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Diamondbacks Minor-League Report, 9/2: August honors awarded

The Arizona Diamondbacks named Rookie Advanced Missoula infielder Isan Diaz and Double-A Mobile right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley the organization’s Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for August.

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Diaz, 19, reached base safely in 23 of his 26 games in August, hitting .356 (37-for-104) with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored, a .424 OBP, .692 slugging percentage and a 1.116 OPS.

  • Reached base safely in a 15 straight games from August 6-21, batting .327 (20-for-61) with 7 doubles, 3 homers and 13 RBI.
  • Hit for the cycle on August 23 @ Billings.
  • Ranked among all Rookie League players in August in extra-base hits (1st, 20), total bases (2nd, 72), slugging percentage (2nd), home runs (T-2nd), OPS (3rd), doubles (4th), RBI (T-5th) and hits (7th).
  • Named the D-backs' Minor League Player-of-the-Month for July, the third player in club history to win the organization's top offensive award in consecutive months (also Chris Owings in 2013 and Josh Whitesell in 2008).
  • Named to the Pioneer League midseason All-Star Team.
  • Drafted by the D-backs in the Competitive Balance-Round B (70th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from Springfield (Mass.) High School.

Shipley, 23, went 1-2 with a 1.15 ERA (5 ER in 39.0 IP), 35 strikeouts, 9 walks and a .176 opponent average (24-for-136) in 5 starts (4 quality) in August.

  • Ranked among all Double-A pitchers in August (min. 5 GS) in opponent average (T-2nd), WHIP (4th, 0.85), ERA (6th), innings (T-6th) and strikeouts (12th).
  • Matched his season-high 9 strikeouts on August 12 vs. Mississippi.
  • Drafted by the D-backs in the first round (15th overall) in the 2013 draft from University of Nevada-Reno.

Below is a list of the overall winners as well as players nominated by each affiliate:

PLAYER Isan Diaz Peter O’Brien Socrates Brito Jamie Westbrook
PITCHER Braden Shipley Aaron Blair Braden Shipley Anthony Banda
PLAYER Colin Bray Trevor Mitsui Isan Diaz Alvaro Rondon Juan Araujo
PITCHER Ryan Burr Brody Greer Cameron Smith Luis Madero Franklyn Soriano

Snake Stars
3 stars: Nick Evans, Reno - 4-for-5, R, HR (17), three RBI
2 stars: Daniel Palka, Visalia - 2-for-3, two R, two DBL, two RBI, BB
1 star: Archie Bradley, Reno: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO
0 stars: Kirby Bellow, Hillsboro - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Triple A Reno 4 @ Sacramento 5. Seth Simmons allowed a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to let the River Cats walk off the Aces. Reno had scored two in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, on 1B Nick Evans's 17th home-run of the season, but couldn't make it stand. Archie Bradley had a very solid outing, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, on seven hits; the most impressive things was a K:BB ratio of 7:0. Evans had four hits, 2B Danny Worth three, and C Blake Lalli got a double and single.

Double-A Mobile: Off

High-A Visalia 5, Stockton 2. A strong second-half from the offense saw Visalia come from behind to take this. 1B Daniel Palka had a pair of doubles and a walk, driving in two, and CF Breland Almadova had two hits and stole a couple of bases. Ryan Doran got the win, going six innings and allowing six hits and a walk, with two strikeouts and two runs allowed, both earned. Myles Smith tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief, striking out three, before Nickolas Sarianides picked up his 27th save.

A-ball Kane County 8 @ Quad Cities 6. The Cougars reduced their magic number for the second half title to one, using a four-run eighth inning to break open the game. LF Victor Reyes had a two-run single there, and drove in three overall on three hits; 2B Dawel Lugo had a pair of hits, and CF Colin Bray reached base four times, on a hit and three walks, stole a base and scored four runs. Jared Miller allowed four runs over six innings, scattering seven hits and two walks with three K's. Luis Ramirez got the save, despite allowing a run in the ninth.

A-short Hillsboro 0 @ Boise 6. The Hops were held to four hits, two of them by SS Dansby Swanson, including the only extra-base knock, a double. They managed only two at-bats with a runner in scoring position all night, and had almost as many errors (three) as hits. Those tacked on two unearned runs to the one earned tally allowed by Tyler Bolton over five innings, on four hits and two walks with a trio of strikeouts. Kevin Simmons and Alex Young both pitched hitless frames out of the bullpen.

Rookie Missoula 8, Great Falls 1. Player of the month Isan Diaz celebrated with a grand-slam during a six-run second inning, and the Osprey coasted to victory thereafter. It was Diaz's 13th homer, and the inning also included #5 for 2B Raymel Flores. 3B Kal Simmons and RF Jason Morozowski each got a pair of hits. Bo Takahashi improved his record to 8-1, with five innings of one-run ball on five hits and two walks, though didn't strike out a batter. Four relievers then combined for four hitless innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.