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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 4/13: Perez Arrives in Visalia

After sitting out the first 10 days of the season due to a minor injury, Michael Perez was assigned to Visalia and started at catcher in last night's game. It's a statement of sorts when a 20-year-old catcher is skipped over South Bend and implies the team is very high on this kid. Perez went 1 for 4 with a double, one of only 4 hits on the night for Visalia and the only extra-base hit. It will be fun to see what kind of season he can put up. His primary competition for "catcher of the future" Stryker Trahan is currently still in extended spring training, no doubt working hard on refining his defensive skills.

Michael saw his first action of the year for Visalia last night.
Michael saw his first action of the year for Visalia last night.

Less exciting news comes from Reno where yet another Reno pitcher (and prospect) was battered into submission. This time it was Tyler Skaggs who surrendered 9 earned runs over 2.1 innings on 8 hits and 3 walks. Sounds a lot like Delgado's line from a few days prior. Oh, and Didi went 3 for 5 again with a double and another home run. Mobile finally got a little offense going and won 5-2 behind Anthony Meo and Jon Griffin. Visalia on the other hand had a rough offensive day and lost 1-0 in spite of another good outing from Andrew Barbosa.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Didi Gregorius, Reno 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (2), 1 RBI
2 Stars: Anthony Meo, Mobile 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 ER
1 Star: Jon Griffin, Mobile 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 DBL, 2 RBI
0 Stars: Tyler Skaggs, Reno 2.1 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 9 ER, L 1-1)

Triple A: Reno 11 Sacramento 15. The PCL can be a really tough place to pitch, and Reno ranks near the top of the list in all of baseball. Tyler Skaggs was the victim last night as he couldn't get out of the third inning before allowing 9 earned runs. Apparently he had some kind of issue with his finger and even tweeted about it. Here's a link to his twitter.pic showing the finger. None of the other pitchers who followed (outside of Joe Paterson) did much better. The offense got it going to make the game interesting late behind another pair of 3-hit performances by Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. (Nice writeup on Didi here by Didi's included a double and another home run, though he still has yet to play in the field. Owings had 3 singles and a stolen base. Tuffy Gosewich contributed a 3-run homer, his second of the year.

Double A: Mobile 5 Pensacola 2. Anthony Meo bounced back from a sub-par outing in his first start with a sterling effort against Pensacola. He allowed just a solo home run over 6 innings on 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Jon Griffin supplied all the offense that was needed and continues to hit wherever he plays with 2 doubles in 4 trips and 2 RBI. He's hitting .375 with a .960 OPS through 9 games. Michael Freeman had a pair of hits and an RBI and Rossmel Perez went 2 for 2 with a walk.

High A: Visalia 0 @ San Jose 1. Andrew Barbosa pitched well again in his second start but the offense offered no help as the Rawhide fell 1-0. Barbosa surrendered just 1 run on a solo home run in the 4th. He wasn't as dominating as his last start and had to pitch out of a couple of jams this go-around. He only completed 5 innings on 4 hits and 4 walks, but he did strike out 7, giving him 18 on the season in just 11 innings. Seth Simmons followed Barbosa and tossed 2 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. Simmons is off to a hot start with 6.2 shutout innings on 2 hits, no walks and 8 strikeouts. The game did see Michael Perez behind the plate for his first game of the year going 1 for 4 with a double.

Low A: South Bend. Rained out.