Dbacks Life on the Farm: It’s Time to Flex

By Guillermo Salcido
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Sep 24, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (54) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Reno Aces (AAA)

Jamie Romak 

Romak is a native of London, Ontario, Canada. Although he’s 29 years old, Romak is entering his 13th season in the minor leagues. Romak was rewarded for his dedication last season when he made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his major league career, Romak has accumulated one hit, a double.

The third baseman has shown some flashes of power, hitting 4 homers in 2015. This past week, Romak smacked a couple of home runs and in 8 runs. He also on six occasions. He went 8-for-26 (.308)

Garrett Weber

Weber is a product out of Fresno State and Arizona’s 22nd round draft pick in 2011. The 26-year old middle infielder has proven to be an efficient hitter at all of his stops in the minors so far. During his time in Reno last season, Weber hit .353. If his hot hitting continues, he can surely challenge one or two of major leaguers in Arizona.

This past week Weber continued his hot hitting by going 10-for-26 (.385). Weber added a home run of his own but also tripled twice. Weber drove in a few runs, but he scored an impressive 8 times.

Mike Freeman

Freeman is a product out of Clemson and was Arizona’s 11th round draft pick in 2010. The 27-year old outfielder also split time in Reno last season and he also put up good offensive numbers there, hitting .307. With the outfield in Arizona being as stacked as it is, Freeman might have to continue waiting.

This past week Freeman put out an outstanding hitting performance. He had more hits than anyone on the team during last week’s stretch. He went 14-for-30 (.467) with a couple doubles and 3 RBI. Freeman also scored an impressive 7 times.

Vidal Nuno

Nuno has recently been called up to the majors and performed admirably in relief on Monday night against the Nationals. Nuno went 6 2/3 innings and struck out a career high 8 hitters. Before that performance, Nuno had put together a good start to the 2015 season in Reno.

In Reno, Nuno is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 37 strikeouts. His last outing with Reno was an 8 inning victory in which he struck out 9 batters. It will be interesting to see whether it’s Nuno that stays up with the Dbacks when Bradley returns from injury this weekend.

Justin Marks

Marks is a 27-year old pitcher that was a 3rd round draft pick back in 2009 by Oakland. Marks made his MLB debut with Kansas City in 2014, but only made one 2 inning appearance. Marks hasn’t had a good start to 2015 in Reno but is coming off a great performance in his last start.

Marks was victorious in a 7 inning outing. He only surrendered 1 earned run and struck out 5. With the uneasiness in the back of the Dbacks bullpen, the door could be open for Marks, but only if he keeps up performances like these.