Prospect Watch: The Grizzles used a five-run third inning to build a big lead. El Paso had a chance to tie in the ninth, but INF Mike McCoy struck out with two runners on … LHP Jason Lane took the loss Thursday, after another rough outing. Lane, 38, won’t ever miss many bats, but the veteran has struggled immensely in his last three outings, allowing 29 hits and 19 earned runs in his last 13.1 innings. The poor stretch has seen his ERA rise to 5.28 … 1B Tommy Medica had a pair of hits, and the former big leaguer is in the midst of his best stretch of the season. Medica, 27, is hitting .412, with a homer and five RBI over his last 10 games. Medica has not shown much power at all this season, with his .361 slugging percentage representing the lowest of his career since a 34-game stint with Eugene way back in 2010. Medica really needs to keep hitting through the next month-and-a-half, or his 40-man roster spot with the Padres could be in jeopardy.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Midland Rockhounds 5 – Missions 4
Prospect Watch: RF Hunter Renfroe continues to improve, as the former first-rounder had a multi-hit game, including his 21st double of the season. Renfroe is hitting .382 over the last ten games, and has four walks and just five strikeouts in that stretch. Renfroe’s improved discipline is encouraging, and it could lead to a promotion to Triple-A before the season ends. Renfroe is hitting .266/.323/.436, with 9 home runs and 36 RBI in 82 games this season.
Visalia Rawhide 7 – Storm 4
Prospect Watch: The Storm currently have the system’s worst record at 36-54, including 5-15 in the second half … The last few months have not been kind to 2014 3rd round pick Zech Lemond, as the righty continues to struggle. Since going seven innings on May 24th against Stockton, Lemond has a 7.94 ERA in his last nine starts. In that stretch, Lemond hasn’t allowed fewer than seven hits in any start.
Lake County Captains 9 – TinCaps 3
Prospect Watch: This one could go down as the strangest game in the Padres’ system this year. The TinCaps led 3-0 going into the ninth inning, before allowing three runs in the ninth, and six in the tenth to lose at home … RHP DInelson Lamet continues to establish himself as one of the top pitchers in the entire San Diego system. Lamet, 23, threw five shutout innings Thursday, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Lamet hasn’t thrown more than five innings in any start this year, but his numbers are quite impressive. Lamet has struck out 79 batters in 68 innings, while allowing opposing batters to hit just .200 … CF Michael Gettys had a pair of hits, while drawing a walk in the loss. Gettys, 19, has drawn six walks in his last 10 games, after drawing just nine in his previous 69 games. Gettys is still fairly young for the Midwest League, but his lack of discipline is a major concern. He leads the league with a whopping 106 strikeouts.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Spokane Indians 6 – Dust Devils 5
Prospect Watch: Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils lost this one on a walk-off infield single in the bottom of the tenth … SS Peter Van Gansen continues to be the MVP of the Dust Devils, as the shortstop had three hits and drove in three runs. Van Gansen, 21, was drafted in the 12th round of this June’s draft. The former Cal Poly Mustang is fifth in the Northwest League with a .321 average and ranks in the top-ten with an OBP of .396. Van Gansen’s offensive contributions are a huge positive, since the shortstop was considered a defensive-first player coming out of college … 1B Ty France had a multi-hit game, and the SDSU product is holding his own in his first stop as a professional. France is hitting .241/.375/.342 in 22 games. More impressively, France has walked 16 times, while striking out 13 times. The 2015 34th rounder hasn’t flashed any power, but his discipline could keep him around in the system … Fun Stat: The Dust Devils lead the Northwest League with 137 walks – 24 more than the next closest team.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Padres 11 – AZL Reds 8
Key Statistics: SS Daniel Bravo, 2-for-3, 2RS, 2B, BB, RBI; LF Alan Garcia, 4-for-5, 2RS, 2RBI; C Kyle Overstreet, 2-for-4, 2RS, 3B, BB, 2RBI; DH Brad Zunica, 2-for-4, 2RS, 2B, 2RBI; 1B Jonas Lantigua, 2-for-3, 2BB, RBI, SB (2); RHP Austin Smith, IP, H, 2BB, K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck, (W, 1-0) 3.2IP, 2H, ER, 4K.
Prospect Watch: : RHP Austin Smith, the Padres’ top choice (51st overall) in the 2015 draft made his much anticipated professional debut. Smith started and pitched an inning, allowing two walks and a hit, but he escaped without allowing a run, while striking out a batter. Smith will probably be limited to a few innings this summer, but he should be a candidate to make the Fort Wayne rotation next season. Smith, 19, features a fastball that can touch 96MPH, a curve and a slider … OF Alan Garcia, this year’s 18th rounder, had a professional debut to remember. The 18-year-old had four hits and a pair of RBI’s Thursday evening.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.