The Diamondbacks had to have had a hard time deciding who they would name their hitter and pitcher of the month for their minor league system. Stone Garrett, Corbin Carroll, Jake McCarthy, Tim Tawa, Jordan Lawler, Dominic Fletcher, and many more all had great first months to their MiLB season. The same could be said of Blake Workman, Blake Walston, Drey Jameson, Jake Rice, John Carver, Liam Norris, Kevin Ginkel, and many others who had great first months pitching. In the end, the Dbacks could only choose one of each and they went with Reno Aces Outfielder Stone Garrett and Amarillo Sod Poodles Reliever Blake Workman! We had just ranked Blake as the Diamondbacks' #38th prospect in the system, but that number will surely rise over time. Stats provided by Baseball-Reference.
How Good was Stone Garrett with the Reno Aces over the 1st Month?
Stone Garrett was dominant with the Aces over the last month. He hit .355/.417/.724 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 13 runs, 5 stolen bases, and 7 walks in 21 games for the Aces. Stone has impacted the game in so many ways consistently being a walking highlight down in Triple-AAA. The 26-year-old is certainly putting his best foot forward in trying to prove why he deserves to make his MLB debut this year. Stone plays LF, RF, or DH and has been apart of the Dbacks organization since signing a MiLB free agent deal prior to the 2021 season.
Originally, Stone was drafted in the 8th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Stone currently leads the Pacific Coast League in OPS, extra-base hits, and total bases according to the Dbacks' Twitter. Congrats again Stone! Can't wait to watch you play more this year! I know the Aces are relying on you!
How Good was Blake Workman with the Amarillo Sod Poodles over the 1st Month?
Blake was just beyond amazing this first month into the season. He has true closer potential in the MLB and at least has the tools to be a strong late-inning reliever. In a hitters-friendly ballpark and league, Workman worked his way towards a team-best ERA, 1.88, while providing multiple innings out of the pen multiple times. In total, he threw 14.1 innings, finished 5 games, had a save, and a record of 2-0. Can someone check to see if Blake knows he's allowed to throw a pitch outside of the strike zone? He just walks absolutely no one.
Over those innings, he has struck out batters 18 times but only walked them twice. He's given up 2 HRs which means that he has given up the same amount of HRs and walks. That's just mind-boggling. Overall, he's allowed 3 runners to score. Combine that with a minuscule 0.698 WHIP and I'm not surprised he was named the MiLB Pitcher of the Month for the Dbacks. Workman is only 24 after being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Dbacks. It's not often you hear about guys who were picked that late performing up to the level Blake has. That speaks to who he is and his work ethic. By the way, Blake leads the Texas League in WHIP. Congrats Blake! I look forward to watching your career and seeing you rise in the prospect rankings and make your way towards an MLB debut!