MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 18

Eddie Bonine's magic knuckler continues to do the improbable in San Antonio. Zach Eflin turns in yet another strong start for Ft. Wayne, and in Arizona, a forgotten young face gets in a game.

Sacramento River Cats 5 Tucson Padres 4

Key Statistics: RF Daniel Robertson 3-5, RBI; CF Reymond Fuentes 1-3, 2BB;

Prospect Watch: Dan Robertson's torrid August continued as the outifleder went 3-for-5 with an RBI on the day. The 27-year-old had the worst month of his career in July, but has bounced back nicely with a .344/.414/.475 line in August. … The Jason Lane experiment may have gotten one last breath of life. After getting shelled in four starts, the 36-year-old former big league outfielder has worked a pair of 3.2 inning relief appearances with much more success. The lefty yielded one earned run on four hits coming out of the bullpen Sunday.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star

San Antonio Missions 4 Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2

Key Statistics: CF Rico Noel 2-2, 2B, HBP, Sac; RHP Eddie Bonine 7IP, 2H, 2ER, 1K, 2BB

It's not often that he's not the oldest pitcher to throw on any given day in the system, but Eddie Bonine continues his run as a knuckle-ball pitcher. The 32-year-old righty continues to put up remarkably weird lines, yielding relatively few runs while striking out almost nobody. While the knuckler induces notoriously weak contact, his .229 opponents' average with only 14 whiffs in 57.1 Double-A innings still stands out as improbable.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 12 Lake Elsinore Storm 5

Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-5, RBI; RF Corey Adamson 3-4, 2B, 2SB, 2R, RBI; LHP Frank Garces 5.2IP, 3H, 3ER, 8K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: This contest was actually a 3-2 game heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the wheels continue to fly off for Luis De La Cruz, who yielded six runs (five earned) without recording an out as part of a nine-run frame for the Quakes. The 24-year-old righty was nearly unhittable in July, but has now given up seven runs in two thirds of an inning over his last three appearances. … Great to see Corey Adamson off to a strong start in his first taste of High-A ball. The 21-year-old Australian finally escaped Low-A in his fifth season in the organization by showing more power and baseball skills to go along with his raw speed and athleticism. His game is really tailored for the Cal League, so don't be surprised if he maintains some gaudy numbers over the first half of next year too.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 4 Great Lakes Loons 3

Key Statistics: RF Alberth Martinez 1-3, HR, BB, 3RBI; RHP Zach Eflin 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Despite being a step behind his fellow first-rounders on the Ft. Wayne pitching staff in terms of overall stuff, Zach Eflin continues to be the club's most dependable starter– and for the last three months, the best in the league. The uber-young righty from Florida worked six more effective innings Sunday, yielding two earned runs. He's only given up more than that once in 21 starts this year, and has worked into the sixth inning in seven of his last eight starts. … Alberth Martinez missed seven weeks of the season, but still paces the punchless TinCaps in home runs. The 22-year-old Venezuelan blasted his ninth of the season to give Ft. Wayne the victory Sunday. He's also tops in triples and second on the club with 22 doubles, easily delivering the top slugging percentage on the team.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

Everett Aquasox 6 Eugene Emeralds 2

Key Statistics: RF Donavan Tate 1-4, 2B; LHP Bryan Verbitsky 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Donavan Tate had a double, Chase Jensen hit his first professional homer, and Marcus Davis singled. Here ends the recitation of Sunday's output from the Em's offensive juggernaut. Through his first 10 games in Eugene, post-rehab Tate (.233/.361/.367) looks unsettlingly like pre-rehab Tate (.241/.357/.320). … Bryan Verbitsky remains his own worst enemy. The hard-throwing righty issued three more walks in his two innings Sunday and now has allowed 32 in 44 professional frames.

AZL Padres 7 AZL Reds 4

Key Statistics: RF Franmil Reyes 2-5; DH Jose Urenas 2-5, HR, 4RBI; SS Josh VanMeter 2-3, 2B, 2BB, SB; RHP Adrian De Horta 2.2IP, 4H, 3ER, 2K, 3BB;

Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett finally made it into a game Sunday, working a scoreless seventh inning. The lanky righty from Florida has been sidelined since early in spring training with a weird finger issue that has prevented him from gripping the ball. The 19 year old is another of the big-armed early high school picks the Padres made in the 2012 draft. If he can get some quality innings in before the end of the year, he could be in line to make the jump to Fort Wayne next year. … Jose Urenas blasted a walk-off three-run homer to give the club the victory. The big right-handed slugger from Mexico is pacing the Arizona League with eight round-trippers through 43 games. No other Padre hitter has more than three.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards

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