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Diamondbacks Minor League Recap 7/18/17: I see you 2017 Draft

The Diamondbacks 2017 Draft had a strong day in the lower stages of the minors.

Snake Stars:

3 Stars: Hillsboro 1B Pavin Smith 5 for 5, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, 5 R

2 Stars: Visalia LHP Cody Reed 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, GS 74, W (3-4)

1 Star: Visalia 1B Austin Byler 3 for 5, 2B, HR (4), SB, 3 RBI, 2 R

0 Stars: Reno Aces RHP Jake Buchanan 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, GS 33

Reno Aces 8, Salt Lake Bees 6: The Aces fell behind quickly in this game, trailing 6-1 after the 5th inning. A big 5-run 6th inning tied the game as the Aces took advantage of some wildness from the Bees bullpen that walked two hitters with the bases loaded. In the 7th inning, Kristopher Negron broke a 6-6 tie with a solo homer off of Andrew Bailey. In fact, the Aces would wind up scoring more runs in their final 3 trips to the plate than Salt Lake did for the entire game. Jack Reinheimer was the only Ace with more than 1 hit, tallying 3 singles in a 3 for 4 trip at the plate with an RBI and a run scored as part of that big 6th inning. Jimmie Sherfy came in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and pitched out of the jam and struck out 2 in a 4-out save.

Jackson Generals Off Day

Visalia Rawhide 10, Lancaster JetHawks 2: Cody Reed was magnificent, allowing just 1 unearned run on 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 7 in 6 innings. Austin Byler gave the Rawhide all the offense they needed in the 2nd with a 2-run homer to put them on the board. Byler would wind up falling a triple short of the cycle in the game as part of a 3 for 5 day with 3 RBI. Jason Morozowski drove in 4 on the day. Ryan Burr allowed his first run in the Cal League, pushing his ERA to 0.64, but that’s fine when you have a 5-1 lead and the offense doubles that in the very next inning.

Kane County Cougars Off Day

Hillsboro Hops 19, Vancouver Canadians 7: The Hops turned this game into a display of batting practice with 21 hits in the game and every player recording a hit. Pavin Smith batted 6 times, recording 5 hits and a walk and ultimately fell a homer short of the cycle. The 2017 Draft class was well-represented in this game with Daulton Varsho, Drew Ellis, and Tramayne Holmes each hitting out 3-run homers in the late stages of the game. Mitchell Aker had actually pitched better than the final line shows, as he had allowed only 2 runs in the first 6 innings of the game and surrendered a 3-run homer in the 7th after the Hops already had an 11-2 lead at the time.

Missoula Osprey 1, Idaho Falls Chukars 6: The Osprey were able to get traffic on the bases, but weren’t able to score runs as they went 0 for 8 with RISP and left 11 on base for the game. Brady Muller allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, which isn’t great but also not terrible, but the offense wasn’t able to support him. The only Osprey run came across in the 9th inning on a Francis Martinez homer. Joey Rose also contributed 3 hits in the losing effort.

AZL Dbacks 6, AZL Rangers 2: Brian Shaffer got the start and pitched 2 innings of 1 run ball with 4 strikeouts. Offensively, the Dbacks were able to take advantage of mistakes by the opposition as the Rangers walked 4 hitters and committed 5 errors. Buddy Kennedy, Jancarlos Cintron, and Ryan Tufts recorded 4 of the 5 Dbacks hits in the game and another 2017 draftee, Zachery Almond, contributed a sac fly in the game.