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2010 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2010-articles/april/ Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:03:46 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diamondbacks Promote RHP Josh Collmenter to AAA Reno http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-promote-rhp-josh-collmenter-to-aaa-reno.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-promote-rhp-josh-collmenter-to-aaa-reno.html In a somewhat surprising move, the Diamondbacks have promoted 24 year old right hander Josh Collmenter from Class A Visalia all the way up to AAA Reno. Reno had openings because pitchers Daniel Stange and Kevin Mulvey were called up to Arizona after the injuries to Kris Benson and Leo Rosales. Collmenter, 6'-4" 235 lbs,  was a 15th Round pick in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan University, and has maintained a solid K/BB ratio throughout his minor league career. Josh Collmenter Collmenter was off to a great start in Visalia, compiling a 2-0 record with a 2.40 ERA, striking out 21 and walking only 3 in 15 IP. He had just been named the California League Pitcher of the Week before his callup. Pitching for Visalia in 2009, Collmenter had struck out 152 in 145 IP (9.4K/9) while walking 55 (3.4BB/9), and he has a career rate of 8.5K/9 in the minors with a 2.80 K/BB ratio. Collmenter doesn't have the greatest stuff, but he throws a variety of pitches and relies on a deceptive over-the-top pitching motion to fool hitters. Baseball America rated Collmenter's change-up as the best in the Diamondbacks' minor league system. Like fellow minor-leaguer Clay Zavada, Collmenter is also known for his mustache. While pitching for South Bend in 2008, Collmenter was honored by the American Mustache Institute with a Mustache Appreciation Night. Collmenter will make his AAA debut on Friday night at Tacoma.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:34:31 +0000 Diamondbacks call up Daniel Stange and Kevin Mulvey http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-call-up-daniel-stange-and-kevin-mulvey.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-call-up-daniel-stange-and-kevin-mulvey.html Kevin Mulvey Kevin Mulvey (25) came to the Diamondbacks from the Twins in last year's Jon Rauch trade. He throws a fastball  around 90mph, and has a decent slider, with an occasional curve and change-up. He has historically been pretty tough on right handed batters, holding them to a .236 batting average in the minors, while left handers have hit .281 against him. He made four starts for the Diamondbacks in 2009, going 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA. In 23 IP, he struck out 18 while walking 12 and allowing 5 HR. His 2009 numbers in AAA were better, 5-8, 3.93 ERA, with 113K/54BB in 149 IP. The walks were a problem for Mulvey at both levels. In Spring Training of 2010, Mulvey was a candidate for Arizona's starting rotation, but really struggled with his command. In just 9.1 IP, Mulvey allowed 13 hits and 7 walks, while striking out 5. He was only charged with 6 ER, but also gave up 9 more unearned runs. Mulvey finally started to pitch well in AAA Reno in April. He has made 4 starts for the Aces, and has a 4.05 ERA, with 14K/5BB in 20 IP. He has not allowed a Home Run in AAA this season, and his last start in AAA was solid, even though he took the loss - 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6K. If he can maintain that type of command, he has a chance to be successful in the Majors. Daniel Stange Daniel Stange is a 24 year old right-handed reliever who has been pitching for AAA Reno. He missed parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons with Tommy John surgery, but seems to have fully recovered. He can throw his fastball in the 90s, and has had good strikeout rates in the minors. Like Mulvey, Daniel Stange needs to control the walks to be successful. He has pitched pretty well at AAA, going 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA, with 8K/5BB in 9.1 IP. The 5 walks are a little high, but his strikeout rate has continued to be good. In AA Mobile in 2009, he struck out 7.7K/9 IP while only walking 2.6BB/9. He has been very tough on right handed batters in 2010, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk to the 18 right handed batters he has faced. For his minor league career, he has held RHB to a .240 BA while lefties have hit .282. Stange is a ground ball pitcher, with a career ground ball rate of 50% and fly ball rate of 32%, and he has improved his GB/FB ratio in 2009 (GB/FB=1.6) and 2010 (GB/FB=3.5). Stange will probably start out in low-leverage situations for the Diamondbacks, but there are certainly opportunities for him to receive a larger role if he pitches well.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:21:11 +0000 Diamondbacks Lead NL in HRs and are On Pace for Franchise Best 219 HRs http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-lead-nl-in-hrs-and-are-on-pace-for-franchise-best-219-hrs.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-lead-nl-in-hrs-and-are-on-pace-for-franchise-best-219-hrs.html Team Runs HR Solo 2-Run 3-Run GS HR Runs % from HR Arizona 104 27 11 14 1 1 46 44.2% St. Louis 87 26 11 9 4 2 49 56.3% Milwaukee 121 24 13 5 4 2 43 35.5% Colorado 108 24 16 3 5 0 37 34.3% Chicago 94 23 11 9 3 0 38 40.4% Los Angeles 108 20 7 10 2 1 37 34.3% Philadelphia 107 20 11 7 1 1 32 29.9% Cincinnati 93 20 10 7 2 1 34 36.6% San Diego 88 19 10 5 3 1 33 37.5% San Fran 90 18 10 6 2 0 28 31.1% Florida 102 17 12 1 4 0 26 25.5% Pittsburgh 72 17 10 4 2 1 28 38.9% New York 89 14 8 6 0 0 20 22.5% Washington 90 12 5 5 1 1 22 24.4% Atlanta 77 12 7 3 2 0 19 24.7% Houston 62 7 3 4 0 0 11 17.7% ]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:52:40 +0000 Diamondbacks Minor League Pitchers - 04/26/2010 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-pitchers-04262010.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-pitchers-04262010.html look at the minor league hitters, here is a check on the pitchers in the Diamondbacks' minor league system.Eric Smith, Mike Belfiore, Josh Collmenter AAA - Reno Aces
Pitcher W L SV IP H ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Jason Urquidez 1 0 1 13.0 12 2 3 13 1.38 1.154
Matt Torra 0 1 0 12.2 14 4 2 3 2.84 1.263
Daniel Stange 3 1 0 8.1 5 3 4 8 3.24 1.080
Cesar Valdez 1 1 0 23.2 23 10 5 25 3.80 1.183
Kevin Mulvey 0 1 0 20.0 19 9 5 14 4.05 1.200
T.J. Beam 0 0 2 10.1 9 6 5 5 5.23 1.355
Jose Marte 0 1 0 7.2 5 5 6 8 5.87 1.435
Bryan Augenstein 0 2 0 16.2 17 12 6 11 6.48 1.380
Billy Buckner 0 1 0 16.2 21 13 4 12 7.02 1.500
Zach Kroenke* 1 2 0 9.1 17 9 4 4 8.68 2.250
Jordan Norberto* 1 0 0 1.0 2 1 2 1 9.00 4.000
Chris Rahl 0 0 0 2.0 4 2 1 1 9.00 2.500
Josh Ellis 0 0 0 8.1 15 9 4 9 9.72 2.280
Billy Spottiswood 0 0 0 4.1 9 9 5 2 18.69 3.231
Clay Zavada* 0 0 0 1.0 4 6 3 0 54.00 7.000
Billy Buckner, Kevin Mulvey, and Bryan Augenstein were expected to challenge for spots at the back of Arizona's starting rotation, but ended up losing out to Rodrigo Lopez and Kris Benson. Mulvey has started to pitch better in his last few appearances, but Buckner and Augenstein still haven't been very effective. Matt Torra was called up from AA when Benson was promoted, and has only allowed 4 ER in two starts, but has only struck out 3 batters. The starter who has pitched the best for Reno this year is Cesar Valdez, who has a 3.80 ERA with 25K/5 BB in 23 IP. In the bullpen, Jason Urquidez has pitched surprisingly well, while Daniel Stange got off to a great start before struggling in his last few outings. Lefthander Clay Zavada went on the 7 Day Disabled List after giving up 3 ER in one-third of an inning, and then gave up 3 more ER in two-thirds of an inning in his first outing back. If Zavada is healthy, he may be called up, since Arizona is currently working without a lefthander in the bullpen.  Edit: In his outing on the 26th, Zavada threw a perfect inning with one strikeout. AA - Mobile Bay Bears
Pitcher W L SV IP H ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Matt Torra 0 0 0 5.0 6 0 2 4 0.00 1.600
Leyson Septimo* 1 0 0 6.1 3 1 4 8 1.42 1.105
Roque Mercedes 0 0 0 9.0 8 2 4 11 2.00 1.333
Bryan Henry 1 1 0 8.0 7 2 3 8 2.25 1.250
Reid Mahon 0 1 0 7.1 8 2 2 4 2.45 1.364
Wes Roemer 1 1 0 27.0 28 8 3 17 2.67 1.148
Tom Layne* 2 0 0 26.0 18 8 11 14 2.77 1.115
Kyler Newby 0 1 0 10.1 12 4 4 10 3.48 1.548
Abe Woody 2 2 1 7.2 12 3 2 6 3.52 1.826
Bryan Shaw 0 1 0 16.0 16 7 2 14 3.94 1.125
Barry Enright 0 0 0 18.0 17 8 3 12 4.00 1.111
Patrick McAnaney* 0 1 0 10.2 11 6 6 10 5.06 1.594
Jeff Dietz 0 1 0 9.2 15 6 5 9 5.59 2.069
The starting rotation for Mobile has started off fairly well, with Wes Roemer, Tom Layne, Bryan Shaw, and Barry Enright all with ERAs at 4.00 or below. Only Bryan Shaw, however, has strong strikeout rates and a good K/BB ratio. Patrick McAnaney was called up from Visalia when Matt Torra was promoted. In the bullpen, Roque Mercedes and Leyson Septimo are pitching well, and are possibilities for callups to AAA or the major league club. Both are striking out over a batter per inning, but still are walking a few too many. High A - Visalia Rawhide
Pitcher W L SV IP H ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Billy Spottiswood 1 0 0 6.0 3 0 0 8 0.00 0.500
Andrew Wolcott 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0.00 2.000
Bryan Woodall 2 0 1 10.0 3 0 2 13 0.00 0.500
Ryan Cook 0 0 0 8.2 3 2 6 8 2.08 1.038
Ryan Robowski* 0 0 0 8.0 11 2 4 6 2.25 1.875
Joshua Collmenter 2 0 0 15.0 11 4 3 21 2.40 0.933
Taylor Sinclair* 1 0 0 16.0 14 5 7 12 2.81 1.312
Wade Miley* 1 2 0 20.2 21 7 10 8 3.05 1.500
Victor Capellan 2 1 0 8.0 6 3 7 5 3.38 1.625
Jake Hale 0 0 0 5.1 11 2 2 3 3.38 2.438
Justin Mace 1 0 1 6.2 6 3 4 6 4.05 1.500
T. J. Hose 0 0 4 6.0 6 3 5 3 4.50 1.833
Patrick McAnaney* 1 0 0 5.0 4 3 2 4 5.40 1.200
Christian Beltre 0 0 0 10.0 12 7 6 11 6.30 1.800
Brett Moorhouse 0 0 0 6.2 6 5 7 8 6.75 1.950
Trevor Harden 0 2 0 9.0 13 8 1 7 8.00 1.556
In Visalia, Josh Collmenter (24) has pitched very well, with a 2.40 ERA and 21K/3 BB in 15 IP. Lefthanders Wade Miley and Taylor Sinclair have nice ERAs, but don't have the peripherals to support them. Bryan Woodall has been the strongest pitcher in the Visalia bullpen, not allowing an earned run in 10 IP while striking out 13 and walking only 2. Class A - South Bend Silver Hawks
Pitcher W L SV IP H ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Eric Smith 2 1 0 24 14 2 1 15 0.75 0.625
Keny Sosa* 0 0 0 9 8 1 8 5 1.00 1.778
Randy Rodriguez 0 0 0 8.1 9 2 4 7 2.16 1.560
Michael Belfiore* 1 1 0 18.2 13 5 9 19 2.41 1.179
Charles Brewer 1 2 0 20.1 20 6 6 21 2.66 1.279
Chase Anderson 1 2 0 16.2 13 5 1 14 2.70 0.840
Brian Budrow 0 1 0 9.1 8 3 3 6 2.89 1.179
Christopher Odegaard 2 0 0 8.1 5 3 4 10 3.24 1.080
Rafael Quezada 0 0 0 7.2 9 4 6 1 4.70 1.957
Diogenes Rosario 1 0 0 7.2 7 4 5 3 4.70 1.565
Daniel Taylor* 0 1 0 14.2 25 11 4 9 6.75 1.977
Yonata Ortega 0 1 4 7.1 12 7 2 7 8.59 1.909
Bradin Hagens 0 1 2 8.1 12 8 3 8 8.64 1.800
In South Bend, 2009 draftee Eric Smith is off to a strong start, allowing only 2 ER in 24 IP while striking out 15 and walking just 1. Fellow 2009 draftee Mike Belfiore has a 2.41 ERA and has struck out more than one batter per inning. Charles Brewer and Chase Anderson have also pitched well in the South Bend rotation. The bullpen has not been as strong, as closers Yonata Ortega and Bradin Hagens both have ERAs over 8.00 despite combining for 6 Saves.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:34:49 +0000
Diamondbacks Minor League Hitters Update - 04/26/2010 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-update-04262010.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-update-04262010.html AAA - Reno Aces
Player AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
John Hester 9 3 3 1 2 0 2 3 .333 .455 .778
Jeff Bailey 66 12 23 3 8 1 9 11 .348 .434 .606
Doug Deeds* 57 8 19 2 10 3 11 14 .333 .441 .596
Cole Gillespie 46 7 13 1 3 2 10 9 .283 .411 .457
Eddie Rogers 56 9 19 1 8 2 2 12 .339 .383 .464
Sean Coughlin* 25 5 7 1 4 1 3 5 .280 .357 .480
Ryan Roberts 63 11 16 0 6 2 6 14 .254 .338 .381
Brandon Allen* 64 7 11 3 8 1 12 18 .172 .316 .344
Pedro Ciriaco 19 2 3 1 4 1 1 2 .158 .238 .421
Yunesky Sanchez# 47 7 12 1 4 1 2 2 .255 .280 .340
Mark Hallberg 56 5 13 0 5 1 4 6 .232 .283 .268
Drew Macias* 21 1 3 1 1 0 1 7 .143 .182 .286
Chris Rahl 18 1 3 0 0 0 1 7 .167 .211 .167
Carlos Corporan# 39 2 6 0 6 0 0 7 .154 .150 .179
The best hitter at Reno has been Jeff Bailey, who has been getting on base and hitting for power. At age 31, Bailey is no longer a prospect, but could be a solid bench bat if needed. He's been playing LF, RF, and 1B for the Aces. Right behind Bailey has been 29 year old Doug Deeds, who has been playing all three outfield positions. The top prospect on the team, 1B Brandon Allen (age 24), is off to a slow start, batting only .172 so far. But Allen does lead the team in walks with 12, and is tied with Bailey for the HR lead with 3. Allen has also played 5 games in LF and has looked adequate so far. The other real prospect on the team, 24 year old SS Pedro Ciriaco, has just returned from an injury. The slick fielding SS hit a HR in his first game back, but must improve his on-base skills if he wants to advance to the majors. AA - Mobile Bay Bears
Player AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
Konrad Schmidt 62 10 20 3 8 4 3 8 .323 .364 .532
Evan Frey* 70 10 25 0 10 4 8 5 .357 .423 .471
Collin Cowgill 62 10 18 1 6 6 12 8 .290 .408 .435
Ricardo Sosa 16 1 4 1 3 0 1 3 .250 .294 .500
Bryan Byrne* 60 8 16 2 8 2 10 12 .267 .361 .417
Taylor Harbin 58 7 19 0 5 4 3 9 .328 .361 .397
Jacob Elmore 47 9 14 0 8 2 4 14 .298 .340 .404
Ollie Linton* 55 5 14 0 2 1 6 15 .255 .339 .309
Chris Rahl 12 2 3 0 1 0 1 4 .250 .308 .333
Cyle Hankerd 29 4 6 0 1 0 4 4 .207 .324 .241
Sean Coughlin* 14 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 .143 .250 .286
Peter Clifford* 21 1 4 0 4 0 4 7 .190 .308 .190
Ed Easley 20 0 2 0 2 1 3 5 .100 .217 .150
Jake Wald 62 2 8 0 4 0 7 30 .129 .217 .145
Catcher Konrad Schmidt (24) has been the hottest hitter for Mobile so far, leading the team with 3 HR and a .532 SLG. CF Evan Frey (24) is repeating the AA level after struggling offensively in 2009, but has a solid .423 OBP to start the season. RF Collin Cowgill (24) is finally healthy and has been getting on base at a .408 clip. OF Ollie Linton (24) is off to a slow start, with only a .643 OPS and 15 strikeouts in 15 games. The Mobile team as a whole has not hit for power at all, with only 7 HR and a .360 SLG in 17 games. High A - Visalia
Player AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
Marc Krauss* 52 14 19 2 8 0 9 13 .365 .459 .596
Kyle Greene* 27 5 9 1 8 0 7 7 .333 .472 .481
Paul Goldschmidt 63 11 18 3 8 1 5 16 .286 .338 .508
Ryan Wheeler* 64 6 18 0 6 1 6 12 .281 .352 .375
Rossmel Perez# 38 2 12 0 1 0 4 3 .316 .381 .342
Dan Kaczrowski 43 3 9 1 5 2 5 6 .209 .306 .395
Alfredo Marte 61 8 17 1 5 0 3 6 .279 .313 .377
Brent Greer 65 6 15 0 4 1 9 18 .231 .333 .338
Reynaldo Navarro# 66 7 14 1 5 2 7 17 .212 .284 .273
Josh Ford 34 3 6 0 9 0 4 4 .176 .275 .235
Chris Davis 9 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 .111 .273 .111
Tim Sherlock* 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000
22 year old LF Mark Krauss, a second round pick in the 2009 draft, has a 1.055 OPS and continues to show why many consider him the best pure hitter in the Diamondbacks' farm system. Fellow 2009 draftee 1B Paul Goldschmidt (22), who hit 18 HR in 74 games with Rookie League Yakima last year, has continued to show good power, but his plate discipline has not been as good (5 BB/16K). A third 2009 draftee, Ryan Wheeler (21), has hit OK, but is also learning to play 3B and LF in addition to his usual 1B. Class A South Bend Silver Hawks
Player AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
Matthew Davidson 67 6 23 1 9 0 1 19 .343 .384 .478
Chris Owings 67 16 21 1 8 0 3 12 .313 .352 .507
Keon Broxton 64 10 16 1 7 1 6 22 .250 .314 .469
Errol Hollinger 32 4 10 0 1 0 3 2 .313 .371 .344
David Nick 63 6 18 1 4 1 5 13 .286 .348 .365
Bobby Borchering# 65 5 14 0 10 0 7 16 .215 .284 .323
Victor Estevez 26 1 6 0 2 0 1 6 .231 .259 .346
Bobby Stone* 55 3 11 1 5 0 4 19 .200 .250 .309
Ryan Babineau 36 1 7 0 3 0 3 11 .194 .256 .250
David Narodowski 39 3 7 0 0 1 2 13 .179 .220 .231
Alberto Diaz 55 3 10 0 3 1 2 13 .182 .220 .200
Ender Inciarte* 43 3 6 0 1 0 3 7 .140 .213 .186
The Class A hitters at South Bend are very young, with most of the top players 20 years old or younger. So far, power has been a problem for this team too, with only 5 HR and a .350 SLG in 18 games. 19 year old 3B Matt Davidson has been the best hitter so far, with a .861 OPS, but Davidson also has 19 strikeouts and only 1 walk. 3B Bobby Borchering (19), the Diamondbacks' first selection in the 2009 draft, has started slowly, but does lead the team with 10 RBI. SS Chris Owings (18), a supplemental 1st Round pick last year, has been impressive. OF Keon Broxton (20) continues to show impressive tools, with 5 triples in 16 games played, but he has also struck out 22 times in 64 AB.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:53:20 +0000
Is Billy Buckner a Bullpen Option? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/is-billy-bucker-a-bullpen-option.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/is-billy-bucker-a-bullpen-option.html looked at the relievers in upper minor leagues, and concluded that Daniel Stange (AAA) and Roque Mercedes (AA) were two possibilities from players already on the 40-Man roster. But as the Diamondbacks become more desperate for bullpen help, another option to consider is Billy Buckner. Based on his ERA, Buckner did not have a good spring training or a good start in AAA this year. But he does have a few things going for him: 1) He's a ground ball pitcher. Last year, he had a 48.8% Ground Ball rate and only a 30.0% fly ball rate. His career GB/FB ratio is around 1.5. 2) He doesn't give up too many Home Runs. Buckner's ground ball tendencies lead to fewer home runs allowed, which is a strong concern for pitchers in Chase Field. So far in AAA, he has only allowed 1 HR in 10.1 IP, and his career rate in the minors is below 1 per 9 innings. Unfortunately, his rate in the majors has been a little higher - 1.4/9 IP. 3) He has a solid K/BB ratio. Despite his struggles this year, Buckner has 12K/3BB in 10.2 IP in AAA, and also had a decent 18K/8 BB in spring training. 4) He's capable of pitching multiple innings. Right now, the Diamondbacks bullpen doesn't really have a true swing man, who can make a spot start or replace a pitcher who gets knocked out early. Buckner could fill that role, and be an option for the 6th, 7th, or 8th innings. 5) He's already on the 40-Man roster, and already has some major league experience. Buckner is already 26, and while he could eventually be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter, he doesn't project as an ace. So I don't think the Diamondbacks have much to gain by grooming him to be a starter. Why not call him up and see if he contribute some useful innings? In his last start in AAA, he actually threw 5 no-hit innings before running out of gas in the 6th. Maybe he could be effective in short stretches. Buckner will certainly not be a savior for the Diamondbacks. But he is one of the top 12 pitchers in the organization right now, and I think it might be worth calling him up and see if he can help in the bullpen.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:56:33 +0000 Diamondbacks Bullpen - Any Help on the Farm? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-bullpen-any-help-on-the-farm.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondbacks-bullpen-any-help-on-the-farm.html overwork may be a contributing factor. Closer Chad Qualls and set-up man Juan Gutierrez will continue to be important pitchers, and it is likely that Aaron Heilman and Blaine Boyer will continue to have jobs. Leo Rosales has the lowest ERA among the relievers, and should stay in the long-relief role, despite some control concerns. But the rest of the staff may be in trouble. Jordan Norberto will likely be sent back to the minor after 6 BB in 3 IP, and Esmerling Vasquez has already been sent back to AAA. Bob Howry has pitched so poorly (3 HR in 4.1 IP) that he is unlikely to see meaningful innings. But who is available for the back end of the bullpen? In AAA, a few pitchers are off to decent starts, specifically Daniel Stange, Jason Urquidez, and T.J. Beam.
AAA - Reno G IP H ER HR BB SO ERA WHIP
T.J. Beam 4 5.1 5 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.13
Jason Urquidez 5 7.1 8 1 0 2 9 1.23 1.36
Daniel Stange 5 6.2 2 1 0 0 7 1.35 0.30
Josh Ellis 4 5.1 11 4 0 2 5 6.75 2.44
Jose Marte 4 4.2 5 4 1 4 4 7.71 1.71
Zack Kroenke 4 6.1 11 8 1 4 2 11.37 2.37
Billy Spottiswood 2 4.1 9 9 0 5 2 18.69 3.23
Clay Zavada 1 0.1 1 3 0 2 0 81.00 9.00
Stange (24) has the advantage of already being on the 40-Man roster, but has only pitched 12 career innings in AAA. He has a solid career strikeout rate of 9.7K/9 IP, and a career K/BB ratio of 3.17. He generally avoids the HR ball (0.7 HR/9 IP), and might be an option for the major league club. At age 27, Urquidez is no longer really a prospect, but he has gotten off to a good start in AAA. He also keeps the ball in the park, but has usually walked a few too many batters to be trusted. T.J. Beam (29) spent five years in the Yankees organization before passing through the Pittsburgh and Toronto systems and finally ending up near his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. The 6'-7" righthander has worked as both a starter and a reliever in his career, and has not allowed a run in AAA this year. Lefthanders Clay Zavada and Zach Kroenke have not impressed in AAA so far - Kroenke has been consistently ineffective, while Zavada gave up 3 ER in one-third of an inning before going on the 7-Day Disabled List. There are a few pitchers at the AA level who are worth considering - Kyler Newby, Roque Mercedes, and Leyton Septimo.
AA - Mobile G IP H ER HR BB SO ERA WHIP
Bryan Henry 2 5 1 0 0 3 4 0.00 0.80
Reid Mahon 3 4.2 5 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.07
Leyton Septimo 4 4.2 1 0 0 3 8 0.00 0.86
Kyler Newby 3 6.1 8 1 0 2 7 1.42 1.58
Roque Mercedes 4 6 7 2 1 2 8 3.00 1.50
Abe Woody 4 5.1 8 3 0 2 3 5.06 1.88
Jeff Dietz 3 5 8 5 1 3 4 9.00 2.20
Newby (25) is repeating the AA level after a mediocre 2009 season for Mobile. Newby has a career strikeout rate of 10.7K/9 IP, but that rate dipped to only 6.6/9 IP last year. Mercedes (23) is viewed as a future power-arm in the bullpen, and he impressed in Spring Training this year. Septimo was only converted to pitching in 2008, but is the hardest throwing lefthander in the organization. He's walked almost a batter per inning in his short career, and he's probably not quite ready yet. Both Mercedes and Septimo are already on the 40-Man roster. Summary - The Diamondbacks have few options in the Minor Leagues. Daniel Stange, currently in AAA, might be a possibility for a call-up, but does not have much experience. Urquidez and Beam have pitched decently, but don't offer much upside.  At the AA level, Mercedes and Septimo look promising, but may not be ready for the majors yet. Unfortunately, there are no good left-handed options available, with only Zavada, Kroenke, and Septimo available at the upper levels. But if Norberto is sent down, the Diamondbacks may decide to bring Zavada back when he is healthy.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 19 Apr 2010 04:16:45 +0000
Diamondback Bullpen Woes - Is the Bullpen Overworked? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondback-bullpen-overworked.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/diamondback-bullpen-overworked.html Pitcher G IP H ER HR BB SO ERA WHIP Shutdowns Leo Rosales 6 6.2 7 2 0 4 7 2.70 1.65 5 Blaine Boyer 7 5 6 2 0 1 2 3.60 1.40 5 Aaron Heilman 7 6.1 7 5 2 3 3 7.11 1.58 4 Chad Qualls 5 4.1 7 4 1 3 2 8.31 2.31 2 Juan Gutierrez 6 5 4 5 1 3 5 9.00 1.40 4 Esmerling Vasquez 3 3 4 3 1 2 3 9.00 2.00 2 Jordan Norberto* 6 3 2 3 0 6 2 9.00 2.67 2 Bob Howry 6 4.1 6 5 3 0 4 10.38 1.39 2 Team 37.2 43 29 8 22 28 6.93 1.73 The final column, Shutdowns, is a count of how many times the pitcher has managed to pitch without allowing a run to score. So far, not a single pitcher in the bullpen has been reliable for the Diamondbacks. The lowest ERA belongs to Leo Rosales, but he has allowed 4 BBs in just 6.2 IP, and has a 1.65 WHIP. Both Juan Gutierrez and Aaron Heilman pitched well during the first week of the season, but have struggled in their last few outings. In fact, overwork may be the biggest problem for the bullpen. Heilman, for example, had 4 shutdown appearances in his first 4 appearances, and in each case, he was pitching with at least 1 day of rest.  After a successful appearance on Thursday the 14th, Heilman was asked to pitch again on the 15th, and 16th, and ended up allowing runs each time.  Similarly, Gutierrez has now been asked to pitch on 3 consecutive days, the 14th, 15th, and 16th, and allowed runs in both of his last two appearances. The table below lists the days of rest for each appearance by Qualls, Gutierrez, Heilman, and Boyer, and the number of runs allowed in each case.
Pitcher Rest ER Pitcher Rest ER
Boyer x 0 Gutierrez x 0
Boyer 0 0 Gutierrez 2 0
Boyer 2 0 Gutierrez 3 0
Boyer 2 0 Gutierrez 0 0
Boyer 0 1 Gutierrez 0 4
Boyer 0 1 Gutierrez 1 1
Boyer 0 0
Pitcher Rest ER Pitcher Rest ER
Heilman x 0 Qualls x 1
Heilman 1 0 Qualls 0 0
Heilman 3 0 Qualls 3 0
Heilman 2 0 Qualls 2 1
Heilman 0 1 Qualls 0 2
Heilman 0 1
Heilman 1 2
Overall, the top 4 pitchers in the Bullpen have been asked to pitch on zero days rest 10 times, and have allowed runs in 6 of those times. Meanwhile, they have pitched with at least one day of rest 15 times, and have only allowed runs only 4 times. Heilman, Boyer, and Gutierrez have not allowed any runs when they had at least one day of rest. Edit: Until Sunday's Game. But some more pitchers from the back end of the bullpen need to step up, or the starters need to go deeper into games, or the Diamondbacks' Top 4 will continue to be overused.]]>
amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Sun, 18 Apr 2010 23:53:28 +0000
Juan Gutierrez continues his stellar relief pitching http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/juan-gutierrez-continues-his-stellar-relief-pitching.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/juan-gutierrez-continues-his-stellar-relief-pitching.html amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:02:20 +0000 Kris Benson throws 5 Strong Innings in AAA Debut http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/kris-benson-throws-5-strong-innings-in-aaa-debut.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/april/kris-benson-throws-5-strong-innings-in-aaa-debut.html Pitcher Win Loss ERA G IP H R ER BB SO HR Kris Benson 1 0 0.00 1 5.0 4 2 0 1 5 0 Kevin Mulvey 0 0 2.84 1 6.1 6 2 2 1 4 0 Cesar Valdez 0 0 0.00 1 4.2 3 0 0 3 7 0 Billy Buckner 0 1 12.60 1 5.0 10 7 7 1 3 1 B. Augenstein 0 1 7.94 1 5.2 4 5 5 3 3 1 ]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 13 Apr 2010 05:56:17 +0000