MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 12

Nick Torres (pictured) almost dialed up a cycle in his second Cal League game and there were plenty of extra-base hits to go around for the Storm. Tri-City crushed the Emeralds again on the backs of the Kennedy boys. John Conniff was on hand to see an El Paso win. While he didn't pick up the victory, Casey Kelly was strong again in San Antonio.

Chihuahuas 5 – Albuquerque Isotopes 3

John Conniff was there for one last night of baseball (and fantastic Tex-Mex) and has the story here.

Tulsa Drillers 6 – Missions 2

Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martinez 1-for-4, 3B (3); C Adolfo Reina 2-for-3, RBI; RHP Casey Kelly 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 1BB, Balk; RHP Cody Hebner 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions never led as they managed only six hits a day after sweeping a double-header against Tulsa. Righty Casey Kelly had his second straight solid showing, giving up two earned runs on five hits over five innings. The 25-year-old righty, who is still trying to work his way back after surgery in 2013, is now up to 60.1 innings on the season, and has a 4.39 ERA with only 36 strikeouts against 22 hits. Given that the organization was hoping to get him about 100 innings total at the start of the year, it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll provide significant support at the big league level in 2015. … Lefty Kyle McGrath took the loss a few hours after he arrived in San Antonio from Low-A Fort Wayne. The 22-year-old, who was selected in the 36th-round last year, has worked in a multi-inning relief role for the TinCaps all year, and has showed remarkable command with a 45-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 44.1 innings. The former Louisville Cardinal was tagged for four runs on five hits in his first outing in the top half of the system. … Cody Hebner was held back in extended spring training to open the year after bouncing back-and-forth from starter to reliever over the past few seasons. When he was finally activated, he had a rough few weeks in Lake Elsinore, but he’s had a few productive outings since jumping up to fill a need in the Missions’ pen. The 24-year-old righty made his third straight scoreless outing since arriving in the Texas League on Sunday, striking out two and walking one in two hitless innings. The Washington State native has 335 strikeouts in 322 professional innings since being drafted in the fourth round in 2011.

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

Storm 11 – Stockton Ports 7

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Perez 2-for-5, HR (9), 2RBI; LF Nick Torres 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 4 RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (8), 3RBI; RHP Jose De Paula 5IP, 5H, 5ER, 4K, 4BB

Prospect Watch: Although Banner Island Ballpark isn’t known as one of the Cal League’s many launching pads, the wind was blowing out Sunday and the bats had a field day. Five different Storm hitters clubbed homers and Nick Torres came up a single shy of the cycle in his second Cal League game. The 22-year-old from Los Angeles had a homer in the second, a double in the third and triple in the fifth, but grounded out and flew out in his two chances to come up with a single to complete the trick. … In addition to Torres joining the club yesterday, the Storm also got Fernando Perez back from a three week stay on the disabled list last night. The 21-year-old had a single and homer on his second day back. The homer gave Perez sole possession of the team lead with nine on the season – until Nick Schulz caught him three batters later. Schulz, the 2014 undrafted free agent from the Bay Area, has been as hot as anyone in the game over the last week, blasting six homers in 27 at-bats. So far in July, he’s hitting a ridiculous .383/.481/.909, with only five strikeouts and eight walks in 52 plate appearances. … Gabriel Quintana, who has struggled in his return to the Cal League and particularly slumped this month, broke out with a pair of doubles and a homer. The 22-year-old third baseman picked up three RBIs on the day.

Great Lakes Loons 6 – Fort Wayne 3

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 2-for-5, R, RBI, SB; LF Edwin Moreno 3-for-4, 2B, R; DH Tim Federowicz 1-for-4, 2B, 3K

Prospect Watch: Having a big-leaguer make his 2015 debut wasn’t enough for the TinCaps on Sunday as they fell to the Loons. Padres catcher Tim Federowicz, who blew out his knew early in spring training, began what will likely be a lengthy rehab with DH-ing duties in Fort Wayne, collecting a double in four trips to the plate. He struck out in his other three appearances. … With Ruddy Giron getting a day off, Luis Urias shifted over for his first game at shortstop in the Midwest League. The 18-year-old Mexican national two more hits in five at-bats to keep his average at a cool .400. After splitting time at second and third base in the desert last summer, he got one look at short in the Northwest League before joining the TinCaps.

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

Dust Devils 15 – Eugene Emeralds 2

Key Statistics: LF Jose Urena 3-for-6, 2B, R, 2RBI; C A.J. Kennedy 3-for-5, 2B, 3RBI; RF Justin Pacchioli 2-for-3, 2BB, 2R, RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: For the second time in three nights, the Devils put up double-digits against the Eugene pitching staff. On Sunday, the all-Kennedy battery – pitcher Brett and catcher AJ – helped pace another big victory. Catcher AJ, the 30th round pick from Cal State Fullerton, had a three-run double among three hits to help pace the offense. Meanwhile, pitcher Brett allowed only one ball out of the infield in his three innings of work. The righty from Fordham, who the Padres grabbed in the 11th round to open day three of this year’s draft, has only yielded four hits in 12.2 innings spread across five games.

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

. AZL Rangers 8 – AZL Padres 1

Key Statistics: SS Danny Bravo 1-for-4, 2B

Prospect Watch: It was a tough night all around for the AZL Padres, who managed only three hits and struck out 10 times at the plate, and didn’t look any better on the mound or in the field. Righty Starling Ynfante, who was stellar when the club sent him out for a little early work in the Dominican in May, had another rough outing in the desert. The 21-year-old Dominican was tagged for six earned runs in 4.2 innings and now has an ERA of 8.82. The one upside indicator is that Ynfante has 18 strikeouts in 16.1 frames.

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

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