Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/15: Didi Takes the Field

Didi Gregorius finally played a game in the field starting at SS for Reno last night. - USA TODAY Sports

Our much talked about prospect Didi Gregorius finally took the field as the starting shortstop for Reno last night. Given the wide range of headline choices last night I gave the nod to Didi again because of all the talk about what the team should do if Aaron Hill is going to miss more time. This event now makes Gregorius an option. Gregorius handled 5 chances flawlessly and was in on 2 double plays. At the plate he went 1 for 5. Nice little stat tidbit on Didi is he's only struck out once in 33 plate appearances so far.

Reno faced off against Sacramento once again and the pitching staff did much, much better than in the previous three games. This time they only allowed 7 runs in a 7-3 loss. Randall Delgado was much better as well. Mobile got involved in a slugfest and came out on top 13-10 as Michael Freeman went 5 for 5. And last but not least, Archie Bradley was spectacular once again even though his scoreless streak came to an end at 15 when he allowed a single run in the 5th inning of a 6-1 win.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Michael Freeman, Mobile 5 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI
2 Stars: Archie Bradley, Visalia 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 ER, W (1-0)
1 Star: Ender Inciarte, Mobile 4 for 6, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Matt Davidson, Reno 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (3)

Triple A: Reno 3 Sacramento 7. Sacramento completed the sweep against Reno but the good news is they didn't get slaughtered they just got beat. Randall Delgado was worlds better than his last outing as he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings while striking out 5. The bullpen couldn't keep it close as Eury De La Rosa surrendered his first run of the season to take the loss, and Evan Marshall had another poor outing to raise his ERA to 13.50. Marshall needs to get things turned around soon or his prospect status is going to start fading fast. Kila Ka'aihue did what he could on offense going 4 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Double A: Mobile 13 @ Montgomery 10. Most of Mobile's games so far this season have been low-scoring affairs so it was a surprise to see both offenses erupt. The Bay Bears got out to a huge lead and Derek Eitel cruised through 5 shutout innings. He ran out of gas in the 6th when he yielded 3 runs and finished with a line of 3 runs allowed on 5 hits, 3 walks and no strikeouts. Every batter managed at least one hit and Michael Freeman led the way with a perfect 5 for 5 night. Ender Inciarte (our poor man's Eaton) went 4 for 6 with a double and a triple. Jon Griffin and Ryan Stovall hit their first homers of the season.

High A: Visalia 6 @ Modesto 1. It was the Archie Bradley show yet again as he tacked on 4 more shutout innings before finally allowing his first run of the season in the 5th. He got through 6 innings allowing just the 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8. So far the line is 17.2 innings, 10 hits, 6 walks, 1 earned run, 27 strikeouts. Mobile should be calling shortly. The bullpen added 3 perfect innings of relief. Seth Simmons and Jake Barrett have been dominating to start the season. Simmons has thrown 7.2 innings, no runs allowed, 2 hits, 0 walks and 10 strikeouts. Barrett has pitched 4 innings with 0 runs allowed, 2 hits, 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. On offense Matt Helm went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, and Sean Jamieson went 2 for 4 with a triple and 1 RBI. Yazy Arbelo hit his first home of the year. Michael Perez has 7 Ks in his last 8 at bats.

Low A: South Bend. Off day.

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