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Dbacks Minor League Round-Up 6/6: Velzaquez Debuts for South Bend

Andrew Velazquez made his season debut for South Bend
Andrew Velazquez made his season debut for South Bend

Shortstop prospect Andrew Velazquez made his season debut in full-season South Bend last night playing second base and shortstop in both games of a double-header. Velzaquez had been in extended Spring Training and it was assumed he would be heading to one of the short season teams later this month. So it was a pleasant surprise to see him land in South Bend, which is where I thought he should have been placed after a terrific first season. Velazquez had an excellent debut going 1 for 4 with a double and a stolen base in Game 1, then going 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI in Game 2. And as an aside South Bend won both games.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Andrew Velazquez, South Bend 4 for 7, 1 R, 2 DBL, 1 RBI, 1 SB
2 Stars: Robert Coe, Visalia 6 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 ER
1 Star: Brandon Sinnery, South Bend 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 ER, W (3-2)
0 Stars: Matt Gorgen, Reno 1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 4 ER

Triple A: Reno 5 Colorado Springs 12. Reno dropped their 8th in a row as Charles Brewer was less than stellar and the bullpen was just as bad. Brewer went 5 innings allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He did strike out 7. He lost to Drew Pomeranz who improved to 7-1. Tuffy Gosewisch had a nice game going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Matt Davidson also had a 3-hit night with a double and a run scored. Tony Campana clubbed a rare 2-run homer, his first.

Double A: Mobile - off day

High A: Visalia 2 Rancho Cucamonga 1. Starter Robert Coe allowed just one run on one hit (a solo home run) over 6 innings in a pitcher's duel that was closed out by the bullpen. Tyler Green made his first appearance of the season off the disabled list with 1 inning of shutout relief. Seth Simmons pitched a scoreless 8th to earn the victory, and Kaleb Fleck pitched a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts for his 6th save. Ryan Court delivered the game-winning hit in the 8th, a run-scoring triple as part of his 2-hit game. Yosbel Guttierez delivered the other run with a home run in the 5th.

Low A: Game 1: South Bend 6 Lake County 1. Brandon Sinnery delivered a 7-inning complete game victory allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. Carter Bell drove in 4 runs on a double and a single to pace the offense. Brandon Drury delivered an RBI double and Andrew Velazquez made his season debut going 1 for 4 with a double and a stolen base.

Low A: Game 2: South Bend 5 Lake County 2. Blake Perry limited Lake County to 2 runs (1 earned) on just 1 hit but 5 walks while striking out 5. That makes 5 consecutive starts that Perry has allowed 1 earned run or less. Carter Bell had 2 more hits in the nightcap with a double, a homer (his 2nd) and 1 RBI. Andrew Velazquez was perfect at the plate going 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI. RJ Hively pitched a scoreless 7th for his 16th save.