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Smokin' Aces - What we learned from Spring Training

March 25, 2019

Baseball fans reflect two attitudes during Spring Training, 1. buy into the hype and claim a championship in March, or 2. take everything with a grain of salt.Both are understandable, but let's do our best to find the middle ground and review what we learned about the Aces over the

Smokin' Aces - Who's On First

Former, Future Aces Ready for Big League Chance
February 25, 2019

While Aceball is still a little over a month away for Triple-A Reno, it has already gotten started during Spring Training. Future, current and former Aces look to impact the Arizona Diamondbacks during big league camp.

Rays' Franco cycles way to weekly honor

Switch-hitting shortstop producing beyond years for Princeton
July 16, 2018

There are many reasons why Wander Franco shouldn't be dominating the Appalachian League. He's only 17 and was signed last July. He hadn't played in a stateside league before June. He skipped over the Gulf Coast League. He'd need time to adjust, both on and off the field. But there's

Christian Walker Named PCL Player of the Week

July 16, 2018

The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that Reno Aces infielder Christian Walker and Memphis Redbirds right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon have been tabbed as the Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 9-15, 2018. Coming off the Triple-A All-Star break, Walker delivered clutch hits to help the Aces

Walker, Poncedeleon awarded for weekly efforts

Aces IF delivers clutch hits in sweep of El Paso; Memphis RHP tosses one-hit complete game shutout
July 16, 2018

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that Reno Aces infielder Christian Walker and Memphis Redbirds right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon have been tabbed as the Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 9-15, 2018.

Duplantier, Varsho have D-backs on the rise

As far as talent's concerned, season shows system isn't a desert
October 2, 2017

This offseason, is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Not long ago, the Arizona system appeared more noteworthy for

Pacific Coast League playoff preview

MVP Walker leads Reno; Sky Sox seek first title since 1995
September 6, 2017

The Pacific Coast League was barreling toward the playoffs with what looked like four new participants -- then the El Paso Chihuahuas happened again.The defending-champion Chihuahuas rallied to overtake the Salt Lake Bees on the last weekend of the regular season, clinching their third straight Pacific Southern Division title with

Aces' Walker honored as PCL's Most Valuable Player

Reno IF has paced PCL's highest scoring offense with career year
September 1, 2017

ROUND ROCK, Texas - A prolific offensive season for Reno Aces' Christian Walker has culminated with the infielder receiving the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player award, the league's highest individual honor. The Aces, who were this year's champions of the Pacific Northern Division, have had two players previously win

Walker ties for Minor League home run lead

D-backs No. 27 prospect matches Reno record with 30th shot
August 11, 2017

With one swing, Christian Walker put his name in the Reno record books and into a share of the lead in the 2017 Minor League home run race.Arizona's No. 27 prospect blasted his 30th home run of the year, equaling a franchise record and matching the Minors' top mark this

Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 7

Mejia sets career mark for homers; Baez continues to baffle
August 8, 2017

D-backs 1B/3B/OF Christian Walker, Triple-A Reno: 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB -- There's been little stopping the D-backs' No. 27 prospect at the plate in 2017. The 26-year-old slugger extended his Minor League lead in extra-base hits with his 63rd and 64th of the season Monday in a 9-4

Sluggers set to compete in Triple-A Home Run Derby

Sounds' Nunez, Rainiers' Vogelbach, Aces' Walker to represent PCL
July 5, 2017

Triple-A All-Star festivities at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington begin Monday, July 10 with the 2017 Triple-A Home Run Derby presented by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. The Pacific Coast League's Renato Nuñez (Nashville), Daniel Vogelbach (Tacoma) and Christian Walker (Reno) along with the International League's Bryce Brentz (Pawtucket), Danny

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 2

Rosario adds to Major League case; Lauer, Jax dominate in debuts
July 3, 2017

Mets SS Amed Rosario, Triple-A Las Vegas: 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, CS -- The Mets' middle-infield situation has settled some with Asdrúbal Cabrera moving over to second since he came off the disabled list and José Reyes, who owns a .941 OPS since June 16, taking over at

PCL reveals roster for 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game

Reno, Oklahoma City represented with league-best four players each
June 28, 2017

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Pacific Coast League released Wednesday its 30-man roster for the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played at the Tacoma Rainiers' Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, July 12. The contest will be broadcast live on MLB Network beginning at 6:00 p.m. PDT. The PCL's

Walker plates five more runs for Aces

D-backs No. 30 prospect collects three hits in second straight
June 25, 2017

In order to become the Pacific Coast League leader in RBIs and the circuit's co-leader in home runs, Christian Walker learned to stay out of his own way.Arizona's No. 30 prospect recorded his second consecutive three-hit game to power the Aces to a 9-0 thrashing of the Rainiers at Greater

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 19

Granite pads lead for IL batting title; Groome solid in rehab start
June 20, 2017

Twins OF Zack Granite, Triple-A Rochester: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI -- Granite's scorching June got even hotter Monday night as the Twins' No. 21 prospect notched his eighth three-hit game of the season. His .349 average leads the International League by a wide margin. (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre infielder Tyler Wade's .322 is closest.) The 24-year-old

Walker ties for Minors lead with two homers

D-backs No. 30 prospect collects second two-dinger game of year
May 18, 2017

After he was cut by the Orioles in February, Christian Walker was claimed off waivers twice before finally latching on with Arizona.The D-backs optioned him to the Triple-A Aces on March 30, and he's been manhandling Pacific Coast League pitching ever since.Walker blasted two home runs to move into a

Walker hits for the cycle in wild Aces' win

D-backs No. 30 prospect doubles in 11th inning to complete feat
May 14, 2017

A captivating comeback in the ninth inning afforded Christian Walker the opportunity to do something he'd never accomplished before. And he didn't miss out. The D-backs' No. 30 prospect roped a double to center field in the 11th inning to complete the first cycle of his career and the third in team

O's Mullins highlights first Players of the Week

No. 19 Baltimore prospect leads Minors in hits, runs, total bases
April 17, 2017

Cedric Mullins waited until the very last week of Class A Delmarva's 2016 season to capture the South Atlantic League Player of the Week award. Now with Double-A Bowie, he made sure he won't have to wait nearly that long in 2017.The Orioles' No. 19 prospect was named Eastern League

Hot starts for Walker, Dziedzic earn weekly honors

Walker collects 16 RBI; Dziedzic rides 13.1 inning scoreless streak
April 17, 2017

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Aces' Walker hits fourth homer on four-RBI day

D-backs' No. 30 prospect also strokes double, scores pair of runs
April 16, 2017

Christian Walker was a virtual vagabond leading up to the season, belonging to four organizations from the end of February to the end of March. But 11 games into the Pacific Coast League campaign, it's clear the 26-year-old first baseman feels right at home."Obviously, it's been a crazy spring. I

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 12

Yanks' Sheffield strong in season debut; Jays' Guerrero goes deep
April 13, 2017

Diamondbacks 1B Christian Walker, Triple-A Reno: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R -- Walker was, let's say, well-traveled over a five-week stretch in February and March, doing the designated-for-assignment/claimed-off-waivers dance with the Orioles, Braves and Reds before settling in with the D-backs on March 28. He's repaid Arizona's faith with