MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 24

Though a hiccup from the San Antonio bullpen cost the system a sweep, Elliot Morris and Ryan Butler highlighted a great day of starting pitching for the San Diego Padres system. Brett Wallace continues to power in El Paso, Hunter Renfroe warms up in San Antonio, and a pair of lesser-known outfielders with upside drive the single-A clubs.

El Paso Chihuahuas 6 – Sacramento River Cats

Key Statistics: SS Ramiro Pena 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3R, RBI; 3B Brett Wallace 1-for-3, HR(3), 2RBI, BB; LHP Jason Lane 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB; RHP Nick Vincent 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1K,

Prospect Watch: Brett Wallace clubbed his team-leading third homer in the first to put the Chihuahuas up, and the club never looked back. The former Arizona State standout and 13th overall pick in 2008 has cooled a bit since opening the season on a 10 game hitting streak, but is still sitting with a .328/.418/.500 line. … With Kevin Quackenbush getting the call back to the majors earlier in the day, Nick Vincent is the only member of the 2014 Padres bullpen currently in Triple-A. The 28-year-old Ramona native worked a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and walking one in relief of Jason Lane. … The converted outfielder had his best start of the year, giving up only one run across seven innings as he struck out five. … Ramiro Pena has been pretty invisible in El Paso as the shortstop so far this year. That changed Friday as he went 4-for-4, good enough to raise his average 70 points. The 29-year-old shortstop has been in the Braves system the last two years.

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

Midland RockHounds 5 – San Antonio Missions 3

Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-for-5; DH Hunter Renfroe 3-for-5, 2 2B, R; 2B Diego Goris 2-for-5, 2B, E; RHP Elliot Morris 4IP, 3H, 1ER, 5K, 4BB

Prospect Watch: Starter Elliot Morris continued to miss bats and to struggle with command as the big righty struck out five but walked for in his shortest outing of the year. Through 15.1 innings, he has 17 Ks, but has also issued 11 free passes. Hitters have struggled to make good contact against him when he is in the zone as he has surrendered only seven hits. The run he allowed in the bottom of the first was the first time an opponent has scored against him this year. … Hunter Renfroe had a much-needed three-hit night as the club’s designated hitter. He collected his first two doubles of the year and, after entering the game with only nine total bases, added five to his tally. There have some positive signs as he has only five strikeouts and all three of his walks in his last 27 plate appearances.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 7 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2

Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB(3); RF Yale Rosen 2-for-4, 2B, HR(1), 3RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI; RHP Ryan Buttler 7IP, 5H, 0R, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Big righty Ryan Butler became the first pitcher in the Padres system to go over 100 pitches this year as he dominated the Quakes over seven innings. Last year’s seventh-rounder out of UNC-Charlotte with a big fastball is still figuring out how to put hitters away as more than a one-pitch guy after moving to the rotation, but the 10 ground ball outs he recorded show how hard it is for opponents to square the ball up against him. … Yale Rosen has as much left-side power as anyone in the organization, but his extreme swing-and-miss tendencies have limited his in-game effectiveness. The Washington State product connected for a double and his first homer of the year Friday night, but he also struck out two more times.

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

Fort Wayne TinCaps 5 – South Bend Cubs 1

Key Statistics: DH Edwin Moreno 3-for-4, 3B, R, CS(2); 3B Duanel Jones 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Thomas Dorminy 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 6K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Hitting out of the leadoff spot, 21-year-old Edwin Moreno paced the TinCaps offense with three hits including a game-opening triple. The left-handed Dominican, who has spent the bulk of the last three years in Eugene, is taking advantage of regular playing time as the club’s fourth outfielder and a primary DH option, posting .310/.341/.524 line with only six strikeouts through his first 45 plate appearances. … Lefty Thomas Dorminy had a nice bounce-back start, allowing only one run on three hits in five innings. The 22-year-old worked on a serious innings cap after the club took him in the 10th round last year, but he’s settling into the starting rotation for Eugene. His six strikeouts were a career high, though he has 39 in 34.1 professional innings.

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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