MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: June 30

El Paso started a homestand with a loss, while the Storm wilted in the heat of central California. Fort Wayne couldn’t hold on to an early lead, while Tri-City struggled in Eugene.

Fresno Grizzlies 10 – Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: 2B Casey McElroy, 2-for-4, RS; RF Rymer Liriano, 3-for-4, HR (7) 2RS, 3RBI; RHP James Needy, (L, 6-5) 5IP, 11H, 7ER, 3BB, 4K; LHP Cory Luebke, IP, H, BB, K.

Prospect Watch: Rymer Liriano carried El Paso’s offensive attack with three hits, including his seventh round-tripper of the year. Liriano has bounced all over the lineup for the Chihuahuas and hit sixth Tuesday night. For what it’s worth, Liriano is hitting .421/.488/.605 when hitting in the six-hole. Liriano is hitting a very solid .286/.382/.439 for El Paso this season … James Needy continued to struggle at home, as the native San Diegan allowed seven earned runs in five innings of work. Needy has struggled immensely at home, with a 9.12 ERA at Southwest University Park. The road has been much kinder to Needy, as he has a solid 3.24 ERA outside of Texas. Needy is a flyball pitcher, so it’s fair to assume that Needy might have better statistics if he didn’t pitch in a launching pad. Needy ended with an 8.13 for the month of June.

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

The Missions were off, as they have reached the All-Star break. They will resume play on Thursday.

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

Visalia Rawhide 6 – Storm 3

Key Statistics: 1B Marcus Davis, 2-for-4, HR (6), RBI; C Ryan Miller, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Ronald Herrera, 4IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 3K; RHP Adys Portillo, (L, 0-1) 0.2IP, 4R, (all unearned) 3BB.

Prospect Watch: The Storm jumped out to an early lead, but fell down the stretch in the brutal central California heat. First pitch temperature was 105 degrees … First baseman Marcus Davis put Lake Elsinore on the board early, with his sixth homer of the year. Davis, a 24th rounder in 2013, improved immensely in the month of June, showing a newfound patience at the plate. In the month of June, Davis hit .315/.394/.472, with three homers and 15 RBI. Davis drew 13 walks in June; after drawing just five combined in April and May … One has to ponder when exactly the Padres’ brass will finally give up on the talented, but unpolished Adys Portillo. The Venezuelan righty walked three batters and allowed four unearned runs to earn the loss. Portillo didn’t make a roster to start the spring, and the extra time in extended spring training hasn’t appeared to pay off. Portillo has walked 10 batters in four innings of work with the Storm. His 11.25 ERA would be much worse, if not for the four unearned runs he gave up Tuesday night.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 7 – TinCaps 2

Key Statistics:CF Michael Gettys, 1-for-4, R, 2B; SS Ruddy Giron, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 3-for-4; RHP Dinelson Lamet, 3IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 3K; LHP Brandon Fry, (L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 3ER.

Prospect Watch: RF Franmil Reyes had a productive day with three singles. The 19-year-old had been in an 0-for-14 stretch over his previous four games. Despite the cold streak, Reyes finished June with a strong slash-line of .257/.341/.405. The big righty has hit only five homers on the year, but he is still young and the potential for plus power remains …RHP Dinelson Lamet only managed to get through three innings, allowing a pair of earned runs. Lamet had hit five innings in his previous four outings. Lamet continues to be an intriguing prospect in the Padres’ system, as the righty possesses a mid-90’s fastball and an improving slider. He continues to be a name to watch.

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

Eugene Emeralds 9 – Dust Devils 4

Key Statistics: LF Jose Carlos Urena, 2-for-4, RS; 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-3, 2(2B) 3RBI; SS Peter Van Gansen, 2-for-4; RHP Angel Mejia, (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 5R, ER, 2BB, 3K.

Prospect Watch: : The Dust Devils dropped 3-of-5 to their former affiliate in Eugene … Third baseman Carlos Belen had a productive day at the plate, with a pair of doubles and three RBI. The 19-year-old prospect is tied for third in the Northwest League with six doubles. Overall, he is hitting .255/.302/.383 in 12 games for the Dust Devils this season

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

AZL Angels 7 – AZL Padres 4

Key Statistics: : DH Jhonatan Pena, 2-for-4, 2B; RF Ronaldo Contreras, 2-for-4; C Zach Risedorf, 1-for-3, BB; RHP Manuel Gonzalez,(L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 4K.

Prospect Watch: Catcher Zach Risedorf had a single in this game, his first hit of the year. Risedorf was drafted in the sixth round in 2014, and signed for $175,000. Risedorf hasn’t hit much in the Arizona League, but he is one of the highest draft picks currently on the AZL roster. He is 1-for-14 in his first four games this year.

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


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