Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 6/11: Closer Promotions Due?

RJ HIvely leads the minors with 17 saves for South Bend.

Outside of Reno, the Dbacks' three other full season teams each have closers who are doing some quality work. It begs the question when are those closers going to get promoted? Mobile has Kevin Munson with 10 saves and a sub-2.00 ERA since May 1. Visalia has Jake Barrett with 14 saves and a 1.14 ERA. And South Bend has RJ Hively with 17 saves and a 1.32 ERA. No reliever in Reno has more than 2 saves. Just as impressive are the three closers' peripherals. Munson has 11.8 K/9, Barrett has 11.3 K/9 and Hively has 9.3 K/9. With room in Reno for a hot reliever like Munson it seems like an across-the-board promotion of closers should be in the team's plan in the next few weeks.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Garrett Mock, Reno 5 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 ER, W (4-3)
2 Stars: David Holmberg, Mobile 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 ER, W (3-3)
1 Star: Ryan Court, Visalia 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 HR (8), 3 RBI
0 Stars: Kerry Jenkins, Visalia 0 for 5, 2 K

Triple A: Reno 4 Sacramento 1. Converted reliever Garrett Mock faced off against top Oakland prospect Sonny Gray and came out on top when he tossed 5 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits. Brett Lorin was promoted from Mobile to fill a bullpen spot vacated by Joe Paterson and he promptly added 2 shutout innings to the cause. Evan Marshall pitched a scoreless 8th and Chaz Roe surrendered a meaningless run in the 9th. Brent Clevlen was responsible for the only runs off Gray with a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Mike Jacobs went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Chris Owings had 2 more hits.

Double A: Mobile 3 Tennessee 2. David Holmberg put up another impressive start with 7 strong innings allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and a walk. He has a sparkling 2.45 ERA with 50 Ks and 23 walks in 80 innings of work. Reno will be calling before long. Keon Broxton delivered the difference-maker with a 2-run homer in the 7th that broke a 1-1 tie and made Holmberg a winner. Munson pitched a scoreless 9th for his 10th save.

High A: Visalia 9 @ Bakersfield 3. Starter Robert Coe had a nice outing allowing 1 run on 6 hits and a walk in 5+ innings while striking out 6. The bullpen kept things under control as the offense blew it open late with 4 home runs. Ryan Court continued his torrid pace going 2 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBI. Sean Jamieson delivered a 3-run homer, his 5th. Gerson Montilla hit his 8th in a 2 for 3 night, and Chris McMurray hit his 1st.

Low A: South Bend 4 @ Lansing 3. South Bend made it a clean sweep for the minors as Brandon Sinnery picked up his 4th win with 7 strong innings. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. Thomas Brendel pitched a scoreless 8th and RJ Hively closed it out in the 9th for his 17th save. Rudy Flores and Fidel Pena each hit solo home runs, and Andrew Velazquez went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Velazquez has a 6-game hitting streak to start his season. Alex Glenn also had 2 hits.

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