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In what would turn out to be the final season in Silver Hawks history, South Bend utilized a breakout season from shortstop prospect Andrew Velazquez and consistent pitching from the rotation and closer Silvino Bracho to make a playoff run. Although they lost in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs, the Diamondbacks’ full-season single a affiliate is yet …

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South Bend Silver Hawks

League: Midwest League (Single-A)

Record: 81-58 (4th out of 16 teams in the Pioneer League)

Runs Scored: 624 (7th of 16 teams)

Runs Allowed: 577 (4th of 16 teams)

Recap: the Silver Hawks made the postseason in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League, then put together a nice run, reaching the Eastern Division Championship. …

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Before moving on to recent minor league performances, I wanted to bring up a great piece by John Sickels over at In it, John breaks down his Arizona Diamondbacks Preseason Top 20 list and gives updates on each player. It’s definitely worth reading in its entirety, but here are some very quick notes.

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  • Archie Bradley: arguably
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Every so often we’ll take a look at what’s happening down in the minors with the Arizona Diamondbacks. League-by-league, team-by-team, we’ll keep you in the loop on recent D’Backs minor league news and who’s hot at the moment. Before getting to the breakdown of each squad, here are some thoughts from a recent AZL game I took in over at …

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