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Diamondbacks Farm Round-Up 8/21: Morning After Edition

Now that I'm back at school and, y'know, do things at nighttime, I figure it's going to be difficult to have these done in time for the previously-scheduled 6:00 a.m. post times, even with the time zone differences.  Basically, expect them sometime in the morning from this point forward... I'll get them done, but it probably won't be before I go to sleep.

A good day on the farm, as the stateside clubs lost just two games, those coming at the full-season A-ball affiliates.  There were a lot of good performances throughout the minors, but three stood out as being truly exceptional.  Honestly, it's hard for me to single out one as the best of the three, so we get three SotD's today:

Snakelets of the Day:

Cole Gillespie (Triple-A): 1-1, HR, R, 2 RBI 2 BB, SF

Patrick Corbin (Double-A): 8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 8:1 K:BB, 5:4 GO:AO

Bryan Escanio (Low-Rookie): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 8:0 K:BB, HBP, 6:3 GO:AO

Triple-A: Reno 4, Tacoma 2.  (70-58)  Lefty Zach Kroenke managed to hold a solid Tacoma offense in check for seven innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five.  The K:BB ratio certainly isn't good, but it was a much better outing - whatever you way you slice it - than his counterpart, Nate Robertson, put up.  To think that this guy was making eight-figures a year ago with the Tigers is rather hysterical.  Robertson threw 6.2 innings for the Rainiers, allowing nine hits, including a homer, and four runs with a 2:2 K:BB ratio.  The Aces long ball was a solo shot courtesy of Cole Gillespie, while the other runs came through a series of singles.  Gillespie's night was fantastic all-around, as he added a sacrifice fly and a pair of walks to finish with a max-OPS night (5.000).  Juan Miranda hit a double for Reno's only other extra-base hit, but also struck out in his other three plate appearances.  Kam Mickolio and Sam Demel closed the game out with scoreless innings, while Angel Berroa and Konrad Schmidt were the only Aces batters to record two-hit games.

Double-A: Mobile 3, Jackson 2.  (76-49)  Starting pitcher Pat Corbin was utterly phenomenal, shutting down the Jackson offense in 8.1 stellar innings.  The southpaw allowed a pair of runs on seven hits, but posted an 8:1 K:BB ratio, lowering his ERA to 4.01 on the year.  While that ERA might not be exactly phenomenal, it needs to be noted that Corbin's BABIP at Double-A this year (as of the last time StatCorner updated its data) is .324.  Of course, BABIP can occasionally be the pitcher's fault, particularly in the minor leagues, but that typically indicates poor command and lots of easy pitches to square up and spray for line drives.  However, since Corbin's best tools on the mound are his command and control, I think this is actually a case where a minor-league BABIP fluctuation is simply bad luck for the pitcher.  If Corbin's BABIP were a more reasonable figure around .290-.300 and his ERA sank accordingly, this guy would be getting hype that more aptly correlates to his stellar 134:35 K:BB ratio.  Corbin may never strike out more than six or seven per inning in the majors, but he can have plenty of value by limiting free passes and chewing up innings.

Marc Krauss and Dan Kaczrowski chipped in doubles for the BayBears, but the offense was led by a fantastic day from Adam Eaton, who simply continues to have success at any level of the minor leagues.  Eaton singled, doubled, and walked on Sunday, bringing his Double-A line to .287/.396/.415 in 44 games, supported by a fantastic 30:22 K:BB ratio.  As anybody who watched his Spring Training at-bat against Logan Ondrusek - who is currently sporting a 2.63 ERA in 51.1 big-league innings this year, albeit with shady peripherals - will attest, Eaton is fully capable of generating significant power against good pitching (hint: Eaton deposited one of Ondrusek's offerings into the outfield lawn area).  The .811 OPS he has for the BayBears doesn't look nearly as exciting as his .947 mark with Visalia earlier this year, but his 114 wOBA+ at Mobile is remarkably impressive for someone who was playing for Missoula exactly a year ago today.  Eaton's also just 22 years old, so there's room for plenty of physical improvement.

Hi-A: Visalia 1, Modesto 6.  (58-68)  Despite collecting more extra-base hits then Modesto in this game (two doubles to Modesto's one double, from stud prospect Nolan Arenado), the Rawhide offense was generally shut down by the Nuts' pitching.  Top Colorado pitching prospect Chad Bettis started the game for Modesto, striking out three with no walks and three hits in five one-run innings before giving way to a bullpen that would allow just two hits and no runs the rest of the way.  Keon Broxton had the best offensive game for Visalia, going 2-4 with a double and scoring Visalia's lone run.  Starter Diogenes Rosario, unfortunately, had another so-so outing in the rotation, giving up three runs in six innings with a 5:4 K:BB ratio, although he generated more ground balls than he usually does, posting a 7:2 GO:AO ratio.  Things really spun out of control when lefty Mike Belfiore came into the game, as the former supplemental-round pick gave up another three runs in just 1.1 innings of relief to put the game out of reach.

Low-A: South Bend 0, West Michigan 2.  (60-64)  The piggyback pitching tandem of Tyler Green and Patrick Schuster was very effective for South Bend on Sunday.  Green worked five innings, allowing two runs (just one earned) despite a 4:5 K:BB ratio, but with the help of an 8:0 GO:AO ratio that helped him work out of some jams.  Schuster had a much cleaner outing, striking out two in three scoreless innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and posting a 4:2 GO:AO ratio.  Unfortunately, the South Bend offense was shut out, tallying just four hits in the entire game.  Marc Bourgeois' double fell in for the Silver Hawks' only extra-base hit of the night.

Short-Season-A: Yakima 4, Boise 1.  (24-40)  The Bears' offense was powered by strong showings from Jimmy Comerota, who blasted a two-run home run, walked, and stole a base, and Garrett Weber, had three hits, including a double, and also stole a base.  For a change, the Yakima offense actually managed to provide plenty of cushion for its starting pitcher, as Adam Kudryk excelled for the Bears with seven innings of one-run pitching, striking out four and walking two with a stellar 11:3 GO:AO ratio.

Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 8, Ogden 7.  (37-22)  Starter Taylor Siemens created his own bad luck in this one, walking six in 4.2 innings of work, leaving the game with five runs charged to him, with just one earned.  The bullpen had its share of wobbles as well, allowing a pair of runs the rest of the way, but the Missoula offense did just enough to overcome the ineffective pitching.  Ty Linton and Stephen Cardullo each homered to lead Missoula's offense, while Cardullo and Tom Belza also contributed doubles.  Belza, Cardullo, and Ryan Court each notched three-hit games.

Low-Rookie: D-backs 5, A's 4.  (17-32)  A great starting pitching performance made up for an ugly inning of relief, as Bryan Escanio worked seven shutout innings for the AZL D-backs.  Escanio struck out eight AZL A's, and the 19-year-old Puerto Rican is a prospect worth watching next year when he likely heads back to short-season ball, as his 51:19 K:BB ratio in 51.2 AZL innings shows advanced control beyond his years, and his 6'1", 185-pound frame could add an inch or two and additional muscle as he matures into his early-20's.  The offense was led by Socrates Brito, who reached base four times on two singles and two walks, with Wagner Mateo and Jesus Abreu adding doubles.