With the transformation the organizational infield depth has undergone in recent years under Kevin Towers, there's a name that's been sneaking up the charts that has to be wondering how he gets noticed. We all know about Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings, Matt Davidson, Nick Ahmed, Jake Lamb, Gerson Montilla, and Sean Jamieson among others. But another name that needs to be included in that list is Garrett Webber. He was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft out of Fresno State and all he's done since then is play well and move up. He's currently manning second and third base for Mobile and is cruising along with a .308 average and an .811 OPS. He's gone from Yakima to Visalia to Mobile in a little over two years and the 24-year-old just keeps producing. He's a solid defender at both second and third with just 6 errors in 52 games and can even play shortstop in a pinch. He hit 14 home runs last year for Visalia and he's kept a fairly low K-rate of below 20% at every stop. He may not see a path to the bigs with Arizona considering all the names he has to climb over but he could be a valuable piece in some fashion or other in the not-too-distant future.
3 Stars: Bo Schultz, Mobile 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 ER, W (3-1)
2 Stars: Felipe Perez, Missoula 8 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 ER, W (3-1)
1 Star: Garrett Webber, Mobile 3 for 4, 2 DBL, 4 RBI
0 Stars: Ben Eckels, Hillsboro 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 6 R, 5 ER
Triple A: Reno 4 @ Colorado Springs 5. A bullpen meltdown by Brett Lorin cost the Aces a sure victory when Colorado was allowed to score 4 runs in the 8th inning. Mark Serrano was called up from Mobile to make the start for pitching poor Reno and he was more than adequate allowing just 1 run in 5 innings. Joe Paterson tacked on 2 more scoreless innings before things unraveled in the 8th. The offense pounded out 13 hits but was 3 for 15 with RISP. Mike Jacobs had 3 hits with a double. Chris Owings went 2 for 4 with his 8th home run. Alfredo Marte had 2 hits with a double as did Tyler Bortnick.
Double A: Game 1. Mobile 8 Montgomery 1. Bo Schultz continues to shine in his new role as starter with 6 more sharp innings of 1-run ball on just 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. In his 6 starts he has an ERA of 2.39, a WHIP under 1.0 and 20 strikeouts. The offense banged out 12 hits with 3 from Dustin Martin that included 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Rossmel Perez also had a pair of doubles and 2 RBI. Ender Inciarte stole 4 bases including a steal of home in the 1st inning.
Double A: Game 2. Mobile 12 Montgomery 3. The Bay Bears completed the doubleheader sweep with Andrew Chafin posting another decent start allowing 2 runs over 5 innings on 92 pitches. The offense cranked out 16 more hits in 34 at bats led by Garrett Webber's 3 hits that included 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Raywilly Gomez, Justin Greene and Ryan Court also had 3-hit nights.
High A: Visalia 1 @ San Jose 5. The Rawhide ran into a buzzsaw in Ty Blach, a Giants pitching prospect who may be headed to AA soon. Five hits was all they could muster and starter Conrad Flynn couldn't quite match that. Matt Helm had 2 hits with a double and David Nick added a pair of singles. Adam Eaton played center field again and went 1 for 3 with a double. His new arrival date might coincide with the All Star break.
Low A: South Bend 1 @ Dayton 5. Blake Perry was pitching pretty well until he got into the 6th inning when he allowed 4 runs and undid his previous good work. The offense could only come up with 6 hits that included Alex Glenn's 8th home run.
Short Season A: Hillsboro 4 Vancouver 16.The Hops got bombed as pitchers Ben Eckels, Alex Byo and Patrick Smith each surrendered 5 earned runs before the 7th inning was over. Ryan Gebhardt went 3 for 5 and George Roberts went 3 for 4. Zach Esquerra had 2 hits with a double and 2 RBI.
Rookie: Missoula 6 @ Billings 1. Felipe Perez followed up last week's outstanding start with another one, this time going 8 innings allowing just one run on 5 hits with no walks and 6 strikeouts. Perez looks like the genuine article as his professional career gets off to a rousing start. Joe Munoz hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd to give Perez all the offense he would need. Colin Bray added a couple of hits to the cause.
AZL Rookie: Dbacks 8 @ Padres 2. Anfernee Benitez had his second consecutive quality start going 6 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on just 2 hits. Sergio Alcantara went 3 for 5 with a triple, 2 stolen bases and 4 runs scored. Jamie Westbrook went 3 for 4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, a triple and 2 RBI. Justin Williams went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.