Reno Aces 13-13 (3rd)
Mobile BayBears 12-13 (4th)
Visalia Rawhide 15-8 (1st)
South Bend Silver Hawks 12-13 (6th)
In his first major league start, Cesar Valdez showed the
competitiveness and the composure that made him the Diamondbacks' Minor League
Pitcher of the Year in 2008. After running into some trouble in the first
two innings, the crafty right-hander settled down to toss five innings of
one-run ball to earn his first big league victory.
"The first two innings, I (felt) a little nervous, but after that I (felt) good," said Valdez, who threw 33 of his 96 pitches in the first inning. Your first time you feel so nervous, just nervous."
Valdez did not use his big, looping curveball much Monday, instead favoring a
sinking fastball that sat between 86-89 mph and a very deceptive changeup that
he throws at a couple of different speeds.
"I was impressed how he was able to hold it together, especially those first two innings," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "They made him work. He threw a lot of pitches in the first, collected himself, and went out and got into trouble again and got through it. Keeping us there was probably the best thing he could have done to get his confidence going, get his rhythm going, let him know that he belongs here and he can get some outs."
Like Valdez, Josh Collmenter is a fastball/changeup pitcher who rarely hits
90 mph. But after winning the California League Pitcher of the Week Award,
Collmenter used just 89 pitches to throw seven scoreless innings for the Reno
Aces on Friday. The Pacific Coast League took into consideration that
Collmenter skipped over the Double-A level entirely and decided to award him
with their weekly accolade as well.
"I felt good," Collmenter said. "I just tried to treat it like a normal game, make good pitches."
Collmenter also throws a curveball, which is beginning to work more
consistently for him. He and Valdez are showing that pitchability and
command can sometimes trump a blazing fastball or a sharp breaking ball.
Remember, the following rankings chronicle the hottest organizational prospects who are making the most of their opportunity by performing well. They are not necessarily the best prospects in the system overall.
Mob=Mobile, SL=Southern League, PCL= Pacific Coast League
DSL = Dominican Summer League SB=South Bend, MWL=Midwest League, Vis=Visalia, CL=California League
Stats are accurate as of the day games of Tuesday, May 4th. A yellow highlight indicates a promotion this week.
|1||1||OF||Marc Krauss||Vis||Leads farm system in HR (4), OBP (.435) and SLG (.617)|
|2||8||SP||Josh Collmenter||Reno||Has won consecutive Pitcher of the Week awards: CL and PCL|
|3||2||C||Konrad Schmidt||Mob||Leads BayBears with 8 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, .500 SLG, and .837 OPS|
|4||4||3B||Matt Davidson||SB||.351 AVG is 4th in MWL; 11 doubles tie for 2nd|
|5||5||SP||Evan Frey||Mob||11-game hit streak snapped Monday with an uncharacteristic 3 K game|
|6||7||RP||Bryan Woodall||Vis||ERA now 0.00 through a dozen games|
|7||17||SP||Cesar Valdez||Az||Outstanding as he won his big league debut|
|8||3||SP||Eric Smith||SB||3-1, 1.86 ERA even after a rough start Saturday|
|9||11||SS||Chris Owings||SB||Slugging .588 over his last 9 games|
|10||15||OF||Cole Gillespie||Az||Batting .296 with 5 2B in 27 big league at-bats|
|11||NR||SP||Wes Roemer||Mob||Complete game shutout on the 29th; 25 K to 3 BB|
|12||NR||3B||Bobby Borchering||SB||3 HR during active 6-game hit streak|
|13||13||RP||Jason Urquidez||Reno||Now 2-0 with 2 saves and a 1.56 ERA|
|14||NR||C||Rossmel Perez||Vis||.362 BA leads farm system; 8 H, 6 RBI over last 3 games|
|15||NR||SP||Charles Brewer||SB||2.02 ERA after two straight scoreless outings|
|16||6||SP||Tom Layne||Mob||Won 2 of his last 3, but averaged 4 ER per game|
|17||NR||C||Errol Hollinger||SB||SB's new primary catcher is batting .406 over his last 10 games|
|18||9||SP||Mike Belfiore||SB||Couldn't make it through the 4th inning against Fort Wayne|
|19||19||SP||Bryan Shaw||Mob||24 K and 0 HR in 27.1 IP|
|20||NR||2B||Jake Elmore||Mob||.371/.439/.514 over his last 10 games|
|21||21||SP||Taylor Sinclair||Vis||Has allowed either 1 or 2 runs in 4 of his 5 starts|
|22||22||SP||Matt Torra||Reno||Tossed 8 IP to earn the win against Las Vegas today|
|23||25||RP||Christopher Odegaard||SB||Last 9.1 IP have been scoreless; 15 K, 2 BB over last 7.1 IP|
|24||24||3B/1B||Ryan Wheeler||Vis||Six multi-hit games over his last 8 (.361 BA)|
|25||NR||RP||Billy Spottiswood||Vis||12 K, 0BB, 4 H, and 0 ER in 10 IP with Visalia|
Leyson Septimo (10) endured two straight disastrous outings against the Carolina Mudcats, totaling nine earned runs over two innings
John Hester (12) has watched his batting average slip to .238 and he still hasn't gunned down a basestealer in eight tries
Kyle Greene (14) did not respond well to additional playing time. He is hitting .148 over his last 10 games.
Collin Cowgill (16) has struggled to a .226 batting average against right-handed pitchers
Paul Goldschmidt (18) has fanned 15 times and walked just once in his last 10 games, plus he's only driven in one run in that span.
OF Ollie Linton (Mobile) has a .381 OBP in his last 10 games and has not committed an error all season
RP Bryan Henry (Mobile) is averaging a strikeout per inning and holds a 1.38 ERA
SP Barry Enright (Mobile) tossed seven shutout innings on Monday, allowing just three baserunners
OF Cyle Hankerd (Reno) doubled twice in his first Triple-A game, but hadn't been hitting at Double-A prior to his promotion
OF Chris Rahl (Reno) has hit safely in his last eight starts and hit an inside-the-park homer Monday
RP Carlos Rosa (Reno) tossed two scoreless innings in his debut as a Diamondbacks prospect
SP Ryan Cook (Reno) joined Josh Collmenter in skipping the Double-A level after a strong showing with Visalia, but fared poorly in his Triple-A debut
RP Daniel Stange (Az) has had one good outing and one poor one since joining
the D-backs on Thursday
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