If Chris Archer was aiming to win last night he was right on target, pitching seven innings against the fearsome Orioles lineup, allowing just 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB and striking out two to grab his first win of the year. Bulls-eye! Archer even retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. Let’s just say opposing hitters could hear Kenny Loggins’ music playing with Archer on the hill because they were riding into the DANGER ZONE, LANA! Relax those monster hands, you don’t have to be Krieger to know Archer misfired in his season debut, surrendering five runs to the Indians and lasting just four innings. But he looked Sterling last night. Chris threw just 84 pitches in the outing, hurling his 95-mph fastball with ease and locating the pitch with perfection. Even Burt Reynolds was impressed. Pitching coach Jim Hickey told Archer he needed to see more of that change up, and both the change up and the slider were on full display last night. He was able to throw both pitches on any count with excellent confidence and control and kept the O’s hitter off balance all game. Although, his next start at Fenway this week is not ideal, he should be streamer-worthy going forward given the right match ups. Until David Price returns from his triceps injury, Chris Archer looks to see a few more starts and is worth a flier in AL-Only and deeper mixed leagues. Also, danger zone!
Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night: Please, blog, may I have some more?
The fantasy gods can be a cruel mistress, and after dealing a crushing blow Thursday night in a frustrating (ie stupid) brawl-induced injury, taking Zack Greinke from us, the gods have claimed their next victim, another newly acquired player and top fantasy shortstop, Jose Reyes. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s getting close, can you smell it? The payoffs, not the playoffs, but the payoffs. The reason you pay attention from basically the beginning of February thru September. That’s almost as long as people stay married to professional sports athletes. So with the payoffs and the dollar signs (or banners for you non-money league participants) being near, staying ahead of the game to secure your seed or to gain the last few points are is crucial. So good luck this week and if your playoffs start this week double good luck. (Please keep in mind that pitchers and match-ups change.)
J.A. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Arizona Diamondbacks 2011 Minor League Review
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:
2011 (23) | 2010 (28) | 2009 (26) | 2008 (20) | 2007 (3) | 2006 (1) | 2005 (13) | 2004 (13)
2011 Affiliate Records
MLB: [94-68] NL West
AAA: [77-67] Pacific Coast League – Reno
AA: [84-54] Southern League – Mobile
A+: [63-77] California League – Visalia
A: [67-72] Midwest League – South Bend
A(ss): [33-43] Northwest League – Yakima
R: [41-35] Pioneer League – Missoula
The Run Down
Jerry Dipoto’s recent success as Arizona’s GM is well noted by now, as is his new gig with the LA Angels. Dipoto leaves the Diamondbacks farm system flush with promising pitching talent. The system that already featured frontline arms like Jarrod Parker and Tyler Skaggs bolstered their starting pitching even further by nabbing both Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley in the first round of June’s draft. Bradley is a couple years away from the majors, but Bauer is ready to make an impact in 2012, and should be on your mind come draft day. The Arizona hitting prospects aren’t nearly as exciting. Matt Davidson is a quality third base prospect, but he needs more time to develop and likely won’t see any time with the big club for a year or two. Beyond him, the D-Backs feature a handful of okay-ish outfielders. I’ll be surprised if any Arizona hitting prospect is fantasy-relevant in 2012. Please, blog, may I have some more?