D-backs recall OF Cooper Hummel, option 1B/OF Pavin Smith
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled rookie outfielder Cooper Hummel and optioned first baseman Pavin Smith to Triple-A Reno, the team announced Saturday afternoon.
Hummel started the year with the big-league club and drilled his first career home run during the fourth game of the season.
He hit a walk-off double on May 31 in the 10th inning against the Atlanta Braves to complete a four-run comeback.
The D-backs optioned him to Triple-A on June 11 after his slash line in 41 MLB games was .178/.308/.317.
Hummel hit .346 with a pair of home runs in 14 contests on the Aces before the recall.
Cooper Hummel with his first home run of the season in an Aces uniform 🙌@CoopHUM | #Aceball pic.twitter.com/05qnLeccnP
— Reno Aces (@Aces) June 18, 2022
The 27-year-old has played both corner outfield spots and catcher for Arizona this season.
Smith heads to Reno for the first time in his career. The 2017 first-rounder made his MLB debut in 2020 and has not played in the minors since.
The lefty’s numbers are down this year from his first two MLB seasons with a slash line of .207/.291/.362. His career OPS entering 2022 was .733.
Smith got off to a strong start before he started to struggle in the second week of May. After May 6, he is hitting .171.
Hummel is in the starting lineup Saturday for Arizona’s matchup against the Colorado Rockies.
Cooper Hummel – Arizona Diamondbacks (1) pic.twitter.com/4JSsNVTXND
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) April 10, 2022
The switch hitter will play left field and bat second against Colorado starter Austin Gomber.
First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. Tune in on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.