PHOENIX -The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Double-A Mobile right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson (@ChaseAnderson87) and Single-A Advanced Visalia infielder Brandon Drury the organization's Minor League Pitcher- and Player-of-the-Month for April, respectively.
Anderson, 26, went 3-2 with a 0.85 ERA (3 ER in 31.2 IP) and 31 strikeouts in 5 starts in April for the BayBears. He enters May carrying an active scoreless streak of 20.0 innings pitched (April 20-present) after beginning his season with 12.2 shutout innings (April 3-15). Anderson, who currently ranks among Southern League leaders in ERA (2nd) and strikeouts (6th), has not allowed a run to score after the second inning of any start. He earned Southern League Player of the Week honors (April 3-13) after throwing 12.0 shutout innings (5 hits, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts) in 2 starts. In 2013, Anderson was tabbed by Baseball America as possessing the Best Changeup in the D-backs farm system. A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, he was drafted in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Oklahoma.
Drury, 21, hit .292 (33-for-113) with 6 home runs, 25 RBI, 20 runs scored and 10 multi-hit affairs in 27 games in April for the Rawhide. He ranked among Minor League leaders in April with 16 extra-base hits (T-4th), 10 doubles (T-7th) and 60 total bases (T-9th); also led the Rawhide in home runs and RBI during the month. Drury entered the 2014 season rated as the D-backs No. 9 prospect by Baseball America and No. 13 by MLB.com. In 2013, he led the Minor Leagues in doubles (51). The Grants Pass, Ore. native was acquired by the D-backs as part of a 7-player trade with the Braves on Jan. 24, 2013 and was drafted by Atlanta in the 13th round of the 2010 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: