The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled OF Peter O'Brien from Triple-A Reno and optioned LHP Edwin Escobar to Reno, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart. O'Brien, 25, leads all Minor Leaguers in home runs (17) and total bases (142), while hitting .330 (70-for-212) with 13 doubles, 52 RBI and a 1.025 OPS in 51 games with the Aces this season. In his last 10 games, he is batting .432 (19-for-45) with 4 doubles, 5 homers and 21 RBI. O'Brien, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the club's No. 7 Prospect, hit .284 with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 107 RBI for Reno in 2015.
That's the official word: it'll be interesting to see if O'Brien's stay here is any more significant than last time, when he managed precisely one at-bat with the team. There's no denying, he has been destroying the baseball in Reno - but that comes with the usual caveat that it's Reno (Tuffy Gosewisch has an OPS above .900 with the Aces this year, so it's clearly a very hitter-friendly environment). It's going to pose a conundrum for Chip Hale, adding yet another outfielder to the mix, as he tries to allocate playing time for a roster that already includes Rickie Weeks, Michael Bourn, David Peralta, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Owings (though he has been hurting of late) and now O'Brien.