MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 8

James Needy has his best start in over a year, while Michael Gettys homers and leads the Tin Caps to another victory. Brad Zunica made his debut for the AZL Padres.

El Paso Chihuahuas 4 – Albuquerque Isotopes 6

Key Statistics: John has the recap for tonights' loss.

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

San Antonio Missions 2 – Springfield Cardinals 0

Key Statistics: RHP James Needy 7 IP, 4 H, 3 K (W, 1-0); SS Jose Rondon 3-4, 3B, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-3, BB; C Griff Erickson 2-3, RS.

Prospect Watch After struggling throughout the season in Triple-A (6-5, 7.17 ERA), James Needy was demoted back to San Antonio where he had put up 10-5, 2.90 ERA the previous year. He was welcomed back to the Texas League by pitching a season high seven innings while allowing no runs for the first time since last July… Jose Rondon extended his hitting streak to nine games. Unfortunately it was the first time during the streak that he had a multi-hit game, or more than two total bases in a game. Even with the three hit game Rondon is still just hitting .224 in San Antonio (17 games) after hitting .300 in Lake Elsinore (57 games).

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 11 – High Desert Mavericks 6

Key Statistics: RHP Brad Wieck 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RF Nick Schultz 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 RS; SS Chase Jensen 3-4, HR (2), 2 RS; 1B Yale Rosen 2-4, 2 HR (7), 4 RBI.

Prospect Watch Outfielder Yale Rosen played at first and ended up hitting two home runs for the first time in his career, and first since June 4th. The 11th round pick from last years' draft hasn’t had the best time in Lake Elsinore after skipping Fort Wayne. On they year he is hitting just .200 with not enough walks and power to make up for the horrendous average. Still the multi-home run game is a nice boost for the Storm.

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

Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3 – South Bend Cubs 1

Key Statistics: RHP Ernesto Montas 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 6 K (W, 8-5); CF Michael Gettys 2-4, HR (5), RBI, SB (11); LF Edwin Moreno 3-3, 3B, HR (2), 2 RS, RBI.

Prospect Watch Despite coming into the season as an unknown, Ernesto Montas has quietly become the TinCaps most consistent pitcher. Over his last nine starts Montas has allowed more than two earned runs just once and in his last six starts he has a 36.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 BB, 25 K, 1.47 ERA. Montas is already 23 years old, but considering he had never pitched state side before this season, his record is pretty remarkable… Michael Gettys added two more hits to give himself a season high eight game hitting streak where he has put up a line of .433/.469/.667.

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

Tri-City Dust Devils 9 - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7

Key Statistics: RHP Walker Lockett 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, ER, BB, 3 K (W, 2-0); DH Jose Urena 1-4, HR (2), 2 RS, 3 RBI; 1B Ty France 2-4, 2 2B, BB; C Austin Allen 2-5, RS

Prospect Watch It seems as though Walker Lockett has been with the club for a long time. However, at only 21, he is still considered league average for the Northwest League. Lockett has started to pitch like the pitchers the Padres drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Over his last five starts he has allowed seven earned runs (2.42 ERA)… Juan Urena hit just his second home run of the season (18 games). While this puts him about even with last years power numbers, the big difference has been in his plate discipline. Last year he struck out 39% of the time compared to walking 8%. This year he is striking out at only a 23% clip while walking at a 16% clip.

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

AZL Padres 5 – AZL Diamondbacks 2

Key Statistics: RHP Joel Linares 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RF Aldemar Burgos 2-3, 3B, RS; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; DH Bryant Aargon

Prospect Watch Brad Zunica made his MiLB debut and collected two hits. The 15th round selection was one of the notable later round picks, whom many thought would be a tough sign. Padres signed the 19 year old, and he immediately becomes the AZL Padres cleanup hitter. Here is to hoping he becomes the next Jake Bauers.

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

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