MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 18

El Paso wins their fourth straight and San Antonio wins with production at the top of the order and strong pitching. Good pitching eludes Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne.

Chihuahuas 6 - Tacoma Rainers 3

Key Statistics:RF Rymer Liriano 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; C Austin Hedges 1-3, HR (2), RBI, BB; 2B Ramiro Pena 2-4; RHP Bryce Morrow (W, 1-1) 5.0 5 H R ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Daniel McCutchen (H) 3.0 IP BB 4 K; RHP Marcos Mateo (S) 1.0 IP H BB.

Prospect Watch:The visiting Chihuahuas gave up two runs in the ninth but easily cruised to their fourth straight win...C Austin Hedges is on fire with a .400 batting average and four extra-base hits in eight games...Rymer Liriano has now hit in five straight games after a slow start...But the biggest story on offense has been the performance of 3B Brett Wallace, 27, who was 1-4 tonight with a single and is now hitting .464/.571/.714. It’s a cliche, but Wallace did look like he was in the best shape of his life this spring. The Padres are the former number one draft pick’s seventh organization and maybe playing before his former college coach at Arizona State Pat Murphy is the spark he needed.

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

Missions 5 - Tulsa Drillers 2

Key Statistics:CF Travis Jankowski 2-3, 2 BB, 2 SB; SS Trea Turner 2-4, BB; 2B Diego Goris 2-4, 2 RBI; C Jason Hagerty 2-4, SB; RHP Elliot Morris (W, 1-0) 5.1 IP 3 H 4 BB 9 K.

Prospect Watch:In our preview we liked the Missions’ offensive chances if they could get solid production from the top of the order and tonight they did. Jankowski and Turner, their first two batters, were on base seven times and scored four runs despite not one of San Antonio’s ten hits being for extra-bases...If healthy there is no reason why Jankowski cannot replicate his performance from 2013 in the Cal League where he stole 71 bases. He is hitting .333 and with the big club’s lack of a true centerfielder and left-handed hitting he is someone to keep an eye on...RF Hunter Renfroe has had a tough start with a .138/138/.241 line and a 11 K in seven games...After being profiled in the San Antonio Express-Newsas a pitcher to watch, Morris had his second strong outing. He hasn’t given up a run or an earned run in his two starts.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 13 - Storm 3

Key StatisticsCF Auston Bousfield 1-3, RBI, BB; LF Nick Schulz 1-4, 2B; 1B Marcus Davis 1-3, BB; C Robert Kral 1-4, HR (1), RBI; RHP Justin Livengood (L, 0-2) 5.0 IP 7 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Walker Weickel 1.0 IP 3 H 3 R ER BB K; LHP Kyle Bartsch 0.2 IP 4 h 4 R 3 ER BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch:Not a great night for the Storm’s middle relief. Weickel and Bartsch gave up three and four runs to put a 4-3 game out of reach...Weickel, the last of the three high school pitchers selected in the first rounds of the 2012 draft also struggled last year in Fort Wayne and Eugene...On the positive side, Lake Elsinore is getting good production from the top of their order in Bousfield (.330) and SS Jose Rondon (.351)...INF River Stevens was moved from Extended Spring to the Storm roster.

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

West Michigan Whitecaps 10 - TinCaps 6

Key StatisticsRF Nick Torres 2-4, 2 2Bs; 1B Duanel Jones 2-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB; 3B Nick Vilter 0-1, 2 BB; 2B Felipe Blanco 1-2, 2 BB; RHP Walker Locket (L, 0-1) 5.0 IP 9 H 6 R 5 ER BB, 2 Errors (pick-off attempts); LHP Payton Baskette 2.0 IP 3 H 4 R BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch:What killed the TinCaps last year came back to haunt this again as they had four errors in the field which offset the six runs they were able to put on the board. A six run sixth inning by West Michigan that was punctuated by three errors by the home team put what had been a 4-2 game out of reach...Cordero did have one of the errors, but he has yet to have a multiple error game as he did three times last April. It is progress and the talent is worth the wait...A bright spot has been the hot start by Nick Torres at .464/.516/.643. The Cal Poly Mustang product was considered one of the better hitters in last year’s draft but fell short of expectations last year in Eugene. He looked good in spring and should be someone to watch this summer...Locket was much better in his last start where he went five innings and gave up one earned run.

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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