D-backs Farm Rumblings: Near cycle and a 7-inning no-hitter
An unlikely suspect: Reno catcher Willians Astudillo was red-hot at the dish last week, batting .417 (10-for-24) with five runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and five RBI. The 25-year-old Venezuelan has played sparingly this season, his first in Triple-A. Asudillo spent 2016 with the Braves organization and three years in the Philadelphia chain before landing with the Aces this year.
— Reno Aces (@Aces) July 23, 2017
Consistent power: Jackson first baseman Kevin Cron clubbed his Southern League-leading 19th home run Sunday — a solo shot in the first inning off of Birmingham’s Tanner Banks in an 8-2 win. Cron needs just one more deep ball to accomplish his third straight 20-home run season in the minor leagues. The former TCU Horned Frog had 27 in 2015 for Visalia and 26 last season with Double-A Mobile.
Stellar starters: Alex Young, Joel Payamps and Ivan Pineyro helped the Generals win three straight to close out their week. Friday, Young tossed six innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits while striking out eight in a 2-1 win at Birmingham. Saturday night, Payamps picked up where Young left off, allowing just one hit over six shutout innings in a 9-3 win. Then on Sunday, Pineyro, a 25-year-old right-hander, allowed just one run over 6.1 innings to move his season record to 8-0.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) July 22, 2017
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) July 23, 2017
Ivan Pineyro has worked 5 shutout innings in Birmingham! Generals angling for their 13th win of the year over the Barons. T6, 6-0! pic.twitter.com/9PwzlIdybb
— Jackson Generals (@jacksongenerals) July 23, 2017
Big bats: Several members of the Visalia lineup had big weeks in the California League as the Rawhide outscored opponents 49-33 over their six games. Outfielder Jason Morozowski drove in 10 runs, as did infielder Austin Byler. Byler, Matt McPhearson and Fernery Ozuna combined for 32 hits, eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 17 RBI.
Reed crusing: Cody Reed, a 21-year-old lefty who is ranked as Arizona’s 17th-best prospect by MLB.com, has been nearly unhittable lately. Sunday against Inland Empire, Reed allowed just four hits over six shutout innings while fanning six in an 8-5 win. The former second-round pick has won his last three starts, posting a microscopic 0.53 ERA over 17 innings.
As advertised: Pavin Smith is a terrific hitter. The D-backs’ first-round pick out of Virginia last month hasn’t taken long to find his footing as a professional. Tuesday, Smith just missed out on a cycle, but pounded out five hits in a 19-7 pasting of Vancouver. Two days later, the 21-year-old went 4-for-5 with four runs scored in a 6-5 win over Spokane. In 26 games with Hillsboro, Smith is batting .359 (37-for-103), a mark that leads the Northwest League.
Third baseman Drew Ellis, Arizona’s second-round pick out of Louisville, is also lighting it up. Ellis hit .400 (8-for-20) with three home runs and seven RBI while competitive balance pick Daulton Varsho, a catcher out of Milwaukee, batted .348 (8-for-23) with a home run and 10 RBI.
— Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops) July 24, 2017
Rookie League no-no: Juan Hernandez, a 17-year-old Venezuelan right-hander, had the game of his young life Saturday night. Hernandez hurled a seven-inning no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Padres, who managed one base-runner. In the third inning, Hernandez struck out Luis Roman, but a passed ball by catcher Luis Tejeda allowed Roman to get to first base. He was erased on a double play, meaning Hernandez still faced the minimum 21 Padres hitters. The youngster had 10 strikeouts in the contest, and is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA so far this season after spending 2016 in the Dominican Summer League.
|4-3||59-42||Tied for 1st place in Pacific Northern Division with Tacoma|
|3-3||15-15||Fourth place in North Division (2nd half); 8.0 games behind Chattanooga|
|1||4-2||15-15||Second place in North Division (2nd half); 2.0 games behind Modesto|
|3-3||15-15||Fourth place in Western Division (2nd half); 5.0 games behind Quad Cities|
|5-2||22-16||Won South Division first-half title|
|2-4||16-17||Tied with Billings for first place in North Division; 1.0 game ahead of Helena|
|2-3||10-13||Fourth place in East Division; 4.5 games behind Giants|