Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 6/3: May honors announced

D-backs minor league player of the month, Mike Jacobs - Christian Petersen

The Arizona Diamondbacks named Triple-A Reno infielder Mike Jacobs and Double-A Mobile right-handed pitcher Bradin Hagens the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for May, respectively.

Minor league Player of the Month for May went to Mike Jacobs, 33, who hit .345 (39-for-133) with 14 doubles, 7 home runs, 14 walks and 23 runs scored in 28 games in May for the Reno Aces. His 34 RBI during the month were an Aces record and tied for second most among all Minor Leaguers. Jacobs leads the PCL in hits (77), doubles (22) and total bases (131), while ranking second in RBI (49) and batting average (.365) and third in slugging percentage (.621) and OPS (1.052). Jacobs is in his third season with the D-backs (2012-14) after signing a Minor League contract with Arizona on June 2, 2013.

Pitcher of the Month is Bradin Hagens, 25, went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (8 ER in 29.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 5 starts in May for the Mobile BayBears. He enters June with a 4-game win streak (from May 5-present) after beginning the season without allowing an earned run in 4 games as a reliever (9.1 IP). Hagens limited the opposition to a .186 batting average (19-for-102) in May, and did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of his 5 starts. The 2013 Southern League midseason All-Star and Mobile Player of the Month for April was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Merced Community College.

Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

MAY

OVERALL

RENO

MOBILE

VISALIA

SOUTH BEND

EXTENDED

PLAYER

Mike Jacobs, INF

Mike Jacobs, INF

Jake Lamb, INF

Alex Glenn, OF

Andrew Velazquez, INF

Fernery Ozuna, INF

PITCHER

Bradin Hagens, RHP

Matt Stites, RHP

Bradin Hagens, RHP

Brandon Sinnery, RHP

Silvino Bracho, RHP

Gabriel Moya, LHP

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Alfredo Marte, Reno 3 for 5, 1 R, TPL, 3 RBI
2 Stars: Kevin Medrano, Visalia 2 for 3, 1 R, TPL, 2 RBI, BB
1 Star: Yan Sanchez, DSL D-backs 3 for 4, 2 R, SB
0 Stars: Cody Wheeler, Visalia 1 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 ER, L (2-3)

Triple-A Reno 6 @ Las Vegas 5: Matt Stites allowed his first earned run with the Aces, but nailed down a four-out save, as we squeaked past the 51's. RF Alfredo Marte had a good night, his three hits including a triple, and drove in three runs, while 3B Andy Marte and C Blake Lalli had two hits. Bo Schultz got the W, working through six innings of four-run ball, allowing seven hits, no walks, and four K's, to even his record at 4-4. Jess Todd, Joe Paterson and Will Harris combined for the next five outs, before handing the ball to Stites with a two-run lead and the tying run on base in the eighth. He escaped, but conceded a run on two hits in the ninth before getting the last out.

Double-A Mobile 2 @ Chattanooga 4. The BayBears took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, with Charles Brewer having allowed one run on six hits and three walks, with three strikeouts over his seven innings. However, he walked the lead-off batter and was lifted, only for Jake Barrett to melt down, allowing that inherited runner to score as well as two of his own in a three-run eighth. Mobile probably didn't deserve this one, managing only five hits, all singles. LF Tom Belza and 3B Jake Lamb each reached base safely twice, on a hit and a walk, and 2B Garrett Weber notched their only RBI.

High-A Visalia 5 @ Rancho Cucamonga 6. Much the same story here, as the Rawhide bullpen also coughed up a three-run eighth, blowing a lead. Cody Wheeler was the culprit there, including a two-out two run homer which turned a lead into a deficit for the visitors. That wasted a solid outing by Aaron Blair, striking out 10 in 6.2 innings, though he did scatter eight hits and a walk. 2B Kevin Medrano, tripled, singled and walked, driving in two runs for Visalia, SS Raul Navarra and CF Socrates Brito had two hits apiece, as the Rawhide built a 5-3 lead after six, only to let it slip away.

Class A Silver Hawks: off day. They start a three-game series in Lansing tomorrow.

DSL: D-backs 9, Padres 3. Four Diamondbacks pitchers combined to hold the Padres to two hits in the Dominican Summer League. But four walks and four errors meant this one was fairly close until the D-backs blew things open with a four-run eighth. SS Yan Sanchez scored twice and had three hits for us, though made two of the errors, while LF Gerson Jimenez doubled, singled and drove in two. C Adony Ovalles also scored twice and had two hits. Pick of the pitchers was probably reliever Melvin Ovalles, who retired all six batters he faced, three of them by strikeout, and was awarded the winning decision.

Some other notes from the D-backs press release announcing the monthly honors, which I'll just drop here for your interest.

  • Through the season's first two months, D-backs affiliates had combined to go 133-91 (.594), tied for the most overall wins and the second-best winning percentage in baseball.
  • After playing at a .575 clip in April, D-backs affiliates went 72-46 (.610) in May.
  • Arizona was one of two clubs to have four full-season affiliates enter June with 30+ wins. The D-backs were the only team to have four clubs with 32+ victories. Just two other clubs had all four full-season affiliates with records above .500.
  • The D-backs' four full-season clubs had combined for 19 more wins than any other NL west team.
  • Arizona's Extended Spring Training club went 35-19 (.648).
  • On May 31, Andrew Velazquez snapped a 22-game hit streak (May 5-May 30). Over that stretch, he batted .366 with a .431 on-base percentage, 34 hits and 13 extra-base hits. Velazquez entered June with an active 36-game on-base streak, dating back to April 22. He carried a .304 batting average and .387 on-base percentage over that span. He had recorded 11 triples on the season-three more than any hitter at any level of professional baseball. Velazquez ranked among Midwest League leaders in triples (1st, 11), total bases (1st, 107), runs (2nd, 42), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 24) and hits (4th, 64).
  • Mike Jacobs drove in 34 runs in May-tied for second-most in the Minor Leagues and an Aces franchise record. Overall, Jacobs had 48 RBIs on the season, tied for third-most in the Minors. David Peralta had tied for 7th with 46. Jacobs' 76 hits on the season are tied for second-most in the Minor Leagues, while he ranks first in doubles.
  • Mike Jacobs had tied for first in Minor League Baseball with 33 extra-base hits-including 21 in May (tied for first in the month). Brandon Drury had 32 extra-base hits overall this season. In the PCL, Jacobs ranked among the league leaders in hits (1st), doubles (1st), extra-base hits (1st), total bases (1st), batting average (2nd), RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (3rd) and on-base percentage (5th).
  • Reno was tied for the PCL lead with a .291 team batting average.
  • Mobile led the Southern League in fielding percentage.
  • Brandon Drury led all Arizona minor leaguers and ranked second in the California League with 13 home runs. Drury also ranked among the Cal League leaders in extra-base hits (T-1st, 32), doubles (2nd, 19), slugging percentage (3rd, .583) and RBI (4th, 45).
  • Alex Glenn had homered once every 15.58 at-bats through May, the third-best rate in the Cal League.
  • Jake Lamb and David Peralta had tied for the Southern League lead with 17 doubles-two more than the next-closest batter. Peralta was tied for the league lead in RBIs, while ranking 4th in hits (60), 5th in extra-base hits (24), 4th in runs (33), 3rd in total bases (97), and has the best plate appearance to strikeout ratio (10.62).
  • Justin Fitzgerald earned four victories in May, one behind the Minor League lead.
  • Mobile led the Southern League with a 2.81 team ERA and had allowed the fewest runs on the circuit.
  • Spencer Arroyo's 3.21 ERA is 7th best in the California League, while Brandon Sinnery's six victories were tied for second...Brandon Sinnery had the only complete game shutout in the Cal League through May.
  • Cody Wheeler had held opposing hitters to a .146 average through May, and allowed just 8.78 base runners per nine innings pitched.
  • Visalia's 3.77 team ERA was the second-best in the California League.
  • Enrique Burgos, Matt Stites and Silvino Bracho combined for 23 saves in May-each finishing in the top-8 among Minor League relievers. Bracho suffered the first blown save of his career on May 30. He had previously converted 26-straight since debuting in the DSL in 2012.
  • Aaron Blair's 73 strikeouts through the first two months ranked fifth in the Minors.
  • Daniel Gibson's 9 holds were tied for third-most in the Minor Leagues...three more than any other Midwest League pitcher.
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