MiLB Transactions: Davidson, Wheeler, Augenstein promoted

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Bryan Augenstein – Photography: Jon Willey

By Dan Strittmatter

Signing 2010 draft picks hasn’t been the only thing keeping the D-backs’ organization busy.  The last two days have also seen a flurry of movement within the minors, with players moving across all full-season affiliates.  We’re here to break down all of the moving parts.

 

Monday’s action was focused in the upper minors, centered around right-hander Bryan Augenstein.  Augenstein had been removed from the 7-Day DL at Mobile on August 5, making three appearances for the BayBears in what functioned as a sort of “rehab assignment” for him.  His first and last outings for Mobile were his best.  In his first, Augenstein threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and a hit on Aug. 5.  In his last outing, Augenstein lasted 3 1/3 innings with one run allowed while scattering seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts on Aug. 12.

 

Augenstein will likely join the Aces’ rotation immediately, partially because right-hander Josh Collmenter, who had been in Reno’s rotation since July 19, was sent to Mobile, opening up a spot.  This was Collmenter’s second stint with the Aces in 2010, with mixed results.  Collmenter’s Reno debut, on April 30, was arguably his best start at the Triple-A level this year, when he went seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts and just three hits.  His last start would have likely been his best since that outing were it not for a pair of home runs – often Collmenter’s undoing in the thin air of the PCL – as he struck out nine and walked just two through six innings of work.

 

Also moving from Reno to Mobile was outfielder Chris Rahl, who had struggled in the first half of the year for Reno, but had ridden a scorching second-half of the season to an overall .813 OPS for the year at Triple-A.  Replacing Rahl in Reno is outfielder/first baseman Cyle Hankerd, joining Reno for the second time this year.  In six games for the Aces in early-May, Hankerd went 6-for-14 with three doubles, two walks and a strikeout, though he had struggled to a .708 OPS for Mobile in 78 games.

 

One final move from Monday was third baseman/first baseman Ryan Wheeler being promoted to Double-A Mobile from Hi-A Visalia.  Wheeler came into the year highly-regarded, having posted a 1.002 OPS in 2009, mostly at short-season Yakima, with eight games at Low-A South Bend as well.  This year hasn’t gone quite as planned, as Wheeler posted a .740 OPS at Visalia — though he did post an .820 OPS against right-handed pitching — in a lineup that featured star-quality performances from Marc Krauss and Paul Goldschmidt.  Nonetheless, it’s Wheeler who makes the jump to Double-A first.

 

If the Wheeler-to-Mobile move seemed a bit from left field on Monday, Tuesday’s big promotion cleared it up.  Top-prospect third baseman Matthew Davidson was promoted from Low-A South Bend to Hi-A Visalia to take over the everyday third baseman job there (and to give Bobby Borchering the everyday third baseman gig for South Bend).  Davidson has set the Midwest League on fire all season long, and boasted the sixth-highest OPS amongst MWL hitters with at least 2.7 plate appearances per team game with his .874 mark.

 

Aside from that OPS rank, Davidson was among the league leaders in many other major offensive categories at the time of his promotion — tied for sixth in home runs with 16, fourth in doubles with 35, second in RBI with 79 and sixth in slugging percentage with a .504 rate.  Also consider the fact that only one of the players ahead of Davidson on the MWL OPS leader-board, Mike Trout, was younger than Davidson, by about four months.  After Davidson, the next youngest on that list was Quad Cities third baseman Matthew Adams, who turns 22 years old on Aug. 31.

 

But that wasn’t the only action from Tuesday.  Collmenter’s addition to the Mobile rotation left the BayBears with six starting pitchers, as Augenstein had been throwing out of the bullpen for Mobile prior to his promotion to Reno.  So lefty Pat McAnaney, who had struggled for most of the season for Mobile, was sent to Visalia, where he began the season.

 

Also on Tuesday, two players were assigned to South Bend from Rookie-level Missoula — right-hander Derek Eitel, the D-backs’ 17th-round pick from the 2010 draft, and outfielder Chris Jarrett, the D-backs’ 42nd-round pick from the 2010 draft.  Eitel was in the Osprey rotation until David Holmberg was acquired from the White Sox in the trade that sent Edwin Jackson to Chicago and also brought Daniel Hudson to Arizona, then was moved to the ‘pen to open a rotation slot for Holmberg.  Jarrett had spent 46 games in the outfield for Missoula, mostly in center field.

 

Finally, right-hander Leo Rosales was assigned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment after suffering a stress fracture in his foot.  He threw a perfect inning of relief for the Aces that night, striking out one.

 

Summary:

Triple-A Reno:

Added to Roster:

Aug. 17 – RHP Leo Rosales assigned to Reno for Rehab Assignment.

Aug. 16 – RHP Bryan Augenstein promoted to Reno from Double-A Mobile.

Aug. 16 – OF Cyle Hankerd promoted to Reno from Double-A Mobile.

 

Removed from Roster:

Aug. 16 – RHP Joshua Collmenter assigned to Mobile from Triple-A Reno.

Aug. 16 – OF Chris Rahl assigned to Mobile from Triple-A Reno.

 

Double-A Mobile:

Added to Roster:

Aug. 16 – RHP Joshua Collmenter assigned to Mobile from Triple-A Reno.

Aug. 16 – OF Chris Rahl assigned to Mobile from Triple-A Reno.

Aug. 16 – 3B Ryan Wheeler promoted to Mobile from Hi-A Visalia.

 

Removed from Roster:

Aug. 16 – RHP Bryan Augenstein promoted to Reno from Double-A Mobile.

Aug. 16 – OF Cyle Hankerd promoted to Reno from Double-A Mobile.

Aug. 17 – LHP Pat McAnaney assigned to Hi-A Visalia from Double-A Mobile.

 

Hi-A Visalia:

Added to Roster:

Aug. 17 – LHP Pat McAnaney assigned to Hi-A Visalia from Double-A Mobile.

Aug. 17 – 3B Matthew Davidson assigned to Hi-A Visalia from Low-A South Bend.

 

Removed from Roster:

Aug. 16 – 3B Ryan Wheeler promoted to Mobile from Hi-A Visalia.

 

Low-A South Bend:

Added to Roster:

Aug. 17 – RHP Derek Eitel assigned to Low-A South Bend from Rookie-level Missoula.

Aug. 17 – OF Chris Jarrett assigned to Low-A South Bend from Rookie-level Missoula.

 

Removed from Roster:

Aug. 17 – 3B Matthew Davidson assigned to Hi-A Visalia from Low-A South Bend.

 

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