Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/8: Barbosa Stellar For Visalia

Visalia's Andrew Barbosa got his 2013 season off to a roaring start.

Visalia starter Andrew Barbosa had a tremendous season debut on the hill leading the Rawhide to a 4-0 victory. He tossed 6 shutout innings on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out a whopping 11 batters. Barbosa was drafted in the 36th round last year mainly due to the fact he missed 2 full seasons in college to injury. He overwhelmed opponents in Missoula last year through 4 starts and was promptly bumped up to South Bend. He pitched well in South Bend but a few rough outings sullied his overall numbers. But he did sport a fine K/9 of 10.3 and a K/BB of 2.22.

That earned him a promotion to Visalia this year and his season is officially off to a bang. Barbosa is a 6-8 left-hander who is already 25 due to the lost seasons, but performances like that in the California League less than a year after turning pro will get you noticed. We've noticed and intend to keep a close watch to see if he's got a special season in store.
Mobile lost their series rubber game with Mississippi 3-2 in spite of a very good outing from Derek Eitel and out-hitting the Braves 12-6. South Bend upped their record to 3-2 with a sparkling effort from Cody Wheeler and a 3-hit night from Alex Glenn.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Andrew Barbosa, Visalia 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Cody Wheeler, South Bend 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (1-0)
1 Star: Alex Glenn, South Bend 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 DBL, 2 RBI, 1 SB
0 Stars: Dan Cortes, Mobile 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 ER, BS, L (0-1)

Triple A: Reno @ Salt Lake City. Postponed due to snow.

Double A: Mobile 2 @ Mississippi 3. Derek Eitel had the Bay Bears in position for a win after tossing 5 strong innings of 1-run ball and leaving the game with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately the offense couldn't do much more and Dan Cortes allowed 2 runs in relief that cost the team the game. Eitel allowed just one run on 3 hits and a walk. The offense did manage 12 hits but left 9 men on base. Jon Griffin went 3 for 4 with a double and Nick Evans had 3 singles and scored twice. Brent Clevlen also had a pair of hits. Reliever Bo Schultz joined the team after starting the year in Reno. He got bumped down a level after the Dbacks claimed Will Harris on waivers and assigned him to Reno.

High A: Visalia 4 Bakersfield 0. Andrew Barbosa was simply dominating in his first start of the year in striking out 11 batters across 6 shutout innings. The offense picked up 4 runs in the first 2 innings and it was smooth sailing from there. Four relievers combined to add 3 more shutout innings to the effort with Jake Barrett going a scoreless 9th. Visalia scored 3 in the first when 5 of the first 6 batters walked. Tom Belza knocked in 2 with a single. The team had just 3 hits in the game.

Low A: South Bend 6 Dayton 0. Cody Wheeler tossed 5 sterling innings of shutout ball on just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Wheeler may be primed for a significant step forward this year now that he is more than a year removed from the lost season of 2011. Reliever Brandon Sinnery followed Wheeler with 4 shutout innings of his own on 2 hits and a walk. The offense scored 5 runs in the first inning with 2 coming on a single by Alex Glenn. Glenn added 2 more hits in the game including a double and he stole a base. Pedro Ruiz added 2 hits including a double and an RBI.

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