PHOENIX -The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today Triple-A Reno infielder Chris Owings and Single-A Advanced Visalia right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley have been named the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for April, respectively.
Owings, 21, hit .342 (40-for-117) with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 26 games in April for the Aces. He led all Minor Leaguers in hits and at-bats, while placing second in the Pacific Coast League in runs scored (26). Owings recorded 13 multi-hit games, 3 six-game hit streaks and 3 runs in a game on 4 occasions. Entering the 2013 season, he was rated by MLB.com as the No. 6 Prospect in the D-backs organization and No. 7 by Baseball America. The Charleston, S.C. native was drafted by the D-backs in the supplemental first round (41st overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Bradley, 20, went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER in 28.2 IP) in 5 starts in April for the Rawhide. He finished the month tied for the Minor League-lead with 43 strikeouts, averaging 13.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. To begin the season, Bradley threw 17.2 scoreless innings before giving up a run and 20.2 innings before allowing a home run. Bradley was named the California League Pitcher of the Week for April 4-14 after throwing 11.2 scoreless innings and striking out 19, while limiting opponents to a .184 average (7-for-38) in 2 starts. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the California League and the No. 25 Prospect in baseball. A native of Muskogee, Okla., Bradley was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Every month during the season, the D-backs Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate: