Well that's sure a relief. One always hates to see a highly rated prospect fall from grace and become a not so highly-rated prospect. But that was the fear with Andrew Chafin, at least somewhat as his mid-season tailspin was rather precipitous. But in what was perhaps his last start of the year, maybe next-to-last if he pitches the final game of the season on Monday, Andrew Chafin was back to what we were witnessing from him at the beginning of this season. Seven innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts...yeah, that'll work. A tally of 135 strikeouts in 108 innings? That'll work too. He's still a top prospect and might even be a candidate to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. It all depends on how they feel about his inning total for the year. Being at 108 right now with that month-long stretch where he was pitching out of the bullpen, there might be a chance he gets assigned there. So, if you're not excited enough about the trio of lefties expected to be in the Diamondbacks rotation next year, it's good to know there's a couple more right behind them in Andrew Chafin and David Holmberg.
3 Stars: Andrew Chafin, Visalia 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 ER, W (6-6)
2 Stars: Roidany Aguila, South Bend 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 DBL
1 Star: Keon Broxton, Visalia 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 DBL
0 Stars: Karl Triana, Missoula 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 1 K, 8 R, 6 ER
Game summaries after the jump.
Triple A: Reno 4 @ Fresno 5. Reno lost again in their quest to clinch a playoff spot, but fortunately Colorado Springs also lost so their magic number is down to 3 with 5 games to play. Joe Martinez started and was only so-so at best going 6.2 innings and allowing 5 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks. The offense, which has been under-whelming of late, could manage only 4 runs with 2 coming in the 9th on a 2-run homer by Tyler Graham.
High A: Visalia 7 @ Bakersfield 1. Andrew Chafin was terrific and the offense was plenty good in an easy win. Keon Broxton continued his strong finish to the season going 3 for 5 with a double and 3 runs scored. Michael Freeman also went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI and is sporting a .306 BA for the year. Reliever Kyle Winkler is having a nice finish to the season where he's really only had one poor outing in his last 10 appearances after a mostly very trying season.
Low A: South Bend 3 Lansing 7. Conrad Flynn got roughed up again and the offense wasn't up to the task. Flynn surrendered 5 runs in 6 innings on 10 hits and 2 walks. C Roidany Aguila had a nice night going 4 for 4 with a double, though he was 0 for 3 in runners stealing. Matt Helm went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.
Short Season A: Yakima 2 Vancouver 3. Derrick Stultz had a very nice start and had the team in position to win after going 5 innings and allowing a single run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Reliever Will Locante blew the save in the 8th when he allowed 2 runs, though just one was earned. C Ronnie Freeman went 2 for 3 with a walk and both of the team's RBI. Mark Ginther went 2 for 4 with a double.
Rookie: Missoula 6 Great Falls 14. In an important game for the team's playoff chances Karl Triana was not up to the task as he got knocked out in the 2nd inning and the team never recovered. Daniel Pulfer, Jake Lamb, Breland Almadova and Alex Glenn each had 2 hits in the loss. The Osprey start a critical 4-game series at division leader Billings tonight trailing them by just one game.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 3 Angels 5. The Dbacks lost in their final game of the season so this will be the last Stryker update of the year. Takashi Saito started and pitched one perfect inning before giving way to Jeff Gibbs who didn't record a single out as he walked 4 and allowed 1 hit in surrendering 5 runs. Andrew Potter was outstanding following him as he tossed 6 shutout innings on 3 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Willie Bloomquist started again and went 1 for 3 with a double. Justin Bianco went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, and in the final Stryker update Trahan went 1 for 4 with an RBI double. The Dbacks finished the season 27-29.