Lawlar homers, flirts with cycle for Rawhide

July 4th, 2022
Jordan Lawlar has a 1.084 OPS in 41 games and 159 at-bats with Visalia.Jerry Espinoza/

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Lawlar homers, finishes triple shy of cycle (July 3)
Jordan Lawlar
has been one of the Minors' hottest hitters all season, but even the best have droughts to end.

Baseball's No. 17 overall prospect slugged his eighth homer, scored three times and finished a triple shy of the cycle in Single-A Visalia's 16-4 loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Lawlar reached the seats for the first time since May 21, a streak that included a stint on the injured list which limited him to five games with the Rawhide last month.

Despite his time off the field, Lawlar is slashing .365/.465/.612 with 23 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 47 games. -- Michael Avallone

Beer slams a homer in four-hit night (June 26)
A step in the right direction. 

The D-backs' No. 10 prospect Seth Beer has had an up and down year since a scorching start to the season, but when the top prospect is hot, he's hot.

The 25-year-old went 4-for-4 in Triple-A Reno's 12-11 loss to Salt Lake. He began his night simple with an infield single in the second inning, and after getting hit with a pitch, he showed off his speed with another infield single to knock in his first run of the day. After a couple of slight hits, Beer showed off his power in the eighth with a three-run homer to center to give him four RBIs. He ended his night with a single to right for his fourth hit of the evening.

After a rough start to the third month of the season, this was an important step in pushing him into a new stretch of success. -- Ethan Sands

Lawlar doubles in three-hit effort for Visalia (June 25)
After suffering a back injury that's kept him sidelined since May 22, Jordan Lawlar has picked up right where he left off at Single-A.

Arizona’s No. 2 prospect (MLB No. 18) has collected five hits in his first two games back with Visalia, including a three-hit, two-RBI effort in the Rawhide’s 10-1 win over Inland Empire. Lawlar lined a single to left in the first, notched an infield hit in the second and smoked a double to left in the seventh to raise his average up to .368 through 41 games. 

The sixth overall pick of last year’s Draft, the 19-year-old Lawlar has a 1.101 OPS to go along with seven homers, 18 extra-base hits, 19 steals, 24 RBIs and 26 walks in his first full professional season. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Pfaadt takes a perfect game into the seventh for Sod Poodles (June 23)
Brandon Pfaadt had everything working early as the righty took a perfect game into the seventh and finished with 12 strikeouts, but it came undone late as Double-A Amarillo lost to Corpus Christi, 5-4, in 10 innings.

The eighth-ranked D-backs prospect was perfect through 6 1/3 frames while matching a career best with 12 punchouts, but a solo shot from Luke Berryhill broke up the perfecto and the shutout. Pfaadt exited after allowing three runs on three hits and one walk over 7 2/3 innings.

The 23-year-old has amassed 96 punchouts over 72 1/2 frames this season.

Arizona's top prospect Corbin Carroll notched his Double-A-leading eighth triple for the Sod Poodles in the game. -- Rob Terranova

Carroll stays hot, continues streak of triples (June 15)
It has been an impressive month for Corbin Carroll.

Arizona’s No. 1 prospect is slashing .477/.558/.818 in June, with a triple in his last two games. Carroll expanded upon his recent impressive stretch going 1-for-3 with one triple in Double-A Amarillo’s 7-2 loss to San Antonio.

The 2019 first-round pick did not get what he was looking for in his first two at-bats, getting walked in the first inning and struck out in the third inning. He got his chance to showcase his bat and speed in the fifth inning, hitting a line drive to the left-center gap for a triple.

The 21-year-old’s recent stretch has brought his line up, slashing .330/.449/.660 on the season. -- Edwin Perez

Lawlar collects five knocks in rehab game (June 14)
Jordan Lawlar appeared in his second rehab game since going on the injured list on May 25, and the third-ranked D-backs prospect did not appear to be hindered at all as he collected five hits for the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League D-backs Red club in a 10-8 victory over the ACL Rockies.

Lawlar fell a homer shy of a cycle as he tripled, doubled and singled three times while scoring three runs and driving in two more.'s No. 19 overall prospect was sporting a .352/.461/.600 slash line with seven homers, three triples, four doubles, 30 runs scored, 21 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 33 games for Single-A Visalia before his injury. -- Rob Terranova

Carroll hits long, long homer for Amarillo (June 9)
Top prospect Corbin Carroll has been beating up on Double-A pitching, but his towering homer in Double-A Amarillo’s five-inning 11-10 win was something else.

The 21-year-old cranked his 14th dinger of the season a whopping 481 feet to right-center, good for a two-run blast. He added a walk and run scored in the first and an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that ended up being the game-winning run before rain cut the game short. MLB’s No. 13 prospect is slashing .311/.433/.639 (1.072 OPS) with 28 extra-base hits, 34 RBIs, 34 walks and 19 steals in 42 games this year. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Carroll cranks 3-run HR in multihit night (June 5)
Few things match the excitement of a walk-off home run. But a three-run blast to all but seal your team’s win in the eighth? That’s pretty good too.

And that’s exactly what Corbin Carroll did with Double-A Amarillo in its 8-4 win over Midland. The D-backs’ top prospect had already logged two hits and swiped two bags, but his 13th dinger of the season was the icing on the cake.

Carroll laced two singles in addition to the long ball and came around to score each time he was on base. He was a key part of the Amarillo offense in a back-and-forth contest, but his biggest moments came in the seventh and eighth innings. Full story »

Vukovich ignites Hillsboro offense with four hits, four RBIs (June 1)
A.J. Vukovich
's solid season took another big step forward during High-A Hillsboro's 14-3 road win over Tri-City. The No. 8 D-backs prospect collected a career-high four hits, drove in four runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle to snap a 1-for-17 slide.

Vukovich opened the scoring with a three-run homer and added an RBI double to equal a season best in RBIs. The 20-year-old has been a consistent threat atop the Hops' lineup with a .289/.324/.406 slash line, nine extra-base hits, 19 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. -- Michael Avallone

Henry fans career-high 11 through six scoreless (May 31)
Tommy Henry was dominant in Triple-A Reno's 3-2 loss to Tacoma.

Arizona's No. 14 prospect tossed six scoreless innings, registering a career-high 11 strikeouts while allowing just one hit and one walk. The 24-year-old left the game with a 1-0 lead. 

Henry hadn't had his strikeout pitch so far in 2022, entering the game against the Rainiers with just two games with five or more strikeouts. This was also his first professional double-digit strikeout performance. 

The left-hander's performance gave him back-to-back scoreless outings and his fourth of the season, but in all other games, he's allowed two or more runs, leading to his 3.61 ERA. -- Ethan Sands

Pfaadt racks up nine strikeouts for Amarillo (May 25)
Brandon Pfaadt had it all working against Arkansas, and Travelers hitters paid the price.

Arizona's No. 9 prospect struck out a new season-high nine while working seven stellar innings as Amarillo blanked Arkansas, 2-0.

Pfaadt recorded his first three outs via strikeout and established the tone for his night with them. The right-hander struck out at least one batter in his first four innings before largely turning to outs on contact. Six of Pfaadt's nine K's were swinging and while only one strikeout came after the fourth, he pitched around trouble with seven outs in the air and three outs on the ground.

The start marked Pfaadt's best outing of the year. The 23-year-old allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over four innings on May 18 in his previous start and saw his ERA spike to 4.93. His seven dominant frames against the Travs dropped that mark back to 4.10. It also marked Pfaadt's first time going seven innings since last Aug. 25 for High-A Hillsboro. -- Tyler Maun