All-Star Brendan Duffy Promoted to Visalia

In conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the South Bend Silver Hawks have announced that outfielder Brendan Duffy has been promoted to high-A Visalia effective today, June 15, 2009. His roster spot will not immediately be filled.

Brendan Duffy has enjoyed great success with South Bend in 2009, leading the team in average, hits, runs scored, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. His impact at the top of the lineup had earned him a scheduled starting spot on the Eastern Division All-Star Team, which will now be filled by another Midwest League star.

Duffy, a 41st round pick in 2008 from Oral Roberts, is batting .308 with 17 stolen bases this season. With 62 hits, 25 walks, and 12 times being hit by a pitch, Duffy totaled a .414 on-base percentage to rank sixth in the Midwest League. He is the younger brother of outfielder Chris Duffy, who has spent time in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.

The South Bend roster currently stands at 24 active players, one less than the Midwest League maximum limit.

Chase Christianson

Duffy replaces Chase Christianson, who moves to Double-A with Jarrod Parker on the DL. Christianson went 1-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 appearances for the Rawhide this season. A native of Mobile, Christianson attended St. Paul's High School where he broke Jake Peavy's school record for strikeouts. He spent three years at the University of South Alabama before getting drafted by the Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

The BayBears now have 24 active players with Jarrod Parker on the disabled list. Parker had left his last start after taking a line drive off his right (pitching) wrist. X-rays on his wrist came up negative, but he will still need time to heal and the D-backs want to be cautoius with their prized arm.

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