now. However right now Diamondbacks fans have got too really like what they see in the players acquired in the Upton trade.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

Arizona-Diamondbacks

Codey Harrison (Lead Editor & President/Ceo) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are known for their depth at virtually every position in the organization. While depth is a great thing to have, The Diamondbacks would likely admit they wish they didn’t have to use their depth so early in the 2013 season. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers made some noise in the off-season with some big name trades, starting with trading veteran center fielder Chris Young, For shortstop Cliff Pennington, and veteran reliever Heath Bell in the 3-Team trade. Shortly there after Towers finished a trade sending 2011 1st round pick Trevor Bauer to Cleveland in a three team trade that sent Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius to the Dessert. What has also turned into a great trade for the Dbacks was the addition of LHP Matt Reynolds, in exchange for third baseman Ryan Wheeler. The most scrutinized trade however was the last trade Kevin Towers pulled the trigger on, sending 25-year old superstar Justin Upton, along with Chris Johnson to the Braves for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, and 3 prospects.

During the off-season K.T. also signed veteran slugger Cody Ross to once again load up the Diamondbacks outfield. unfortunately the Diamondbacks have been rattled with injuries throughout this still very young season. Starting with injuries in spring training to Adam Eaton, Willie Bloomquist, Ross, and Gregorius, followed by early season injuries to Jason Kubel, and Aaron Hill. Not to mention the injury starter Daniel Hudson suffered in 2012 (expected back shortly before All-Star break,) most teams would have crumbled under such injuries, however the Diamondbacks are sitting at 15-11 and in 2nd place in the National League West.

Between all of the injuries and struggling veterans the Dbacks could see a number of prospect being promoted this season.

Good chance of promotion –

Tyler Skaggs LHP

Chris Owings SS/ 2B

Matt Davidson 3B

Tony Campana CF

Joe Patterson LHP

Not likely but possible promotion –

Randall Delgado RHP

Jake Barrett RHP

Evan Marshall RHP

Eury De La Rosa LHP

Long shots for 2013 MLB promotions –

Nick Ahmed SS

Kevin Munson RHP

There are some other prospects could debut sometime in 2013, but these are the ones that we feel most likely. Think any other prospects are worthy of promotions? Well feel free to comment below with other promotion candidates you can think of.

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The Dbacks pack their bags and head to Colorado to face the last place rockies in a 4 game series at Coors Field. The Dbacks mathematically can still make the second wild card slot in the playoffs with a little help from  some loss by other divisional teams. All the Dbacks can do is take care of their own buisness and keep winning to give them a chance and the rest will work itself out. The Dbacks would throw some haymakers in this game swinging for the fences and would jump out to a lead on a Justin Upton walk followed by a Paul Goldschmidt RBI double to get the lead 1-0.  The Rockies would answer with a single by Dexter Fowler and a double by Josh Rutledge to make it 1-1. 2 batters later Wilin Rosario hits an RBI single to left field to score Rutledge. The Dbacks would strand the bases loaded in the 2nd with a single and 2 walks. In the 3rd the Dbacks would get a walk from Justin Upton and he would steal 2nd base so the Rockies walk Paul Goldschmidt.

Justin Upton 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks

With 2 on Miguel Montero would double to score both Upton and Goldy to make it 3-2. The dbacks were not done in the 3rd as Gerardo Parra hits a sacrafice fly to score Montero to end the inning ahead 4-2. The Rockies continue to battle adding 2 runs in the 4th to tie the game on a single a double and a sac fly. into the 4th the Dbacks start to blow this game open when Upton singles followed by a walk by Goldschmidt and a RBI single by Montero. Chris Johnson would hit a double to score Goldy and Parra would get walked intentionally to get to John McDonald who would make them pay with a 2 RBI single to make it a 8-4 game. The Rockies go quietly in the 4th as the Dbacks add another run in the 5th on a walk and a single with an error. The onslaught continues for the Dbacks with a Parra single, John McDonald single and Parra thrown out at home. Adam Eaton would get to the plate in the 6th and hit his 2nd home run in 2 days and increases the score to 11-4 SEE VIDEO HERE: 

The Rockies would add their last run of the night on a double by Chris Nelson and a RBI single by Jonathan Herrera. Chris Johnson would hit a home run in the 7th with  1 man on to take a 13-5 lead and in the 8th Adam Eaton would single and Aaron hill would hit a double and then watch Adam Eaton score from 1st easily to make it 14-5. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25007197&c_id=ari&partnerId=aw-6209403727802402940-1028#/copy

Elmore would hit a sac RBI in the 9th to cap a 19 hit night for the Dbacks and a blow out 15-5 score. 7 Dbacks players record 2+ hits in this game as they score in every inning but the 2nd.

Todays Game Ball Goes To Miguel Montero

Todays Game Ball goes to Miguel Montero who finished the night 3 for 5 scoring 3 times with 3 RBI’s, a double and a great game behind the plate calling balls and strikes. Wade Miley gets the win tonight and pretty much locks up the rookie of the year award for the season going 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA.

Author: Nick Crawford SR

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball
Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter @DonkeyPuncher74.


The SanDiego Padres try to avoid a series sweep by the Diamondbacks after loosing game 1 3-2 and game 2 by a score of 6-2. The Dbacks would loose a close one by a score of 6-5 after a late surge will stall in the 9th.

Rookie Pitcher Tyler Skaggs the youngest starting pitcher in MLB takes the mound today.

The Rookie Tyler Skaggs would toe the rubber for the Dbacks in his 5th start and would exit early in the 5th after giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. The Dbacks would a lot of production out of right fielder Justin Upton going 3 for 4 scoring 2 runs as Chris Johnson goes 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s on the night. The Padres would jump out to an early lead after a walk by Chase Headley walks and Yasmani Grandal hit a single. with 2 on and 1 out Jesus Guzman hits a home run to left center for a 3-0 lead.

Aaron Hill hits a home run.

In the bottom of the first Aaron Hill would get the Dbacks on the board with a solo home run. Andy Parrino would lead off with a walk that would pay off for the Padres when 3 batters later Logan Forsythe hits a RBI double. the next few innings go by with no runs until the bottom of the 4th when the Dbacks lead off with a Double by Upton followed by a walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Chris Johnson would hit a single to left field that would score Upton to make it a 4-2 game. After a pitching change by the Dbacks to Brad Bergesen would give up a lead off single to Parrino and Chris Denorfia would hit a RBI double. Chase Headley would Double 2 batters later to score Denorfia to make it a 6-2 ball game. In the bottom of the 6th Upton would hit a triple to deep center and Goldschmidt would hit a RBI single to go 6-3. Two batters later Chris Johnsonhits a RBI single to get the score 4-6.

Eaton hits his first homerun ball.

In the 7th the Spark Plug Adam Eaton would hit a ball to right field that would carry over the right field fence for a Solo Home run for his first ever MLB home run and his 8th on the season including AAA. SEE VIDEO HERE:http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=24933715 The Dbacks loose the game 6-5 as Tyler Skaggs gets the Loss and Clayton Richardgets the win improving to 14-12 on the season.

Game Ball goes to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson going 3 for 4.

My Game ball gets cut in half tonight as Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both go 3 for 4 on the night and both deserve the game ball. Tomorrow the Dbacks head to Colorado to face a rockies team hampered by injuries and a roster full of newcomers.