Life on the Farm: Diamondbacks Minor League Weekly Report

By Chuck Jackson
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Sep 22, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Mobile BayBears, AA

The BayBears dropped back below.500 after finally breaking the plateau two weeks ago. Last week they stumbled to a 1-6 record, dropping their overall to 30-33.

There were few rainbows and little sunshine, save for the return of Patrick Corbin to the mound. Corbin made his first AA rehab appearance yesterday going 4.2 IP giving up six hits and two runs. He gave up zero walks and had three strikeouts with 43 of his 76 pitches going for strikes.

Over the last few weeks, this team has had a substantial number of moves dictated by the big club. The play on the field seems to be suffering as you can see very little in the way of consistency in the order and staff from day-to-day.

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How about our favorite pitching prospects? Aaron Blair received a loss after going seven innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, zero walks and six strikeouts. He generally pitched well in the game, but his team only gave him one run of support before scoring two in the bottom of the ninth to lose 4-3. Braden Shipley went 0-2 on the week, pitching 11.2 innings with 13 hits, 7 earned runs, five walks, and six strikeouts.

Between the two, I find it very clear that Blair is pitching his way up the ladder of prospects while Shipley seems to be lowering his stock substantially.