MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 19

A pair of bases-clearing triples helped El Paso come back for a victory on the road, but the rest of the system was beaten up. The Jankowski and Turner show continued in San Antonio, Ryan Butler burned through five more innings before getting buzz-sawed, and the TinCaps saw an all-too-familiar sight.

El Paso Chihuahuas 9 – Tacoma Rainiers 7

Key Statistics: 1B Tommy Medica 3-for-5, R; DH Alex Dickerson 2-for-4, 3B, 2R, 4RBI; 2B Taylor Lindsey 1-for-4, 3B, 3RBI; LHP Jason Lane 5IP, 11H, 6R (5ER), 6K, 2BB; RHP Marcos Mateo 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 1K, S(3)

Prospect Watch: Alex Dickerson and Taylor Lindsey both had bases-clearing triples to power El Paso to its fifth straight victory. Dickerson, 24, has served as DH in four of his eight games so far as he, Tommy Medica, Jake Goebbert and Cody Decker all split time in the corners. He sports a .318/.423/.455 line through 27 plate appearances. … Medica, looking to build on his torrid spring training in big league camp, has hit in all but one contest so far, but with no walks and only three extra-base hits so far is sporting a .767 OPS currently. … With most of the attention on the El Paso bullpen focused on Kevin Quackenbush and Nick Vincent, 31-year-old minor league free agent Marcos Mateo has stepped into the closer’s role. The big Dominican righty, who last pitched in the Majors in 2011 for the Cubs, has yielded one run in six innings and has nine strikeouts in the process. He has converted three of four save opportunities.

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

Springfield Cardinals 9 – San Antonio Missions 2

Key Statistics: SS Trea Turner 2-for-4, 2B, HR(1), 2RBI; CF Travis Jankowski 1-for-3, BB, R; RHP Casey Kelly 1IP, 1H, 2ER, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Stop me if this already sounds familiar: Travis Jankowski and Trea Turner were solid at the top of the lineup, but otherwise, the Missions struggled mightily at the plate. The top two reached base four times, including a pair of extra-base hits from everyone’s favorite future Washington National. The rest of the offense consisted of a Hunter Renfroe single and Yeison Asencio walk. … After getting the first two hitters he faced, Casey Kelly gave up a walk and then a homer in his lone inning of work. The 25-year-old, still looking for feel as he continues his rehab from 2013 Tommy John Surgery, has walked five and surrendered a pair of round-trippers in four innings out of the Missions bullpen.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 – Lake Elsinore Storm 2

Key Statistics: SS River Stevens 2-for-4, 2B; 1B Marcus Davis, 1-for-4, HR(1), RBI; RHP Ryan Butler 5.1IP, 7H, 4R (2ER), 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Storm starter Ryan Butler cruised through the first five innings, giving up only four singles and a walk. In the sixth though, the hard-throwing righty from Charlotte was tagged for four runs, though two were unearned and came around after he had already been removed. In all, last year’s seventh-rounder has yielded three earned runs across 16.1 innings for the Storm. Despite the big fastball, he has only 11 strikeouts so far. … River Stevens, who was a bit delayed by a leg injury coming out of camp, collected a pair of hits while manning shortstop in his second game with the Storm. The versatile infielder from Fountain Valley could provide some nice value in the Cal League if he can stay healthy this year. He has only totaled 106 games since the Padres drafted him out of junior college in 2012.

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

West Michigan Whitecaps 4 – Fort Wayne TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: SS Franchy Cordero 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 Errors; LHP Thomas Dorminy 5IP, 5H, 4ER, 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: So, Franchy’s back to being Franchy. The high-ceiling athlete had a pair of errors at shortstop, upping his total to five in 39 chances. He has the tools to be better, but just can’t slow the game down yet. It remains to be seen whether the 20-year-old will ever figure out a way to do so. At the plate, Cordero’s double was the only TinCaps extra-base hit, and he was the only guy in the lineup to collect two hits. … Nick Torres had another single to extend his season-long hitting streak to eight games. … When former big-money signee Jose Ruiz is behind the plate, teams are challenging him. The Whitecaps swiped five bases in six attempts on Sunday, and opponents have now stolen 17 in only 55 innings. The upside is that the 20-year-old Venezuelan had thrown out nine. It should be interesting to see if the track meet continues.

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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