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D'backs call up Aces hurler Anthony Banda

Aces lefty Anthony Banda gets the call to the big leagues from Arizona on Friday. He will make his MLB debut on Saturday vs. Washington

The Reno Aces, in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced the call-up of number one rated prospect Anthony Banda (left-handed pitcher), marking the southpaw’s first career promotion to the Major Leagues.

In 31 games with the Aces, Banda is 11-9 with a 4.49 ERA (87 ER in 174.2 IP) with 163 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .259 average. In total, he boasts a career record of 39-32 with a 3.72 ERA (258 ER in 623.2 IP) with 602 strikeouts in 126 (109 starts) Minor League games.

Banda, 24, will join the Diamondbacks for their game tonight at Chase Field against the Washington Nationals. The Corpus Christi native is in his third full season with Arizona after being acquired in a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers in July 2014.

The 23-year-old was originally selected by Milwaukee in the 10th round (335th overall) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of San Jacinto College (Texas). Banda was named to the U.S. Team for the 2016 Futures Game held on July 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park. Banda was named as the D-backs’ Organizational Pitcher of the Year and was named as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star for the last two consecutive seasons (2015, 2016).

The Reno Aces return to Greater Nevada Field on Saturday, July 29 as they take on the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, for a four-game series. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.

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