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D-backs Farm Rumblings: Ray, Delgado getting closer to MLB returns

Jun 25, 2018, 7:14 AM
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Here’s a quick look at what went on in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system last week.

Team League Week/Overall Standing
Reno Aces Pacific Coast League (Triple-A) 1-5 / 34-42 3rd place in Pacific Northern Division
Jackson Generals Southern League (Double-A) 2-2 / 2-2 2nd place in North Division; 1.0 game behind Birmingham
Visalia Rawhide California League (High-A) 3-1 / 3-1 Tied for 2nd place in North Division (1.0 game behind Stockton)
Kane County Cougars Midwest League (Single-A) 1-3 / 1-3 6th place in Western Division (2nd half); 3.0 games behind Cedar Rapids
Hillsboro Hops Northwest League (Short-season Single-A) 2-5 / 5-5 Tied for 2nd place in South Division; 2.0 games behind Salem-Keizer
Missoula Osprey Pioneer League (Rookie) 4-1 / 5-2 1st place in North Division (0.5 games ahead of Helena)
Diamondbacks 1 Dominican Summer League 4-2 / 12-7 2nd place in Dominican Summer League Baseball City (1.0 game behind Orioles)
Diamondbacks 2 Dominican Summer League 2-3 / 7-11 Tied for 5th place in Dominican Summer League San Pedro (5.5 games behind Brewers and Rangers)
AZL D-backs Arizona League 6-0 / 6-0 1st place in East Division; 1.5 games ahead of Cubs 1

A couple D-backs on their way back – Arizona lefty Robbie Ray made his second rehab start for the Aces Tuesday night. Ray threw 4.1 innings, allowed three hits, three runs (only one earned) with a walk and nine strikeouts in a 9-2 loss to Omaha. Ray threw 66 pitches, 48 for strikes. Reliever Randall Delgado got into three games over the week for Reno, and suffered a loss and a blown save. In 3.1 innings, Delgado allowed two earned runs and four walks while striking out six.

Brito still sizzling – Reno outfielder Socrates Brito picked up where he left off last week at the dish, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and four RBI. In June, Brito is hitting .429 (27-for-63) with seven dingers and 19 RBI. His OPS over that span is 1.375.

Widener gets an All-Star start – Jackson right-hander Taylor Widener was the starting pitcher for the North squad in the Southern League All-Star Game Tuesday in Birmingham. Widener threw just one inning but retired the side in order, striking out two in a 9-5 loss. Infielders Kevin Medrano, Jamie Westbrook and Rudy Flores, outfielder Galli Cribbs and pitcher Justin Donatella also represented Jackson in the game.

Vargas gets an All-Star win – Visalia right-hander Emilio Vargas, who has the lowest ERA (1.04) among starting pitchers in all of affiliated baseball, was the starting pitcher for the North team in the California League All-Star Game and earned the victory in an 8-1 win over the South.

Offensive explosion – Jasrado Chisholm and Ernie De La Trinidad each drove in four runs, powering Kane County’s 18-hit attack in a 16-5 rout of Clinton. Yoel Yanqui had four hits while Jancarlos Cintron and De La Trinidad had three each.

Hops combine on a shutout – Matt Tabor, Kyler Stout, Trevor McKenna and Wesley Rodriguez combined on a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Eugene Thursday. The quartet combined to strike out 10 Emeralds hitters. Tabor, a 19-year-old right-hander who was a third-round pick of the D-backs out of Milton Military Academy in Massachusetts last summer, is rated as Arizona’s 9th-best prospect, according to MLB.com.

Nice debut – Wilfry Cruz, a 20-year-old Dominican right-hander, was stellar in his 2018 debut. Cruz allowed just three hits and one run over 5.0 innings while striking out four in a 3-1 win over Helena.

Quick Hits

• Outfielder Zach Hoffpauir is back with the D-backs organization. The Centennial High grad was a standout four-year football player at Stanford and double-dipped in pro baseball in 2015, before committing solely to football. Now, he’s back with Hillsboro. Hoffpauir went 0-3 in his return to the sport Friday night.

• Kristian Robinson, a 17-year-old outfielder from the Bahamas whom the D-backs gave a $2.5 million bonus last summer, has finally made his pro debut. Robinson batted .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles and four RBI in six games last week for the Arizona League D-backs, who coincidentally, won all six games.

• A milestone for Reno infielder Ildemaro Vargas.

• Outfielder Jake McCarthy, the D-backs’ selection in the Competitive Balance phase (39th overall) of the draft earlier this month (and their highest-drafted signee) made quite a debut Sunday for Hillsboro. McCarthy, a Virginia product, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Hops’ 12-2 win over Salem-Keizer.

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