MadFriars Daily Farm Report: May 3

Bryan Rodriguez turns in his top start of the year for the Missions, Fernando Perez is heating up in the Cal League, and the Padres' mystery pitching prospect continues to shine in Fort Wayne.

Sacramento River Cats 4 – Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: 2B Taylor Lindsey 2-for-3; C Austin Hedges 0-for-4, E; RHP James Needy 4IP, 5H, 4R (3ER), 3K, 2BB, HBP

Prospect Watch: El Paso managed only four hits as the RiverCats shut them down on Sunday. Alex Dickerson collected the only extra-base hit of the game, but struck out in his other three plate appearances. The lefty outfielder/first baseman now has a .322/.373/.525 line. … With two hits on Sunday, second baseman Taylor Lindsey nudged his batting average up to a season-high .268. … Starter James Needy only lasted four innings and has only made it past five frames once in six starts. The big righty continues to control the homers he allows, yielding only two in 23.2 innings, but has given up 31 hits so far.

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

Missions 6 – Midland Rockhounds 0

Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 8IP, 5H, 0R, 3K, 1BB; DH Yeison Asencio 3-for-4, 2B, 2RBI, R; C Griff Erickson 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB(1); CF Travis Jankowski 1-for-4, 3B, R; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 8IP, 5H, 0R, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: A day after Colin Rea’s dominant performance, righty Bryan Rodriguez turned in his own eight-inning gem as he shut out the RockHounds on five hits. The 23-year-old Dominican picked up his first victory of the season, using only 90 pitches to plow through the Midland lineup. … Yeison Asencio paced the offense with three hits including an RBI double to put the Missions on the board in the fourth inning. The double was only his fifth extra-base hit of the season in 80 plate appearances, though he has only struck out five times as well. The 25-year-old is one of the few hitters in the game who has the ability to drive the ball with authority while rarely whiffing.

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

Storm 7 – High Desert Mavericks 5

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-for-5, 3B, 3R, 2SB, E; 2B Fernando Perez 2-for-4, 2B, HR(2), 4RBI; RHP Walker Weickel 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Fernando Perez seems to have found his stroke for the Storm. The 21-year-old second baseman had a double and homer, pacing the offense with four RBIs. The sweet-swinging lefty posted six extra-base hits in his last four games and has pushed his OPS up 140 points since Wednesday. … His double-play partner Jose Rondon continues to be a spark at the top of the lineup. He collected his second triple in three days as part of a three-hit day. He also swiped a pair of bases to bring his season total to seven, good for a share of second place in the Cal League. … Righty Walker Weickel made his first start of the year and was solid while working on a limited pitch count. The former supplemental-round pick didn’t surrender a hit in three innings, though he did walk a pair. It’s unclear yet whether he’ll stay in the rotation, or if this was simply to space guys out. Rafael De Paula, who would normally have taken the mound Sunday, is currently listed as the starter for Monday night’s game in San Jose.

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

Tincaps 6 – South Bend Cubs 3

Key Statistics: 1B Trae Santos 2-for-4, 3B, 2RBI, SB; 3B Duanel Jones 1-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet 3IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 2BB; RHP T.J. Weir 3IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Hard-throwing Dinelson Lamet is still incredibly raw as a 22-year-old, but it’s easy to understand why the Padres are so high on him. The hard-throwing righty struck out five more in three scoreless innings for the TinCaps, and now has 19 in 12 frames as a piggyback sixth starter. While opponents continue to run wild against him – both Cubs hitters who reached first promptly stole second – and his command is still spotty, he’s definitely been as-advertised so far. Lamet was Randy Smith’s last international signee at the end of the 2013-14 signing period. … Speaking of guys with weird development trajectories, Duanel Jones had another two-RBI double on Sunday and is now tied for third in the Midwest League with 16 RBIs. He is also among the top 10 in batting average and slugging percentage, yet has contained his strikeout rate in his return to Fort Wayne.

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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