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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/12: Didi's Hot Bat

Didi Gregorius still hasn't played a game in the field yet but he's been serving as the DH most games in Reno and he's not doing anything to validate the idea that he's just a "light-hitting, slick fielding" shortstop. Didi went 3 for 5 with a home run last night in Reno's 16-8 loss to Sacramento and he's 6 for 17 in four games with a double, a home run and 1.009 OPS. It's a small sample I know but he also hit .423 in Spring Training with a 1.138 OPS. And in case nobody noticed he and Trevor Bauer are headed in opposite directions on MLB's latest Top 100 prospects. Bauer is now #17 and Didi is #63. Just some food for thought.

Didi Gregorius is starting to get some respect from prospect evaluators and is #67 on the MLB Top 100
Didi Gregorius is starting to get some respect from prospect evaluators and is #67 on the MLB Top 100

In game action tonight South Bend had their game suspended after 12 innings tied 4-4. Visalia got their offense in gear with 12 runs on 16 hits in a 12-6 win. Mobile played a doubleheader to make up for yesterday's rainout and split two pitcher's duels. Reno got clobbered as Charles Brewer and Matt Gorgen combined to allow 16 runs in 5 innings.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Tom Belza, South Bend 3 for 6, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
2 Stars: Didi Gregorius, Reno 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
1 Star: Chris Owings, Reno 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 TPL, 1 RBI
0 Stars: Matt Gorgen, Reno 1.2 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 9 R, 8 ER

Triple A: Reno 8 Sacramento 16: Charles Brewer got hit pretty hard in his second start as he allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks in less than 4 innings. As bad as Brewer was Matt Gorgen was much worse as he proceeded to allow 9 runs on 9 hits and a walk to make the game un-winnable. The offense had plenty to say with Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings both piling up 3 hits with several of the extra-base variety. Cody Ross had his first rehab start for Reno and went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBI. Taylor Harbin had 2 hits with a 2-run homer and Kila Ka'aihue had 2 more hits with a walk and an RBI.

Double A: Game 1: Mobile 0 Pensacola 1. Zeke Spruill got his second start and was pretty good, allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts. That would normally be good enough but the Mobile offense was only able to muster 2 singles. Eric Smith added 2 shutout innings to keep the game close but it wasn't to be.

Double A: Game 2: Mobile 2 Pensacola 1. The late game pitching was a patchwork of relievers and they were more than up to the task. Steve Garrison started and went 3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. The rest of the bullpen was even better posting all zeros led by 2 shutout innings from Kevin Munson, one by Bryan Woodall, and another by Bo Schultz who got the win. The offense waited until the late innings to get things going scoring one in the 6th and another in the 7th to win in walk-off fashion. Ender Inciarte was the hero hitting a line drive single in the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded for the win.

High A: Visalia 12 @ San Jose 6. After a pile of meager offensive performances in the first week of the season, the bats showed up all at once in a 12-6 whitewash of San Jose. The Rawhide got out to an early 7-0 lead through 5, but the game tightened up to 7-6 before they exploded for 5 more in the 8th. Starter Kyle Winkler was very sharp through the first 4 innings without allowing a run. But he ran out of gas in the 5th and couldn't get through it before surrendering 5 runs of his own. Tom Belza had the big night with 3 hits, his first home run and 3 RBI. Raywilly Gomez and Raul Navarro also had three hits apiece.

Low A: South Bend 4 @ Lansing 4. South Bend rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game at 4-4. They went another 3 innings scoreless before the game was suspended. It will be finished prior to Saturday's game. Daniel Watts started and wasn't his usual impressive self. But he wasn't that bad either as he did get through 6 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and no walks. He struck out 2. The bullpen was fantastic to keep the game close and on into extra innings with 5 shutout innings from Will Locante, Enrique Burgos, Frank Santana and Chris Capper. Alex Glenn hit his first home run of the year, a 2-run shot in the 2nd. Ronnie Freeman had 3 hits with a double. The tying runs in the 8th came from back-to-back doubles by Brandon Drury and Ryan Court, and an RBI single from Breland Almadova.