Braden Shipley was promoted to South Bend and in his first start had his best performance to date as a professional. This is what was imagined for the Dbacks' top draft pick. Shipley went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts. The lone run allowed was a solo home run. Unfortunately Shipley took the loss as the Silver Hawks were shutout 1-0. It's interesting that he was promoted considering his numbers were not very good for Hillsboro. But closer evaluation reveals that he was getting BABIP's to death with a ridiculous .475, and his K/BB numbers were very good. The Dbacks probably have an eye on trying to get Shipley up to High A Visalia by next season if he performs well in South Bend the rest of this year.
A couple of other players were promoted from the AZL Rookie team to Missoula. Justin Williams, our 2nd round pick, and Jamie Westbrook, our 5th round pick were both promoted and played yesterday and today.
3 Stars: Braden Shipley, South Bend 5 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 ER, L (0-1)
2 Stars: Justin Williams, South Bend 3 for 6, 3 R, 3 DBL, 2 RBI
1 Star: Sawyer Carroll, Mobile 3 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI
0 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 4.2 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 6 ER, L (6-8)
Triple A: Reno 3 Nashville 7. Tyler Skaggs wasn't very sharp allowing 6 runs in 4+ innings and the Aces could only come up with 5 hits, those 2 of those were home runs. Josh Wilson hit a 2-run homer and Mike Jacobs hit a solo shot.
Double A: Mobile 10 @ Huntsville 4. Andrew Chafin had another solid start going 5 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts. The offense exploded for 10 runs on 13 hits led by Sawyer Carroll who went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. Keon Broxton went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.
High A: Visalia - Off Day
Low A: South Bend 0 @ Lake County 1. Braden Shipley got his first start for South Bend and was superb going 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts. But he took the loss as the Hawks were shut out on 4 hits.
Short Season A: HIllsboro 5 Salem-Keizer 6.The Hops lost late when Blayne Weller was tagged for 2 runs in the 9th inning. Kyle Schepel had a respectable start allowing 3 runs in 5+ innings. Brian Billigen had a good offensive game going 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI.
Rookie: Missoula 18 Grand Junction 5.The Osprey bombed Grand Junction with 18 runs on 14 hits and 13 walks. Tom Jameson was the beneficiary allowing 4 runs over 6 innings. Newly-promoted Justin Williams led the way on offense with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Jose Queliz had 3 hits including a double and 2 RBI, and Jake Miller went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.