Reno Aces Game Information: Las Vegas 51 (7-8) at Reno Aces (8-7)

Game Notes: April 24 vs. LAS

Lineups: 4-24-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #16: Las Vegas 51s (7-8) at Reno Aces (8-7)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 2.93) vs. LHP Vidal Nuño (2-0, 2.37)
Time: 6:35 PM PST
Radio: KPLY 630 AM
TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark
• Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
• Bully’s Friends & Family Night presented by Reno News & Review – right field reserved ticket, Bully’s wings voucher and a free Aces hat for just $17. This deal is not available on the day of the game and needs to be purchased in advance. Wings vouchers can be redeemed at any of the seven Bully’s locations in the area
• Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4
• Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes
Who’s on First: Aces’ second baseman Jamie Romak has the longest active on-base streak in the Pacific Coast League at 14 games. During the 14 games, Romak is getting on base at a .431 clip, and is batting .302. He is tied for the league lead in walks with 12.

By The Numbers (21): Aces starter Vidal Nuño leads the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts with 21. Reno’s Robbie Ray is currently third with 19, trailing Memphis’ Tyler Lyons.

What’s the word around Reno?

TESH (@TESHsports)
Over last 4 games, @MikeBFree5 of the Reno @Aces is 8/18 (.444) with 2HR (one walk-off). #TeamTESH #MLB #HotFiyah

FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ)
#Dbacks minor-league report: Peter O’Brien off to hot start & has played strictly OF at Reno http://www.foxsports.com/arizona/story/diamondbacks-minor-league-report-peter-o-brien-reno-aces-042315 via @JackMagruder

Reno Aces Game Information: Las Vegas 51s (6-8) at Reno Aces (8-6)

Game Notes: April 23 vs. LAS

Lineups: 4-23-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #15: Las Vegas 51s (6-8) at Reno Aces (8-6)

Pitching Matchup: RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.38) vs. RHP A.J. Schugel (0-1, 21.00)

Time: 6:35 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: My21/MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

• Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
• Coors Light Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light, Reno News & Review & Lotus Radio – $2 Coors Light (until mid-5th) & $2 small sodas (all game)
• Adult Run the Bases presented by Total Wine & More

From the Notes

Big Pete: Aces corner outfielder Peter O’Brien has been knocking the cover off the ball during his current seven-game hitting streak, going 14-for-26 (.538) with 3 doubles, 5 homers and 12 RBI. O’Brien ranks among Pacific Coast League leaders in several categories including: Home runs (1st – 6), total bases (1st – 46), slugging percentage (1st – .852), OPS (2nd – 1.317), RBI (T-2nd – 16), runs scored (T-2nd – 14), average (3rd – .426), hits (3rd – 23), on-base percentage (7th – .466) and doubles (T-9th – 5).

Can’t Touch This: Right-handed relievers Willy Paredes and J.C. Ramirez have been nails thus far for skipper Phil Nevin. Both righties have not allowed a run in seven innings apiece. Ramirez has allowed just two baserunners (1 hit and 1 walk), while punching out 4 batters. Paredes has escaped trouble a couple of times, working around four hits and five walks in his four outings. He has seven K’s to his credit.

What’s the word around Reno?

RGJ preps (@RGJpreps)
Reno Aces beat Las Vegas 51s 6-3

Nevada News (@Nevada)
Reno Aces Extend Winning Streak to Four Games. http://bit.ly/1JvVvlH

MiLB.com (@MiLB)
No. 7 #Dbacks prospect Peter O’Brien extends scorching start to season with his fifth homer in six games for @Aces. http://atmlb.com/1DCSMlU

Reno Aces Game Information: Las Vegas 51s (6-7) at Reno Aces (7-6)

Game Notes: April 22 vs. LAS

Lineups: 4-22-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #14: Las Vegas 51s (6-7) at Reno Aces (7-6)

Pitching Matchup: RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 12.86) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (0-0, 0.00)

Time: 1:05 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 12:00 p.m.
  • Senior’s Eat Free Wednesday presented by Sam’s Club – first 250 over the age of 50

From the Notes

High Fives: Over the last five games, the Aces have a team batting average of .331 (57-for-172). Despite the robust average, Reno is averaging a modest five runs (25 total) per game during the span.

.305: The Aces enter tonight’s contest with the best team batting average in the Pacific Coast League. The Fresno Grizzlies have the second-highest average at .294.

Feelin’ 22: The Aces are 2-4 all-time on April 22 games. On April 22, 2011, Reno scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th against Sacramento to escape with a 6-5 win. John Hester’s walk-off, two-run double was the game-winner. It scored David Winfree and Las Vegas’ Brandon Allen.

What’s the word around Reno?

AZCentral Sports (@azcsports)

@Dbacks‘ Yasmany Tomas made his first #MLB start Tuesday, going 2-for-3 in a 7-1 loss to @Rangers. http://ow.ly/LXVHh 

Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (@AZSports)

Infielder Kevin Frandsen signs minor league deal with Arizona #Dbackshttp://bit.ly/1OEDYcs 

Kevin Frandsen (@KevinFrandsen)

Excited for the opportunity the @Dbacks org. has given me to play! Playing in Reno @Aces, nice being back close to home!

Reno Aces Game Information: Las Vegas 51s (6-6) at Reno Aces (6-6)

Game notes: April 21 vs. LAS

Lineups: 4-21-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #13: Las Vegas 51s (6-6) at Reno Aces (6-6)

Pitching Matchup: LHP Darin Gorski (2-0, 1.80) vs. LHP Justin Marks (1-1, 8.68)

Time: 6:35 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Two-for-$22 Tuesday presented by KTVN Channel 2 News – 2 general admission tickets, 2 hot dogs and 2 small sodas for $22

From the Notes

Dorn Gets the Call: Aces first baseman Danny Dorn earned his first call to the big leagues today after his contract was purchased by Arizona. The 30-year-old was hitting .474 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 8 RBI before the D-backs rewarded the sweet-swinging lefty. Dorn played in 939 games and had 3,252 total Minor League at-bats to his credit.

Big Pete: Aces corner outfielder Peter O’Brien has been knocking the cover off the ball during his current five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-19 (.526) with 3 doubles, 3 homers and 10 RBI. His 1.195 OPS ranks second in the PCL among players who have appeared in all 12 games to date.

Where There’s A Will(y), There’s A Way: Reliever Willy Paredes is in his third go-round with the Aces, making brief appearances with Reno in 2013 and 2014. He struggled in those Triple-A outings, but this year has been an entirely different story. The hard-throwing righty has not allowed a run in four outings, spanning seven innings. He has struck out seven, walked five and given up four hits.

What’s the word around Reno?

Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks)

In 10 games with the @Aces this season, Danny Dorn hit .474 with 4 doubles, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 7 runs scored.

Alex Margulies (@marguliespxp)

Love seeing when this kind of stuff happens: after 10 years of grinding in @MiLB – @Aces Danny Dorn had contract purchased by @Dbacks today

Reno Aces Game Information: Albuquerque Isotopes (7-4) at Reno Aces (5-6)

Game Notes: April 20 vs. ALB

Lineups: 4-20-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #12: Reno Aces (5-6) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (7-4)

Pitching Matchup: LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 4.15) vs. RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 9.00)

Time: 6:35 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Dollar Menu Monday presented by Great Basin Federal Credit Union – $1 Hot Dogs

From the Notes

Danny Boy: Aces first basemen Danny Dorn notched his eighth multi-hit game yesterday, going 2-for-4 in the two hole. Dorn is hitting .474 (18-for-38), good for first in the Pacific Coast League. He is tied for third in on-base percentage (.500), total bases (30) and hits, and is also tied for fourth is slugging percentage (.789).

Mighty Mike: Reno utility man Mike Freeman will likely be the primary center fielder for the foreseeable future after Evan Marzilli sprained his ankle Saturday night. He earned his stripes yesterday, going 3-for-4 with 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, a walk-off homer, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. His walk-off blast to dead center was the first by an Aces player since Didi Gregorius’ three-run 11th-inning shot against Las Vegas on April 18, 2014.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: With another base hit last night, Jamie Romak extended his on-base streak to 11 games. The second baseman owns a .431 on-base percentage thus far. Romak is one of two players in the PCL to have an active 11-game on base streak, joining Nashville’s Max Muncy.

What’s the word around Reno?

Long Island Ducks (@LIDucks)

Outfielder Trayvon Robinson has been signed by the @Dbacks organization & will report to the Triple-A Reno @Aces:

http://www.liducks.com/news/current/?article_id=932

RGJ Sports (@RGJsports)

Freeman’s ninth-inning homer stops Aces’ losing streak http://on.rgj.com/1P1qPMW

Reno Aces Game Information: Albuquerque Isotopes (7-3) at Reno Aces (4-6)

Game Notes: April 19 vs. ALB

Lineups: 4-19-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #11: Reno Aces (4-6) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (7-3)

Pitching Matchup: LHP Vidal Nuño (2-0, 2.19) vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 3.18)

Time: 1:05 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 12:00 p.m.
  • Circus Circus Family Sunday featuring Baseball Bingo
  • Kids Eat Free for the first 500 kids (12 and under) presented by Sam’s Club, Kimmie Candy Company & 106.9 MORE FM
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes

Dorn is on the Ball: Aces first basemen Danny Dorn notched his seventh multi-hit game yesterday, going 2-for-4 in the two hole. Dorn is hitting .471 (16-for-34), good for first in the Pacific Coast League. He is 2nd in on-base percentage (.500), tied for third in hits and is fifth in total bases (27).

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: With another base hit last night, Jamie Romak extended his on-base streak to ten games. The second baseman owns a .426 on-base percentage thus far. Romak is one of two players in the PCL to have an active 10-game on base streak, joining Nashville’s Max Muncy.

By the Numbers: 11 – Aces outfielder Peter O’Brien has 11 RBI on the season. It ties him with 7 others for second-most in the Pacific Coast League behind Nashville’s Joey Wendle with 12.

What’s the word around Reno?

Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball)

#ProCanes @MiLB update: Peter O’Brien’s last three games at Triple-A: 6-for-12 (.500), two home runs, three runs scored, seven RBI

Azcentral sports (@azcsports)

#DBacks‘ Chris Owings hopes to build off recent success at the plate. http://ow.ly/LNDdJ

Reno Aces Game Information: Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3) at Reno Aces (4-5)

Game Notes: April 18 vs. ALB

Starting Lineups: 4-18-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #10: Reno Aces (4-5) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3)

Pitching Matchup: RHP A.J. Schugel (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Chris Rusin (0-0, 10.80)

Time: 6:35 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

At the Ballpark

  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Super Saturday presented by KOLO 8 News Now
  • Fleece blanket giveaway to the first 1,000 fans presented by Campagni Auto Group
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by KTVN Channel 2 News

From the Notes

Dorn Rolling: Aces first basemen Danny Dorn notched his sixth multi-hit game yesterday, going 3-for-4 in the two hole. It was Dorn’s first three-hit game of the season, and it raised his team-high batting average to .467. His average is second best in the PCL and his OBP ranks tied for second among players who have appeared in at least eight games.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: With his lead-off double yesterday, Jamie Romak extended his on-base streak to nine games. The second baseman owns a .442 on-base percentage thus far. He also lined out to short and flied to deep center in two later at-bats.

What’s the word around Reno?

Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks)

Randy Johnson throws out the first pitch at the Reno @Aces home opener. He’s pretty good at this pitching thing.

Carson Valley Times (@cvalleytimes)

Scenes from Friday night’s Reno Aces home opener:… http://fb.me/20vJfUSOo

RGJ.com (@rgj)

The Reno Aces take on the Albuquerque Isotopes during the home opener. http://on.rgj.com/1EUNac9

Paul Harris (@pauljharris)

Preventing #pitching injuries in young baseball players. @KOLO8 @Aces http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Preventing-Pitching-Injuries-In-Young-Baseball-Players-300424551.html

Chris Payne (@deftonesfreek)

What a perfect night for @Aces #baseball…. Adding a few runs would be awesome. #LetsGoAces #AcesMemories

Josh Rawitch (@joshrawitch)

How cool is this? @RobbieRay gets a little advice from incoming HOFer Randy Johnson in Reno before RJ’s first pitch.

Reno Aces Game Information: Reno Aces (4-4) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (5-3)

**Game notes for tonight’s game @ Aces Ballpark are attached in PDF format**

Game Notes: April 17 vs. ALB

Starting Lineups: 4-17-15, also posted on renoaces.com and Twitter (@RenoAces_PR)

Game #9: Reno Aces (4-4) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (5-3)

Pitching Matchup: RHP Allen Webster (0-0, 18.00) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.64)

Time: 6:35 PM PST

Radio: KPLY 630 AM

TV: MiLB TV

From the Notes

O’Brien Doubling Down: OF Peter O’Brien recorded two doubles last night in a 3-for-4, 3-RBI performance, giving him four doubles on the young season. That mark is tied for second most among PCL players, trailing only Oklahoma City’s Kyle Jensen who has six thus far.

Let’s Have A Catch: The catching duo of Blake Lalli and  Matt Pagnozzi has been superb so far this season. In five games, the Aces’ primary catcher, Lalli, is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with 4 RBI and 3 walks, good for a .391 OBP, second highest among PCL catchers who qualify with the necessary amount of at-bats per game. Lalli’s backup, Pagnozzi, has outperformed Reno’s starter at the plate, going 5-for-12 (.417) with 1 homer, 1 triple, 1 RBI and 1 walk.

Jamie’s (not) Cryin’: Oh…woah…woah…Jamie’s raking. The Aces’ leadoff man, Jamie Romak, has been one of the league’s toughest outs so far. The 29-year-old is hitting .323 (10-for-31) with 10 runs (T-2nd, PCL), 2 RBI, 1 HR and 8 walks (2nd). His .462 on-base percentage is fourth among PCL players to appear in eight games.

What’s the word around Reno?

Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks)

Leaving SF for Reno where our @dbacks AAA affiliate @RenoAces open tonight and Big Unit will toss out first pitch.

David Calvert (@calvertphoto)

There are two seasons and winter ends tomorrow. http://on.rgj.com/1b8JZCb

David Raymond (@Emperoroffun)

Archie is born. The Reno Aces have the best mascot in the Pacific Coast. Fun, fun, fun!

Inside Reno’s Roster: Outfielders

What the Reno Aces’ corner outfielders may lack in experience and defense will hopefully be made up by their performances at the dish. The other outfield candidates offer a more balanced approach — steady at both the plate and in the field.

Of the five potential Aces outfielders (Evan Marzilli, Peter O’Brien, Yasmany Tomas, Zach Borenstein and Nick Buss), it’s O’Brien and Tomas who could be slotted into left and right after position changes in Spring Training. The tandem has fulfilled high expectations at the plate through their careers, but it’s their defense that needs catching up.

Their outfield captain certainly should help that cause. Buss, who played in 136 games (134 starts: 63 in right, 40 in left, 31 in center) last year with Triple-A Albuquerque and Triple-A Sacramento, recorded 162 hits in Pacific Coast League play, second most among qualifiers. Defensively, he posted a .988 fielding percentage (one error in 80 chances) in center field.

He also smacked this run-scoring triple last Friday in a win over the Angels.

Buss’ backup, Marzilli, is a very formidable center fielder as well. He enters the season as the D-backs’ Best Defensive Outfielder according to Baseball America. Borenstein can fill in as needed in the corner outfield spots and on the occasion that Buss and Marzilli need rest, Mike Freeman, projected as the Aces’ starting second baseman, can roam center as well.

Marzilli, the D-backs’ 2012 eighth-round pick, split time last year between Advanced-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. What his bat lacks, he makes up for with superb defense. Over his three-year career, the 24-year-old’s offensive numbers are respectable, but not eye-popping. He’s hit .263 (298-for-1132) with 57 doubles, 14 triples, 11 home runs and 35 stolen bases in 320 games.

As seen in Friday’s post, O’Brien and Tomas started seeing time in the outfield after struggling at their original positions of catcher and third base. Where Tomas lands, whether it be Arizona or Reno, is still up for debate. But one thing becoming more certain of the Cuban signee is that he’ll be learning the outfield ropes sooner rather than later. In regards to O’Brien, he’s all but locked himself in as Reno’s Opening Day left fielder.

Borenstein, rated as the D-backs’ No. 26 prospect by Baseball America, joined the Arizona system last summer after being acquired in a trade from the Angels. Last year, he totaled 121 games between two Double-A affiliates (Arkansas and Mobile) and two Triple-A squads (Salt Lake and Reno). He hit a combined .258 (119-for-461) with 25 doubles, 15 homers and 79 RBI. In 20 games with the Aces, Borenstein hit .260 (19-for-73), clubbing four doubles and five home runs along the way. In the event Tomas breaks camp with Arizona, Borenstein would open the 2015 season as the Aces’ starting right fielder.

Speaking of roster decisions, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported that Arizona has settled who will be in their five-man rotation, with three of the members being former Aces. The D-backs’ busy Monday continued, as they sent pitchers Matt Reynolds, A.J. Schugel and Allen Webster to Triple-A camp, the latter two expected to factor in to Reno’s rotation.

Spring Items: Tomas, O’Brien Headed for Potential Position Changes

With Opening Day quickly approaching – April 6 for Arizona and April 9 for Reno – key questions still loom in Spring Training for the Diamondbacks.

Where will Yasmany Tomas open the season? What position is he best suited to play? What’s wrong with Peter O’Brien’s throwing mechanics? Is him being behind the plate a thing of the past?

The solutions to those questions obviously haven’t been entirely answered. Tomas has seen time in the outfield after his defensive struggles at third. According to MLB.com Arizona beat writer Barry Bloom, first-year manager Chip Hale believes Tomas could open the season in the minors, despite receiving a 6-year, $68 million contract this off-season.

He did have a rather effortless-looking, game-tying blast on Monday against the Dodgers.

Arizona wants Tomas to learn third and lock down the position for the next decade. But a matter of want, and doing what’s right, certainly comes in to play. With Jake Lamb producing in Cactus League play, there’s no need to force the issue. Therefore, some seasoning at Reno may be in the cards.

Speaking of Lamb, he could be the spot-starter at first base on Paul Goldschmidt’s off days, says MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.

As for O’Brien, the former Yankees catching prospect, has also started playing in the outfield at Spring Training. D-backs beat writer Nick Piecoro of Arizona Central Sports says throwing problems, including the inability to throw the ball accurately from home plate to the mound, in addition to throwing it around the horn after strikeouts, forced the change.

The power-hitting youngster has played in right field before, logging 12 total appearances there last year between Advanced-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Double-A Mobile. Since strictly catching in 2012, O’Brien, to his credit, expanded his defensive repertoire beyond game-calling. He played in 38 games at third base in 2013 before moving across the diamond last season, seeing time at first base in 27 games. In the face of learning new positions, O’Brien still raked last year, hitting a combined .271 with 34 home runs and 74 RBI in 106 games.

Again, Arizona wants O’Brien to stick behind the plate, especially with catcher being the biggest question mark regarding the D-backs’ Major League roster. But doing what’s right, rather than fulfilling a want, should be the focal point.

When it’s all said and done, some raw talent may be asked to chase down fly balls at Aces Ballpark.

Stay tuned for our last positional post “Inside Reno’s Roster: Outfielders” released this coming Monday.

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