D-backs minor league report: Shipley, Brito shine at Reno
Minor-league home run leader Peter O'Brien got the call from Reno last week, and he's not the last of the Aces doing what they can to attract the Diamondbacks' attention.
Braden Shipley, the team's top minor-league pitching prospect, pitched Reno to a 6-3 win over Tacoma on Sunday to improve to 5-3 on the season. His ERA stands at 3.28 for the season, fourth best in the PCL.
Silvino Bracho nailed down his second save in two nights, giving him a PCL-leading 12. He has 32 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Socrates Brito, who began the season on the major-league roster, extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Brito, who struggled upon his demotion, is now batting .284, but he's walked just six times in 46 games. He is 25 for 60 during his hitting streak with three doubles, four triples and a home run.
Left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin could be making his way back to the majors soon. He's worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings since being demoted, giving up only three hits and one walk while striking out seven.
And while the Diamondbacks have had plenty of production from their catcher tandem of Welington Castillo and Chris Herrmann, they also know they have a ready replacement available in veteran Tuffy Gosewisch. Gosewisch was 3 for 4 in Saturday's 7-4 victory over Tacoma, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Gosewisch is 19 for 37 during the streak, raising his season average to .349 with five home runs and a .520 slugging percentage.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger, who was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star team, has made a nice first impression in Reno after being called up from Mobile to replace O'Brien. Haniger had a 3-hit game on Saturday, hit his first home run in Sunday's victory and is 5 for 10 in his first three games with the Aces.
Second baseman Jamie Westbrook out of Basha High School had back-to-back 3-RBI games for the Bay Bears on Saturday and Sunday, helping Mobile stretch its winning streak to four with 8-2 and 10-2 victories over Jacksonville. Westbrook was 5 for 10in the two games to bring his season average to .281.
First baseman Kevin Cron homered in both victories and has four home runs over the past six games and a team-leading nine for the season.
Left-hander Anthony Banda had another strong outing on Friday, giving up one unearned run and striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. He improved to 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 68 1/3 innings. He's given up 3 earned runs in his past four starts, covering 25 innings.
Jimmie Sherfy added two more saves during the win streak, giving him seven in 11 appearances since being promoted from Visalia. Sherfy has given up five hits, one run, three walks and struck out 23 in 13 2/3 innings. His ERA for the season stands at 0.35 over two levels.
The Rawhide stretched their winning streak to eight on Sunday with a 15-1 pummeling of Lancaster. First baseman Rudy Flores was the prime offensive force, clubbing two home runs and driving in six. Flores had 14 homers, 47 RBI and a .292 batting average. Sunday's outburst left him tied for the California League lead in RBI and second in home runs.
Josh Taylor had a standout pitching effort on Friday, striking out 13 in seven innings.