No. 4 prospect finishes season with 10-K outing

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Pfaadt finished off season making people whiff (Sept. 24)
Brandon Pfaadt finishes off the year making hitters miss.

The No. 4 D-backs prospect fanned a double-digit amount of batters for second time this month as he struck out 10 while allowing two runs off five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in Triple-A Reno's 10-3 win against Las Vegas.

Aviators hitters had a tough time against the 23-year-old as he struck out 10 of the 24 batters he faced. Pfaadt’s outing had some blemishes, giving up a solo shot and RBI single but finished the night throwing 94 pitches -- 63 of them strikes.

The starter’s ability to make hitters whiff brought his K tally to 218 and lowered his ERA to 3.83 on the season. -- Edwin Perez

19-year-old De Los Santos hits first Amarillo homer (Sept. 14)
The rise of Deyvison De Los Santos has officially reached Double-A.

The No. 6 D-backs prospect went 3-for-5 with a home run in Amarillo's 9-5 win over San Antonio. The blast, a go-ahead three-run dinger in a tie game in the top of the ninth, was his first in seven games since being promoted to the Sod Poodles.

De Los Santos became one of two 19-year-olds in the Texas League, joining No. 3 Arizona prospect Jordan Lawlar, who also had three hits in the game. De Los Santos, playing in just his second professional season, began the year at Single-A Visalia and hit .329 with 12 home runs in 78 games to earn a bump up to High-A Hillsboro. Strong play there granted him the opportunity to finish out the season with Amarillo, where he's posted a trio of multihit games thus far. -- Jacob Resnick

Pfaadt fans 11 batters at Triple-A (Sept. 11)
Batters who've faced Brandon Pfaadt this season have mentally prepared themselves to return to the bench.

Arizona's No. 4 prospect, the Minor League leader in strikeouts, eclipsed 200 for the season in Triple-A Reno's 4-2 win over Salt Lake.

The fifth-round (149th overall) selection in the 2020 Draft tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits while fanning 11 batters. This was the fourth time this season that the right-hander reached double-digit strikeouts, giving him 202 in 2022.

The 23-year-old began the year with Double-A Amarillo before being promoted to the Aces on Aug. 2. Since joining his new team, Pfaadt has a 2.52 ERA and a 4-0 record over eight starts. -- Ethan Sands

Lin is adjusting to the pros (Sept. 8)
Yu-Min Lin is starting to get the hang of the next level.

After being promoted to Single-A on July 26 and allowing two or more runs in three of his first four outings with Visalia, Arizona's No. 16 prospect has settled down and owned the mound.

His latest performance came in the Rawhide's 7-4 win over Inland Empire. The 19-year-old tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and three walks while fanning a career-high 10 batters. This marked his third straight start where he's given up only one run.

The Taiwan native was signed to a Minor League contract with the D-backs on Dec. 15, 2021. In his first professional season, Lin has started 14 games, compiling a 2.97 ERA and striking out 91 batters over 56 1/3 innings. -- Ethan Sands

Walston continues strong stretch with 6 scoreless (Aug. 24)
Blake Walston is surging at the right time for Double-A Amarillo.

The No. 5 Arizona prospect continued a solid run of starts with perhaps his best one yet. Walston worked six shutout innings and struck out six in the Sod Poodles' 11-3 win over Corpus Christi. He allowed four hits but just one went for extra bases as he avoided damage.

It was Walston's sixth straight start with at least five innings pitched and two runs or fewer allowed. Over that span, he has a 2.16 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 33 1/3 innings. -- Jacob Resnick

Pfaadt continues to deal since being promoted (Aug. 20)
Brandon Pfaadt
is on his "A" game.

The D-backs’ No. 4 prospect has impressed since being called up to Triple-A Reno, having posted a 2.37 ERA and striking out 23 in his first three starts. The 23-year-old continued to deal as he allowed one hit while striking out four in seven scoreless innings of work in Reno’s 4-2 win over Salt Lake.

The righty was dealing throughout his start, as he retired 19 of the 22 batters he faced. Pfaadt finished the night with 92 pitches – 62 of them strikes – in his start.

He lowered his ERA to 3.97 and brought his K tally to 170 in the 131 1/3 innings he has pitched this season. -- Edwin Perez

Pfaadt eclipses double-digit K's at Triple-A (Aug. 14)
Brandon Pfaadt notched his second win in just three starts at Triple-A. 

Arizona's No. 4 prospect was promoted to Reno on Aug. 2. Since joining the team, he's been stellar. His success continued in the Aces' 5-1 win over Albuquerque. 

The fifth-round (149th overall) selection in the 2020 Draft tossed six innings, surrendering one run on one hit and two walks while fanning 10 batters, eclipsing double-digits for the first time since his elevation. The 23-year-old is still atop the leaderboard of the Texas League with 144 strikeouts, even after moving up over 10 days ago. The right-hander has sat down 166 total batters this season. 

In merely his second professional season, Pfaadt has shown composure under the bright lights as he's risen through the ranks and looks to only improve as he inches towards his Major League debut. -- Ethan Sands

Melendez records first pro home run (Aug. 13)
The NCAA Division I home run leader has claimed his first victim in the professional ranks.

After swatting 32 long balls for the Texas Longhorns during the spring, Ivan Melendez, the D-backs’ second-round pick in last month’s Draft, connected on his first pro home run for Single-A Visalia in a 2-1 win over Modesto. At the plate in a scoreless game in the second inning, the third baseman lifted a pitch on the outer edge of the plate over the wall in deep left-center.

Melendez was named the Golden Spikes Award winner for hitting .387 with a 1.371 OPS at UT this past season. He checked in at No. 99 on MLB Pipeline's Top 250 Draft prospects list and was selected by Arizona 43rd overall. Melendez played in four games in the Arizona Complex League before joining the Rawhide. -- Jacob Resnick

Druw Jones to have left shoulder surgery (Aug. 2)
After meeting with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday, D-backs first-round Draft pick (No. 2 overall) Druw Jones will undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder, farm director Josh Barfield said. -- Steve Gilbert

Pfaadt fans 11 (July 24)
When Brandon Pfaadt is on, the young righty is electric.

That was the case as Arizona’s No. 8 prospect compiled 11 strikeouts over six shutout innings in Double-A Amarillo’s 8-3 win over Midland.

Pfaadt held the RockHounds to five hits and walked one in a nice bounceback effort, after allowing five earned runs in two of his previous three starts. The 11 punchouts were one off Pfaadt’s season-high from June 23 against Corpus Christi. 

The effort improved the 23-year-old righty to 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA across 18 starts for Amarillo, in his first full season at Double-A. -- Joe Trezza

Cedeno launches 500-foot homer at Double-A (July 17)
Leandro Cedeno
did some self-gifting during Double-A Amarillo's Christmas in July game against San Antonio.

After beginning the game with two strikeouts, the Diamondbacks' first-base prospect said he came to the plate in his third at-bat with some anger. He took his frustration out on the baseball, hammering a game-tying 527-foot homer to left-center field in the fifth inning on a 3-0 count at a ballpark that is at 3,600 feet.

"Oh my god, that's amazing, I never think I can hit a ball that far," Cedeno said when he heard how far his homer traveled. "I was for sure [it was a] homer. I stepped up to the plate like 'Okay, I got that one,' and I enjoyed the moment."

The blast -- with an estimated velocity of 113 mph -- tied the game, 5-5, en route to the Sod Poodles' 7-6 victory, which was the best Christmas-like present for Cedeno who described the moment as the highlight of his career. Full story »

Patino collects career-high five hits at Single-A (July 14)
Wilderd Patino entered play against San Jose having hit nearly everything in sight and taken off at every opportunity on the basepaths throughout July, and the eventual 13-12 loss was no different.

The D-backs’ No. 24 prospect collected a career-high five hits, while simultaneously leapfrogging into first place in the California League with a three-steal evening, giving him 52 on the season.

Patino opened his banner performance with a single in the first, before promptly swiping second and third base. He followed with singles in each of the following two frames as well, tying his career high in knocks in just the third inning.

After kicking off the sixth with a double, Patino began his official flirtation with a cycle when he knotted the game at nine in the ninth on an opposite-field two-run triple. The outfielder got one last crack at the milestone in the 11th, but he grounded out.

Set to turn 21 years old next week, Patino’s highest-rated tool is his speed (60, on the 20-80 scale). In 38 games last season between Single-A and Arizona Complex League ball, Patino was limited to just eight swipes; thus far in 2022, he has been a menace to opposing catchers, having been successful on 52 of 59 attempts. Combining his five-hit outing with the three knocks he logged Wednesday, the native of Venezuela raised his batting average by 17 points (up to .295) over the last two contests alone. -- Jesse Borek

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