MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 21

When the Padres' commercial asks people to "catch Padre fever,"who knew it is actually a contagious disease. All four minor league teams seemed to have caught this epidemic as they have struggled to score runs for the last week. Will someone find a cure?

Chihuahuas 1 – Sacramento River Cats 4

Key Statistics RHP Matt Wisler 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; SS Jace Peterson 1-2, 2B, RS, 2 BB; DH Adam Moore 2-4, RBI.

Prospect Watch: Will the real Matt Wisler please stand up? The same Matt Wisler that dominanted every where last year, just has not been the same pitcher in 2014 in AAA. He actually had a good first inning allowing only a scratch two out single. However in the second he was a different pitcher. He fell behind every hitter, and while he got two fairly quick outs, falling behind caught up with him as he twice gave up a two RBI singles with the bases loaded. He ended up throwing over 40 pitches in the inning, and was pulled after two innings in which he threw57 pitches, with only 31 for strikes.

For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.

Missions 2 – NW Arkansas Naturals 0

Key Statistics RHP Odrisamer Despaigne 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K; CF Reymond Fuentes 1-4, HR (1); RF Yeison Asencio 3-4, 2B; 1B Jason Hagerty 1-4, HR (4), RBI.

Prospect Watch: The Cuban defector has been fantastic through two starts. Despaigne has allowed just one earned run through his two starts (7.2 innings), while striking out 12. Clearly without much of a scouting report, Despaigne has had the advantage. While I, like most of you, want to jump for joy and bring him to San Diego, the big question will be how do hitters perform when they have already seen him?

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

Storm 3– High Desert Mavericks 4

Key Statistics RHP Bryan Rodriguez 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; CF Alberth Martinez 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Sticking with the starting pitching theme. Bryan Rodriguez was coming off being named Cal League pitcher of the week after going seven innings allowing just two hits, no walks, and striking out a career high ten batters (he got a no decision). Tonight was just not his night. Most of his success has been do to holding right-handers to a .165 BAA. However lefties are hitting .353 off him, and a left-handed lineup, like tonight, gave Rodriguez fits. Rodriguez flopped to 0-4 on the year, but still has a stellar 2.88 ERA.

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

TinCaps 3 – Lake County Captains 10

Key Statistics RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 RBI; 1B Jake Bauers 2-4, 2 2B, RS; RHP Walker Weickel 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K .

Prospect Watch: Nothing says productive road trip like an 0-7 record. The good news for Weickel was that the six innings tied a season high, and the eight hits and five earned runs were not even his worse outing of the month. Weickel is a high draft pick, and the talent is there, the productivity though… He has now allowed 42 runs, 34 of them earned runs, in 42.2 innings. More embaressing is that he has 23 walks compared to only 25 strikeouts.

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

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

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