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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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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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The Diamondbacks head into San Francisco to face the Playoff bound Giants in hopes to steal a few wins and gain a few games towards that hopeful wildcard spot.

Tyler Skaggs shut down for the season

The Dbacks who scratched Rookie Tyler Skaggs from his start due to a loss in velocity in recent starts has been shutdown by the Dbacks so they turn to Josh Collmenter.

Tim Lincecum

The Giants send Tim Lincecum to the mound to square off against a Dbacks team who has absolutely dominated him this year and had a loosing season so far this year. This outing for Lincecum would be reminiscent of his last against the Dbacks as he gets shelled by the man we will now refer to as “The Lincecum Killer” or TLK Paul Goldschmidtwho was 7 for 14 with 4 home runs batting .571 & 10 RBI’s before today is now 8 for 15 with 5 home runs.

The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt

Today was not a story about how Lincecum dominated hitters but how he got dominated by the Dbacks and Goldschmidt who went 1 for 2 with 5 RBI’s with a run scored. Tim Lincecum would start off the night with 4 straight balls to Adam Eaton for a walk, Aaron Hill would single on a line drive to LF followed by a Justin Upton ground ball that goes off of Lincecum’s shoulder for an infield base hit to load the bases. With 1 out Paul Goldschmidt would hit a sacrafice fly  to LF to score Eaton and Lincecum who could not command his fast ball would throw a wild pitch and Aaron Hill would score before a walk to Jason Kubel before getting Ryan Wheeler out. The 2nd inning would go by without a score but in the 3rd inning Lincecum would struggle again. Aaron Hill would lead off the 2nd with a single followed by a passed ball that would move Hill up 90′. Miguel Montero would walk and then Paul Golschmidt would step to the plate. The Lincecum Killer would take a breaking ball that missed high and drive it deep down the line and bounce it off the foul pole for his 5th home run against Lincecum and collect another 2 RBI’s to make it a 5-0 ball game. Into the bottom of the 4th and Josh Collmenter gives up a lead off double to Marco Scutaro to continue a 13 game hitting streak and Buster Poseywould swap places with him on a RBI double of his own as the crowd chanted MVP MVP.

MVP Candidate Buster Posey

Buster Posey is in a tight race for MVP with Pirates Andrew McCutchen, McCutchen who may have the lead right now because of the slugging numbers is barely holding on to a lead in numbers but Posey is Gaining on him. In the 5th Lincecum would serve up a single to Aaron Hill and a Justin Upton Walk would be yanked off the mound by Bruce Bochy after 4 innings and 7 runs on 5 hits and be replaced by Dan Runzler. Runzler like Lincecum would struggle to find the strike zone and would walk his first batter before falling victim to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt who would hit a sac fly  to center to score Aaron Hill to give the Dbacks a 6-1 lead. Things would seam to get worse when 1 batter later while Jason Kubel was batting another wild pitch would be thrown and would cost the Giants another run. The Dbacks pitching would record 10 straight groundouts in the next 3 innings while Aaron Hill recorded 4 straight outs at 2nd. The Giants would add a run on the board on a single by Xavier Nady single and a pinch hit double by Ryan Theriot to score a run in the 8th. The run in the 8th would be their last scoring opportunity and the Giants fall short on a night where Paul Goldschmidt could do no wrong. My Game Ball goes to The Lincecum Killer Paul Goldschmidt for hit Home Run and 5 RBI’s. The Honorable mention goes to Aaron Hill who went 3 for 5 scoring 3 times.

2012 Rookie Of The Year Candidate Wade Miley

Preview: The Dbacks look to Rookie of the year candidate Wade Miley who is 16-10 with a 3.25 ERA against the Giants Ace Matt Cain who is a staggering 15-5 with a 2.86 ERA. The Dbacks who have won 7 out of 9 games recently has scored 5 or more runs in 6 of the last 7 games will have a tuff task trying to hit one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB today.

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 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 Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants Game 3

If i told you the Giants were going to loose to a Dbacks hitter who had gone 2 for 4 with a run scored, a triple and 4 RBI’s you would think oh boy Jason Kubel did it again, or Dang That Aaron Hill struck again wouldn’t you? What if i told you your wrong! If i said he was also a rookie, would you say Wow Adam Eaton again? Now what would you say if i told you it was a rookie pitcher? You would say Get out of town!…….. Well i got 2 words for you Patrick Corbin…..

The Diamondbacks avoid a series sweep by the Giants by beating them 10-2 on Sunday afternoon On a day that Rookie Patrick Corbin could do no wrong. Corbin had great stuff all day and would pitch 8 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. Corbin pleaded his case for a complete game to coach Kirk Gibson but Gibby said “no, and that he had been stretched beyond where he’d been this season and Josh Collmenter needed the work in the 9th. In the 1st Buster Posey would get it started with a RBI single to score Angel Pegan. The Dbacks would counter that when Adam Eaton leads off with a walk in the 3rd followed by a single by Aaron Hill and a 2 RBI double by Justin Upton to make it 2-1. The Giants would tie it up in the 4th on a RBI double from Brandon Belt.

Patrick Corbin Base Clearing 3 RBI Triple

Patrick Corbin single handedly beet the playoff bound Giants not just with his Arm but with his bat too when Ryan Vogelson loads the bases and decides to pitch to Corbin, this would turn out to be a huge mistake. Patrick Corbinwould turn on a ball and hit it down the right field line for a base clearing triple as he slides head first into 3rd.

Pitcher Patrick Corbin getting dirty helping himself out with a 3 RBI Triple.

Next up was Adam Eaton who would draw another walk on 9 pitches. Aaron Hill would step to the plate and hit a 2 RBI double to left field and the Dbacks would take a 7-2 lead, if you haven’t seen Eaton run the bases yet you should see this guy fly, he nearly caught Corbin who was trying to score from 3rd.

Adam Eaton scores

In the 6th Justin Upton would hit home run number 15 to make it 8-2. Onto the 7th where Ryan Wheeler and Gerardo Parra both walk Patrick Corbin would strike again hitting a broken bat single to score Wheeler. Adam Eaton would come up next and while he was hitting there would be a passed ball that scores Parra 10-2 Dbacks. Eaton would walk for the 3rd time today and finish 1 for 2 scoring twice with 3 walks for an on base percentage of .800 for the day, exactly what you want out of a lead off hitter. Chris Young is cleared to play tuesday and now Kirk Gibson has to make a decision go with the hot rookie or sit him and give Young a start, Eaton has started the last 10 games but is used to playing everyday with 2 days a month off in Reno so maybe he sits Upton… have to wait and see.

Game Ball Goes To Rookie Pitcher Patrick Corbin

My game ball for the day goes to Rookie Patrick Corbin who today was brilliant on the mound and devastating in the batters box who gets the win and improves to 6-7 on the year and drops his ERA to 4.02 Honorable Mentions: Justin Upton who went 2 for 4 scoring once with a double, 3 RBI’s and a HR.

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.

MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres in game 3

The Diamondbacks would loose this game in the 7th inning when42 year old   Takashi Saito

Saito gives up grand slam

gave up a grand slam and a solo home run to put the game out of reach for the Dbacks. At 42 years old and very troubling numbers from Siato i don’t know why the Dbacks don’t cut him and go to some of the young gunners they have like Jensen Lewis of AAA Reno or  bring back Sam Demel who both have been very consistent this year.

The game wouldn’t really start until the 2nd inning as both starting pitchers work quickly through the 1st inning. in the 2nd the Dbacks Patrick Corbin would give up a lead off double, a walk, and another double to Cameron Maybin who would record the first run for the Dbacks. Andy Parrino would hit a sacrifice fly to get a RBI in and score Jesus Guzman and break out to an early 2 -0 lead. In the 3rd the SPARK PLUG known as Adam Eatonwould lead off with a double to left field.

Adam Eaton Scorching the base path

With the open base the Padres walk Aaron Hill and decide to pitch to Jason Kubel. The walk would backfire when Eaton and Hill would pull off the double steel marking Eaton’s first stolen base. Jason Kubel would hit a ground ball to first and on contact Eaton breaks for home plate to score. It wouldn’t be until the 5th that we would see another hit in this game as Corbin and Andew Werner settle in. Chris Denorfia would lead off the 6th with a home run to left field to make it a 3 run ballgame. After Corbin gave up a single to Logan Forsythe and a walk to Carlos Quintin the Dbacks would relieve Corbin of his duties on the mound going 5 1/3 with 3 runs on 6 hits. Mike Zagurskii would give up a walk in the 7th to John Baker before handing the ball over to 42 year old Takashi Saito. Siato would give up a Walk to Forsythe and then Back to Back home runs. Chase Headley’s home run was a grand slam and Carlos Quintin a solo shot. In the 8th Adam Eaton would collect his second hit of the night on a ball that rolled just 5′ in front of home plate but with his Redonkulous speed would get his 5th infield single and his 10th hit in only his 5th game in the big leagues. Adam Eaton would raise his AVG to .400 on the day going 2 for 4 with a run and a walk in this game. Eaton would not only show case his wheels on the base path but on defense as well. John Baker would hit a ball way over Eaton’s head to the warning track but with his speed i don’t think anything is officially over his head unless its a home run because Eaton tracks this ball down and catches it 2′ from the warning track. If making the best catch in the game wasn’t enough Adam Eaton would showcase the 4th dimension to his game when he spins and throws an absolute strike from 200+ feet away to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to double up Andy Parrino.

Andy Parrino doubled up by Adam Eaton

Parrino glances over his shoulder to look at Eaton and say to himself “WOW”….. Listen to the announcers all across  MLB who describe the Cannon of 5’8” 185 LBS Adam Eaton in this Video Clip:

Adam Eaton recalls the play after the game saying “The ball was a pretty good shot out there to left center and i happened to come down with it, i saw that Parrino was decently far off, usually a few steps to second is kind of a gauge and i happened to make a good throw, Goldschmidt made a good snag over there and it happened to work out”. Now i saw this play live and Eaton is being a little modest and humble in his choice of words , it wasn’t a “good throw” as he says or a “good snag” it happened to be a perfect throw and an effortless catch to Goldy….. With this play Adam Eaton would not only earn the #1 WEB GEM on ESPN that night but would earn player of the week from the Diamondbacks and solidify a starting position in next years starting outfield. Trade rumors already begin to stir on a trade of Chris Young or Justin Upton all around Major League Baseball as the Dbacks could add Eaton to the roster and possibly get another good pitcher for the money they owe Upton/Young.

AAA Reno Aces vs Sacramento Rivercats

The whole season comes down to one game for both these teams, the winner advances to the Pacific Coast League Championship and will come down to RHP Brett Tomko for the Aces and Sonny Gray for the Rivercats. Brett Tomko would start off a little slow when he would give up 2 runs on a walk and two hits in the first inning. Kila Ka’aihue would hit a double to center scoring Jermaine Mitchell and Michael Taylor would single on a line drive to right field that would score Ka’aihue. the next 3 innings would be lights out pitching for both pitchers each giving up a few hits over 3 innings but 0 runs would score. At the beginning of the 5th inning the Rivercats would score another insurances run on the Aces when Josh Horton would single, Jermaine Mitchell would ground out but move Mitchell over. Grant Green would come up with a clutch hit to center field that would score Josh Horton making it 3-0.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Brett Butler would light a fire in this order when Taylor Harbin AKA Mighty Mouse hits a deep fly ball to left field back, back way back GONE! HR (5) the little guy 5′ 9″ 171 LBS goes yard proving #LittleGuysHitBombsToo. Things would become troublesome for Sacramento with the walk Tyler Bortnick, Ryan Budde singled to right field. Wladimir Sutil with 2 on gets on base. AJ Pollock fly out, Tyler Kuhn And Josh Bell both hit a single and score. The game would remain  a 3-3 game with great defense all game Merkin Valdez would replace Sonny on the mound. His first pitch was drilled to center field by AJ Pollock, Tyler Kuhn a Sacrifice out. Josh Bellwould be intentionally walked.

Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs digs into the batters box and hits a monster 3 run home run to tie the ball game at 3 a piece. The Aces get 4 more runs on another Mike Jacobs home run which would seal the fate of the rivercats. Taylor Harbin finishes the night 3 for 4 with a HR. 4 other players collect 2 hits a piece. Reno had 12 hits and 7 runs. Zach Kroenke gets the Win for the Aces and Merkin Valdez gets the loss.

2012 PCL Champions Reno Aces
AAA Diamondbacks

The PCL Champions Reno Aces will face the Omaha Storm Chasers to a best of 5 games to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The Aces will throw pitching phenom Trevor Bauer.

AA Mobile Baybears vs Montgomery Biscuits

Another Dbacks team has a chance to play  for a championship when the Baybears take on the Biscuits. The Baybears work hard to get 1 in the 1st inning on a double from Chris Owings and a sac from Mat Davidson. Montgomery would add 3 in the second inning on 2 singles and a triple. the rest of the game would be dominated by the Baybears as they score 2 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th 1 in the 6th, 3 in the 7th and one more in the 8th to beat the Biscuits 11-4.  Leading the way for the Baybears is top prospect Chris Owings who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. Jonathan Griffin and Yazy Arbelo also add a home run a piece with 2 RBI’s each. Michael Bolsinger would get the win for the Baybears lasting 5 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. Merrill Kelly would get the loss for the biscuits and their chance at a 2012 Southern League Championship is squandered as the Baybears come into there house and take it from them. The Baybears will face Jackson Generals for the Championship.

Rookie Affiliate Missoula Osprey vs Great Falls

The game would get to a low start as the teams are scoreless in the first 3 innings. in the 4th Missoula would score 2 runs on 2 singles and a double to take the lead. Great Falls would answer that with 1 run in the 4th a double and 2 errors. Missoula would erase the error in the 5th on a lead off triple from Andrew Valasquez and a single from Daniel Pulfer. The pitching staff from Missoula would hold off Great falls as Starter Yoimer Camacho goes 5 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run and win the game 4-2. Daniel Pulfer would go 4 for 5 with a triple and a RBI to win the game for the Osprey who advance to the 2012 Pioneer Baseball League Championship to face the Ogden Raptors.

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND, the Reno Aces, Mobile Baybears and the Missoula Osprey all advance to their respective championship series to mark 3 different Diamondbacks Affiliates to play for a title.

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.

Nick Crawford: Today the Dbacks hope to erase last nights game from their memory… Today they hope to do that with Starting pitcher Trevor  Cahill (9-10 3.75ERA) and the Marlins look to counter that move with Big Ricky  Nolasco (9-12 4.94ERA). But if the Dbacks want to win this ball game they may want to consider not pitching to Giancarlo  Stanton and Jose  Reyes. Reyes was 4 for 5 last night with 3 doubles & the Man child known as Stanton had 2 massive home runs and 4RBI’s. If the Marlins want to win this game Nolasco has to pound the zone down and inside tonight and pitch around Jason  Kubel. The Dbacks want to jump out to an early lead and force Ozzie Guillen to go to the bullpen early. Ozzie did the best thing he could have done all year and that was to place Justin  Ruggiano behind Stanton in the line up. With Ruggiano batting .333 on the season you don’t really want to walk Stanton to get to someone who has a higher AVG. But Gibson just might take that approach tonight and roll the dice.

TRADE/MOVES: The Dbacks make a few roster changes in the past 24 hours, one move was to Trade Stephen  Drew to the Athletics for a farm short stop named Sean  Jamieson and to unload on some $ owed to Drew. I have got to meet Drew personally while on his rehab in Reno and I wish him the very best on his future in the Biggs, there isn’t a classier guy and better teammate than Drew.

The Dbacks also call on southpaw Tyler  Skaggs to come pitch Game 2 of Wednesday’s double header. Skaggs is the #2 pitching prospect for the Dbacks right now and some would argue that he is #1. Skaggs has great movement on his pitches & is a great kid. Skaggs has a 2.91 ERA and is 4-2 in the PCL this year, he was acquired from the Angels in the Dan  Haren deal that also brought young gunner Corbin and Saunders to the Dbacks.

The Marlins hand the ball to Jacob  Turner their #1 pitching prospect that they received in a recent trade to face Wade  Miley in-game 1 of the double-header tomorrow.

On behalf of the Marlins and the Dbacks I would like to send thoughts and prayers to Michael Weiner the MLB players union Chief who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor, We all wish you well and a speedy recovery! God Bless.

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.

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August 14th, 2012

Codey Harrison – The season is over 100 games deep, but it’s never to late for mid-season award winners. This week we will be featuring NL Awards from Comeback player, all the way to the NL MVP. Although last year showed the sports writers who vote on these awards use factors that well, frankly should not be used. Example was the NL MVP as voters picked Ryan Braun over Matt Kemp just because the Dodgers weren’t in playoff contention. Although in our award winners below, we don’t factor in team’s success into any of the player awards. (All stats are up to date as of 8/13/2012)

Comeback Player of the Year: Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants – After missing most of the 2011 season with a broken leg which ultimately cost the defending champ Giants any chance of repeating as World Series Champions. San Francisco Giants superstar catcher Buster Posey is back and better than ever for the 2012 Giants. Posey is batting a robust .332, with a .406 OBP, and a .547 SLG%, to go along with 23 doubles, and 19 home runs, all this while playing a gold glove quality season at catcher.

Honorable Mentions: Jason Kubel Arizona Diamondbacks, Adam Laroche Washington Nationals.

Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates – Clint Hurdle has the Pirates set to break the 20 year losing season stretch, but even more important he has the Pirates in line to make the playoffs. Hurdle who was the former Rockies manager is the clear front-runner as long as the Pirates find a way to finish the season strong.

Honorable Mentions: Dusty Baker Cincinnati Reds, Davey Johnson Washington Nationals.

Rookie of the Year: Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks – What a unbelievable story Wade Miley is. Miley was expected to start the season in AAA Reno, but an injury to veteran Takashi Saito lead Miley to make the team as the teams long man in the bullpen. After watching Josh Collmenter struggle early in the season, Wade Miley was given a chance to start and has yet to look back. After posting numerous impressive starts Miley finally proved himself so much that he made the NL All-star team as the Diamondbacks representative. Most MLB writers feel that Miley is the leader at this point in the season with his 12-8 record, and 3.02 ERA.

Honorable Mentions: Bryce Harper Washington Nationals, Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds.

Reliever of the Year: Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves/ Aroldis Chapman – This award is a anyone’s guess, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, or Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel. So far Kimbrel has 75 strikeouts in 43 innings, with 31 saves, and a 1.26 ERA. While Reds closer Aroldis Chapman who has an amazing 106 strikeouts in 57 innings, with 28 saves, and a 1.28 ERA. It’s hard to choose either Superstar closer, as both are Cy Young candidates as well.

Cy Young: R.A. Dickey New York Mets – The great story of R.A. Dickey continues, as the Mets Ace continues to produce. Dickey who is currently tied for the MLB lead in wins with 15, also boasts a 2.72 ERA, with 166 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings. However the Mets have fallen off the cliff since the All-star break.

Honorable Mentions: Johny Cueto Cincinnati Reds, Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals, Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds, Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves.

MVP:  Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates – Sure Andrew McCutchen was a 1st round pick in the 2005 draft, but not too many scouts could have seen McCutchen being the MVP caliber player he has been in 2012. McCutchen is putting up numbers out of this world, .362 AVG, .422 OBP, .607 SLG%, with 23 Home runs, and 71 RBI. At this point McCutchen is the clear front-runner for NL MVP, and the award is Andrew McCutchens to lose at this point.

Honorable Mentions: Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds, Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals, Buster Posey San Francisco Giants.

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. You can also follow Codey on Twitter (@ProspectsMLB)

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