Prospect Watch: With manager Pat Murphy headed to San Diego, Chihuahuas hitting coach Jody Davis managed the team ... While the bats were cold for El Paso, they got a solid outing from veteran Chris Smith. Smith, 34, was signed out of the Atlantic League last season. He took the loss, but allowed three earned runs in seven innings – a solid start in the PCL. Smith has a 3.82 ERA in six starts in El Paso this season.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 5, 15 – Missions 3, 3
Key Statistics: Game 1: DH Travis Jankowski, 3-for-3, BB, 2SB (22). CF Alberth Martinez, 3-for-4, 2RBI. RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4. RHP Elliot Morris, 3.2IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, K. Game 2: CF Travis Jankowski, 2-for-4, R. 2B Casey McElroy, 3-for-3, 2B, RBI. RF Tyson Gillies, 1-for-3, HR (1), RBI. SS Rey Bruguera, 1-for-2, HR (1), BB, RBI. RHP Casey Kelly, (L, 1-4) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: After being washed out yesterday, the Missions dropped the doubleheader to their rivals from the Gulf Coast … CF Travis Jankowski broke out of a mini-slump, by going 5-for-7, with a pair of stolen bases. Jankowski continues to make a compelling case for Padres’ minor league player of the year with his dynamic play. He’s hitting .330 on the year, 3rd in the Texas League … RHP Casey Kelly struggled in game two of the doubleheader, as he allowed eight runs, although only four of the runs were earned. Kelly allowed 10 hits, including a home run. Kelly has 4.33 in 17 games (four starts) with San Antonio in 2015. Roster Move: With Trea Turner headed to Washington, SS Jose Rondon was promoted to San Antonio. Rondon, 21, was hitting .300/.360/.414, with a career-high three home runs and 22 RBI with Lake Elsinore. Rondon figures to make his Missions’ debut tomorrow.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Stockton Ports 7 – Storm 1
Prospect Watch: The Storm only had five hits, with the only RBI coming on a sacrifice fly from CF Donovan Tate … RHP Zech Lemond was knocked around for a second straight outing, although he couldn’t blame the wind of High Desert for his struggles Monday night. The former Rice Owl allowed five earned runs in his six innings of work. Lemond has allowed 13 ER in his last two starts, spanning 7.2 innings. Lemond’s ERA has risen from 3.96 to 5.17 during the rough patch … With the promotion of Jose Rondon, infielder River Stevens figures to receive the majority of the playing time at shortstop going forward. Stevens, 23, was drafted by the Padres in the 9th round back in 2012. This season Stevens is hitting .315/.350/.324 with 10 RBI. The Allan Hancock Community College product had a pair of singles on Monday night … Roster moves: With the promotion of Rondon, infielder Mitch Morales has joined the Storm. Morales, 22, was drafted in the 29th round by San Diego in 2014, out of Florida Atlantic. Morales played in 20 games for Eugene last season, hitting .192/.300/.231, with 3 RBI. The Storm also sent RHP Samuel Holland to extended spring training and brought up RHP Adys Portillo. Portillo, 23, hasn’t pitched this season. Portillo has always flashed potential with a fastball that touches the high 90’s, but he has habitually struggled with his command. Portillo seems likely to work out of the bullpen for the Storm. Holland, 21, struggled in his time in Lake Elsinore, as evidenced by a 6.51 ERA in 24 outings. Holland hails from Australia, and seems like a roster candidate for Tri-City, who starts their season Thursday.
TinCaps -- PPD due to rain
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps game against Clinton was cancelled Monday and will not be made up... While the team wasn’t active on the field, they did make a few roster moves. The TinCaps sent LHP Jose Castillo and INF Nick Vilter to extended spring training. To take their place on the roster, Fort Wayne activated LHP Brad Wieck and INF Luis Tejada. Castillo, 19, pitched to 3.86 ERA in four starts for the TInCaps. Castillo was acquired in the off-season by the Padres in the Wil Myers deal. Vilter, 21, was hitting .155/.282/.211, in 71 at-bats. He was drafted in the 9th round by San Diego in the 2014 draft … Wieck, 23, was acquired Sunday by San Diego to complete the Alex Torres deal. Wieck instantly becomes the largest player in the system, as he is listed at 6’9 and 255lbs. Wieck has a 3-5 record, with a 3.21 ERA in 10 starts for the Mets’ affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Tejada, 22, hit .238/.301/.330, with three home runs and 21 RBI in 60 games for Fort Wayne, Lake Elsinore and San Antonio.
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.