April 9th Honor Roll: Andrew Chafin and Andrew Lambo


Tony Cingrani and Zachary Johnson did their best to break up the party but Tuesday’s hitter and pitcher of the day honors wound up going to a pair of Andrews.

Chafin, the former Kent State hurler, put the Cal League on notice yesterday that he’s taking things up a notch in 2013. (Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

Pitcher of the Day: ARZ – Andrew Chafin, Visalia Rawhide (A+): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO

Selected 43rd overall out of Kent State in the 2011 Draft, Chafin is a Top-10 prospect in the Diamondbacks system looking to pitch his way out of the California League. Last season he compiled a 4.93 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with Visalia and finished with a 150-69 SO-to-BB in 122.1 IP. Once Arizona moves him up to Mobile, which is where he probably should have opened the season, look for his “traditional” numbers to improve and for his visibility as a prospect to ascend as well.

Hitter of the Day: PIT – Andrew Lambo, Altoona Curve (AA): 4-6, 4 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, SO

Prior to the 2009 season, Lambo was a top-50 prospect but injuries and difficulty adjusting have slowed his ascension. He did hit 0.312/.401/.504 last season but he only played in 35 games and the bulk of those (26) were in AA while the others were in the GCL. 2013 finds Lambo once again in Double-A, where he’s primarily been since 2008, but he’s still only 24-years old and he’s off to a fast start. In addition to hitting for the cycle on Tuesday, Lambo is hitting 0.417/.533/.833 through 6 games this year.

Honorable Mentions from the Mound:

ARZ – Jesse Darrah, South Bend Silver Hawks (A): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO

CIN – Tony Cingrani, Louisville Bats (AAA): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO – Another outing resulting in another stellar start for the young lefty. After striking out 14 batters without allowing a hit on Opening Day, his effort yesterday is actually a step back. None-the-less he’s now thrown 12.1 shutout innings thus far with a 21-2 SO-to-BB and just 3 hits allowed. Since his Pioneer League debut in 2011, the Reds third round selection has a 1.63 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 209.2 minor league innings. The 2.6 BB/9 and 11.7 SO/9 on his resume also stand out from his peers and let’s not forget he was effective in 5.0 major league innings at the end of last year.

COL – Eddie Butler, Asheville Tourists (A): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO

HOU – Bobby Doran, Corpus Christi Hooks (AA): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

KC – Sam Selman, Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

MIN – D.J. Baxendale, Fort Myers Miracle (A+): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO

NYM – Rafael Montero, Binghamton Mets (AA): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

NYM – Luis Mateo, St. Lucie Mets (A+): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO

OAK – Raul Alcantara, Beloit Snappers (A): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Honorable Mentions from the Plate:

ARZ – Matt Davidson, Reno Aces (AAA): 2-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB

HOU – Domingo Santana, Corpus Christi Hooks (AA): 3-4, R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO

HOU – Zachary Johnson, Lancaster Jethawks (A+): 5-5, R, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

MIA – Viosergy Rosa, Greensboro Grasshoppers (A): 2-3, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

NYY – Carmen Angelini, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

PHI – Cameron Perkins, Clearwater Threshers (A+): 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI

SD – Rico Noel, San Antonio Missions (AA): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB

TB – Brandon Guyer, Durham Bulls (AAA): 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, SO

WAS – Jason Martinson, Potomac Nationals (A+): 1-2, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SO