News and Notes …

13 days until 2012 Season opens in Billings
17 days before Home Opener

Here’s the lowdown on the first D-backs draft pick of 2012, catcher Stryker Trahan. And, yes, it appears to be true … the name Stryker comes from a  TV show starring Burt Reynolds that, well, didn’t do so well.

Now, for some news and notes that are Osprey-related, just not draft-related …
– Nothing like making some Osprey history after you leave the Osprey … thank you Jarrod Parker (2007) for that last night. It’s believed that Parker became the first former Osprey pitcher to take a no-hitter through seven innings in a Major League game. Michael Young of the Texas Rangers ended the bid with a clean single up the middle to lead off the top of the eighth inning. Parker picked up the win in a 12-1 Oakland triumph.

– Congrats to former Osprey infielder Jake Elmore (2008), named the D-backs Organizational Player of the Month for the month of May on Monday. Elmore became the fourth Pacific Coast League player to take a .400 average into the month of June since 2005, hitting the mark by batting at an astounding .448 clip for the month. Four other former Osprey earned either Player or Pitcher of the Month for their current teams – shortstop Chris Owings (2009) and pitcher David Holmberg (2010) at Class A Advanced Visalia, and catcher/infielder Fidel Pena (2010-11) and pitcher Seth Simmons (2011) for Class A South Bend.

– Goldy still is streaking … Paul Goldschmidt (2009) extended his current hit streak to 13 games last night, but the D-backs lost to Colorado, 4-0.

A setback for Jorge De La Rosa (1999), who is coming back from Tommy John surgery. The left-hander was pulled from his latest rehab assignment after fluid had built up in the left elbow. However, apparently, it’s a normal thing to expect, but it’s enough of a concern that De La Rosa is now not expected to be back with the Colorado Rockies until after the All-Star break, or later.

A cool story from the D-backs game on Sunday, in which Gerardo Parra (2006) followed through on a promise he made to a fan at Petco Park, moments before he hit a home run.

There’s still debate about the Miguel Montero (2002-03) contract, which ESPN’s Keith Law considers to be a wise investment for the D-backs.

The MLB Draft resumes at 10 a.m. MT. Picks as they happen on the team’s Facebook page, bios when they are available on here sometime today.

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