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Arizona Diamondbacks Minor-League Round-up, 8/2: Haniger, Taylor win monthly awards

Snake Stars
3 stars: Max Duval, Kane County - 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, W (1-3)
2 stars: Victor Reyes, Visalia - 3-for-4, two R, DBL
1 stars: Markus Solbach, Visalia - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, W (1-1)
0 stars: Raymel Flores, Kane County - 0-for-3, two SO

The Arizona Diamondbacks named Triple-A Reno OF Mitch Haniger and Double-A Mobile LHP Josh Taylor the organization’s Minor League Player-and-Pitcher-of-the-Month for July.

Haniger, 25, hit .402 (45-for-112) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 28 games in July for the Aces. He led the PCL in average, hits (45), runs (30), extra-base hits (25), total bases (93), home runs, RBI, slugging pct. (.830) and OPS (1.279). Haniger began the season with Double-A Mobile, playing in 55 games, and earned a selection to the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game before earning a promotion to Triple-A on June 10. He was acquired by the D-backs from the Brewers on July 31, 2014 along with LHP Anthony Banda in exchange for OF Gerardo Parra.

Taylor, 23, went 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER in 30.2 IP), 22 strikeouts and 4 walks in 5 starts in July. The southpaw tossed his first career shutout in his debut with Mobile on July 5 after earning a promotion from Single-A Visalia. He was acquired by the D-backs from the Phillies on July 5, 2015 along with RHP Chris Oliver and future considerations in exchange for future considerations. The full list of honorees at each level is as follows:

  • Overall: Haniger and Taylor
  • AAA Reno: Haniger and Jimmie Sherfy
  • AA Mobile: Travis Denker and Taylor
  • High-A Visalia: Victor Reyes and Gabriel Moya
  • A-ball Kane County: Austin Byler and Hector Hernandez
  • A-short Hillsboro: Marcus WIlson and Tyler Mark
  • Rookie Missoula: Eudy Ramos and Dean Jackson
  • AZL: Paxton de la Garza and Kai-Wei Lin
  • DSL: Luis Lara, Jesus Marriaga, Bryan Valdez and Pedro Zorrila

Triple-A Reno 1, Fresno 4. Like their major-league brothers, the Aces loaded the bases without recording an out in the first. Like the D-backs, they also managed only one run, and it might have cost them. They managed only four hits and no more tallies. RF Mitch Haniger reached base three times on a hit and two walks; CF Socrates Brito doubled and walked. Matt Koch scattered eight hits over 6.2 innings, and was charged with three runs, two earned; he struck out one.

Double-A Mobile vs. Chattanooga - postponed due to wet ground.

High-A Visalia 4 @ Modesto 1. Markus Solbach allowed four hits and a walk over six innings of one-run ball, striking out three. A two-run triple from 1B Austin Byler broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, Byler then scoring on LF Chad Oberacker’s ground-rule double. RF Victor Reyes had three hits and scored twice, while there were two-hit games for CF Colin Bray, 3B Joe Munoz and DH Grant Heyman. The Rawhide bullpen tossed three no-hit innings to lock down the win, Yuhei Nakaushiro picking up his second save, with two strikeouts and two walks in the ninth.

A ball Kane County 1, Clinton 0 - Despite managing only two singles, the Cougars squeaked out a win here. Max Duval and three relievers scattered eight hits and two walks, but the LumberKings stranded all 10 runners. Duval went seven innings, on seven hits with five K’s. Julio Perez picked up the save, stranding the tying run at third. Both KC hits came in the fourth, by 1B Trevor Mitsui and RF Stryker Trahan, the former coming around to score on a bunt and groundout. The teams combined to go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

A-short Hillboro + Rookie Missoula - on All-Star break

AZL D-backs @ Athletics - unsurprisingly, postponed due to rain!

And while we don’t typically cover the DSL, props to the D-backs side who crushed the Reds 15-0 there today, in only seven innings. They scored eight runs in the sixth, on only three hits, thanks to three HBP, a walk and an error.