It’s that time of year again, one that’s perhaps better than any other. Every fall, many of the best prospects in baseball descend upon the Valley of the Sun, the place where half of their seasons started. For the viewer, it’s a tremendous opportunity to see some of baseball’s best prospects up close and personal, hearing the grunt of the …Continue Reading →
Baseball is so unpredictable. Take, for instance, the struggles that Rubby De La Rosa had on Wednesday. Through two innings, he’d surrendered six earned runs to the Braves. Through three innings, the total was up to seven. Freddie Freeman had taken him yard twice, but still reeling from The Milwaukee Marathon, Chip Hale stuck with RDLR in order to try …Continue Reading →
It’s hardly a secret, but Visalia is a disorienting place to play. It’s notorious for warping statistical outcomes and any time a batter’s performance exceeds expectations or a pitcher’s performance disappoints, it’s common to say, “well, hey, it was at Visalia.” In fact, the entire California League is brutal on pitchers and rewards hitters like no other.
That’s not a …Continue Reading →
It’s that time of year again: we’re all about to get inundated with lists. Top Free Agents. Top Prospects. Top Winter Vacation Destinations. You name it, it’ll get listed. And while the whole list/ranking thing can easily get overblown, I’m going to wade in here with the Inside the ‘Zona Top 30 Diamondbacks Prospects, starting tomorrow. I’m excited about it …Continue Reading →
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 …Continue Reading →
There are a lot of headlines to cover in this edition of the Minor League Update. The Diamondbacks’ minor league affiliates have been playing well on the season and there have been some notable tidbits to emerge over the last couple of weeks. In case you missed it, we posted a “Who To Watch” version of the update last week …Continue Reading →
It’s prospect season now that the playoffs are nearly over and we’re almost into the winter. Here are the Diamondbacks’ Top 30 prospects counted down from #30 all the way to #1. The system itself is in decent shape and probably ranks somewhere near the middle of the majors. It’s a top-heavy with some notable names inside the top ten …Continue Reading →
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. …Continue Reading →
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Previously on The Pool Shot, the guys explained some of their favorite advanced stats. Hitting, including wRC+, HHAV and batted ball; pitching (38:00), including FIP, xFIP and SIERA; and baserunning and defense, including UBR, UZR and DRS (58:00).