MadFriars Daily Farm Report: June 21

Bats throughout the system showed Sunday that they might be awakening. A former big league starter, a first-round pick, a big-time athlete, and pair of returners all are giving reason for optimism at different levels. On the mound, we see a new arrival, a move to the rotation, and success for the youngest pitcher in the Cal League.

Salt Lake City Bees 6 – Chihuahuas 4

Key Statistics: 2B Jedd Gyorko 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; 1B/3B Cody Decker 1-for-4, HR (13), RBI; CF Rico Noel 1-for-4, SB (9), CS (1), R, BB

Prospect Watch: Cory Mazzoni, who – despite his struggles at the big league level – has been quite effective in relief for the Chihuahuas this year took the loss when he surrendered one run in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old righty tossed 2.2 innings in total, allowing just the one run after the only hit he allowed. He finished with three strikeouts and now has a 2.13 ERA and 33 Ks in 25.1 PCL innings. … Jedd Gyorko had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, mixing in a double tonight after homering in the two previous contests. Hitting in the three-hole, he has a .286/.362/.524 line through his first 10 games since being demoted from the big league club.

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

Missions 1, 3 – Corpus Christi Hooks 2, 1

Key Statistics: RHP Aaron Northcraft 4IP, 3H, 1ER, 2K, 1BB; RHP Justin Hancock 5IP, 5H, 2R (1ER), 3K, 3BB, WP; RF/DH Hunter Renfroe 4-for-5, 2B, 2HR (5), 3RBI, BB; CF Travis Jankowski 2-for-7, 2B, RS

Prospect Watch: The Missions split their doubleheader to open a five-game series against the Hooks, who own the best record in minor league baseball. In the opener, they fell despite another solid start by Justin Hancock, who gave up a pair of runs, only one earned, in five innings. He issued three walks while striking out three as well while throwing 99 pitches. He’s tossed at least 90 pitches in nine of his last 11 starts. … In the nightcap, Hunter Renfroe’s two solo homers provided all the offense the club would need behind Aaron Northcraft, Stephen Kohlscheen and closer Tayron Guerrero. Northcraft, making his first start since being sent back down to Double-A in April, stretched out to four innings. Though his scoreless innings streak came to an end at 16 when he gave up a run in the first, he settled in after that and retired eight of the last nine hitters he faced. The 25-year-old, who came over from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal, has been highly effective in Double-A this year and last, but has been shelled in two different stints in Triple-A. … Renfroe’s big day continues a strong resurgence in June. The 23-year-old former first rounder has an OPS north of 900 this month despite missing a few games last week with a groin issue. Renfroe has managed just a .238/.307/.365 line through 121 Double-A games, but has all the tools to be a middle-of-the-lineup threat. Encouragingly, his strikeout rates have dropped off significantly since the organization’s instructors reworked his swing with him last month.

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

Storm 7 – Lancaster Jethawks 5

Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz 2-for-4, 2B, HR (3); LF Kyle Gaedele 3-for 4, 2B, HR (8); 1B Marcus Davis 1-for-3, HR (5), BB, 3RBI; RHP Ronald Herrera 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 7K, 1BB, WP, HBP

Prospect Watch: The Storm finished off a four-game sweep in Lancaster Sunday afternoon to head into the All-Star break with a 31-39 overall record. With 20 MPH winds out to right, the Storm clubbed three homers, including Marcus Davis’s three-run blast that put them up for good. Davis, 23, has been on a tear through June, hitting .343/.424/.464 to bring his OPS over 700 for the year. The Florida State product has taken a strange development path since being drafted in 2013, repeating the Northwest League with great success last year before bypassing Low-A this year. … Righty Ronald Herrera’s two-run outing might have been his most impressive of the season given the context of pitching in 100 degree heat in the most hitter-friendly venue in affiliated ball. The 20-year-old matched his season high with seven strikeouts and lowered his season ERA to 4.01. While he has only 46 Ks for the year, opponents are managing just one hit an inning, and he’s limited damage by issuing only 18 walks in 74 innings. … Kyle Gaedele may have more raw power than anyone in the system, but has struggled to make enough contact to convert on it. However, after striking out in over 40 percent of his plate appearances through mid-May, he’s been making more consistent contact over the last month. The 25-year-old out of Valparaiso now has the highest OPS on the team.

Tincaps 3 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-4, R; 3B Luis Tejada 3-for-3, 2RBI; LHP Brad Wieck 5IP, 3H, 2ER, 3K, 1BB; RHP Colby Blueberg 1IP, 1H, 0R, S (9)

Prospect Watch: Brad Wieck won his Padres system debut, working five innings of three-hit ball. The giant lefty, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma City College for the Mets last year, joined the organization last week as the player to be named later in the Alex Torres trade. He had recorded 74 strikeouts in 56 innings in Low-A Savannah through the first half of this year. It will be interesting to see whether the organization keeps the 23-year-old in the Midwest League all year, or if he gets some High-A exposure before the end of the season. … Luis Tejada had three more hits, including a two-run single in the first. The 22-year-old Dominican has hit in four of five games since rejoining the club.

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

Dust Devils 10 – Boise Hawks 1

Key Statistics: CF Rod Boykin 2-for-5, R, 2RBI, BB, PO; LF Jose Urenas 3-for-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBI; SS Mitch Morales 4-for-5, 2B, RBI, R; LHP Travis Radke 5IP, 4IP, 1ER, 2K, 1BB; RHP Cecil Tanner 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K

Prospect Watch: Every player in the Tri-City lineup had at least one hit, and eight of them scored a run as the Dust Devils pulled even in their first series of the year with Boise. They’ll play a fifth game Monday before heading home for their first game at Gesa Stadium Tuesday. Starter Travis Radke, a 25th-round pick who worked mostly out of the bullpen for Eugene after the college season last year, gave up just one run in five innings Sunday. … Jose Urenas, had three more hits Sunday and has hit in each of the four contests so far. The 20-year-old from Sonora was among the best sluggers in the Arizona Summer League in 2013, but had a miserable first run through the Northwest and Midwest Leagues last year. … Cecil Tanner managed to pitch just 25.2 innings after the Oakland A’s took him as a late-round project out of the University of Georgia. Injuries waylaid him first in his junior year and then with the A’s, and he has been out of affiliated ball for the last two years. But the Padres took a chance that the massive righty could put things together. So far, Tanner has struck out five of the six hitters he’s faced as he works as a reliever for the Dust Devils. It’s easy to see a potential jump up the system for him if he can show some basic amount of control.

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

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

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