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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 8/5: Hudson pitches [Daniel, in case you'd forgotten...]

Another rehabbing player joins the list today, with Daniel Hudson making his first appearance in a competitive game since June last year.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks named Single-A Advanced Visalia infielder Rudy Flores and Dominican Summer League right-handed pitcher Luis Madero the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for July, respectively.

Flores, 23, hit .381 (45-for-118) with 8 doubles, 10 home runs, 25 RBI and 25 runs scored in 28 games in July for the Rawhide. He ranked among Minor League leaders in July in hits (T-3rd), home runs (T-3rd) and slugging percentage (8th, .703). Flores, who also garnered Visalia's monthly honor in June, reached base safely in 25 of 28 games in July, recorded an 8-game hitting streak from July 5-13 and carries a current 11-game streak into August (from July 22-present). The San Antonio native was drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft from Florida International University.

Madero, 17, went 4-0 with a 0.31 ERA (1 ER in 29.0 IP), 26 strikeouts, 5 walks and a 0.69 WHIP in 5 starts (4 quality) in July for the DSL D-backs. He recorded 28.0 scoreless innings in parts of 6 starts from June 26-July 26, including 4 consecutive scoreless outings from July 2-21. A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Madero was signed by the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent on October 1, 2013.

Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

PLAYER Rudy Flores

Garrett Weber

Tom Belza

PITCHER Luis Madero

Jess Todd

R.J. Hively


Rudy Flores

Michael Perez

Jordan Parr


Enrique Burgos

Bud Jeter

Zac Curtis


Justin Williams
& Trevor Mitsui

Henry Castillo

Didimo Bracho


Dallas Newton

Anfernee Benitez

Luis Madero

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Tyler Baker, Missoula 3 for 3, R, DBL, HR (3), 2 RBI, BB
2 Stars: Markus Solbach, South Bend 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, L (2-2)
1 Star: Daniel Hudson, AZL numbers entirely irrelevant, simply for being there
0 Stars: Blaine Weller, Visalia 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Triple-A Reno 2 @ El Paso 4. The Chihuahuas nibbled Mike Bolsinger badly with a three-run first, and that was enough offense for El Paso. Bolsinger allowed four hits and no walks over 5.1 innings, but hit two batters; he had five strikeouts and was charged with all four runs. The Aces had a familiar 1-2, with CF A.J. Pollock and SS Cliff Pennington atop their order, going 1 for 5 and 2 for 4 with a walk respectively. 2B Garrett Weber also had two hits  and a walk. Your daily slice of Lamb: 3B Jake Lamb went 1 for 3 with a pair of walks, and the Aces' only extra-base hit, a double. His line in five games since his promotion is .500/.571/.889.

Double-A Mobile: off day

High A Visalia 2 @ Stockton 7. Last time out, Blayne Weller fanned 16 batters; this time... Not so much. He didn't even last three innings, being bombed for seven hits, three walks and seven earned runs in just 2.2 innings, with a pair of strikeouts. The bullpen worked 5.1 scoreless innings, led by Justin Van Grouw's 2.1 frames with four K's. 1B Rudy Flores, mentioned above, had two of the Rawhide's seven hits and a walk, while C Ronnie Freeman hit his second home-run for Visalia, a solo shot to lead off the seventh.

Class A South Bend 1 @ Bowling Green 2. Markus Solbach went the distance but took the loss despite a solid outing, holding the Hot Rods to four hits and no walks - he was tagged for two runs, both earned and struck out three. Despite facing only two ABs all night with a runner in scoring position, he got absolutely no help from his offense, however, who managed only five hits all singles, with none of the Silver Hawks reaching base safely more than once. LF Justin Williams drove in South Bend's only run.

Low-A Hillsboro off-day, It was the NWL All-Star game, with the North and South All-Stars fighting to a scoreless tie, in a game called after 10 innings. Here are two of the eight Hops players who were part of the roster:

Rookie Missoula 8 @ Ogden 3. The Osprey scored three times before making an out: SS Sergio Alcantara started off with a walk, and was followed by back-to-back homers from 3B Fernery Ozuna (his 5th) and RF Stewart Ijames (#4). C Tyler Baker finished a triple short of the cycle, including his 3rd home-run, and also walked, with Ozuna, CF Dane McFarland and DH Bennie Robinson having two hit nights. Yefrey Ramirez started for Missoula and went four innings on one hit and a walk, allowing a run and striking out three.

AZL Dbacks 2, Reds 3. Welcome back, Mr. Daniel Hudson - it's great to see you again. He went four innings tonight, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. But I suspect the numbers are the least important thing. He was followed by Cody Reed, who threw three impressive shutout frames on one hit, with seven K's, and Anfernee Benitez added two more zeroes. 3B Jacob Cordero doubled and walked twice for the D-backs, but they were held to one hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

EDIT. Despite what the official boxscore showed, Hudson actually only worked one inning, allowed two hits to lead things off, before getting a groundout and two K's. Zeke Spruill worked the next three according to Hudson. We'll leave the last word to Daniel.