MadFriars System Roundup: April 17

Looking for a silver lining in Friday night’s performance by Padres affiliates? Well… it has to be better tomorrow! A late El Paso victory behind James Needy kept the system from getting swept, but San Antonio, Elsinore and Ft. Wayne all got blasted as both offenses and pitching staffs faltered badly.

El Paso Chihuahuas 4 – Tacoma Raniers 2

Key Statistics: RHP James Needy 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 7K, 1BB, W(1-0); RHP Nick Vincent 2IP, 0H, 0R, 5K; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB S(2); 1B Cody Decker 1-for-3, HR(2), 3RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: James Needy had a really nice bounce-back game after his El Paso debut went sideways. The 24-year-old right, who no doubt appreciated getting to pitch at sea level this time around, only gave up one run on three hits over six innings while striking out seven. … Reliever Nick Vincent, who was sent out after a rough start in the Padres’ bullpen to open the year, turned in a promising performance. The righty struck out the first five hitters he faced as he worked two flawless innings. … Cody Decker, last year’s system leader in both home runs and comedic videos, blasted a two-run shot to put the game out of reach in the eighth inning. It was the 28-year-old slugger’s second round-tripper so far in 2015. … Right fielder Rymer Liriano made his first start in the leadoff spot since 2012, collecting a single and walk in five plate appearances.

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

Tulsa Drillers 14 – San Antonio Missions 3

Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 4+IP, 11H, 7R, 1K, 0BB; RHP Tayron Guerrero 0.2IP, 1H, 5R, 2K, 3BB, HBP; CF Travis Jankowski 1-for-5, 2B; 2B Casey McElroy 3-5, RBI

Prospect Watch: Starter Bryan Rodriguez was torched for seven runs. In nine innings against Tulsa so far this year, he’s yielded 20 hits and 10 runs and the Drillers sport a .444 average against. While Rodriguez was in the strike zone (57 of his 76 pitches were strikes and he walked nobody on Friday), he simply hasn’t gotten the ball past opponents, who have only whiffed three times thus far. He has seen his K rate drop significantly at each step up in the organization since coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2012. … Travis Jankowski had the club’s only extra-base hit, a leadoff double in the bottom of the first. After going oh-fer in his first three games, he has now strung together a five game hitting streak. The 2012 compensation-round draftee struggled with poor performance around a pair of wrist injuries last year, but looked really solid in spring training this year.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 9 – Lake Elsinore Storm 2

Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-4, HR(1), 2RBI, R; 1B Marcus Davis, 2-for-4; RHP Rafael DePaula 2IP, 6H, 7R (4ER), 3K, 2BB; RHP Kyle Lloyd 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4K, 0BB;

Prospect Watch: Jose DePaula remains among the biggest enigmas in the organization since he arrived from the Yankees as part of the Chase Headley deal last summer. The 24-year-old Dominican, whose professional and stateside debuts were delayed multiple years amid visa issues, occasionally possesses top-flight stuff. But he is as likely as anyone to turn in a dud like tonight’s effort, which put his club down by seven runs. He nearly escaped the second inning with only one run allowed even after a single, error, double and walk as he struck out the Quakes’ third and fourth hitters, but then grooved one for a bases-clearing double. … When we talked to Auston Bousfield this spring, he admitted that power would never be his calling card, but discussed the need to be able to put a charge into the ball often enough to keep defenses honest. Well, the 21-year-old taken in the fifth round out of Ole Miss last year pulled a homer to lead off the fourth inning before coming back with an opposite-field single to drive in the Storm’s other run in the fifth. … Marcus Davis had one of the more stunning year-to-year turn-arounds you’ll ever see when he repeated the Northwest League last year, boosting his OPS nearly 500 points over his dreadful debut campaign in 2013. It would be a real confidence boost for him to keep things rolling after he bypassed Low-A this year, so the organization is probably glad to see him pick up a pair of hits tonight. He had been just 3-for-29 coming into the contest.

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

South Bend Cubs 11 Fort Wayne TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: RHP Dinelson Lamet 2IP, 2H, 3R (2ER), 1K, 3BB; SS Franchy Cordero 3-for-5, SB; LF Nick Torres 2-for-5, 2B, 3RBI; 2B Felipe Blanco 3-for-4, R

Prospect Watch: Dinelson Lamet was getting plenty of attention around Peoria this spring for his big velocity, but so far, the Dominican has struggled mightily in his late stateside debut. After not signing until last summer, the 22-year-old righty has made the unusual leap directly from the DSL to full-season ball. In four innings of work for the TinCaps, he’s walked five, hit a batter, picked up a pair of balks, and opponents have run wild on him for eight stolen bases in 10 attempts as he tries to figure out game situations. … Shortstop Franchy Cordero doubled his hit total for the young season with three singles as his club got clobbered. He has struck out in each of the TinCaps’ six games, but in a pleasant departure from last year, he has only two errors in 56 innings in the field. … The most effective pitching performance of the night for the TinCaps was delivered by first baseman Trae Santos. The big lefty worked the final two innings of mop-up, surrendering only one hit and a pair of walks. He has now taken the mound professionally three times and no opponent has crossed the plate yet.

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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