Remember that guy the Dbacks signed last August just before he was about to enroll at UCLA as one of their top pitching recruits? Felipe Perez was his name and he wasn't drafted because he made it clear he was going to UCLA. And then somehow the Dbacks convinced him to sign a professional contract in August. UCLA was reportedly pissed but things worked out okay for them because they won the College World Series. Things are working out for Perez and the Dbacks too because Perez is looking like the real deal. He threw a complete game shutout for Missoula last night on 3 hits (all singles), no walks and 2 strikeouts. You don't see complete games in rookie ball too often what with all the pitch count limits but Perez did it on 83 pitches. In his first three pro starts he has a 2.91 ERA with 19 hits allowed in 21 innings and 8 strikeouts versus 3 walks. The H/9 number looks good. The walk numbers look great. The K numbers are on the low side, but for a 19-year-old in his first professional season he's looking like a good one. Yet another pitching prospect in the Dbacks' pitching rich system.
3 Stars: Felipe Perez, Missoula 9 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 ER, W (2-1)
2 Stars: Andrew Chafin, Mobile 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 ER, W (5-5)
1 Star: Ben Eckels, Hillsboro 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 ER, L (1-2)
0 Stars: Conrad Flynn, Visalia 3.1 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 9 ER, L (5-4)
Triple A: Reno 5 Salt Lake 7. Zeke Spruill started and allowed 3 unearned runs in the 2nd inning and was immediately pulled after throwing 67 pitches. I'm sure he could have gone on but it seems the big club wants to keep him somewhat fresh should they need another arm. Which at the way things are going is a strong likelihood. The Reno offense got off to a great start with 4 runs in the 1st inning behind a Mike Jacobs single and a Tuffy Gosewisch double. But they only got one more the rest of the way. Eury De La Rosa had a bad outing allowing 3 earned runs in the 4th. Mike Jacobs went 3 for 4 with his 10th home run.
Double A: Mobile 7 Mississippi 0. Andrew Chafin had another outstanding start throwing 6 shutout innings on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. He did it on 94 pitches and probably could have gone another inning if not for the 5-0 lead. Justin Greene went 2 for 4 with a walk, his 20th stolen base, and scored 3 runs from the leadoff spot. Keon Broxton went 2 for 4 with a double as he tries to rebound from a very poor June.
High A: Visalia 7 Stockton 9. Conrad Flynn got hit early and often as he pitched the Rawhide into a 9-0 hole. The offense battled through the second half of the game to plate 7 runs but it was a couple short to complete the comeback. Five Visalia hitters had 2 hits including Gerson Montilla who had a triple and an RBI. Adam Eaton continued to rehab in the DH spot going 1 for 4 with a walk.
Low A: South Bend 5 Dayton 4. The Silver Hawks had to work overtime to win in 12 innings. With 2 outs in the 12th inning Michael Lang singled and stole second. Pedro Ruiz followed with an RBI single for the walkoff win. Kyle Winkler started and was decent allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings. The bullpen added 6 shutout innings with Thomas Brendel pitching the 12th to earn the win. Lang also had a triple to go with his late game heroics, and Brandon Drury went 2 for 5 with a double.
Short Season A: Hillsboro 0 Eugene 4. The Hops offense could only produce 3 singles and no walks and wasted a good pitching performance from Ben Eckels. Eckels pitched into the 7th allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. The 19-year-old Eckels has a 2.95 ERA in his four starts this season.
Rookie: Missoula 5 Helena 0. The Osprey rode the red-hot pitching performance of Felipe Perez to an easy 5-0 win. Perez allowed just 3 singles and no walks in the complete game shutout. Jose Queliz went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles to lead the offense. Chuck Taylor and Antonio Alvarez each contributed a pair of singles.