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Diamondbacks 2010 Minor League Season Begins - Team Previews and Game 1 Notes | April
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On Thursday, the season began for the upper levels of the Minor Leagues. Here is a quick preview of the rosters for the Diamondbacks' farm teams, and some notes from the first day of action. Reno Aces (AAA) The Reno Aces have a lot of names that are familiar to Diamondbacks fans. The most exciting player on the roster is 1B Brandon Allen, who impressed during Spring Training and is the team's best power prospect in the upper minors. Allen may also play some LF in Reno to improve his chances of reaching the majors quickly. The other key area of interest in Reno is the starting pitching, since one of the group will be called up in mid-April to serve as Arizona's 5th starter. Here are some of the players to watch on the Reno roster: SP: Billy Buckner, Kevin Mulvey, Kris Benson, Bryan Augenstein, Cesar Valdez RP: T.J. Beam, Josh Ellis, Zach Kroenke, Daniel Stange, Clay Zavada IF: Brandon Allen, Pedro Ciriaco, Ryan Roberts OF: Jeff Bailey, Cole Gillespie, Drew Macias Day 1 Notes: The Aces won their opener 5-4 in extra innings over Fresno. Kevin Mulvey started the game, and pitched well, going 6 IP with 2 ER, 0 BB, and 4K. Jeff Bailey, who hit well in spring training, continued to swing a good bat, going 2-5 with a HR, and Brandon Allen went 1-3 with 3 BBs. Mobile Bay Bears (AA) The most intriguing players on the Bay Bears this year might be a couple of hard throwing relievers, RHP Roque Mercedes and LHP Leyton Septimo. Others to watch include OF Colin Cowgill, C Konrad Schmidt, and SPs Wes Roemer and Bryan Shaw. Some key players on the Mobile roster: SP: Wes Roemer, Tom Layne, Barry Enright, Bryan Shaw, Matt Torra RP: Roque Mercedes, Leyson Septimo, Kyle Newby C: Sean Coughlin, Konrad Schmidt OF: Collin Cowgill, Evan Frey, Ollie Linton Day 1 Notes: The Bay Bears won their opener 3-2 over Montgomery in 10 innings. Wes Roemer got the Opening Day start, and allowed only 2 ER in 6 innings. Konrad Schmidt had 3 hits, while Evan Frey and Collin Cowgill each had 2 hits and a walk. Visalia Rawhide (High A) The Visalia club features three of the organization's top hitters from 2009, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, OF Mark Krauss, and 1B Ryan Wheeler, as well as defensive whiz Reynaldo Navarro. Key players on the Visalia roster: SP: Josh Collmenter, Patrick McAnaney, Wade Miley, Trevor Harden IF: Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Wheeler, Reynaldo Navarro OF: Marc Krauss Day 1 Notes: Visalia lost their opener 5-1 to a tough Stockton team. Former top draft pick Wade Miley received the Opening Day start for the Rawhide, and only allowed 1 ER in 5 IP. Paul Goldschmidt started at 1B, and went 2-5, while Ryan Wheeler got the start at 3B (after playing 1B and LF in 2009) and went 0-4 with a BB. Defensively, he handled all 5 chances cleanly. South Bend Silver Hawks (A) The South Bend team is loaded with 4 players selected in either the 1st Round or Supplemental 1st Round of the 2009 draft - 3B Bobby Borchering (drafted #16), 1B Matt Davidson (#35), SS Chris Owings (#41), and SP Mike Belfiore (#45). Key players on the South Bend roster: SP: Michael Belfiore, Eric Smith IF: Bobby Borchering, Matt Davidson, David Nick, Chris Owings OF: Keon Broxton Day 1 Notes: It wasn't a great start for South Bend as they lost 16-5 to Great Lakes. Mike Belfiore was hit hard, allowing 7 R (4 ER) in 3.2 IP, and he wasn't helped by 2 errors by 3B Bobby Borchering and 1 by 2B David Nick. Keon Broxton and Chris Owings each had two hits for the Silver Hawks.