While the Aces were largely an older ball club, they weren’t devoid of talent. Nick Ahmed, Andrew Chafin and the newly-acquired Zach Borenstein joined a group of veterans to lead Reno to the PCL Championship Series where they eventually lost to Omaha in five games. It was a fantastic season for Reno, one in which they scored a ton …

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It was a tale of two seasons for the Mobile BayBears in 2014. They started the season with guys like Jake Lamb, David Peralta and Chase Anderson on the roster, but lost them to the majors as injuries decimated the Diamondbacks. In their wake came guys like Brandon Drury, Aaron Blair and Braden Shipley. There were plenty …

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We broke down the hiring of Chip Hale on the just-released Episode 2 of The Pool Shot, our podcast, but Hale won’t be the only non-player in the dugout next season. It will be mostly familiar faces on Hale’s D-backs coaching staff next season, as Nick Piecoro reported last week. Double-A Mobile manager Andy Green will be the new …

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An unbelievable second half led the Visalia Rawhide to within one win of a California League title, as they ultimately lost game five of the championship series. Along the way, top pitching prospects Aaron Blair and Braden Shipley logged most of their innings with the Rawhide while promising third baseman Brandon Drury powered the offense. Surrounded by a strong supporting …

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The Diamondbacks went 64-98 this season. Not pretty. ZiPS projected them to finish around .500, with 22 wins above replacement coming from their starting position players. Let me put in perspective just how off base the projections were. A team full of replacement-level players is supposed to win 47.7 games in a full season. The Diamondbacks won 64 games, meaning …

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Kevin Towers came to the Diamondbacks with a sterling reputation as a bullpen builder. One of his first moves: trading Mark Reynolds and (later) John Hester to the Orioles for Kam Mickolio and David Hernandez. Looking at the deal in hindsight, it worked out well for the D-backs; Mickolio threw just 6.2 crappy innings for the team, but Hester …

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It’s impossible to know whether Chip Hale will be a very good manager. But in tapping him to replace Kirk Gibson, the D-backs front office seems to have made an excellent choice. It’s not like we know that as bench coach for the Athletics the last three years, Hale will bring some of that delicious A’s philosophy with him. …

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Inside the ‘Zona is a member organization of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, and it’s award voting season. As one of just two sites in the Arizona Chapter, we get a vote on the full slate of NL awards. In the five categories, there are a total of 23 names on our ballots — but only one Diamondback. So let’s start …

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