D-backs minor league report: Swanson has 5-hit game for Hillsboro
After an aborted start to his professional career and the not unexpected adjustment period, Dansby Swanson appears to be settling in for a strong finish to his first season in the Diamondbacks organization.
Swanson, the No. 1 pick in June’s MLB draft, rapped out five hits — four singles and a triple — in six at-bats on Thursday in Hillsboro’s 12-0 victory over Boise. The five hits followed a pair of two-hit games, and in the space of those three games he’s bumped his average from .250 to .320. His slugging percentage is up to a team-leading .533.
Hillsboro has three games left in the regular season but has already qualified for the Northwest League playoffs, so Swanson should have ample opportunity to continue his hot streak.
"It just helps you with your confidence moving forward," Swanson told milb.com. "Baseball’s an everyday game, and you take your confidence from the previous day and put it into the next days. The failures you leave behind. It’s just one of those, it happens and you take what you can learn from it and move forward and build off of it."
–First baseman Trevor Mitsui also had a big game for the Hops, driving in four runs to bring his season total to 40 — a franchise single-season record. … Carlos Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings to improve his record to 6-3 with a 2.32 ERA.
Matt Koch, traded from the Mets last weekend along with Miller Diaz in the Addison Reed deal, was brilliant in his first start for the D-backs organization on Thursday, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings for Double-A Mobile in a 3-0 win at Pensacola. Koch, 24, gave up two hits, walked four and struck out six while throwing 102 pitches.
The win left Mobile one game behind Pensacola with four to play in the battle for a Southern League South Division playoff berth.
"I had everything working a little bit. I was just going at them with my sinker and mixing in the changeup and the slider," Koch, a third-round draft pick in 2012 out of Louisville, told milb.com.
"It was a lot of fun. The guys were all welcoming and accepting for me, and it was a lot of fun to come out and show them all what I can do and help us get one game closer to the playoffs."
Koch had a 4-8 record and 3.46 ERA for Binghamton of the Eastern League at the time of the trade.
"I just go out there and have the mind-set of trying to get early ground balls so I can go deep into the game and help the bullpen out and keep the score close and give my team a chance to win," he said. "It ended up being a really good game for me."
Peter O’Brien hit his 26th home run, drove in four runs and fell a single short of a cycle in the Reno Aces’ 9-5 victory over Sacramento on Thursday night, backing another strong outing from Jhoulys Chacin.
O’Brien tripled in the second, hit a two-run homer in the third and doubled in a six-run sixth inning, but his bid for a cycle ended when he struck out in the eighth. The four RBI gave him 101 for the season — the first Reno player to top 100 RBI in a season.
Chacin, meanwhile, had three hits at the plate while pitching seven strong innings on the mound, following up his two strong starts for the Diamondbacks last week and likely ensuring some additional starting opportunities for the parent club in September. He’s 6-3 with a 3.22 ERA for the Aces.