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D-backs Farm Rumblings: A.J. Pollock getting closer to return

acesPollock getting closer – D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock played in his first organized baseball game Saturday night in Reno, going 1-for-2 with a walk in an 8-0 win over Las Vegas. The former All-Star hasn’t played with the big league club since May 14, when he left a game against Pittsburgh with a groin injury.

The Diamondbacks haven’t missed a beat in his absence, going 23-8 — the best record in the big leagues in that span.

Pollock didn’t play Sunday for the Aces, but should be back in the lineup Monday night against the 51s.

acesBanda struggling – The D-backs’ top prospect, left-hander Anthony Banda, isn’t having the smoothest of years at Triple-A Reno. The 23-year-old made two starts last week, and although he won the second (a 7-3 win over Las Vegas), he walked 13 batters in 10.2 innings.

For the season, Banda is 6-4 with a 4.96 ERA. He does have 76 strikeouts in 78 innings of work, but has walked 40, which is the third-most in the Pacific Coast League.

generalsMedrano raking – He’s not a big-time prospect, but Jackson infielder Kevin Medrano had a week for the ages. The 27-year-old batted a blistering .517 (15-for-29) for the Generals, raising his batting average 33 points to .333. In Saturday’s win over the Birmingham Barons, Medrano had five of Jackson’s 20 hits in a 10-5 win. He was the first Jackson player to have a five-hit game since 2015.

Medrano enters this week’s action riding a 15-game hitting streak.

cougarsCougars wrap up first-half title – Strong finish to the first half of the schedule by Kane County.

cougarsHe’s only human – Kane County right-hander Jon Duplantier did something Thursday that he had never done before: He lost a minor league game. Duplantier gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings in a 6-3, seven-inning loss to Peoria. The 22-year-old had started his minor league career with six straight wins.

Duplantier is still 6-1 with a 1.24 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP while opponents are hitting just .180 against him. He’ll represent the Cougars in the Midwest League All-Star Game Tuesday in Midland, MI.

hopsHops off to a decent start – The Hillsboro Hops, Arizona’s short-season Single-A Northwest League affiliate, got their season started Thursday night and split four games against the Everett Emeralds. Right-hander Jhoan Duran, the D-backs’ 22nd-best prospect according to, got the opening night start and pitched well, allowing only four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four in a 10-3 win.

ospreyOsprey raring to go – The Missoula Osprey, the D-backs’ Rookie Pioneer League affiliate, start their 2017 season Monday night against the Billings Mustangs.

Team Week Season Notes
aces 4-2 44-26 1st place in Pacific Northern Division; 7.0 games ahead of Tacoma
generals 5-2 37-33 Tied for 2nd place in North Division; 5.0 games behind Chattanooga
rawhidesmall1 5-2 36-34 Tied for 2nd place in North Division; 3.0 games behind Modesto
cougars 5-1 39-28 1st place in Western Division; 1.5 games ahead of Cedar Rapids
hops 2-2 2-2 Tied for 1st place in South Division

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