New level, same Blaze Alexander power.
The No. 15 D-backs prospect has only played in five Triple-A games, yet he homered in his second straight game as he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in Triple-A Reno’s 11-3 win over Las Vegas.
The 23-year-old has been tested at a few Minor League levels and continues to show that he can play at every level, crushing a three-run shot to left field in the second inning on Sunday. Alexander finished off the game with a single in the eighth.
The shortstop’s long ball brought his homer tally to 20 and improved his slash line to .305/.392/.549 between Rookie Level, Double-A and Triple-A. — Edwin Perez
Could Brandon Pfaadt’s 2022 regular season have ended any other way?
The No. 4 D-backs prospect struck out 10 to boost his campaign total to 218 — the most strikeouts in the Minors in over 20 years — while allowing two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in Triple-A Reno’s 10-3 win against Las Vegas.
The gaudy total, amassed over 167 innings between Double-A Amarillo and Reno, is two shy of the high mark for any Minor Leaguer in the 21st century. There have been 12 campaigns with more than 200 strikeouts in the Minors since the year 2000, with Matt Moore pulling it off in consecutive seasons. The totals are:
220 – Brandon Claussen, 2001 (187 IP)
218 – Brandon Pfaadt, 2022 (167 IP)
217 – Edwar Cabrera, 2011 (167 IP)
214 – Clint Nageotte, 2002 (164.2 IP)
210 – Matt Moore, 2011 (155 IP)
208 – Matt Moore, 2010 (144.2 IP); Trevor May, 2011 (151.1 IP)
204 – Francisco Lirano, 2005 (167.2 IP)
203 – Josh Beckett, 2001 (140 IP)
202 – Brandon McCarthy, 2004 (172 IP)
201 – Dave Williams, 2000 (181 IP)
200 – Yusmeiro Petit, 2004 (139.1 IP)
Pfaadt, MLB’s No. 91 prospect, also finished with an 11-7 record, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The 2020 fifth-round pick has notched 378 strikeouts in 298 2/3 innings across two Minor League seasons.
Kyle Harrison, the Giants’ No. 2 prospect and MLB’s No. 21, stands to finish second in the Minors this year with 186 strikeouts. — Josh Jackson
The rise of Deyvison De Los Santos has officially reached Double-A.
The No. 6 D-backs prospect went 3-for-5 with a home run in Amarillo’s 9-5 win over San Antonio. The blast, a go-ahead three-run dinger in a tie game in the top of the ninth, was his first in seven games since being promoted to the Sod Poodles.
De Los Santos became one of two 19-year-olds in the Texas League, joining No. 3 Arizona prospect Jordan Lawlar, who also had three hits in the game. De Los Santos, playing in just his second professional season, began the year at Single-A Visalia and hit .329 with 12 home runs in 78 games to earn a bump up to High-A Hillsboro. Strong play there granted him the opportunity to finish out the season with Amarillo, where he’s posted a trio of multihit games thus far. — Jacob Resnick
Batters who’ve faced Brandon Pfaadt this season have mentally prepared themselves to return to the bench.
Arizona’s No. 4 prospect, the Minor League leader in strikeouts, eclipsed 200 for the season in Triple-A Reno’s 4-2 win over Salt Lake.
The fifth-round (149th overall) selection in the 2020 Draft tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits while fanning 11 batters. This was the fourth time this season that the right-hander reached double-digit strikeouts, giving him 202 in 2022.
The 23-year-old began the year with Double-A Amarillo before being promoted to the Aces on Aug. 2. Since joining his new team, Pfaadt has a 2.52 ERA and a 4-0 record over eight starts. — Ethan Sands
Yu-Min Lin is starting to get the hang of the next level.
After being promoted to Single-A on July 26 and allowing two or more runs in three of his first four outings with Visalia, Arizona’s No. 16 prospect has settled down and owned the mound.
His latest performance came in the Rawhide’s 7-4 win over Inland Empire. The 19-year-old tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and three walks while fanning a career-high 10 batters. This marked his third straight start where he’s given up only one run.
The Taiwan native was signed to a Minor League contract with the D-backs on Dec. 15, 2021. In his first professional season, Lin has started 14 games, compiling a 2.97 ERA and striking out 91 batters over 56 1/3 innings. — Ethan Sands
Blake Walston is surging at the right time for Double-A Amarillo.
The No. 5 Arizona prospect continued a solid run of starts with perhaps his best one yet. Walston worked six shutout innings and struck out six in the Sod Poodles’ 11-3 win over Corpus Christi. He allowed four hits but just one went for extra bases as he avoided damage.
It was Walston’s sixth straight start with at least five innings pitched and two runs or fewer allowed. Over that span, he has a 2.16 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 33 1/3 innings.