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Wednesday, July 31st 2013

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

In 2010 former Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes traded for Ian Kennedy, Three years later now San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes traded for Ian Kennedy once again. In Kennedy’s first season with Arizona he showed great potential, so much so it led him to be the 2011 opening day starter. The Diamondbacks made the playoffs in 2011, and Ian Kennedy was arguably the biggest reason why after going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA. ultimately the Diamondbacks lost in 5 games to the Brewers. In both 2012, and 2013 Kennedy was manager Kirk Gibson’s choice as opening day starter. However Kennedy had a very disappointing 2012 campaign, and was ultimately worse in the follow-up 2013 season.

Hours before the 4pm EST trade deadline on July 31st, 2013 it was announced the Diamondbacks have agreed to trade Kennedy to the division rival San Diego Padres for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, relief prospect Matt Stites, as well as a 2014 Competitive Balance 2nd round pick. While the baseball industry appears to be mixed about the trade, as some feel like the Diamondbacks got very little for Kennedy, while some believe the Diamondbacks got a quality return for the one time Cy Young candidate.

Both Padres fans and Diamondbacks fans should like the trade, first it helps the DBacks chances of making the 2013 playoffs, as well as adding a very high draft pick, and a quality pitching prospect. Padres fans hope they catch lightning in a bottle and Kennedy returns to the form that had him as a 4th place finish in the 2011 Cy Young vote.

Going forward Ian Kennedy was likely going to be kicked out of the rotation regardless. As the Diamondbacks have very good starting pitching depth with Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, Randall Delgado, Brandon McCarthy, Archie Bradley, Tyler Skaggs, and even more quality prospects.

Scouting Reports:

Ian Kennedy RHP (Padres) Kennedy has a High 80’s, Low 90’s fastball which he throws 60% of the time. He also throws a high 70’s curveball, low 80’s change-up, as well as a mid-to-upper 80’s cutter. Ian Kennedy appears to be a perfect fit for Petco Park, as Kennedy is a Flyball/Strikeout pitcher.

Joe Thatcher LHP (Diamondbacks) Thatcher is a lefty specialist who doesn’t have the best velocity, but thrives with great deception. From 2010-2012  has held lefties to an amazing .182 AVG, while righties hit .256 in the same time. The DBacks greatly needed a second lefty in the bullpen, and it doesn’t get much better than Thatcher.

Matt Stites RHP (Diamondbacks) (Stites is likely out the rest of 2013 following an emergency appendectomy) Stites is probably the most interesting piece of the entire trade. A 17th round pick of the 2011 draft, Stites has been nothing short of amazing. In 2012 Stites had a 0.74 ERA, with 60 strikeouts and only 3 walks  in 48 2/3 innings. In 2013 Stites has been equally impressive in AA posting a 2.08 ERA with 51 Strikeouts and 8 walks in 52 innings. Stites throws a fastball that touches 96 MPH+, to go along with his amazing command is very impressive.

Joe Thatcher

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, July 30th 2013

Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

 

So the big story on Twitter this afternoon is the fact that the Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to trade for Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The ties between Peavy and Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers go all the way back to 1999 when Towers drafted Peavy in the 15th round for the San Diego Padres. Peavy is not too long removed from being one of the National Leagues best pitchers, as proved by his 2007 season when he won the NL Cy Young award, beating out former Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb. Since he was traded to Chicago Peavy has battled some injuries that have somewhat limited him, but when he’s been healthy enough to toe the rubber he has pitched fairly well. In 13 2013 starts peavey has a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings, with a 76/17 Strikeout/walk ratio.

The White Sox are looking for a major haul in any Peavy trade. Asking for 2-3 top prospects, as well as the other team to assume the rest of the money owed on Peavy’s contract. Meaning likely the Diamondbacks would have to part with LHP prospect Tyler Skaggs, as well as either short stop Chris Owings, or third base prospect Matt Davidson. Which for a team to take on that big of a contract, and part with some of its top prospects seems like a lot to give up for the 32-year-old Jake Peavy.

While most trade rumors pre deadline don’t ever happen, it’ll be interesting to see how this possible trade plays out.

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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Minor League Photo Day

Monday June 17th, 2013

As the Minor league All-Star games are about to beginning I figured this was as good of a time as any to update the Diamondbacks top 20 prospects list. After two moths of the MiLB season some prospects are starting to strive in the minors, while unfortunately some prospects have taken a step back in their progression. It can be the breakout of RHP Archie Bradley becoming arguably baseball’s biggest pitching prospect, or other prospects who aren’t performing on their expected level. With that in mind here is my ranking of the Arizona Diamondbacks Mid-Season top 20 prospects including 2013 draft picks. The process of completing this list I used scouting reports from pro, and armature scouts, as well as my own judgement to make this list. Enjoy.

1.) Archie Bradley RHP (A+, AA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 1.42 ERA, 82.2 IP, 36 BB, 97 K, .202 avg. Archie Bradley has taken the Minor leagues by storm in 2013 following his so, so 2012 full season debut. Bradley uses his plus, plus fastball that sits 93-96 MPH and touches 100 MPH, along side one of the minors best curveballs a nasty plus power curve that sits about 80-84 MPH. Bradley’s 3rd pitch is a change-up which is well behind his other two pitches, but scouts say Bradley has a feel for his change-up and should at least be an average offering down the road. If Archie Bradley can continue to improve his control/command most scouts believe Bradley has the stuff to become a true “Ace” with an about average #2 starter as the fall back.

2.) Braden Shipley RHP (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No stats in 2013 yet) Most everyone was shocked when Shipley was still on the board when the Diamondbacks picked No. 15 overall in the 1st round. Braden Shipley has more room to grow than most college pitchers as Shipley just recently switched to pitcher after starting his Nevada career as the everyday short stop. Shipley has a great fastball that sits 92-96 MPH, and touches 99 MPH, Shipley also has a plus change as he uses the same arm speed on his change as he does with his fastball. Shipley’s third offering is a curveball, which at this point is just a show me pitch. Scouts believe Shipley will be an above average No. 2 starter in the Bigs, with an outside chance of being a number 1 starter if he continues to progress on the mound.

3.) Tyler Skaggs LHP (AAA, MLB) – 2013 Stats: MiLB stats 10 GS, 4.92 ERA, 56.2 IP, 19 BB, 61 K, .270 avg. Skaggs continues to be one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, however in 2013 Skaggs has taken a tiny step backwards as his FB velocity and command are both a little down compared to 2012. Skaggs uses a great 4 pitch arsenal to get batters out, a FB that sits 89-92 and can touch 94 MPH, a 72-76 MPH CB that many believe is undoubtedly the best in all of the minors, a Change up that’s about 82-84 MPH has shown real progress in 2013 and is becoming a really good pitch against RHB. While he doesn’t used it much Skaggs has shown a slider in 2013 which is just a show me pitch right now. Tyler Skaggs still looks like he will be a number 2 starter, and the floor for Skaggs is a 1st end number 3 starter.

4.) Matt Davidson 3B (AAA) – 2013 Stats:  .305/.360/.514, 10 HR, 43 RBI. Davidson has always been known for his power as he has come up through the Diamondbacks Farm system after hitting more home runs every year than he did the previous year. In 2013 that appears to hold true as he is on pace for a career high in home runs. Early in his career scouts questioned whether Davidson could stay at 3B long-term, but over 2012/2013 Davidson has made major strides on defense, while all but erasing those scouts questions. Davidson has a plus arm which sometimes it gets him in trouble making throws that he should probably eat instead of forcing the error. At this point Matt Davidson appears to be and above average everyday third baseman. While he wont be the best hitter for average Davidson can probably hit .260/.280 with 20-30 HR annually at the MLB level.

5.) Adam Eaton (A+, AAA) – 2013 Stats: Eaton was injured during spring training and has only appeared in a few MiLB games as part of his rehab. Heading into 2013 Eaton was projected to be the everyday center fielder and bat leadoff. When healthy Eaton can hit for average, with plus speed, great defensive range, and a cannon of an arm.

6.) Chris Owings SS/2B (AAA) – 2013 Stats: .353/.371/.472, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB. Since being drafted in 2009 Owings has shown an ability to hit for average and above average pop for his position. The only question scouts generally have about Owings is his plate discipline as Owings has only walked 8 times in 2013, and his professional career high is only 24 walks. Over the last two seasons Owing has shown great improvements defensively and can stay at SS defensively. Having said that, Owings will likely have to move to 2B with Didi Gregorius manning short stop for the for seen future. Chris Owings has the potential of being an everyday SS/2B who hits enough will enough defense to possibly be an above average regular.

7.) David Holmberg LHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 2.45 ERA, 23 BB, 50 K, .253 AVG.

8.) Stryker Trahan C (EX Spring Training) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet)

9.) Brandon Drury 3B/1B (A-) – 2013 Stats: .319/.353/.564 27 2B, 10 HR, 48 RBI (Drury was a prospect the DBacks received in the Justin Upton trade.)

10.) Aaron Blair RHP (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet) Arizona Diamondbacks picked Blair with their competitive balance pick after the 1st round/ before the 2nd round.

11.) Zeke Spruill RHP (AA, AAA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 3.12 ERA, 89.1 IP, 31 BB, 44 K, .256 AVG.

12.) Jake Barrett RHP (A+) – 2013 Stats: 15 Saves, 25.1 IP, 8 BB, 33 K, .186 AVG

13.) Jake Lamb 3B (A+) – 2013 Stats: .287/.415/.558, 8 HR, 24 RBI

14.) Andrew Chafin LHP (A+, AA) – 2013 Stats: 14 GS, 3.53 ERA, 81.2 IP, 37 BB, 64 K, .261 AVG.

15.) Kevin Munson RHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 12 Saves, 3.64, 29.2 IP, 15 BB, 36 K, .167 AVG.

16.) Anthony Meo RHP (AA) – 2013 Stats: 8 GS, 6.37 ERA, 35.1 IP, 25 BB, 17 K, .252 AVG.

17.) Michael Perez C (A+) – 2013 Stats: .182/.224/.325, 5 HR, 24 RBI.

18.) Andrew Velazquez SS (A-) – 2013 Stats: .286/.318/.405, 5 2B, 4 RBI

19.) Nick Ahmed SS (AA) – 2013 Stats: .167/.237/.215,  7 2B, 15 RBI.

20.) Justin Williams 3B/OF (2013 Draftee) – 2013 Stats: (No Stats in 2013 yet) The Diamondbacks 3rd pick of the 2013 draft. Best Tool: Plus raw power.

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l_52d277602cf360320961ccfc16381217Today’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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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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AAA National Champions Reno Aces Win The Title 10-3 Over The Pawtucket Paw Socks

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE………..

Today we switch it up and throw the AAA up top as what they did today is something that may only happen to a team once if ever. The Reno Aces not only won their PCL Division Tittle this season but they also won their first ever conference Title, A Pacific Coast League Title and They also won the AAA National Championship Title By beating the Pawtucket Paw Socks 10-3 Tuesday night.

2012 AAA Nation Champions Reno Aces

The Aces win the National Championship by sending Trevor Bauer The #1 pitching prospect  in the Nation and the 3rd overall pick of the draft to the mound at 21 years old. On the other end of the spectrum the Paw Socks send their Ace a 38 year old Nelson Figueroa who wants to end his career on a high note with a National Title. Theres one problem with that equation…. Figueroa never had to face a star studded line up like the Reno Aces and at 38 years old this may not have been the time to test himself.

Reno Aces Pitcher Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer would make quick work of the 1st inning by recording 2 ground outs and a strike out to end the first. The Aces would jump all over Figueroa in the first inning when PCL champion MVP AJ Pollock stepped in the box as the first batter and took the 2nd pitch deep to center for a triple. Tyler Kuhn would get a RBI single to score Pollock and Josh Bell and Mike Jacobs strike out.

Mike Jacobs

With 2 outs Brent Clevlen steps up to the plate and absolutly smashes a ball over the center field fence for a 2 run home run and a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd for the Paw Socks Danny Valencia would hit a lead off double but would be stranded on base after Bauer would get a strike out and two pop ups to end the 2nd for Pawtucket. The Reno Aces were not done swinging the bats just yet as Tyler Bortnick would single, Ryan Budde would line out to center for out #1. AJ Pollock would hit a RBI double to CF scoring Bortnick, Tyler Kuhn singles to score Pollock and Josh Bell singles to score Kuhn and make it a 6-0 game.

Tyler Kuhn

Bauer would have some trouble in the 3rd with his command walking 2 men but gets out of it by striking out 2 and getting a ground ball to keep the game scoreless. Brett Butler keeps the foot on the throttle in the 3rd and scores 2 more runs on a single by Brent Clevlen, a Taylor Harbin walk, Ryan Budde RBI Sac fly,  Keon Broxton singles to 2nd to end the 3rd.    In the top of the 4th the Paw Socks would get on the board with a Danny Valencia walk, Dan Butler single, Jonathan Hee walk, and a 3rd walk of the inning by Bauer walking Che Hsuan Lin would push across Valencia. in the 4th Reno would go quietly for the first time to keep the score 8-1. The Paw Socks would snag another run in the 5th when Tony Thomas uncorks on a fast ball and hits a solo home run making it 8-2.  Before the top of the 5th was over Trevor Bauer would be relieved of his duties after walking the bases loaded and Mike Demark would get the 3rd out on 2 pitches. Trevor Bauer would get a no decision on the night and go 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 walks and 6 K’s. In the bottom of the 5th the Aces would get that run back on a Tyler Bortnick hits a lead off double and Keon Broxton hit a 2 run Home run to tack on 2 more runs making it a 10-2 game. With exception to the 1 run in the 7th by Pawtucket the rest of the night would be handed to the bullpen as the reno aces send Sam Demel in for a 1 run inning.

Trevor Bauer & Jensen Lewis celebrate championship

Jensen Lewis has been Reno’s set up man all year and has really been lights out for the Aces all year having a perfect 8th inning to cap off his season before handing the ball over to the closer Big Jonathan Albaladejo who came in and blew the ball right past everyone. The Aces cap an amazing season with an amazing performance to prove that in fact they are the best team in AAA baseball this year as they blow through the competition and win their first AAA National Championship. Congrats to the Aces ball club on a spectacular performance and making it fun to cover you all year. The sacrifices these guys make day in and day out to play the game we all love so much often goes un-noticed and on behalf of the Fans and Behindhomeplatebaseball.com we Thank You for all your time and efforts. Good luck to those who get called up and we will see you in the spring, only 196 days till we return let the countdown begin.

GAME NOTES:

Reno Aces PCL championship MVP and National Championship MVP A.J. Pollock

AJ Pollock would be selected as the National Championships MVP going 2 for 5 scoring twice with a double, a triple and1 RBI.Pollock was also selected as the leagues PCL Championship MVP.

Tyler Bortnick

Honorable mention goes to Tyler Bortnick 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. 6 players had 2 hits or more: Pollock, Kuhn, Bell, Clevlen, Bortnick, and Broxton. CALL UPS: AJ Pollock and Mike Jacobs were called up today to the Dbacks and both are class acts that should add some depth to the bench for pinch hitting for the rest of the year.

MLB Diamondbacks vs Padres Game 1

The Dbacks place themselves in the wild card race with their last 2 wins and look to keep the winning streak going and end this season on a high note. With 17 games left in the season and the way this division is shaping up they may need to win at least 10 of those games and may need some help from others to get in. To do that they would send their young 27 Year old Ace IPK Ian Kennedy to the mound to square off against 33 year old Eric Stults. The fans were excited to see Chris Youngs return to the line up after his recent injury but it would be short lived when the first pitch was hit deep to center he tracked the ball to the warning track and made the catch but came up limping. You could read his lips as he looked to the dugout and said “im done” giving the signal to Gibby. after the game he said ” i felt good before the game and i put in a lot of work but as soon as i got it, it grabbed on me”. Chris Young likely wont return this season and comes out of the game and Adam Eaton takes over center field as Gerardo Parra takes Left Field.

Adam Eaton

Kennedy would struggle in the first giving up a single, a walk and a single to get to Yonder Alonso who would hit a sac fly to score Logan Forsythe to make it a 1-0 ball game in 1st. Starting it off for the Dbacks would be the spark plug known as Adam Spanky Eaton who would draw a 9 pitch walk, Eaton would steal his 2nd base swiping 2nd. The stolen base by Eaton would prove to be huge for the Dbacks as Paul Goldschmidt singles to right field Eaton easily trots in. Miguel Montero would double to score Goldschmidt and the Dbacks now lead 2-1. the game would be relativley quiet for a few innings until the 5th when Justin Upton walks and Montero hits a double to score Upton 3-1 Dbacks. a few more scoreless innings and Kennedy goes 8 innings of outstanding pitching giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 6 K’s, before handing the ball over to J.J Putz to get the save to win the game 3-2.

Game Ball to IPK 8 innings 1 run.

GAME BALL: My game ball has to go to IPK for pitching one hell of a game with some of his best pitching in the 8th striking out 2 men. Honorable mention: Montero goes 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s  and Adam Eaton doing what a lead off guy is supposed to do with 2 walks and a stolen base scoring a run.

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.

A Huge week for the Diamondbacks organization as 3 minor league teams record championships in their respective divisions.

AAA Reno Aces vs Omaha Storm Chasers Championship Week

The Reno Aces dominate the Chasers and take game one of this series by the score of 13-1 in Reno with #1 pitching prospect Trevor Bauer going 6 2/3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits.

Reno Aces Pitchers Trevor Bauer & Jensen Lewis

Ryan Budde with  2 home runs, and Tyler Kuhn, Ryan Strieby, & Mike Jacobs all record a long ball. Brent Clevlen with a 3 for 5 night leads the way as the Aces win the first game in dominant fashion. In game 2 the Aces would throw newcomer Daniel Cabrera who could not keep the ball down and struggled all night giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and would get yanked in the 4th inning. The Aces would loose game 2 to the score of 9-6 but wouldnt go quietly as A.J. Pollock, Mike Jacobs, and Tyler Bortnick all go 2 for 4 on the night.

Game 2 of the Reno Aces vs Omaha Storm Chasers series would be a ruff game for the Aces as they would loose the pivotal home game 9-6 and have to go to Omaha for the next 3 games to try and win this series. The Chasers would score 1 in the first and 1 in the 2nd innings and the Aces would answer with a run in the 2nd to keep it close. In the 5th inning the Chasers would open this game up and score 5 runs and start to celebrate a little too soon as the hearty Aces answer their 5 runs with 4 of there own. The Chasers would get 2 more runs in the 7th and the Aces would tack on their last run in the 8th and loose this game 9-6. Daniel Cabrerawould get the start for the Aces on the mound and would get the loss as he goes 4 1/3 innings and gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. 3 home runs would be hit by the Chasers on the night.

Mike Jacobs

The offensive player of the game for the Aces goes to Mike Jacobs who turns in a 2 for 4 performance scoring twice, with a home run and 3 RBI’s. A.J. Pollock, and Tyler Bortnick both record 2 hits and keep the Aces in striking distance but  the Aces fall short in game 2 and have their backs against the wall in un friendly grounds.

Tyler Bortnick

NOTE: Wladimir Sutil while batting appeared to take a batted ball off the knee cap and would go down in the batters box. He would try to walk on it but was unable to do so and Trainer Joe Metz would carry him off field. Sutil would later be placed on the 7 day DL.

Game 3 AAA Reno travels to Omaha Storm Chasers to try and steal game 3 in hopes to squeak out a win on foreign soil. Brett Butler said his team was up for the challange and when they are faced with adversity the true athletes come out and come up big. Depleated by September call ups the Reno Aces have lost their best players in Adam Eaton lead off guy who is the spark plug to this line up  got called up to AZ Dbcacks, Jake Elmore & Ryan Wheeler both called up along with Konrad Schmidt, and Tyler Graham all were starters for Reno now in big leagues. Reno lost some enormous arms in the bull pen to september be call ups in Tyler Skaggs, and Patrick Corbin are 2 of the pitchers who won a lot of games for the Aces but are now with the Dbacks. Even though the Aces lost their 1,2 & 3rd batters in the line up they continue to find ways to win ball games, a true testament to the depth of talent in the Dbacks organization. The Aces would go into game 3 knowing if they wanted to win that championship it would be in Omaha’s house in front of their fans, but that didn’t stop them as they go on to beat them in game 3 to the score of 3-0. The story of game 3 was Joe Martinez who pitched an outstanding shutout game through 7 innings allowing just 5 hits and 0 runs with 7 strikeouts.

Joe Martinez

Joe had everything going right for him, movement, location and some great defense from his teammates. Offensive player of the game goes to A.J. Pollock who went 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 2 RBI’s accounting for all of the teams scoring in this game. Tyler Kuhn and Ryan Budde the only other 2 to record 1 hit. The Aces were outhit 5-4 but outlast the Chasers embarrassing them in their own house 3-0. The Aces just one game away from a PCL championship take on the Chasers tomorrow in what could be the last game for one and a National title shot for the other.

Game 4 AAA Reno Aces vs Omaha Storm Chasers would be a game where both teams leave it all out on the line. Brett Butler said he would pitch his ace Trevor Bauer if it came down to a one game situation game 5 but said he didn’t think this series had a chance of going a game 5 after game 4 performance.

Pitchers Trevor Bauer & Charles Brewer

In game 5 Butler went to the salty veteran Charles Brewer who would throw an outstanding 6 1/3 innings and give up only 2 runs on 5 hits before turning it over to the bullpen who has been nearly perfect over the past 6 games. Joe Patterson, Jensen Lewis and BIG Jonathan Albaladejo would combine to throw a 2 2/3 inning 2 hit shut out to give the Aces another great outing. The Aces hold the Chasers to 0 runs through 6 innings where they would score their only 2 runs of the game. The Aces would put up 3 crooked numbers on the score board and earn their first PCL Championship beating the Chasers 8-2 and earning that ring.

AAA Pacific Coast League Champions Reno Aces

The offensive player of the game goes to Tyler Kuhn who was brilliant going for 4 for 5 on the day scoring 3 runs with 3 doubles and 1 RBI marking his 2nd 4 hit post season effort.

Tyler Kuhn

A.J. Pollock would earn the MVP for the playoffs hitting a home run in his 2nd straight game. Mike Jacobs would also hit 4 home runs in the playoffs at crucial times to help the Aces win their championship.

A.J. Pollock

The Reno Aces now travel to Durham NC to face the Pawtucket Red Socks at 4:05 Tuesday the 18th for the AAA National Championship where the Aces will turn to their #1 prospect Trevor Bauer to get the win.

AA MOBILE BAYBEARS VS JACKSON GENERALS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Mobil Baybears repeat  as Southern League champions by beating the Generals on a score of 1-0 in game 4 of the 5 game series.

2012 AA Champions Mobile Baybears

The Baybears win the game 1-0 on a 3rd inning home run from Jon Griffin. Mobile gets 7 shutout innings from RHP Mike Bolsinger and the bullpen would remain perfect on the night to give the Mobile squad their 2nd streight ring. Matt Davidson was named the 2012 Southern League Champion Series MVP recording 3 hits, one of which was a 2 run walk off home run in game 3 that gave the Baybears a 4-2 win in the 10th inning.

A MISSOULA OSPREY VS OGDEN RAPTORS CHAMPIONSHIP

The single A Missoula Osprey team in a winner takes all vs the Ogden Raptors championship game where the Osprey would come out swinging and take this Championship by a score of 10-0.

Single A Missoula Osprey 2012 Champions

The Osprey throw 4 pitchers and give up 0 runs in 9 innings. The Osprey’s Jake Lamb finished with 4 RBI’s  and Yosbel Gutierrez each hit 2 run home runs to go up 9-0 and Lamb’s RBI single in the 8th would finish the slaughter of the Raptors. Yoimer Camacho gets the win for the Osprey and goes 5 innings and gives up just 3 hits and 0 runs.

THE DIAMONDBACKS ORGANIZATION MAKES IT A HAT TRICK AS ALL 3 DBACKS MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS WIN THEIR RESPECTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP.

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 LA Dodgers Game 1

Today the Diamondbacks return home to Chase Field to face a LA Dodger team that has been under performing for their expectations after adding $170+ million dollars in salary to their roster. Today the Dodgers would start Reigning CY Young winner Clayton Kershaw 12-8 against the Dbacks  Ian P Kennedy12-11. Both pitchers would pitch one of their best games on the season.

Former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw would go 7 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts. IPKwould have an even better night going 7 1/3 innings allowing 4 hits and 0 runs with 6 strike outs.

IPK Ian Kennedy

IPK would get the win tonight when the only run the Dbacks would score would come off of a error from Hanley Ramirez  when he threw the ball away on a Paul Goldschmidt infield hit. So the story tonight was Pitching, Pitching, & more Pitching as the Dbacks win game one of the 2 game series 1-0. With JJ Putz out with lower back tightness the save would go to David Hernandez his 15th of the year.

AAA Reno Aces vs Omaha Storm Chasers game 1

The Reno Aces would open game one of the PCL Championship series with the most dominating playoff offensive performance in club history. The Aces would blow the Storm Chasers out of the ball park by winning this game 13-1. #1 pitching prospect Trevor Bauerwould start the night a little slow giving up a run in the 2nd and walking 5 guys by the 2nd inning but pitches out of a bases loaded jam in the 2nd.

#1 Pitching Prospect Trevor Bauer

Bauer would last 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 run to earn the win and improve to 2-0 in the post season. For Omaha their top prospect Wil Myers was held hitless in this game where his team needed him one of the most. The Aces had 5 home runs on the night as Ryan Budde hits 2 HR with 3 RBI’s. Mike Jacobs, Ryan Strieby, and Tyler Kuhn all hit home runs on the night.

Catcher Ryan Budde with 2 home runs

Every hitter in the Aces line up record at least one hit in tonights game as the Aces collect 15 hits on the night. The Storm Chasers Top Ace pitcher Jake Odorizzi looses the game giving up 9 runs on 9 hits. The Aces continue to find ways to win ball games without some of their top prospects.

AA Mobile Baybears vs Jackson Generals

The Baybears loose the first game of the AA championships to the Generals 8-1 in a game they were held scoreless for 8 innings tonight as James Paxton gets his 2nd win of the post season lasting 7 1/3 innings giving up 4 hits and 1 run. Chase Anderson goes 5 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and the loss. The star of this game has to be Generals Johermyn Chavez who goes 2 for 4 on the night scoring once and had 1 home run and 5 RBI’s on the night.

Rookie Affiliate Missoula Osprey vs Ogden Raptors

The Dbacks Rookie Affiliate Missoula Osprey send pitcher Chris Thomas to the mound to square off with Ogden’s Miguel Sulbaran and for the first 2 innings it would be a pitchers duel. Sulbaranwould get yanked early after giving up 3 doubles in the 3rd and a double and a home run in the 4th to loose the game 4-3.

Pedro Ruiz offensive player of the game

Offensivly the player of the game goes to Pedro Ruiz of the Osprey who went 2 for 4 scoring once with a double and 1 RBI on the night. The Osprey win the game in front of 1308 fans at home. a late push by Ogden would stall in the 7th as they go hitless in the final 2 innings.

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.