According to comments by Kevin Towers the Diamondbacks appear close to signing top pick Touki Toussaint. No details were included yet but it sounds pretty good that he will indeed be a Diamondback shortly. It's anyone's guess when or where he might pitch this summer but Towers also said they need to get him checked out medically first. My guess is he'll start out in the Arizona Rookie League where the powers that be can keep a close eye on him initially.
On another note it was reported that Trevor Cahill will make his next start for Reno and that pitching guru Dave Duncan will be in attendance and start working with him directly. Cahill is also seeing mental performance coach Peter Crone according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
3 Stars: Todd Glaesmann, Hillsboro 3 for 4, 2 R, 3 DBL
2 Stars: Nick Ahmed, Reno 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL, 5 DP
1 Star: Aaron Blair, Visalia 7 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 ER, W (1-2)
0 Stars: Jimmie Sherfy, Mobile 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 ER, BS
AAA: Reno 4 @ Memphis 3. Bo Schultz got the start and was yanked in the 4th inning despite having only allowed 2 runs. The problem was he walked 7 and was already at 92 pitches. Eury De La Rosa and Derek Eitel followed with 4+ shutout innings. Matt Stites pitched the 9th for his 11th save though he gave up a run on 3 hits. Nick Ahmed had a big night going 4 for 5 with a double and was involved in 5 double plays on defense. Alfredo Marte went 2 for 3 including a 2-run homer in the 7th that proved to be the game winner. Danny Dorn went 3 for 4.
AA: Mobile 5 Pensacola 8. A.J. Schugel had another fine start going 6 innings allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits while striking out 7. He was robbed of the win when Jimmie Sherfy couldn't nail down the save. He entered the 9th with a 2-run lead but walked the leadoff hitter and surrendered a 2-run homer 2 batters later. The game went to the 11th and Mobile ranout of available pitchers and was forced to use catcher Steve Rodriguez. That didn't go well as he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits to earn the loss. Garrett Webber went 2 for 3 with 2 walks, a double and an RBI. Jake Lamb was given the night off but did pinch hit.
A+: Visalia 6 @ Inland Empire 2. Aaron Blair had a terrific start pitching 7 strong innings allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9. The bullpen didn't blow this one and Blair earned his first win for the Rawhide. Blaie has 52 strikeouts against 14 walks in 44 innings for Visalia. The offense cranked out 17 hits with Rudy Flores leading the way with 4 hits including a double. Brandon Jacobs went 3 for 4 and clubbed his 9th home run, and both Raul Navarro and Socrates Brito went 3 for 5.
A: South Bend 4 West Michigan 1. Starter Hector Hernandez was very good allowing just 1 run over 6 innings, and the offense did enough for the victory. Will Locante earned his second save in spite of allowing the tying run to come to the plate. Andrew Velazquez was 2 for 3 with a walk and his 22nd stolen base. Breland Almadova was 2 for 4.
A-: Hillsboro 3 @ Everett 2. The Hops got their first win of the year behind a strong pitching performance from Ryan Doran who allowed just 1 run over 6 innings on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. 6th round pick Zac Curtis made his first professional appearance and promptly struck out the side in the 8th inning. Cody Geyer pitched the 9th for his first save. Todd Glaesmann went 3 for 4 with 3 doubles and I don't expect him to be in Hillsboro much longer. Cesar Carrasco went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 15th rounder Tyler Baker went 2 for 3 with a walk.