Aaron Blair, Jake Lamb receive D-backs monthly awards

  • Ian Johnson
(Photo credit:  Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune)

(Photo credit: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune)

The Arizona Diamondbacks named on Monday Aaron Blair their minor league pitcher and infielder Jake Lamb their player of the month for June. These two young prospects certainly deserve praise as they have both shown strides of excellence on their road to the major leagues.

Third baseman Jake Lamb of the Double-A Mobile BayBears has posted an eye-opening .311 batting average, 12 home runs and 65 RBI. Considering he hit .368 in June with 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs 20 runs scored and 27 RBI in 25 games. He has certainly proven himself as one of if not the top prospect in the Diamondbacks organization showing why he deserves the acknowledgement of being named minor league player of the month.

While Single-A advanced Visalia (Calif.) Rawhide starting right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair deserves praise as well, especially for the month of June. Making five starts for Visalia during the month, the 22-year-old Blair went 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA and allowed 11 earned runs in 32.1 innings of work. He is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 76 strikeouts during this season and has shown a ton of progression as of late.

Back to Lamb, he was tied for second in the minor leagues with (19) extra base hits all the while tied for third in RBI and has been completely on fire this season. Lamb was the D-backs’ sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and according to Baseball America he is said to have entered 2014 with the best strike-zone discipline in the entire organizations farm system.

At just 22-years-old Lamb definitely deserves a call up to Triple-A Reno and may be seen in Sedona red sooner than the team originally anticipated. This could add more pressure on the D-backs to trade Martin Prado, his days as a D-back are numbered.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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