MadFriars Daily Farm Report: April 30

Tremendous starting pitching was the theme throughout the Padres’ system on Thursday night as Ryan Butler continued his dominance in Lake Elsinore, while the Tincaps got a rare gem from Thomas Dorminy. The night also featured a return of a familiar face to the Storm and a sudden retirement of a prospect.

Sacramento River Cats 4 – Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges, 2-for-4. LHP Jason Lane (L, 2-2) 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K.

Prospect Watch: Austin Hedges had another multi-hit game Thursday night, adding a pair of singles to his already robust batting line. Hedges is enjoying the friendly confines of the Pacific Coast League. The young catcher is hitting .355/.420/.581, with two home runs and 15 RBI. Hedges also has seven walks and only seven strikeouts in 58 at-bats… LHP Jason Lane looked good through the first five innings, but gave up three earned runs in the sixth inning to lose the game. The 38-year-old pitcher has a 5.10 ERA in the first month of the season.

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

Missions 9 – Frisco RoughRiders 0

Key Statistics: SS Trea Turner, 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 R, 2 RBI. 3B Casey McElroy, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI. DH Alberth Martinez, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. RHP Zack Segovia (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions received a brilliant outing from 32-year-old Zack Segovia. Segovia, who appeared in eight games with the Washington Nationals way back in 2009, pitched five shutout innings in his organizational debut. Segovia spent most of last season pitching in Mexico… 25-year-old second baseman Casey McElroy had a pair of doubles and an RBI to help pace the Missions offensive assault. The 10th rounder in 2011 is having a solid season, hitting .309. McElroy leads San Antonio with 10 RBI… Travis Jankowski’s hitting streak came to an end at 16 games, though he collected a pair of walks and has reached base in all but one of his starts… Roster Note: The Missions made room for Segovia on the active roster by sending LHP Chris Nunn to Lake Elsinore. Nunn, 24, has a 1-0 record, with a 8.64 ERA in seven games this season for San Antonio.

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

Storm 3 – Inland Empire 1

Key Statistics: DH Marcus Davis, 2-for-4, 2B. RHP Ryan Butler (W, 3-1) 6 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. RHP Eric Yardley (S, 4) IP, 0 H, 0 ER, K.

Prospect Watch: RHP Ryan Butler continues to open eyes within the Padres’ system. Butler, 23, has a pristine 0.92 ERA in five starts for the Storm this season. Butler is transitioning to the rotation just fine, as he has not allowed a run in his last two starts (13 innings). The 7th round pick in 2014 could make his way to San Antonio before the end of the year… Roster Notes: The Storm had a flurry of roster moves on Thursday, as they activated OF Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in 2009. Tate, 24, has not appeared in a professional game since 2013. He missed last season with an Achilles tendon tear… The team also released RHP Nick Mutz. Mutz, 24, was an All-Star last season in the Midwest League, but he has struggled tremendously in the California League. Mutz has a 7.71 ERA in seven appearances this season. Mutz was originally drafted in the 9th round by the Angels in 2011… RHP Justin Livengood has decided to retire. Livengood, 25, was the Padres’ 10th round pick in 2013. He struggled in three starts this season, pitching to a 0-3 record, with a 6.75 ERA. MadFriars was in attendance for Livengood’s final professional start last Thursday at the Diamond. Livengood gave up nine runs (only one was earned) in three innings of work.

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

TinCaps 5 – Dayton Dragons 2

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-4, HR (1), RBI. 1B Duanel Jones, 2-for-4. RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4, 2 RBI. LHP Thomas Dorminy (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K.

Prospect Watch: LHP Thomas Dorminy gave the TinCaps’ pitching staff a much-needed strong outing. The lefty and de facto ace pitched six shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He lowered his ERA to 4.71. The TinCaps are dead-last in the Midwest League with a 4.95 ERA…19-year-old Michael Gettys capped off a solid April with his first homer of the year. The toolsy outfielder finished April with a solid .306/.333/.486, with a homer, six RBIs and three stolen bases. He added his third outfield assist for good measure.

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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