MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: June 19

Needy gets the win at home while in San Antonio the bullpen lets Bryan Rodriguez down. The Storm ride a big eighth inning and Michael Kelly settles in at Fort Wayne. The Dust Devils get their first win of the year.

Chihuahuas 5 - Salt Lake City Bees 2

Key Statistics:2B Jedd Gyorko 3-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; 1B Tommy Medica 1-3, BB; 3B Mike McCoy 2-2, 2B, BB; RHP James Needy (W, 6-3)5.0 IP 4 H R ER 2 BB 4 K; RHP Marcos Mateo (S, 9) 1.0 IP H K.

Prospect Watch:El Paso got ahead early on Gyorko’s massive two-run homer to center field in the first inning and didn’t look bat. Jedd’s bats is starting to heat up as he is five for ten in his last two games...Last night’s game was Needy’s best performance so far at home as his ERA at home is 8.93 and on the road its a respectable 3.24...Have to wonder with the big club’s struggles at shortstop what type of option Ramiro Pena could be? He is hitting .323/.362/.429...C/1B Jason Hagerty was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to El Paso.

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

Midland Rockhounds 4 - Missions 1

Key Statistics:CF Travis Jankowski 1-3, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4; 2B Taylor Lindsey 1-3; 1B Luis Domoromo 1-3; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6.0 IP 3 H R ER BB 4 K HR; RHP Adam Cimber (L, 2-2) 6 H 3 R 3 ER 3 K.

Prospect Watch:Bryan Rodriguez left the game in the seventh up 1-0 but back-to-back doubles by Midland in the seventh off of Adam Cimber tied the game and they tacked on two more runs in the next frame on him to send the Missions down. After an April that saw Rodriguez post an ERA of 8.38 he has been much better with a 1.45 ERA in May and a 3.66 this month...The only flaw in Jankowski’ game right now is that he could still be hitting a little better against left-handed pitching with a .250/.351/.328 line. Travis will leave the Missions in a few weeks after being selected as a member of the Pan-Am Games in Toronto on July 10 through July 26. On his return our guess is that he goes to Triple-A El Paso.

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

Storm 6 - Lancaster Jethawks 4

Key Statistics:2B Fernando Perez 2-4; 1B Marcus Davis 1-2, 2 BB, SB; LF Kyle Gaedele 1-1, HR (7), 3 RBI, 3 BB; RF Donavan Tate 1-2, RBI, 2 BB; LHP Cory Luebke 1.0 IP H R ER; RHP Adys Portillo 1.0 IP BB; RHP Matthew Shepherd (W, 2-4) 5.0 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB K HR; RHP Jordan Hershiser (S,1) 1.1 IP BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch:The Storm used a four run eighth inning to propel them to their second win in a row on the road in Lancaster....Lake Elsinore may not be consistent, but they are interesting with their streaks both up, and down....Cory Luebke may his third start, all of which have only been for one inning, and gave up his first earned run of the season. Adys Portillo, former uber-prospect, made his second appearance following Luebke and it went much better than his first one where he gave up two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning...Despite only hitting .221/359/.321, OF Nick Schulz is second in the Cal League with 40 walks.

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

TinCaps 5 Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Key Statistics:CF Michael Gettys 2-5, 2B, SB, RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 2-3, RBI, BB; LF Franchy Cordero 2-3, BB;RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, BB; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 3-1) 5.0 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 3 K HR; RHP Colby Blueberg (S,8) 1.0 IP 2 H.

Prospect Watch:Last season Michael Kelly was the ace of the Emerald’s staff, despite having the occasional rough outing. Last night he got the win as the former 2011 first-round draft pick moved his record to 3-1 and continued his up-and-down path. This season he has started five games, two of which he gave up five and seven earned runs and the other three where he held the opposition scoreless and gave up two runs which he did tonight....A good night by Michael Gettys but after an April where he hit .306 he has hit .182 in May and so far .196 in June....On the opposite side, Franchy Cordero is hitting .315/.333/.389 in June as an outfielder....Closer Colby Blueberg is eight for eleven in save opportunities and has 24 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

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

Dust Devils 8 - Boise Hawks 2

Key Statistics:CF Rod Boykin 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, SB; SS Peter Van Gansen 1-4, RBI, BB, SB; C Austin Allen 1-4, RBI, BB; DH Jose Carlos Urena 1-2, 3 BB; 3B Carlos Belen 3-4, 2 RBI; LHP Jose Castillo 5.0 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 4 K; LHP Taylor Cox (W, 1-0) 1.0 IP 2 K.

Prospect Watch:After losing their opener on Thursday the Dust Devils came back with a strong performance...Castillo may be the most talented prospect on the squad and may be back in Low-A Fort Wayne shortly...Great night by Rod Boykin. Boykin was selected in the 2013 draft as a pure “ceiling” pick. He has had some injuries, but he has also put on some solid weight and looked good in the spring...Belen will also be someone to watch and really isn’t far behind Castillo in terms of raw talent.

For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.

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

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