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Hogben dominant in 2011
08/11/2011 5:27 PM ET
 
Four years into his professional career with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in Major League Baseball, Victoria's Kable Hogben is putting together his best season on record.

As can be the case in the Minor Leagues, the 21 year-old Hogben has moved back and forth between two of Arizona's Class-A affiliate teams this season.

Beginning the year with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Mid West League, Hogben was transferred to the Yakima Bears of the Northwest League for most of May and June before rejoining the Hawks in July.

While the start to his season in South Bend was not outstanding and prompted the move, his pitching in Yakima was nothing short of brilliant as the bullpen right-hander was a nightmare for opposing hitters, posting a 0.53 ERA and 27 strikeouts in only 17 innings of work.

While still with the Bears in late June, Hogben was given Pitcher of the Week honors for tossing five shutout innings while striking out nine and allowing two hits and no walks.

His return to the Midwest League has been marked by much of the same as he's carried his momentum through seven appearances and 13 innings of work to record 12 strikeouts and allow only 3 runs on 7 hits.

Hogben commented on a recent successful outing crediting a focus on location to his improvement through mid-season.

"I think I've just been trying to work more down in the zone," Hogben told the South Bend Tribune. "I've been getting a lot of ground balls."

Wherever the pitches have been, opposing hitters have done little to drive the ball of Hogben as he's yet to give up a home run this season and is working at a near strikeout per inning pace.

With 25 games left on the schedule and the Silver Hawks 8.5 games back of the league leader, a title may be out of reach, but for Hogben and his 0.00 ERA in five outings in August, the reminder of the season looks to be bright.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.