MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 15

There is a reason why all the pictures of Austin Hedges are of him catching. Despite that, he collected his first AAA three-hit game including smashing his first home run of the year. His offensive explosion plus a great pen led El Paso to a needed win... Elsewhere the Tin Caps got their first win after almost blowing a 9-0 lead.

El Paso Chihuahuas 4 - Reno Aces 2

Key Statistics: RHP Aaron Northcraft (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Corey Mazzoni (H, 1) 1 IP, 3 K; C Austin Hedges 3-4, HR (1), RBI; 3B Brett Wallace 1-2, HR (2), RBI, 2 BB; 2B Taylor Lindsey 1-3, 2 RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch Six games is an extremely small sample size for a player but who would have predicted that Hedges would be hitting .438/.471/.688? Most impressively is that through six games Hedges has yet to strike out -knock on wood. That ties a career high (7/9 – 7/16 2012)… Nick Vincent finally had a one-two-three inning with two strikeouts… Corey Mazzoni has been unhittable. In three games (5.2 IP), he has allowed one base runner while striking out seven.

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

No game for the San Antonio Missions

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

Storm 2 – High Desert Mavericks 9

Key Statistics: RHP Zech Lemmond (L, 0-1) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 K; SS Jose Rondon 2-4, RS; 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch Gabriel Quintana’s ninth inning blast not only saved face on a blowout loss but was the first runs scored in 23 innings for the Storm (ouch)… Robert Kral, who some thought would beat out Will Nieves for the backup catcher role a year or two ago, is instead up the I-15 in Elsinore. He went 2-4, in his first return to the Diamond in two years.

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

Fort Wayne Tin Caps 10 – South Bend Cubs 7

Key Statistics: RHP Ernesto Montas (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 K; CF Michael Gettys 3-4, RS, RBI, BB; SS Franchy Cordero 1-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB, SB; DH Nick Torres 2-4, 2 RS.

Prospect Watch At one point the score was 9-0; just pointing out that for most of the game this was a blowout. Ernesto Montas is an oddity. He made his first stateside start in Fort Wayne, and pitched well. In two years with the DSL Padres, he went 5-9 with a 2.94 ERA. He is a very pitch to contact type of pitcher as he has averaged just one walk every 5.3 innings, and only about three to four strikeouts per start.

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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