D-backs Farm Rumblings: Lamb’s back and Clarke might be getting a call
Another week is in the books for the minor league affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Good week for Kane County. Not so much for the once-red hot Jackson Generals.
Here’s a look at some of the happenings in the D-backs’ system over the past week.
Lamb back on the diamond – D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb finally got to play a real baseball game Sunday. In the first game of his rehab stint with the Rawhide, Lamb played third base and batted third, going 0-for-3 in a 3-2 loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Lamb lined out to center in his first at-bat, then flied out to center in the third inning before lining out to center in the sixth. He’s been out since April 3 with shoulder and elbow injuries.
Taylor Clarke’s time could be coming – Reno right-hander Taylor Clarke got two starts for the Aces over the past week. The first was not great, not bad; Clarke went 5.0 innings and yielded six hits and two earned runs in a 3-1 loss to Tacoma. But Saturday against El Paso, the 25-year-old was on. Clarke allowed just two hits and one earned run (on a solo HR) over 7.0 innings while striking out nine in a 2-1 win. With the Diamondbacks’ rotation issues still lingering, Clarke might be a candidate for spot starting duty in the big leagues with the Kris Medlen and Troy Scribner experiments failing to pay dividends.
Kevin Medrano: Hitting Machine – The Jackson infielder hit .444 (12-for-27) on the week and is now hitting .373 on the season — which is good for second place in the Southern League, behind teammate Juniel Querecuto, who is hitting .381. Querecuto, a 25-year-old third baseman from Venezuela, is in his first year in the D-backs organization after six years with Tampa Bay and a one-year stint playing in the Giants’ chain.
What’s up with Duplantier? – Arizona’s top prospect, right-hander Jon Duplantier, started Friday night on the road at Chattanooga and allowed just one earned run over five innings while striking out four in a game Jackson lost 6-2. Duplantier is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA, 24 strikeouts and only three walks in 19.1 innings this season.
Vargas still flinging – Visalia right-hander Emilio Vargas has been terrific in the California League this season. In his lastest outing Wednesday against Stockton, Vargas pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with a walk and six strikeouts. He left the game with a 2-1 lead, but the Rawhide pen couldn’t hold it in a 4-2 loss. Vargas lowered his ERA to 1.04 on the season and has yet to give up more than one earned run in any of his seven appearances (six starts).
— Visalia Rawhide (@VisaliaRawhide) May 9, 2018
First win for Shaffer – Right-hander Brian Shaffer, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland last summer, went 7.0 innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, two walks while striking out three in a 7-1 win over Lake County on Monday. It was Shaffer’s first professional win. Shaffer went 20-8 during his three-year collegiate career with the Terrapins.
• The D-backs named Jackson infielder Galli Cribbs and Visalia right-hander Bo Takahashi as their Minor League Player and Pitcher for the month of April.
In 22 games with the Generals, @GalliCribbsJr hit .362 with 3 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 11 walks.
His month was highlighted by a cycle, including an inside-the-park homer on April 18. pic.twitter.com/ggqOsKjBzw
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 10, 2018
• Reno infielder Kevin Cron hit his first Triple-A home run on Thursday in a 7-4 loss to Albuquerque. Pinch-hitting in the bottom of the ninth inning for pitcher Jared Miller, Cron connected on a two-run blast to center field off of Isotopes reliever D.J. Johnson. Cron now has 91 home runs in his pro career, which began in 2014 after the D-backs took him in the 14th round out of TCU.
Cron was also immortalized in bobblehead form over the weekend, courtesy of the Jackson Generals.
— Minor League Promos (@MiLBPromos) May 12, 2018
• Reno slugger Christian Walker really enjoys playing on Mother’s Day, apparently.
Christian Walker dominates Mother's Day.
Check out these numbers from the past two years 😳 pic.twitter.com/rTqJVm0bBl
— Reno Aces (@Aces) May 13, 2018
• Visalia first baseman Pavin Smith went 3-for-3 with three doubles in a 3-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga Saturday night.