With two short season affiliates set to begin the 2017 seasons in June, the four Arizona Diamondbacks affiliates in action are rolling along. All four teams are either in first or second place in their division.
Here is what you need to know from Wednesday's action!
Triple-A Reno Aces (20-13)
- The Aces currently sit a full game back of first place in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division.
- Reno lost its last game May 9 against the Sacramento River Cats, 4-3. Enrique Burgos fell to 1-1 on the season.
- Braden Shipley got the start for the Aces and allowed three runs in seven innings.
- The Aces begin a four-game series at home Thursday night.
- Ace and Diamondbacks No. 1 prospect Anthony Banda (3-1, 3.82 ERA) opposes Scott Copeland (2-3, 6.33 ERA).
- First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. PT at Greater Nevada Field.
- Infielder Ketel Marte, who was acquired in the Taijuan Walker trade over the winter, is the second-best hitter in the entire Pacific Coast League (.403). Marte is first in hits (54 and second in on-base percentage (.448)
- The Aces 215 runs scored and .303 team average leads the Pacific Coast League.
- Christain Walker leads the team in home runs (9) and is second in RBIs (34) to Oswaldo Arcia (35).
Double-A Jackson Generals (20-12)
- The Generals are in first place by a half-game over the Tennessee Smokies in the Southern League Northern Division.
- Jackson defeated Tennessee 2-0 Wednesday.
- Diamondbacks No. 5 prospect, right-hander Taylor Clarke ran his record to 4-1 and pitched six scoreless innings on 3 hits with seven strikeouts. Clarke owns a 0.99 ERA in his last five starts.
- Left-hander Daniel Gibson continues to get the job done out of the Generals bullpen. The southpaw threw a scoreless inning and has not allowed an earned run in 7 appearances this season.
- Outfielder Kelly Dugan hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo blast off the scoreboard in right-center field in the third inning. That gave the Generals a 1-0 lead. Dugan now has 15 RBI on the year.
- If the Generals win tonight, they will split the series with Tennessee. The game just got underway with left-hander Josh Taylor (3-1, 3.38 ERA) on the mound for Jackson.
- As of May 9, the Generals owned the best offense in all of minor league baseball by park-adjusted OPS+ (142). Matt Eddy of Baseball America compiled the statistics.
High-A Visalia (18-15)
- The Rawhide sit in second place in the California League North Division, two games back of Modesto.
- Visalia lost 3-1 to Inland Empire Wednesday.
- Right-hander Justin Donatella fell to 0-5 on the season. Donatella allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in five innings.
- Matt McPhearson notched his sixth double of 2017 and went 2-for-4.
- First baseman Marty Herum leads the team in average (.284) and RBI (22)
- Right-hander Jason Payamps (2-0, 3.86 ERA) starts tonight at the Inland Empire.
- First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Class-A Kane County (17-13)
- The Cougars are tied with Cedar Rapids and 1.5 games ahead of Quad Cities for first place in the Midwest League Western Division.
- Kane County dropped a 8-3 game to Great Lakes Wednesday.
- The defense could not come through for right-hander Mitchell Aker who gave up 3 unearned runs in 3.2 innings.
- First baseman Paxton De La Garza drove in his sixth run of the year and went 2-for-3.
- The Cougars are in first place because of their pitching. By park-adjusted OPS+, Kane County had the fourth best pitching staff in all of minor league baseball (133) as of May 9. Eddy complied the statistics.
- Jon Duplantier has been the Diamondbacks organization's best pitcher. The right-hander owns a 0.86 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched.
- Kane County and Lansing are about ready to get underway.
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