MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 12

While Elliott Morris dazzled in his Double-A debut, Rafael De Paula was strong for the Storm, but things were ugly for James Needy and Dinelson Lamet Sunday.

El Paso Chihuahuas 7 Tacoma Raniers 6

Key Statistics: CF Abraham Almonte, 1-for-2, 3BB; C Austin Hedges 2-for-4, 3RBI; SP James Needy 3.2 IP, 7H, 5ER, 2K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Welcome to the PCL, James Needy! The sinkerballer was tagged for five extra-base hits among the seven hits he allowed in just 3.2 innings in his first Triple-A start (though he had three emergency relief appearances in Tucson in 2012). … RHP Cory Mazzoni, acquired for Alex Torres late in spring training, made his second multi-inning appearance of the weekend, working 2.1 perfect innings. After leaving his final game in the Mets system with a potential injury, it’s good to see him on the mound so effectively at this point. … Although he’s sat in favor of Rocky Gale twice in the opening series, Austin Hedges has a pair of hits in both of his starts behind the plate. Having the prized catching prospect get off to a hot start after his struggles in San Antonio over the last season and a half would be a real boon for the organization.

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

Springfield Cardinals 4 San Antonio Missions 2

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, HR; CF Travis Jankowski 1-for-2, 2BB; RHP Elliot Morris 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3K, 3BB; RHP Casey Kelly 1IP, 1H, 4ER, 3BB, 1K

Prospect Watch: With the starting pitching ranks in the Padres system thinned significantly, Morris has the opportunity to stake his claim to a spot at the top of the list. His Double-A debut certainly shows what the big righty, who came over from the Angels via trade last summer, is capable of. … After collecting just one single in his first 12 plate appearances of the year, Hunter Renfroe blasted a homer in his first at-bat Sunday. The slugger had things go sideways in San Antonio last year, so getting it going early this year would be a plus. … Casey Kelly couldn’t find his command, walking the first three hitters he saw and bouncing a wild pitch before serving up a grand slam to a guy who’s only topped five round-trippers in one of his six career seasons. To Kelly’s credit, he did come back to get a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to complete his inning. Watch for Kelly to be back in El Paso (for whom he pitched on Thursday) relatively soon. … Travis Jankowski and Trea Turner each collected their first hits of the season Sunday, but the Missions’ early-season lethargic offense continued. No position player finished the game with an average above .200.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 6 – Modesto Nuts 4

Key Statistics: LF Nick Schulz 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4RBI; SS Jose Rondon 2-for-4, 2R; RHP Rafael De Paula 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 5K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: When he’s on, De Paula has some of the best stuff in the system. The problem for the 24-year-old Dominican since he came stateside with the Yankees in 2013 after a series of visa issues, has been consistency. Today he had it, striking out five and surrendering only a pair of runs in five innings. … Nick Schulz added three more hits to his early total, pushing his average up to a nice round .500 after three starts. The undrafted free agent who signed out of San Jose State last year continues to be a monster offensively after posting a .932 OPS for Fort Wayne last year. … If Luis Hernandez’s name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry; we had to look it up too! The 22-year-old Dominican spent four years in the Diamondbacks organization, never getting out of the complex league before he was released last March. He signed with the Padres last July, but never appeared in a game until he put on the Storm uni this week. Despite giving up three hits, he didn’t allow a run to score Sunday as he picked up the save.

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

Lansing Lugnuts 4 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 3 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 1-for-4, SB, R, E; 2B Josh VanMeter 2-5; LF Nick Torres 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet 2IP, 0H, 2ER, 3K, 2BB, 2WP, 2 Balks, HBP

Prospect Watch: Well, the good news is that the TinCaps actually got a game in after their opening series in Michigan was lost to weather. Starter Dinelson Lamet is already 22, years old, but only signed out of the Dominican last year. He still is plenty raw as his adventuresome line indicates. Thanks to some walks, wild pitches, a hit batter a pair of balks and four stolen bases surrendered, the righty gave up a pair of runs without surrendering a hit. That’s a lot of action given that only one ball left the infield! … Former third-rounder Bryan Verbitsky, who moved to the bullpen last year, coughed up the lead when he came in to close. The 22-year-old from Hofstra was 10-for-11 in save opportunities for Eugene last year.

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

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


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