MadFrirars Daily Farm Report: April 16

Austin Hedges continued his early-season assault on the Pacific Coast League, as he had two more hits tonight. Fort Wayne won on a walk-off, while the Storm struggled again and the Missions couldn't back up a strong outing from Colin Rea.

El Paso Chihuahuas 10 – Reno Aces 4

Key Statistics: CF Abraham Almonte, 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB; C Austin Hedges, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI; LF Jake Goebbert, 2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; 3B Brett Wallace, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; SS Mike McCoy, 2-for-4, R, RBI; LHP Robbie Erlin (W, 1-1), 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K’s.

Prospect Watch: Austin Hedges continues to be the talk of the Padres organization. He had two more hits and three more RBI on Thursday night. While he has only had 20 at-bats, Hedges is hitting an absurd .450/.476/.700, with a homer and nine RBIs. Hedges’ nine RBIs have him tied for 6th in the PCL. … Third baseman Brett Wallace is also swinging a hot bat early on – he’s 12-for-24, with two home runs and eight RBI. The 28-year-old former first-rounder hit .326/.398/.554 in his last go-around in the PCL in 2013 when he was still in the Astros system.

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

Tulsa Drillers 4 – San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: 2B Diego Goris, 3-for-4; SP Colin Rea (L,0-1), 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 Ks.

Prospect Watch: The Missions had 11 hits against Julio Urias, the Dodgers’ 19-year-old pitching prodigy, but went just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. … Colin Rea turned in his second consecutive brilliant outing in Double-A. The Padres’ 12th round pick in 2011 has a 1.32 ERA through 13.2 innings. More impressively, he has not walked a batter, while striking out 13. … Top prospect Hunter Renfroe went 0-for-4, with a pair of strikeouts. He is hitting .120 with nine Ks and one extra-base hit through his first 25 at-bats.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8 – Lake Elsinore Storm 3

Key Statistics: CF Kyle Gaedele, 1-for-2, HR (1), RBI, BB; RHP Ronald Herrera (L, 1-1), 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 Ks; RHP Walker Weickel, IP, 3 H, ER

Prospect Watch: The Storm dropped their fourth straight game, to bring their record to 3-5. Kyle Gaedele, 25, hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot. The sixth rounder in the 2011 draft is back in Lake Elsinore after playing 30 games last season in a nightmare campaign in San Antonio. … Former supplemental first round pick Walker Weickel made his season debut, allowing a run in the sixth inning. Weickel has been hittable throughout his professional career, and is now pitching out of the pen. He was activated from the 7-day-DL before the game. Weickel took the roster spot of RHP Colby Blueberg, who was sent to Extended Spring Training.

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

Fort Wayne TinCaps 7 – South Bend Cubs 6

Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4, R, BB; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-5, RBI; 1B Duanel Jones, 2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI; C Jose Ruiz, 3-for-5, 2B; 2B Felipe Blanco, 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI; LHP Taylor Cox, 5.1 IP, 10 H 5 R, 4 ER, BB; LHP Kyle McGrath (W, 1-0) IP.

Prospect Watch: The Tincaps trailed 5-2 going into the eighth inning, then scored three in the eighth, one in the ninth and one more in the tenth inning for the walk-off. Second baseman Felipe Blanco, starting for the injured Josh VanMeter, went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and the walk-off RBI. The 21-year-old Dominican has struggled to a career .553 OPS. ... Starting pitcher Taylor Cox, a 16th-round pick last year, was extremely hittable on the evening, allowing 10 hits including a home run. He did not strikeout a batter, but did induce seven groundouts. … Nick Torres continued his fast start, collecting two more hits to extend his hitting streak to all five TinCaps games. The 21-year-old looked gassed at times after the club took him out of Cal Poly in the fourth round last year, but is off to a fast 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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