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Lawlar hits one to Sod Poodles' parking lot

Top D-backs prospect launches fifth home run of year 471 feet
May 9, 2023

Someone might have a windshield to replace in Amarillo. Jordan Lawlar crushed a 1-0 fastball from A's left-hander David Leal to lead off the fourth inning of Double-A Amarillo's 11-9 loss to Midland and sent it flying an estimated 471 feet to center and into the parking lot at 105

Hillsboro, Vancouver woman coaches make history

Gajownik, Stephenson take field opposite each other for 1st time
May 3, 2023

On paper, it was the start of a typical six-game series between the Hillsboro Hops and the Vancouver Canadians. On the field, it was anything but typical -- at least for now. For the first time at the High-A level, two women coaches faced off against each other when Ronnie

Hager, Reno offense come up Aces in rout

Shortstop plates 8 as D-backs affiliate falls a run shy of club record
April 28, 2023

Not a single batter in Triple-A Reno's lineup went hitless on Thursday. And Jake Hager, well, he was just powerful perfection at the plate. Keyed by the shortstop's five-hit, eight-RBI night, the Aces racked up a 24-2 victory over visiting Sugar Land. Reno ended up one run short of the

Lawlar of the land: It's never too late to rally

Top D-backs prospect collects walk-off single, homer for Amarillo
April 27, 2023

AMARILLO, Texas – No lead is safe in HODGETOWN, a hitters' haven where ERAs and slugging percentages increase in identical measure. But this is ridiculous. After trailing, 11-1, entering the bottom of the seventh inning, top D-backs prospect Jordan Lawlar hit a three-run homer as part of a seven-run eighth

Lawlar slugs, dashes, wows for Calf Fries

Top-ranked Arizona prospect goes yard, shows off on defense
April 15, 2023

A special night in Double-A Amarillo got a little added juice thanks to the talents of Jordan Lawlar. Baseball's No. 9 prospect homered, made a slick defensive play and swiped his fourth base of the year to lead the Sod Poodles, er, Calf Fries, to a 5-3 win over the

D-backs' Gajownik Hops into the history books

Hillsboro manager is first woman full-time skipper in High-A history
April 7, 2023

John Swanda delivered, Wilderd Patino watched it and Brendan Tinsman framed it to no avail. A first pitch like thousands of others in baseball history ... only there was nothing ordinary about this contest between High-A Hillsboro and Tri-City. Ronnie Gajownik eventually watched her leadoff batter strike out, but the

Gajownik shares road to Hillsboro dugout

New Hops manager talks about making history on MiLB podcast
January 27, 2023

Last Friday, Ronnie Gajownik made baseball history when the D-backs announced her as the new Hillsboro manager for the 2023 season. That made Gajownik the first-ever woman skipper in the history of the High-A level and the second ever at any spot in the Minors after Tampa’s Rachel Balkovec took

The Show Before the Show: Episode 391

Hillsboro's Gajownik shares road to dugout; Talking new Top 100
January 27, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast-listening apps. Send questions or feedback to [email protected], and follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun), Sam Dykstra

Gajownik named first female High-A skipper

New Hillsboro manager joins Tampa's Balkovec in historic hiring
January 20, 2023

PHOENIX -- When Ronnie Gajownik was growing up in Orlando, Fla., her dad would sometimes take her out of school to go to a Spring Training game with him. Baseball was a passion for her, but as she would stare out onto the field, there was something she didn't see

The Road to The Show™: D-backs’ Pfaadt

No. 90 prospect reaches new heights as MiLB strikeout leader
December 13, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at D-backs’ No. 4 prospect Brandon Pfaadt. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It took a drastic transformation for Brandon Pfaadt

Lawlar, De Los Santos speeding toward the desert

D-backs prospects shine while earning multiple promotions in 2022
October 13, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in all 30 farm systems. We start our 2022 Organization All-Stars series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Reno, El Paso facing off in PCL title game

Triple-A D-backs, Padres clubs find success through turnover
September 29, 2022

The only constant on a Triple-A roster is change. Players are sent up to and down from the Majors as well as promoted from lower levels. And through all the movement, it takes a special group to be able to consistently post W’s, no matter the lineup that night. Padres

Duzenack embarks on trip around the diamond

Arizona farmhand plays every position on the field for Reno
September 27, 2022

Camden Duzenack is no stranger to playing catcher, toiling at first base or even stepping on the rubber. But to play all nine positions in one game? Well, the Arizona farmhand can cross that off his bucket list. Duzenack played an inning defensively at each position before entering in the

'Stars in the making': Twins maintain family legacy 

Chris and Stefan Caray form a dynamic broadcast duo in Amarillo
September 22, 2022

It might seem like Chris and Stefan Caray knew their career paths from the time they spoke their first words. Their father is a baseball broadcaster. Their uncle is a baseball broadcaster. Their grandfather was a baseball broadcaster. And their great-grandfather, as far as Cubs and some Cardinals fans are

Aced it: Jordan Luplow collects 3-homer game

Veteran outfielder notches the feat in fourth game with Reno
September 4, 2022

Less than a week after being optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room in the Majors for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top prospect, Jordan Luplow showed off the thump he still has in his bat. The veteran outfielder clobbered three home runs in his fourth game since joining the Aces, going

Trust the Process: Corbin Carroll’s Comeback Climb 

All eyes have been on top-ranked D-backs prospect this season
August 10, 2022

Heralded as the number two prospect in all of Major League Baseball, all eyes have been on Corbin Carroll this season. The spotlight might be enjoyed by some, but for Carroll, it adds a label that he tries to block out. “Off the field and in baseball, it’s not a

Miroglio Homers, Plates Four in Reno’s 15-1 Rout Over Las Vegas

Pfaadt earns win in Triple-A debut; Garrett hits league-leading 26th homer
August 5, 2022

Reno Aces 15, Las Vegas Aviators 1 W: Pfaadt (1-0) L: Wiles (8-7) S: None First pitch: 7:06 p.m. PST | Attendance: 5,974 | Time: 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas Ballpark Click Here for Video Highlights Next time out: at Las Vegas, 8/5/22 (RNO) RHP Corbin Martin (6-3,

Presenting top plays by position from the first half

DeLuzio, Abrams, Duzenack made the most of their spot on the field
June 29, 2022

Throughout the first half of the Minor League season, fans were treated to some remarkable, jaw-dropping, eye-popping and show-stopping displays of defensive excellence. We’ve broken down the best of the best in our weekly Top 10 countdown, and brought fans into the conversation with our voting for Plays of the

Scouting report: D-backs shortstop Lawlar

Game's No. 23 overall prospect already proving he can do it all
April 26, 2022's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked D-backs prospect Jordan Lawlar. Jordan Lawlar was forced to hit the reset button almost immediately in the Minors. After being drafted

Thomas Launches Walk-Off Grand Slam in 7-5 Aces Comeback Win Over the Bees

Victory marks the second straight game Aces claim with walk-off homer
April 21, 2022

Reno Aces 7, Salt Lake Bees 5 W: Baragar (1-0) L: Reyes (0-1) S: None. First pitch: 6:03 p.m. | Attendance: 2,545 | Time: 2:35 Reno, Nev. – Greater Nevada Field Click Here for Video Highlights Next time out: vs. Salt Lake, 4/21/22 (RNO) RHP Dan Straily (0-1, 4.09 ERA)

Heath’s Walk-Off Home Run Seals Aces 4-3 Win Over Salt Lake

Garrett extends season-long hitting streak to team-high seven games
April 19, 2022

Reno Aces 4, Salt Lake Bees 3 W: Ginkel (1-0), L: Weiss (0-1) S: None First pitch: 12:05 p.m. | Attendance: 2,354 | Time: 2:28 Reno, Nev. – Greater Nevada Field Click Here for Video Highlights Next time out: vs. Salt Lake, 4/20/22 (RNO) RHP Luis Frias (0-0, 1.88 ERA)

Aces Slug Four Home Runs in ’22 Home Opener Win Over Sacramento, 11-4

Duzenack extended his hitting streak to five games after he smacked the Aces’ first grand slam
April 12, 2022

Reno Aces 11, Sacramento River Cats 4 W: Gilbert (1-0), L: Oswalt (0-1), S: None First pitch: 1:09 p.m. | Attendance: 4,305 | Time: 3h, 01m Reno, Nev. – Greater Nevada Field Click Here for Video Highlights Next time out: vs. Sacramento, 4/13/22 (RNO) LHP Tommy Henry (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

Prospect Q&A: D-backs outfielder Thomas

Top prospect discusses offseason prep, having a coach as a father
March 24, 2022

There are few hitters who enjoyed the type of success that Alek Thomas experienced in 2021 as the top D-backs prospect concluded his third Minor League season on the doorstep of the big leagues with Triple-A Reno. Thomas batted .313/.394/.559 overall with 18 homers, 29 doubles, 12 triples, 59 RBIs,

Thomas at top of the class for D-backs

Arizona standouts make immediate impact at system's upper levels
October 25, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their system. We start our 2021 Organization All-Stars series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though the D-backs are just two years removed from

Prospect season in review: D-backs’ Thomas

No. 40 prospect tears up Triple-A pitching after promotion to Reno
October 12, 2021's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at third-ranked D-backs prospect Alek Thomas. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Throughout the final month of the 2021 season, Alek Thomas simply crushed everything at