MadFriars Daily Farm Report: May 10

The above picture will be the last time you see Rico Noel from the left side. He spent April in extended adjusting back to hitting exclusively from the right side. His first go at it went well as he delivered a game-tying single as part of a ninth-inning rally. The Missions held off a last-ditch effort, while the Storm couldn't and dropped the system's third one-run game of the day.

Chihuahuas 3 – Las Vegas 51s 2

Key Statistics: LF Tommy Medica 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB (3), R; CF Rico Noel 3-for-4, RBI, SB (1); LHP Jason Lane 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 1K, 5BB; RHP Nick Vincent 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K; RHP Cory Mazzoni, 2IP, 1H, 0R, 4K, 1BB, W (1-0)

Prospect Watch: Tommy Medica, who likely received some consideration for the promotion when Yonder Alonso went on the shelf, broke out of a recent cold spell, reaching base three times. The right-handed slugger, appearing in his tenth contest in left field, had a single and double and also swiped his third bag of the year. He had come in with four hits in his last 42 at-bats. … The bullpen shuttle squad put up three more scoreless innings Sunday. Nick Vincent struck out the side in the seventh. Cory Mazzonni, who was shelled in his two big league appearances, worked two more scoreless frames for the victory. He now owns a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 PCL innings. … We’ve learned why Rico Noel spent his first month in extended spring training. After being converted to a switch-hitter before the 2012 season, the speedy center fielder is returning to hitting right-handed exclusively. His three hits Sunday included a game-tying single in his first in-game plate appearance against a righty this year. In 2011, he posted a 651 OPS against righties as a right-handed hitter. In three years, he came to the plate left-handed 953 times, finishing with a .246/.342/.300 line.

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

Missions 6 – Corpus Christie Hooks 5

Key Statistics: DH Travis Jankowski 1-for-4, 2B, R; SS Trea Turner 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, PO; LF Alberth Martinez 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI; CF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-3, BB, 2R

Prospect Watch: With all the attention on the San Antonio outfield affixed on Hunter Renfroe and Travis Jankowski, 24-year-old Alberth Martinez is flying under the radar as he bounces back from a challenging 2014. The right-handed Venezuelan had an RBI double to cap a three-run first inning, then plated two additional runs in the eighth. Through his first 99 plate-appearances, Martinez has a .286/.374/.405 line, and owns a share of the team lead with three homers. He also provides above-average defense at all three outfield spots. … The extra runs Martinez delivered turned out to be important as Michael Dimock had a rare hiccup. The righty, who entered the game with a 0.00 ERA, gave up a pair of runs on four hits and a walk in the ninth inning. He ultimately yielded to Tayron Guerrero, who got a pop foul to end the game and claim his second save of the weekend.

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

Lancaster Jethawks 9 – Storm 8

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3R; CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SB (8); 2B Fernando Perez 1-for-4, HR (4), BB;

Prospect Watch: Closer Eric Yardley has had a rough time on the current road trip. The righty had not surrendered a run through his first nine appearances, but has been touched up in each of his last three and took his second consecutive blown save Sunday. Lancaster got to him for four hits and a pair of runs to claim a comeback victory after the Storm had taken the lead in the top of the ninth. The Storm have Monday before opening a brief homestand on Tuesday. … Until Sunday, all but one of Jose Rondon’s extra-base hits had come against the High Desert pitching staff. With the two doubles he collected at The Hangar, his .395 slugging percentage is creeping toward the .404 mark he posted in his first trip through the Cal League last year. His frame has room to add muscle, but he could be hard pressed to come up with an extra-base hit if he is, as expected, promoted to San Antonio next month when Trea Turner joins the Nationals organization. … Kyle Lloyd had another rough outing, giving up five runs on seven hits over four innings. After averaging more than a strikeout an inning out of the bullpen early on, he has just eight – including one Sunday – in three starts.

The TinCaps had the night off. They open a series at home with the Lake County Captains Monday evening.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.


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