#BirdDroppings for July 18- What A Cycle Sounds Like

  1. Mitsui Cycle
  2. D-Backs Announce International Signings

1- Mitsui Cycles

Missoula rookie Trevor Mitsui hit for the cycle last night in the O’s 12-9 win over Grand Junction.

Here’s what hitting a cycle sounds like: https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/trevor-mitsui-cycle

MiLB story on Mitsui here

2- D-Backs Announce International Signings

From the Arizona Release, here are the most recent signees in this year’s International Signing Period

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have signed five international free agents, including the organization’s first amateur signing out of Taiwan, pitcher Wei-Chieh (“Way-Jay”) Huang, since the start of the 2014-15 international signing period on July 2, according to according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

 Huang, 20, was born in Taitung and attended Kao Yuan Tech High School in Kaohsiung followed by the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sports (NTUPES), the top ranked college baseball program in the country. Huang went 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 4 games during the 2012 Taiwan High School National Tournament, and later reached 95 mph during the preliminary round of the 2013 All-Taiwan Games.

 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS’ 2014 INTERNATIONAL SIGNINGS

Player

Pos.

B-T

Age

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown, Country

Juan Araujo

OF

R-R

16

6-2

195

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Mailon Arroyo

INF

S-R

16

6-0

200

Salcedo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Remy Cordero

OF

L-L

16

6-2

170

San Pedro, Dominican Republic

Victor Rodriguez

OF

L-L

17

5-10

140

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Wei-Chieh Huang

RHP

R-R

20

6-1

170

Taitung, Taiwan

#BirdDroppings for July 17

  1. PDC Contract Extended Through 2020
  2. MLB Vet at OPAF
  3. Get To Know Justin Williams

Good morning Osprey fans, the O’s are back in town and opened up a seven-game homestand with a loss last night to Grand Junction 5-3.

1. PDC Contract Extended Through 2020

The Missoula Osprey and Arizona Diamondbacks have announced  that the two have agreed upon a four-year extension of their current Player Development Contract (PDC), which will keep the two teams affiliated until at least through the 2020 season. The current agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2016 season.

This affiliation relationship is the second longest current consecutive tenure in the Pioneer League behind only the Billings Mustangs (#BeatBillings) and Cincinnati Reds affiliation agreement. The Osprey franchise, which moved to Missoula from Lethbridge, Alberta in 1999, has been affiliated with the D-backs since the 1996 season – one year before Arizona began to play Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise.

“The Osprey and Diamondbacks have a very strong partnership. We share philosophies of developing quality players on and off the field and the importance of community involvement through our players and franchises,” explained Matt Ellis, Osprey Executive Vice President. “We feel that given the entirety of the relationship, that we have the best Major League affiliate partner in baseball for our franchise, our fans, and our community. Knowing and believing that fact makes extending early not only ideal but a priority for our franchise. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Diamondbacks and look forward to continuing this relationship through the rest of the decade.”

From a personal standpoint, I was told by so many people around baseball before I came to Missoula of how quality an organization the Diamondbacks are. There has been nothing I’ve experienced or heard this summer to sway that opinion. So good news Osprey fans, we’ll be sending future Snakes to the Desert for another handful of years.

2. Rafael Betancourt In Missoula

In last night’s loss, the Osprey were unable to score off the typical foe, a series of young pitchers at the start of their professional careers. However, a 10-yr MLB vet gave up three runs with large thanks to the Peanut Inning. Betancourt became the first player with MLB service to appear at Ogren Park Allegiance Field and gave up three runs with only one earned in his rehab appearance. Betancourt first appeared in The Show in 2003 with Cleveland and has been with Colorado since 2009.

3. Get To Know Justin Williams

I had a fun time speaking with Justin a few days ago at Orem. Take a short break and listen in to get to know more of Justin’s approach, background, and gator hunting in the Bayou.

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/justin-williams-interview-july-13-2014

#BirdDroppings for July 9

  1. Float To The Ballpark
  2. Get To Know Former O Jake Mayers

 

Float To The Ballpark

I can’t wait for this in August, and I know it’s always one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Zoo Town. If you’re lucky you might even see a Mitsui or Cron homer floating in the river…

Float to the Ballpark, one of the most popular promotions in professional baseball, is back for 2014. The Missoula Osprey announced today that in conjunction with Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures, Osprey fans have the opportunity to float to the ballpark Aug. 17.

Floaters will be shuttled from the stadium to waiting rafts that will take them on a guided two and a half hour float back to the stadium along the Clark Fork River, which will begin at 1 p.m. Upon arrival at the stadium, the lucky fans will be fed a BBQ meal with all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salads and sodas. Fans will then take their seats to watch the Osprey take on the Idaho Falls Chukars.

All participants must be at least 5 years of age or older. No flip flops, or personal tubes, rafts or floatation devices will be allowed. The Osprey do advise fans who participate to bring sunscreen and sunglasses, wear comfortable clothes, and keep in mind that their clothes and shoes may get wet during the float.

Fans will need to pre-purchase a package for the float, limited space is available. Packages cost $60 per person. To reserve your spot for yourself, family, or business call 543-3300 or visit the Missoula Osprey Box Office located in the MSO HUB at 140 N. Higgins Ave.

 

Get To Know Jake Mayers

On his last day as a member of the Osprey, I had the chance to catch up with Jake Mayers before his promotion to Hillsboro. Jake talks about his

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/jake-mayers-interview

#BirdDroppings for July 8

  1. O’s Fly South
  2. Mitsui and Hernandez Honored
  3. Get To Know Carlos

 

O’s Fly South

After the longest continuous bus ride of the year,  the Osprey regained their talons with a well deserved day of rest yesterday. Missoula begins a four-game set with Grand Junction tonight and all games can be heard online at missoulaosprey.com and in the area on 102.9 FM ESPN for Missoula.

 

Mitsui and Hernandez Honored

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that Trevor Mitsui and Carlos Hernandez have been named the Missoula Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for June, respectively.

In 13 games, Mitsui blasted a pair of home runs and picked up eight RBI. By going 17-51, the rookie out of the University of Washington hit for a .333 average. He also slugged .549 for the month and began his professional career with an eleven-game hit streak. In five July games, Mitsui has already added another pair of homers and six more RBI.

Carlos Hernandez did not allow an earned run until his third start of the season at Great Falls. He began his 2014 campaign with eight strikeouts in a shutout effort of the Helena Brewers. The right-handed pitcher went 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA for the month in three starts. He totaled nineteen strikeouts to just four walks as a starter for the Osprey.

Get To Know Carlos

If you have been tuning in during our Bitterroot Motors Pregame Show, then you’ve had the opportunity to get to know the Osprey behind the scenes. I’ve been trying to show more of each player’s background on and off the field. Today I have linked yesterday’s interview with Carlos Hernandez.

 https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/carlos-hernandez-interview

 

#BirdDroppings for June 17

 

  1. Highlights from Opening Day
  2. O’s Alumni in Midwest League  All-Star Game

Just a quick post with highlights from yesterday’s 8-5 win that was bookend by rain delays. Hopefully the rain will stay far away from the park today or I’m heading to the store to prepare my ark.

 

 Highlights from last night include the Ozuna 2R HR, Williams HR, and McFarland 2R 1B

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/sets/missoula-osprey-opening-day 

First pitch is scheduled once again for 7:05 p.m. today.

Congrats to these Osprey alumni in the Midwest League All-Star game representing South Bend

 

1B Daniel Palka

SS Andrew Velazquez

P Adam Miller

Jose Munoz was named but will not participate

 

Full roster here-http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140604&content_id=78170468&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

 

#BirdDroppings for Opening Day

  1. Lineups
  2. Broadcast Email
  3. Chatzy

 

The lineups are set. The weather is not.

 

A pitter patter of rain continues to annoy Helena on Opening Night of the Pioneer League as the Osprey are scheduled to face the Helena Brewers at 7:05

 

Here’s today’s lineups

 

Missoula Osprey

1. Matt Railey   CF

2. Fernery Ozuna   2B

3. Justin Williams   LF

4. Tyler Humphreys   3B

5. Jacob Mayers   1B

6. Maik Ehmcke   DH

7. Grant Nelson   C

8. Dane McFarland   RF

9. Sergio Alcantara   SS

Gabriel Moya LHP

Helena

1. Brandon Diaz   CF

2. Tucker Neuhaus   3B

3. Elvis Rubio   RF

4. Greg McCall   DH

5. Jack Cleary   C

6. Alan Sharkey   1B

7. Luis Aviles   SS

8. Edgardo Rivera   LF

9. Gregory Munoz   2B

Chad Thompson RHP

 

 

Umpires- Ryan Powers (HP), Aaron Higgins

openingdayhelena

Remember that the best way to visit the booth is through ospreybroadcast@gmail.com. I’d love to know where everyone is listening in from and take a few questions about the team on air. 

Virtual Chat Room for Games

Back by popular demand, it’s chatzy! Thanks to John Griffin for leading the charge!

This season’s room link–http://www.chatzy.com/89168801242834 (Bookmark it!)

Welcome to the Missoula Osprey Box Suite, online chat. This virtual room is operated in support of the players, their family, friends and Osprey FANS throughout the country. Listen to the live broadcasts on radio at ESPN Montana 102.9 or online by clicking the link on the Osprey website http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t518. Then join us for a chat during the game. Think of this site as your virtual box seat for the season. You will meet players family members and other fans and discuss the game and root on your Osprey players here, just as if you were able to do so if you lived in Missoula. We hope you will find this as a fun way to support your players and be part of the team family.

I’ll do my best to monitor it as the season goes on but I will have a closer eye on the email account.

Happy Opening Day my friends!

 

 

#BirdDroppings for June 6

  • Notes from Day 1 of Draft
  • Host family applications open
  • Dinner on the Diamond

 

Notes from Day 1 of Draft

 

Good morning Osprey fans, yesterday was a big day here at Osprey headquarters with the first day of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft. The Diamondbacks slithered into the fountain of youth with four draftees that have never enrolled in a college class.

 

Touki Time!!

Striaght from Phoenix-The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) selected right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint (@_YoSoy_Touki) out of Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy with their first selection (16th overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

 Toussaint, 17, went 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched while striking out 104 batters for the Crusaders. The Vanderbilt commit led Coral Springs to the Florida State Final Four en route to being named the Miami Herald 2014 5A-2A Pitcher of the Year. In Toussaint’s junior campaign, he garnered invitations to the Perfect Game (PETCO Park) and Under Amour (Wrigley Field) All-American games, and as a sophomore, struck out 18 batters over 6.0 innings pitched in the PG World Wood Bat Championships. Toussaint earned a gold medal with the USA Baseball 16U National Team in 2011.

 “We’re really excited to add this type of arm, athlete and talent to our system,” said  Ray Montgomery, the Arizona Diamondbacks Director of Scouting. “Touki has an electric fastball, a plus curveball and a combination of two or three pitches that are starter quality. He’s very advanced, very worldly and the type of person that Touki is off the field, still outweighs the talent he has on the field.”

 The 6-for-2, 198-pound right-handed pitcher was rated by Baseball America as the nation’s third-best high school pitcher and MLB.com as the No. 8 Prospect, overall, in today’s draft. Toussaint is the 20th first-round selection for the D-backs and 11th taken from the high school ranks. The D-backs had two first-round selections in 2003, 2009 and 2011.

Toussaint spent a handful of his childhood years in Haiti after his birth in Pembroke Pines. His family later returned to Florida in 2004 and attended Coral Springs Christian Academy starting his sophomore year. Baseball is a recent love for Toussaint,with most of his success coming over the past couple of years. Baseball America stated that, “Toussaint might have the least baseball experience of any top draft prospect, yet arguable the highest ceiling of any high school pitcher.”

Ray Montgomery said, “I think the person may outweigh the talent. He’s a very good athlete that can handle the bat. He plays shortstop when he doesn’t pitch. I do like the overall athleticism and I like that he played other sports. I really like that he wasn’t involved in one sport his whole life. He’s a really worldly kid.”

Toussaint initially committed to the University of Miami but later rescinded his commitment to the Hurricanes and currently holds a verbal pledge to Vanderbilt University.

Reed about Cody

The D-backs selected left-handed pitcher Cody Reed with the 54th pick in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Reed, a native of Ardmore, Alabama, went 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA this spring. The 6′ 3″, 250-pounder was recently named the Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year. In leading the Ardmore High School Tigers to the ASHAA Class 4A state championship round, Reed racked up the second-highest strikeout total in state history by totaling 226 strikeouts. Equally impressive, he only walked 17 batters in 92 innings. His 0.46 ERA was also put him in the record books for the single-season seventh lowest for pitchers with at least 50 innings. Reed also boats a 20-strikeout career game.

Reed also put on a show at the plate with a .494 average, 6 homeruns, 33 RBI, and an .800 slugging percentage. The lefty features a fastball that has reportedly reached as high as 95 mph to showcase his four-pitch mix.

Baseball America ranked the 17-year old Reed the 44th prospect in the nation, and MLB.com placed him at 61st.

Similar to Toussaint, Reed is also a Vanderbilt University commit. That brings our Vandy commit total to 2 from Day 1.

Position Players show up in Comp. Balance Round B

The D-backs selected with the 69th pick of the draft in Competitive Balance Round B outfielder Marcus Wilson from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. Arizona also picked at 70th and took another high school prospect in shortstop Isan Diaz from Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Wilson, who checks in at 6′ 3″, 175 pounds, has a very projectable frame with his young age. He hit .359 with 5 homeruns and 17 RBI as a senior. The outfielder made one error his entire senior campaign and was perfect in stolen base attempts. The 17-year old also pitched to a 1.34 ERA on the mound but figures to develop in the outfield in Arizona’s system. Wilson jumped out to scouts at the Major League Scouting Bureau Southern California Invitational Showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Isan Diaz, 5’10″, 180 pounds, is a high school shortstop that projects at second base in the Arizona farm system. The senior led Springfield Central to the Valley Wheel League championship as a junior.

As a senior, he posted a .509 average, .651 on-base percentage, .930 slugging percentage, 4 homeruns, and 8 doubles. The lefty bat was tabbed as Baseball America’s 55th best prospect in the nation.

Diaz was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at a young age. Similar to first round pick Touki Toussaint, Diaz moved into the country around the start of elementary school and transferred high schools before his sophomore year.

Out of the four draft picks Thursday, three are Vanderbilt University commits as Isan Diaz joins Touki Toussaint and Cody Reed. Marcus Wilson is committed to Arizona State University.

So the D-Backs choose four high schoolers, and Tom Corbin of Vanderbilt isn’t the happiest of campers to see three potential anchors in Nashville slither their way to the Desert.

 

Host Family Applications Open

The Missoula Osprey are in the process of accepting applications from interested people who wish to be host families for the upcoming 2014 season.

The host family program is a way for players to have a home away from home, as they play in Missoula over the summer. Players pay a minimum of $200 to the host family for rent, and are responsible for their own transportation and food. The players will arrive on June 13, with opening day scheduled for June 19, and stay until early September.

People who are interested in serving as a host family may call the Osprey at (406) 543-3300 and request an application, or stop by the MSO Hub Box Office at 140 N. Higgins to pick up an application.

For more information, please contact Grant Warner at (406) 541-9314.

 

Dinner on the Diamond

The Missoula Osprey in conjunction with the Hospice Care Foundation, Missoula Aging Services and Aspen Hospice of Montana announced their partnership on the second annual Dinner on the Diamond that will take place Thursday, July 24 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

The unique evening will allow event-goers to have dinner on the Blackfoot Party Deck at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. A buffet-style traditional ballpark menu with sides, soda, water and dessert is on tap. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Tickets for a family of four to five may be purchased for $100. Call the Hospice Care Foundation for other ticket options.

The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social time, with dinner and games scheduled from 6-8 and music by DJ Aaron Traylor as well as dancing and other activities from 8 – 10 p.m.

The event will also feature a reverse raffle, silent auction and 50-50 raffle.

Tickets for the event are on sale at the MSO Hub Box Office and from the Hospice Care Foundation, Aspen Hospice of Montana and Missoula Aging Services.

 

 

Happy Day 3 of the Draft, check back this weekend for more info on who Arizona chooses today!

#BirdDroppings for June 4

  1. O’s on the Road to the Show
  2. O’s in The Show- Chase Anderson
  3. Draft Eve

 

Good morning Osprey fans!

Today #BirdDroppings brings you swoop of good news on the success of former O’s.

O’s on the Road to the Show

-The Diamondbacks have named Bradin Hagens (09) their Pitcher-of-the-Month for May. Per the Arizona release:

Hagens, 25, went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (8 ER in 29.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 5 starts in May for the BayBears. He enters June with a 4-game win streak (from May 5-present) after beginning the season without allowing an earned run in 4 games as a reliever (9.1 IP). Hagens limited the opposition to a .186 batting average (19-for-102) in May, and did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of his 5 starts. The 2013 Southern League midseason All-Star and Mobile Player of the Month for April was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Merced Community College.

You can give him a follow on Twitter, too- @Bradin_Hagens16.

-Andrew Velazquez (12), a 7th round pick in the 2012 D-Back’s draft, has been streaky. But in a good way.

  On May 31, Andrew Velazquez snapped a 22-game hit streak (May 5—May 30). Over that stretch, he batted .366 with a .431 on-base percentage, 34 hits and 13 extra-base hits. Velazquez entered June with an active 36-game on-base streak, dating back to April 22. He carried a .304 batting average and .387 on-base percentage over that span. He had recorded 11 triples on the season—three more than any hitter at any level of professional baseball. Velazquez ranked among Midwest League leaders in triples (1st, 11), total bases (1st, 107), runs (2nd, 42), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 24) and hits (4th, 64).

-Alex Glenn (12) owns the third-highest homerun rate in the California League with a dinger once every 15.58 at-bats.

I’ve linked his Twitter account.

-Jake Lamb (12) and teammate David Peralta had tied for the Southern League lead with 17 doubles for the Mobile BayBears.

Here’s Lamb’s tweet machine.

 -21 year-old Silvino Bracho (13), Enrique Burgos, and Matt Stites and combined for 23 saves in May—each finishing in the top-8 among Minor League relievers.

It was not until May 30 that Bracho suffered his first career blown save that broke up a string of 26-straight saves to begin his minor league career.

O’s in The Show

Chase Anderson (09) pitched Arizona past Colorado last night in Denver and tallied another W to his name. In the process he became one of five MLB pitchers since 1998 to win at least his first four starts. Minus a 5th inning DJ LeMahieu homerun, the righty dazzled to move to 4-0 on the year.

His line:

6 IP   4H  1R  1ER  2BB  3K  1HR  3.32ERA

Draft Eve

We’re just a little more than 30 hours away from another annual rite of passage in professional baseball with this year’s draft quickly approaching.

Zach Buchanan of AZcentral.com wrote a preview with thoughts from the Arizona front office on the draft and current farm system.

Read it here.

For those that want to preview what Arizona’s picks on the first day might look like compared to current and former Major Leaguers, here’s a nifty tool from baseball-reference.com

Thanks for cleaning up these #BirdDroppings with me, and be sure to visit http://www.missoulaosprey.com and check back here for draft coverage beginning tomorrow!

#BirdDroppings for June 2, 2014

 Today’s Droppings

  1. New Broadcaster Intro
  2. Osprey Alumni in MLB update
  3. Arizona Draft Dates and Times

Good afternoon Osprey fans!

Alexander,Nolan.Headshot

I hope you’re as ready for Opening Day as I am with only 17 more days separating you from your 2014 Missoula Osprey.

My name is Nolan Alexander and I will serve as your “Voice of the Missoula Osprey” this season. I hope this blog will serve as a supplement to stories and information you hear on 102.9 FM ESPN Montana and on http://www.missoulaosprey.com over the course of the season.

I want to know you, the fans, on a personal level this season, so please drop me an email at Ospreybroadcast@gmail.com if you’re listening in, have a question, or just want to say hello. In my opinion, what makes a broadcast is having a conversation, and I want to have an open dialogue on and off air.

A little about myself in addition to this spring’s release-

I just wrapped up 4 years as the “Voice of Georgia Tech baseball” on WREK Atlanta capped off by calling the ACC Championship game victory for the Jackets. You might remember 2013 Osprey slugger Daniel Palka, who I had the pleasure of calling his entire Tech career.

After the season I will drive back to Atlanta to finish my last semester at Georgia Tech with a degree in Business Administration.

This is my first time in Montana and I am at a loss of words for how beautiful the West is, especially this state and city. I’ve only been here a few days after traveling 2600 miles, but I can already tell that Missoula is a special place.

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and have called the South my home for all my life, but I love traveling and look forward to sharing pictures and stories from our travels around the Pioneer League.

I want to get to know this beautiful city well when time allows during the hectic season, so I’ll take any and all advice on your favorite trails, parks, restaurants, and activities.

I look forward to this season and providing an enjoyable experience for you the listener over the air and on this blog. Hopefully the Osprey will cap it off with a Pioneer League Championship in September!

If you’d like to know more about me and the Osprey this summer, there are plenty of options.

1- Follow this blog.

2- Follow the Osprey on Social Media. Facebook and Twitter

3- Follow me on Twitter

4- Send an email to Ospreybroadcast@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little more about me and I can’t wait for Opening Day to arrive!

 

 

#BirdDroppings

UPDATE ON OSPREY ALUMNI WITH MLB EXPERIENCE

With the promotion of Chase Anderson (09) to Arizona early last month, the running total of Osprey to reach The Show stands at 46.

I’ve attached a full list in chronological, alphabetical, and seasonal order. This list will be updated as the season progresses and former O’s continue to receive the good news.

Osprey Alumni to Reach Major Leagues.06.2.14

 

2014 MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

The draft is right around the corner and www.missoulaosprey.com will have you covered when news breaks of new members of the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization.

The Diamondbacks hold the following picks:

1st round- 16th

2nd round-54th

Comp. Balance round B- 69th, 70th

3rd round- 89th

4-40th rounds- 16th each

 

The Draft will be broadcast live on June 5th on MLB Network and MLB.com and will be available live on MLB.com June 6th and 7th.

The times are as follows from MLB.com/draft and are listed in MT.

June 5th

4 P.M.- Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com

5 P.M.- Live draft for rounds 1- Comp.B on MLB Network and MLB.com

June 6th

11 A.M.- rounds 3-10 on MLB.com

June 7th

11 A.M.- rounds 11-40 on MLB.com

 

Lastly for your night reading, take a look at the MLB.com D-Backs writer Steve Gilbert’s insight into Arizona’s approach to the 2014 draft.

 

 

Two Osprey alums ranked top hitters in MLB and down on the farm we go…

While Opening Day is just 21 days away, many former Osprey are making names for themselves in the big leagues and throughout the Diamondbacks minor league system.

Doug Mead, featured Bleacher Report columnist, recently included two Osprey alumni on a list of the top-100 hitters in Major League Baseball. Mead ranked Paul Goldschmidt third and Carlos González sixth.

MLB

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) is tearing it up this season for the Diamondbacks, hitting a solid .324 and tied for seventh in the MLB with 12 home runs. Goldy also leads the D-backs with a 1.002 OPS. In Arizona’s last game against Texas, Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with one RBI. The D-backs have won their last three games and are currently on top of the National League West by 2.5 games.

José Valverde (2000) is back on the mound this season for Detroit, but still has his doubters. He has made 12 appearances and collected six saves in seven opportunities with an ERA of just 0.75.

Lyle Overbay (1999) could make the Yankees decision tough when Mark Teixeira returns from the DL . He is hitting .251 with eight home runs and has a fielding percentage of .995.

Carlos González (2003) is hitting .303 with 13 home runs for the Colorado Rockies.

Triple-A – Reno Aces (21-33)

Reno’s season has yet to turn around. The Aces are last in their division and sit 12 games back from the leading Tacoma Rainiers. The team is batting .281, fifth best in the Pacific Coast League, but their pitching drags them down with a 5.59 ERA, second highest in the league. Reno has allowed the most runs in the PCL with 335.

Shortstop Chris Owings (2009) continues to hit the ball well with a .335 batting average and driving in 30 RBI.

Second baseman Taylor Harbin (2007) is hitting .247 with 10 doubles on the season.

Adam Eaton (2010) irritated his elbow and had a setback in his rehab during his first game back with Triple-A Reno.

The Aces finish up a four-game series at Las Vegas this week.

Double-A – Mobile BayBears (26-26)

The defending Southern League champion Mobile BayBears are sitting at .500 and are three games behind the Southern League South Division leading Mississippi Braves. The BayBears are hitting .242 as a team.

Archie Bradley (2011) suffered his first loss of the season on Wednesday, but went eight solid innings allowing just one run in the defeat. Bradley has been dominant this season between Visalia and Mobile registering a 6-1 record while allowing just seven earned runs in nearly 63 innings of work.

First baseman Jon Griffin (2011) leads Mobile with six doubles and 28 RBI. Backstop Rossmel Perez (2008) has collected 12 RBI on the season and centerfielder Ender Inciarte (2009) is hitting .279 with two home runs and the most hits on the team, 51. Inciatre leads the club with three triples and has collected five two-baggers and 12 stolen bases, each just one short of Mobile’s leaders.

Raywilly Gomez (2009) was called up from Visalia and is producing with a .679 OPS and is hitting .283.

Outfielder David Nick (2009) is still struggling and only hitting .188. However he does have four doubles and has yet to make an error in the field.

In 10 starts on the mound, Bradin Hagens (2009) is 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts. David Holmberg (2010) leads the BayBears with 41 strikeouts and is 1-3 in 10 starts with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Derek Eitel (2010) struck out 19 in 27.2 innings for the BayBears. Eric Smith (2009) has struggled in his first 18 appearances on the mound for Mobile with a 7.65 ERA.

Mobile will finish up a four-game series this week against Chattanooga.

Advanced-A – Visalia Rawhide (31-21)

Visalia is 2.0 games back from the San Jose Giants who lead the California League North Division. They won on Wednesday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Last year, third baseman Jake Lamb (2012) hit .329 for the Osprey and he continues the trend in Visalia with 21 RBI, a .299 batting average and leading the Rawhide in home runs, 7; walks, 28; and OPS, .996.

Twenty year-old catcher, Michael Perez (2012), has hit five home runs this season and leads Visalia with 23 RBI. However, Perez is still struggling at the plate and hitting only .172.

Outfielder Tom Belza (2011) is swinging the bat well with a .294 average and 10 doubles. He is also leading Visalia with seven stolen bases.

This year, Evan Marzilli (2012) has run into trouble at the plate, hitting just .203 and leading the Rawhide with 67 strikeouts.

In nine starts for Visalia, Andrew Barbosa (2012) is still pitching as well as he did for the Osprey one year ago (1-0 0.41 ERA, 28K’s in 22 IP). This season, Barbosa is 3-2 and struck out 43 in 38 innings with a 3.55 ERA. His ERA would be lower, but a few poor outings in early May skewed that statistic.

 In 14 games, including two starts, righty Conrad Flynn (2011) is 4-2 and struck out 35 in 38.2 innings. Two former O’s, Seth Simmons (2011) and Patrick Schuster (2009-10), pitch in relief for Visalia and each maintains an ERA below three.

The Rawhide won their last game against Modesto to tie the series at one apiece. The series wraps up on May 31.

Class-A – South Bend Silver Hawks (34-16)

South Bend is dominating the Midwest League. Leading the Eastern Division by 5 games and losing only four games on the road, the Silver Hawks are on a 10-game win streak and it doesn’t look like that’s stopping anytime soon.

Third baseman Ryan Court (2011) is crushing the ball with a .396 average and an OPS of 1.061. Socrates Brito (2012), hitting .254, is not afraid to run the bases in South Bend and has managed to hit three triples and swipe 9 bags. Left fielder Alex Glenn (2012) has driven in 26 RBI on the season and leads the Silver Hawks with six homers. Roidany Aguila (2009-11) is hitting .271 and has collected nine doubles. Breland Almadova (2012) leads the Silver Hawks with three triples.

On the rubber, Frank Santana (2011) is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA, Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) has a 2.40 ERA with three saves, and Jesse Darrah (2011) leads the Silver Hawks with 48 strikeouts in 54.0 innings.

Osprey Opening Day is just 21 days away so don’t forget to pick up your tickets, they are on sale now at the MSO Hub Box Office. For the latest Osprey information visit http://www.missoulaosprey.com.

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