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2012 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2012-articles/april/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:36:07 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Minor League Strikeout Leaders Through April 26 http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/minor-league-strikeout-leaders-through-april-26.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/minor-league-strikeout-leaders-through-april-26.html With 9 strikeouts in 6 innings on Thursday night, Trevor Bauer now leads all Minor League pitchers in strikeouts with 37, passing AA Mobile teammate Tyler Skaggs. Close behind in the strikeout race is Visalia (High Class A) pitcher Andrew Chafin, who has 33 strikeouts in just 20.2 IP. 

(Through games of Thursday, April 26)

Rk Pitcher Age Tm Lev Aff SO BB IP W L ERA SO/9 BB/9
1 Trevor Bauer 21 MOB AA ARI 37 17 28.2 5 0 1.26 11.6 5.3
2 Tyler Skaggs* 20 MOB AA ARI 34 5 23.1 0 2 4.24 13.1 1.9
2 Matt Barnes 22 GRV A BOS 34 4 21.0 2 0 0.00 14.6 1.7
4 Tyler Thornburg 23 HVL AA MIL 33 7 28.0 2 0 1.93 10.6 2.2
4 Andrew Chafin* 22 VIS A+ ARI 33 5 20.2 2 0 2.61 14.4 2.2
4 Jose Fernandez 19 GBO A MIA 33 8 23.0 2 0 1.57 12.9 3.1
7 Tyler Matzek* 21 MOD A+ COL 32 16 24.2 1 3 3.28 11.7 5.8
7 Jarret Martin* 22 GRL A LAD 32 9 27.0 1 1 3.67 10.7 3.0
7 Nicholas Tropeano 21 LEX A HOU 32 6 21.0 1 1 1.29 13.7 2.6
10 James Paxton* 23 WTN AA SEA 31 16 23.1 2 0 3.09 12.0 6.2
10 Daniel Straily 23 MDL AA OAK 31 6 22.2 0 2 1.99 12.3 2.4
10 Andre Rienzo 23 WSM A+ CHW 31 7 25.0 3 0 1.08 11.2 2.5
10 Sean Murphy 23 BUR A OAK 31 10 23.0 2 1 1.17 12.1 3.9

Just missing the Top 10 are several more Diamondback pitchers - David Holmberg and Michael Bolsinger of Visalia have 27 strikeouts each, Archie Bradley has 26 for South Bend, Patrick Corbin of Mobile has 25, and Anthony Meo of Visalia has 24.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:53:24 +0000
Diamondbacks Add Organizational Depth by Acquiring 3B Josh Bell and OF Brent Clevlen http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-add-organizational-depth-with-signings-of-josh-bell-and-brent-clevlen.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-add-organizational-depth-with-signings-of-josh-bell-and-brent-clevlen.html The Diamondbacks have added to their organizational depth by acquiring 3B Josh Bell (assigned to AAA Reno) and OF Brent Clevlen (to AA Mobile). The recent injury to OF Chris Young and the slow start by 3B Ryan Roberts have highlighted the organization's lack of position player depth in the upper minors, and both newcomers could find themselves with opportunities at the Major League level if things break right for them.

Josh Bell
Bell, age 25, was originally a 4th Round draft pick of the Dodgers in the 2005 draft. He went to the Orioles in 2009 as part of a trade for LHP George Sherrill, and then was traded to the Diamondbacks on April 21 after being designated for assignment by the Orioles. Bell had played parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Baltimore, compiling a career .200/.221/.264 batting line over 220 AB. Even worse, Bell has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 78 to 6, which is the poorest of any Major Leaguer with over 200 plate appearances over the last two years.  

Year Age Tm AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 23 BAL 159 15 34 3 12 0 1 2 53 .214 .224 .302
2011 24 BAL 61 6 10 0 6 0 0 4 25 .164 .215 .164

Bell's Minor League numbers are a little better, as he actually posted decent walk and OBP numbers in 2008 and 2009 to go with some good power. But at the AAA level, the K/BB ratio deteriorated and the OBP dropped to an unacceptable level.

Year Age Lev AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2005 18 Rk 157 26 50 1 21 5 2 20 33 .318 .399 .395
2006 19 Rk 250 45 77 12 53 4 0 23 72 .308 .367 .544
2007 20 A-A+ 473 69 128 17 71 5 1 42 128 .271 .331 .444
2008 21 A+ 187 34 51 6 21 4 2 31 56 .273 .373 .455
2009 22 AA 448 65 132 20 76 3 5 61 98 .295 .376 .516
2010 23 AAA 316 43 88 13 50 2 4 23 78 .278 .328 .481
2011 24 AAA 395 62 100 19 57 4 0 40 118 .253 .320 .438

The Orioles Designated Bell For Assignment after Spring Training, giving the 3B position to a combination of Mark Reynolds, Wilson Betemit, and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty, and the Diamondbacks acquired him for a player to be named later. He was assigned to AAA Reno, and has gotten off to a hot start, with 2 HR and 6 RBI in his first 10 ABs, plus one walk. With Ryan Roberts off to a slow start in the Majors (.170/.254/.264), Bell is battling with fellow AAA 3B Ryan Wheeler for an opportunity to play in the Majors.  But even with Bell's hot start, he needs to show much better plate discipline before getting another shot at the Major League level.

Brett Clevlen
Clevlen (age 28) has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors, with the Tigers and the Braves. Over 77 career Major League ABs, he has a line of .234/.280/.429, with 3 HR, 7 RBI, and an ugly 31/5 K/BB ratio. He's a good athlete who has power, can run, and can play decent outfield defense, but he's always had trouble with too many strikeouts and too low of a batting average.

Year Age Lev AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 24 AAA 476 75 133 22 82 7 2 54 166 .279 .358 .496
2009 25 AAA 479 61 127 16 64 10 1 42 139 .265 .328 .441
2010 26 AAA-A 195 20 52 3 29 3 0 22 62 .267 .339 .354
2011 27 AA-AAA 386 67 117 19 62 6 4 53 96 .303 .385 .536

Clevlen may still find a role as a 4th or 5th outfielder in the Majors. He has a strong arm, and has played plenty of CF (243 games) and RF (636 games) in the Minors. And Clevlen's power is always a good asset to have on the bench. If the Diamondbacks decide that they don't want a young player like A.J. Pollock sitting on the bench in the Majors, they may turn to a veteran like Clevlen for the reserve outfielder role.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:44:35 +0000
Diamondbacks Week 2 Recap - Injuries, Offensive Struggles, and Minor League Promotions http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-week-2-recap-injuries-offensive-struggles-and-minor-league-promotions.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-week-2-recap-injuries-offensive-struggles-and-minor-league-promotions.html The week of April 16-22 was a rough one for the Diamondbacks, as the team dropped five out of seven games to the Pirates and the Braves, including five losses in a row from Tuesday through Saturday. Even worse, the Diamondbacks lost hot-hitting CF Chris Young and #2 Starter Daniel Hudson to the 15-Day Disabled List, and were also without RF Justin Upton for several games due to a thumb injury. Not surprisingly, the team struggled to score runs all week, scoring just 21 runs over 7 games, while giving up 34. Here is a recap of Week 2 for the Diamondbacks, focusing on the team's injuries, offensive struggles, and some important minor league promotions.
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:11:30 +0000
Diamondbacks Recap After the First 10 Games http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-recap-after-the-first-10-games.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-recap-after-the-first-10-games.html Although several players have started off slowly for the Diamondbacks, the team still has a solid 7-3 record through the first ten games. The offense has scored 48 Runs through the 10 games, good for the third best rate in the NL, while the pitchers have allowed 37 Runs, which ranks 7th in the NL. Let's take a closer look at the individual performances so far this season.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:45:34 +0000
Projections for the 2012 Diamondbacks' Pitchers http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/projections-for-the-2012-diamondbacks-pitchers.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/projections-for-the-2012-diamondbacks-pitchers.html In one year, things have really changed for the Diamondbacks' pitching staff. One year ago, the team was trying to pick between Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, and Aaron Heilman for the back end of the rotation. The bullpen was coming off a historically bad season in 2010, and was hoping for improvement from newcomers J.J. Putz and David Hernandez. As we head into the 2012 season, the Diamondbacks now have five reliable starters (Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders, Josh Collmenter), plus several exciting backup options in Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin, and Wade Miley. Similarly, the bullpen has become an asset for the team, and has a quality pitcher in every slot.

Following up the projections for the hitters, here are my predictions for the Diamondbacks' pitchers for 2012.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:45:20 +0000
Diamondbacks' Minor League Assignments - Where Are the Team's Top Prospects Playing? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-assignments-where-are-the-teams-top-prospects-playing.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-minor-league-assignments-where-are-the-teams-top-prospects-playing.html The Diamondbacks' Minor League season begins on Thursday, and the rosters for all of the full-season clubs have been announced. From a prospect point of view, the team to watch will again be the Mobile BayBears, which will have 10 of the organization's Top 25 prospects, including #1 Trevor Bauer, #3 Tyler Skaggs, #4 Matt Davidson, and #8 Patrick Corbin. Each club in the system, however, will have at least one highly rated prospect to follow: #2 Archie Bradley at Class A South Bend, #5 David Holmberg at High A Visalia, and #6 A.J. Pollock at AAA Reno.  Three of the the top five pitchers, Bauer, Holmberg, and ABradley, are scheduled to start on Opening Night tonight.

Here are the assignments for the organization's Top 25 Prospects:

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:27:19 +0000
Diamondbacks Release 2012 Roster for AAA Reno http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-release-2012-roster-for-aaa-reno.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-release-2012-roster-for-aaa-reno.html The Arizona Diamondbacks have released the roster for the Reno Aces, their AAA affililiate in the Pacific Coast League. The most exciting prospects on the club are outfielder A.J. Pollock (our #6 prospect) and infielder Ryan Wheeler (#15), both moving up after a season in AA Mobile.  Most of the rest of the roster includes veteran minor leaguers, who are ready to be called up if needed in the Majors. The starting rotation will be led by two pitchers with some Major League experience, Barry Enright and Joe Martinez, while the bullpen will be led by closer Mike DeMark. Here is the full roster for the AAA Reno Aces:

SP: Barry Enright, Chris Jakubauskas, Zach Kroenke, Tom Layne, Joe Martinez
RP: Jonathan Albaladejo, Sam Demel, Jason Lane, Jensen Lewis, Daniel Stange, Mike Zagurski, Mike DeMark, Bryan Woodall
C: Konrad Schmidt, Mark Reed, Ryan Budde (DL)
IF: Jake Elmore, Taylor Harbin, Mike Jacobs (Suspended), Tommy Manzella, Cody Ransom, Randy Ruiz, Rusty Ryal (DL), Ryan Wheeler
OF: Evan Frey, Cole Gillespie, Ryan LaPensee, A.J. Pollock 

Two players are starting the season on the Disabled List, catcher Ryan Budde and infielder Rusty Ryal, while 1B Mike Jacobs is serving a 50 game suspension for a positive HGH test

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:03:22 +0000
Diamondbacks' Opening Day Roster Appears Set http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-opening-day-roster-appears-set.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/diamondbacks-opening-day-roster-appears-set.html On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks announced several roster moves that should finalize the Opening Day roster. Takashi Saito was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a calf injury, and LHP Mike Zagurski was outrighted to AAA Reno, leaving a bullpen slot for LHP Wade Miley. Miley also gives the team a multiple-inning pitcher in the bullpen. With pitchers Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs being optioned to AA Mobile, the 25 Man roster now appears to be set:

SP (5): Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders (L)
RP (7): J.J. Putz, David Hernandez, Brad Ziegler, Joe Paterson (L), Bryan Shaw, Craig Breslow (L), Wade Miley (L)
C: (2): Miguel Montero, Henry Blanco
1B (2): Paul Goldschmidt, Lyle Overbay
2B (1): Aaron Hill
SS (2): Willie Bloomquist, John McDonald
3B (2): Ryan Roberts, Geoff Blum
OF (4): Justin Upton, Chris Young, Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra 

DL (2): Stephen Drew, Takashi Saito 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Wed, 04 Apr 2012 18:57:01 +0000
Projections for the 2012 Diamondbacks' Batters http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/projections-for-the-2012-diamondbacks-batters.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/april/projections-for-the-2012-diamondbacks-batters.html As we approach the start of the regular season, the position players on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster appear set. SS Stephen Drew will start the season on the Disabled List, leaving the shortstop position to a combination of Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald. The rest of the infield starters will be 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2B Aaron Hill, and 3B Ryan Roberts, with Lyle Overbay and Geoff Blum serving as backup infielders. The outfield will split time among four players - Justin Upton will be the lineup almost every day, but there will be some rotation among Chris Young, Jason Kubel, and Gerardo Parra for the other two spots. Behind the plate, Miguel Montero will get the bulk of the playing time, with Henry Blanco getting about one start per week.

In 2011, the biggest offensive surprises were from Roberts and Parra, while Drew, Melvin Mora, and the group of first basemen (Russell Branyan, Juan Miranda, Xavier Nady) all performed below expectations. Here are my projections for 2012:

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) April Tue, 03 Apr 2012 20:03:56 +0000