Diamondbacks Farm Report: Playoffs Underway

By Matthew Hochberg

Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA pitcher Archie Bradley throws a pitch in the 3rd inning of the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While the Arizona Diamondbacks will not be participating in the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs, some of their minor league affiliates are currently in the midst of their postseasons.

The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the D-Backs dropped the first two games of the best-of-five series against the Birmingham Barons. The BayBears are seeking their third straight Southern League Championship. Phenom Archie Bradley was bested by Chris Bassitt in Game 1. The 21-year-old worked five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking four. The Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher clearly struggled and suffered the 8-3 loss in Mobile.

Game 2 featured 22-year-old prospect David Holmberg. He allowed five runs (two earned) and three hits over seven innings pitched but Birmingham’s pitchers once again, stifled the BayBear’s lineup and gave up just two runs in their 8-2 victory.

Mobile is on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason and if their bats do not heat up quickly, it looks as thought they will not be receiving their third straight championship. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday in Birmingham.

Arizona’s Single-A affiliate, the South Bend Silver Hawks are not fairing any better than their older club. South Bend, in search of their first league title since 2005 have also lost the first two games in their best-of-five series to the Quad City River Bandits. Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday in Iowa.