Ryan Atknison has already made a good first impression on the Arizona Diamondback's organization.
Atkinson allowed an unearned run in his first five innings of professional baseball for the Missoula Osperys against the Great Falls Voyagers. Atknson allowed four hits and two walks, while striking out three batters against the hard, hitting Voyagers. Great Falls, the White Sox affiliate, has a .287 team batting average with 17 home runs in 17 games.
Atknson was not drafted this June but was signed by the Evansville franchise of the independant Frontier League out of a tryout last month at St. Joes' College in Indiana. He pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for Evansville before his contract was putchased by the Diamondbacks last week.