Around the Minors: Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects Matt Davidson and Chris Owings End With Big Numbers


Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA infielder Matt Davidson rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Reno Aces got huge performances out of the left side of their infield as they closed their season with a 17-7 victory. Third baseman Matt Davidson hit his 17th home run and drove in five runs and shortstop Chris Owings went 3-for-6 with a pair of stolen bases, giving him some nice, even numbers to end with. Owings hit .330 and stole 20 bases for the Aces.

Both players appeared on Baseball America’s Top-10 list for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Davidson placing fourth while Owings was seventh. Davidson was up for a cup of coffee with the D-Backs earlier this season and was the MVP of the Futures Game.

>Juan Duran celebrated his 22nd birthday in style, smashing three home runs for Class A Bakersfield, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate. The 6-foot-7 product of the Dominican Republic ends the season with 20 home runs, and was especially dangerous against left-handed pitching this season, posting an OPS of 1.064.

>The Rochester Red Wings turned a 5-4-3 triple play in their 13-3 win that also secured a playoff birth. Third baseman Ray Olmedo got things started, as he fielded the chopper and went around the horn to end the top of the third inning.

>Marcus Stroman tallied 11 strikeouts while giving up just one run on two hits for the
New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect served a 50-game PED suspension earlier this season, but has been dominant since his return. The former first-round pick has 129 strikeouts over 111 ⅔ innings pitched.

>Hunter Morris hit his 24th home run of the season for the Nashville Sounds, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. This marks the first baseman’s third-straight 20-homerun season, as he slugged 28 last year and 20 in 2011.

>Texas Rangers prospects Teodoro Martinez and Luis Sardinas had monster games for the Frisco Rough Riders in a 14-1 blowout. Martinez hit a pair of home runs to go with eight RBIs and Sardinas had a four-hit game. Martinez, 21, has impressive power-speed numbers (15 HR, 21 SB) but needs to improve on his .283 on-base percentage. Sardinas, yet another Rangers shortstop prospect, had been struggling since being called up to Double-A.

>Cleveland Indians prospect Luis Gomez combined with two relievers to throw a no hitter for the Class A short season Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Gomez threw six innings, his longest start of the year, and struck out eight batters while issuing one walk. The 20-year-old finishes his season with a 3.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 39 ⅔ innings pitched between two levels.

>Oakland Athletics prospect Addison Russell has struggled in the early going of his first sting at Triple-A. The 19-year-old was 1-for-5 with four strikeouts last night, and is 3-for-13 (.077) with nine strikeouts altogether for the Sacramento River Cats.