May 13, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Yasmany Tomas (24) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
This last week of baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league affiliates included some highlights that should keep fans excited about the future of the big club.
Before we get to individual team highlights, here is a quick look at the players with rookie eligibility currently playing in the majors. Quick reminder on rookie eligibility in Major League Baseball: Players must have less than 130 AB, 50 IP, and 45 total days on the active roster during the 25-man limit (aka: before September call-ups) at the start of a season in order to be considered a rookie that year.
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The reason I am including them in here is because many times rookie status players bounce from level to level throughout a season and it helps to see who is coming and going, as well as who is earning their keep and who may be in jeopardy of being sent down due to performance. Rookie status players are, after all, the easiest for a club to send down due to their lack of service time, high likelihood of remaining options, and lack of arbitration status.
The Arizona Diamondbacks went 1-5 this week while showing a lot of boom or bust hitting and some generally poor pitching. Here are the rookies and their performances:
Yasmany Tomas, 3B
5 GP, 5-14 with 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.357/.357/.571, .929 OPS)
Nick Ahmed, SS
5 GP, 5-16 with 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (.313/.353/.313, .665 OPS)
Archie Bradley, SP
1 GS, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 4 ER (18.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP)
Andrew Chafin, RP
3 G, 3.1 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 ER (10.80 ERA, 2.40 WHIP)
Enrique Burgos, RP
3 G, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 ER (2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP)
It’s important to note that Archie Bradley returned from a stint on the DL after getting hit in the face by a come backer against the Rockies on April 28. He didn’t fare too well as his control was poor, but the silver lining is that he did not look any different in delivering his pitches from before the injury. On the surface it certainly looks like he is physically and mentally over it, the question is now, how long can he live on the edge with his control before the D’backs consider sending him down?