Diamondbacks go all in with AcesThe Arizona Diamondbacks and Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces agreed on a two-year renewal of their Player Development Contract Thursday morning, extending the franchises’ partnership through the 2020 season. The D-Backs’ farm has been littered with talent over the last 10-plus seasons. A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed, Ketel Marte, Patrick Corbin and Chris Owings are among the prospects who made their way through the Biggest Little City on the way to the show. The Diamondbacks have the 25th ranked farm system according to milb.com, the official site of minor league baseball.
Almost a Full DeckAces’ fan-favorite Cody Decker didn’t play in tonight’s game, but cather Anthony Recker and Las Vegas’ lead-off hitting right fielder Matt den Dekker filled the stat-sheet. In the Recker-den Dekker-sans Decker match up, Recker went 3-4 and den Dekker 1-3 with a run and a walk. Meanwhile, Cody Decker, tied with Recker as the Aces leading home run hitter, is sitting on 196 minor league career home runs. Big-league veteran Recker appears destined to return to the show. He’s hitting .337, has been throwing out baserunners and is a vocal team leader.
News and NotesAces’ catcher Michael Perez was removed Disabled List earlier this morning, optioning catcher Jose Queliz down to D-backs’ Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals in the process. Perez is hitting .310 on the season while Queliz smacked a homer for Reno in last night’s 8-5 win. … Second baseman Tyler Landendorf made his first career start with the Reno Aces Thursday night. A second-round pick, Landendorf, 30, was selected 60th overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 MLB draft. Landendorf appeared in 44 games with the Oakland A’s in 2016, batting just .083 with one RBI in 48 at-bats. … Big league veteran Todd Frazier was spotted at third base sporting a 51’s jersey. Frazier is a career .245 hitter with 180 homers and 519 RBIs that spans over eight years with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets. Frazier collected an RBI in the loss.
On DeckThe Aces and Nevada brethren Area 51s meet for Game 3 of their series Friday night at 7:05. p.m at Greater Nevada Field. A fireworks show will be held after the game. The Aces (24-31) will look to win three-straight games Friday, as Reno’s ringer Jake Buchanan (3-4) will face-off against Las Vegas (22-33) left-hander P.J. Conlon (2-3). The game is a 7:05 p.m. start.