Baseball America and the LA Times reported that the Diamondbacks agreed to terms with undrafted free agent Felipe Lopez, a RHP from Fairmont Prep High School in Anaheim. Lopez was ranked #129 overall by BA prior to the draft and went undrafted because most considered him a difficult sign due to his academic aspirations and his scholarship offer from UCLA. The signing amount was $400,000 which counts toward the team's overall rookie bonus pool putting them over the threshold but barely under the 5% number that would have cost them a draft pick. They will have to pay a luxury tax of some $139,000 according to the BA article. Since he wasn't drafted, Lopez had until the first day of school at UCLA to sign a professional contract. Lopez is a highly thought-of high school pitcher who dominated against weak competition. His fastball sits in the low 90s and scouts consider his curveball and changeup to be potential average to plus pitches down the road. He wasn't considered a blue chip prospect but certainly one with some real upside due to his high character, a good feel for pitching, and loose arm action with projectable athleticism. He'll probably start out in the Arizona Rookie League and go from there. Seems like another good arm for the organization.
3 Stars: Taylor Harbin, Reno 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (4), 4 RBI
2 Stars: Josh Bell, Reno 4 for 5, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 DBL, 4 RBI
1 Star: Mike Jacobs, Reno 3 for 5, 1 BB, 3 R, 1 HR (15), 3 RBI
0 Stars: Pedro Ruiz, Missoula 0 for 4, 3 K
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 22 Albuquerque 8. With that kind of offensive explosion I'm sure it was no surprise all the Snake Stars awarded to Reno hitters. All 22 runs were earned and came on 22 hits. The Aces started with 10 runs over the first 4 innings then scored 10 more in the 5th. In addition to the Snake Stars above Adam Eaton hit his 40th double of the year with 2 RBI, Jake Elmore had a double and a triple with 4 RBI, and A.J. Pollock had 2 doubles and an RBI. Charles Brewer was the beneficiary of all the support though he was hardly anything special in allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings.
Double A: Mobile 5 @ Jacksonville 11. The Bay Bears got back to their losing ways as Brett Lorin wasted 5 early runs by the offense and surrendered the lead by the 4th inning. The offense went quiet after the early scores and the bullpen couldn't keep it close. Not much offense to highlight as 2 of the 5 runs were driven in by Lorin himself. Rossmel Perez had 2 hits, a walk and an RBI. Chris Owings has hit another cold spell with 2 hits in his last 24 at bats, though he has only struck out 3 times in that stretch, so he's just not finding any holes. Can you say Stephen Drew?
High A: Visalia 3 Inland Empire 5. The Rawhide actually lost a game when a pitcher's duel was eventually lost by the bullpen. Taylor Siemens started and had a very nice outing going with a shutout through six innings. But he hit the wall in the 7th with a leadoff walk followed by a home run. Inland eventually scored another in the inning and 2 more in the 9th to win it. Angels prospect C.J. Cron hit 2 home runs. Jonathan Griffin hit a 2-run homer in the 9th to make it interesting.
Low A: South Bend 2 @ Bowling Green 1. Tyler Green was solid holding BG to 1 run over 6 innings, and the bullpen was extra good keeping it there in time for the offense to win it. The winning run scored in the top of the 9th off a throwing error after Eric Groff doubled. Kaleb Fleck earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and is sporting a 1.57 ERA in 23 innings of relief work with 3 wins and 2 saves.
Short Season A: Yakima 3 Eugene 6. Cody Wheeler started and pitched 2 shutout innings before being removed. I have no details yet on why. Austin Platt relieved him and allowed 5 runs in his first two innings and the offense couldn't overcome that. Kevin Medrano had a triple and an RBI and Steven Rodriguez had a pair of singles.
Rookie: Missoula 2 Billings 4. Starter Ross Gerdeman wasn't sharp enough on a night the offense didn't show up. He allowed 4 runs over 6 innings on 5 hits, 2 walks and 2 home runs. Michael Perez hit his 8th home run and Socartes Brito had 2 hits including a double.