Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/10: More Bradley Domination

Archie Bradley is bringing smiles to Dbacks management with his start to the 2013 season. - Norm Hall

We're starting to see from a number of Dbacks minor league pitchers what a huge difference the second year of professional baseball is to the first. The first year is such a huge culture shock as players learn to deal with all the distractions and wearying road travel that performing on the field is not always the primary focus. Archie Bradley looks to be a case in point (and he reinterated that fact in a Spring Training interview) as he was dominating once again in his second start of the year for Visalia. This time it was 6 more shutout innings with 10 strikeout, 3 hits and no walks. He didn't get the win as the bullpen gave up his 1-0 lead, but the offense rallied for a 4-2 victory.

Reno dropped a doubleheader to Salt Lake as Randall Delgado got pummeled in about as bad a start as one could imagine. He didn't get through the second inning before allowing 8 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, 5 walks and 2 home runs. I'd say that drops him behind Tyler Skaggs as the next starter in line. The pitcher he lost to was none other than Barry Enright. Mobile won in a laugher with David Holmberg on the mound. Holmberg wasn't as dominant but he was good enough and left after 4 innings after allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Archie Bradley, Visalia 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 ER
2 Stars: Nick Evans, Mobile 4 for 5, 2 DBL, 3 RBI
1 Star: Michael Freeman, Mobile 2 for 2, 2 BB, 3 R
0 Stars: Randall Delgado, Reno 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 8 ER, L (0-1)

Triple A: Game 1: Reno 4 @ Salt Lake 9. Delgado didn't have it last night as he surrendered 3 runs in the 1st and 6 more in the 2nd before being mercifully removed. And that was all after the Aces had scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st. I guess the big lead didn't really help. Offensively Chris Owings had 3 hits and is hitting .324 with 9 Ks and 1 BB in 35 plate appearances. Tyler Bortnick and Kila Ka'aihue both added a pair of singles and Brad Snyder hit a 3-run homer. Didi Gregorius started as the DH and batted leadoff going 1 for 3 with a double.

Triple A: Game 2. Reno 3 @ Salt Lake 5. In the 2nd game (both 7-inning affairs) reliever Eddie Bonine started and pitched 3.1 solid innings allowing 1 run before giving way to Joe Paterson in the 4th. Paterson was not at his best as he surrendered 2 more runs in the 4th and later allowed 2 more in the 6th. Extending Paterson to 3 innings doesn't seem to fit with Paterson's strong suit. The offense was led by 2 more hits from Brad Snyder and 2 more by Ed Easley who is hitting an impressive .727 on the season.

Double A: Mobile 10 Pensacola 2. David Holmberg took the hill and was keeping trouble at bay through the first three innings before allowing a 2-run homer in the 4th. The offense had already built a big 8-2 lead so Holmberg was given the rest of the night off. Alexis Lara followed Holmberg with 3 perfect innings of relief to get the win. The offense was led by Nick Evans who went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI. Michael Freeman had a perfect night with 2 singles, 2 walks and 3 runs scored in 4 at bats. Nick Ahmed got his first 2 hits of the season, though he struck out 3 times. And Ender Inciarte collected a couple of hits and his 3rd stolen base in 3 games.

High A: Visalia 4 Bakersfield 2. Archie Bradley was as overwhelming as ever in one of his best outings as a pro with 6 shutout innings on 3 hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts. Bradley might not be in Visalia much longer if he keeps this up and might be bucking to get his name added to the list of starters potentially available to the Major League club if the need arises. Seth Simmons and Jake Barrett were terrific in relief as the offense rallied with 3 runs in the 8th to make Simmons the winner. Barrett is looking like a totally different pitcher from last year with 5 Ks in 3 innings and 2 saves in his first 3 games. Gerson Montilla and Raywilly Gomez paced the offense with 2 hits each. Cody Ross had a hit in the middle of the late rally. Some comments after the game by this article on MiLB.com.

Low A: South Bend. Rained Out.

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