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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 5/19/16: Jamie Westbrook is on fire

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After a slow start, the Dbacks 2B prospect is 11 for his last 19 at the plate with 6 XBH and 7 RBI.

Jamie Westbrook started the year slowly, hitting .222/.300/.278 in April, but has caught fire recently in May with a .365/.389/.519 slash. Westbrook is only 20 years old and if he completes his AA assignment this year could make for a very interesting player for 2017. I think Westbrook is the 2B of the future, although the Diamondbacks 2B of the present is playing at an All-Star caliber level and collecting essentially 2 hits a game it seems.

Snake Stars
3 Stars:
2B Jamie Westbrook (Mobile) 3 for 4, 2B, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R
2 Stars: RHP Joel Payamps (Kane County) 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, W (1-3)
1 Star: RHP John Omahen (Mobile) 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), BB, 5 K
0 Stars: LHP Edwin Escobar (Reno) 4 IP, 11 H, 11 R (9 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, L (1-1)

Reno 3, Omaha 12: Starter Edwin Escobar got shelled today, allowing 11 runs in 4 innings. Escobar gave up 11 hits with 3 of them leaving the ballpark, putting the Aces in an early hole. The Aces bats struggled to play catch-up, going 0 for 10 with RISP and most of the offense coming on a Carlos Rivero 2-run HR. The bullpen of Matt Capps, Steve Hathaway, and Enrique Burgos only allowed 1 run in 5 innings, but it was already too late. Jack Reinheimer had a 3-hit game, including a double and a run scored and Rivero drove in all 3 Aces runs.

Mobile 7, Mississippi 2: John Omahen allowed a solo HR to former Dbacks prospect Dansby Swanson in the first inning, but that was all the damage he would allow in his 7 innings of quality pitching. The Baybears took the lead with a 5-run 4th inning on a Jamie Westbrook double, bases loaded singles by Evan Marzilli and Stewart Ijames, and a bases loaded walk by Guerrero, who started the inning with a leadoff walk. The Baybears tacked on two more runs on a Jamie Westbrook 2-run homer in the following inning. Westbrook finished a triple short of the cycle. The 7 runs were more than enough for Omahen, who scattered 5 hits and a walk over 7 innings. The bullpen closed things out with Brewer allowing a solo HR in his inning and Seth Simmons pitching a scoreless 9th.

Visalia 4, Modesto 5: The Rawhide fell behind early thanks to some sloppy defense and stellar pitching by Modesto starter Carlos Polanco. The Rawhide were only able to get a run off Polanco through 7 innings. Starter Josh Taylor gave up 4 runs (3 earned) for 6 innings, allowing 9 hits and a walk while striking out 3. The Rawhide tied things with a 3-run 9th inning when Colin Bray hit a 2-run double off closer Jerry Vasto then came around to score on a throwing error while successfully attempting to steal 3rd base. The lead wouldn't last as Blake Perry could get an out in the bottom of the 9th and Jared Miller allowed the winning run to score on a hit.

Kane County 10, Peoria 0: Joel Payamps has replaced Carlos Hernandez in the Kane County rotation and delivered 6 shutout innings. Payamps scattered 5 hits and 2 walks and kept putting up goose eggs and the Cougar bats went to town on Junior Fernandez. The Cougars took advantage of an error in CF for their first run of the game, then scored 2 more in the 3rd on a Trevor Mitsui 2-run triple. The Cougars blew the game open in the 5th on the strength of a Sergio Alcantara 3-run homer in the 5th inning. Alcantara, who is considered a light-hitting SS prospect at the age of 20 went 3 for 5 today with that homer. Zach Nehrir went 5 for 5 with 5 singles. Carlos Hernandez pitched the final 3 innings to pick up an old school save, although the game wasn't in doubt by then.