MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 19

The Padres system got four strong starting performances Sunday. Colin Rea was his best yet in the PCL. James Needy is turning it around in San Antonio. Walker Lockett is showing what he can do now that he's healthy, and Emmanuel Ramirez is becoming a name to know from the Arizona League. Brad Wieck was solid in the loss for Elsinore too.

Chihuahuas 7, 7 – Fresno Grizzlies 1, 1

Key Statistics: Game 1: C Jason Hagerty 2-for-4, 2B, HR (2), 2RBI; 1B Tommy Medica 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI; CF Abraham Almonte 1-for-2, 2BB, 2SB, R; RHP Colin Rea 5.2IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 4BB, 2HBP;
Game 2: LF Tommy Medica 3-for-4, 2B, HR (5), 5RBI; 1B Cody Decker 1-for-4, HR (17); DH Tim Federowicz 1-for-4, 2B; C Rocky Gale 2-for-4, 1R, 1RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen 5IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas swept their double-header in Fresno on the back of strong starting pitching and a balanced offensive attack. In the first game, Colin Rea turned in his best start since being promoted to Triple-A, giving up one earned run over 5.2 innings. The big righty struggled with control as he issued four free passes and hit two batters, and labored through 95 pitches, but picked up his first PCL victory. … Tommy Medica had a big night, going 4-for-8 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs as he played one game at first base and the nightcap in left. The 27-year-old slugger has struggled to a .270/.324/.387 line so far this season, but has been crushing the ball in July and now has a 1.130 OPS for the month. Interestingly, he’s been striking out at a much higher rate in the last two weeks, but is doing real damage when he connects. … Padres catcher Tim Federowicz jumped up to Triple-A to continue his rehab assignment on Friday night. He went 1-for-4 in the DH slot, and should get the start behind the plate on Monday.

Missions 9 – Frisco RoughRiders 1

Key Statistics: 3B Duanel Jones 2-for-3, HR (4), BB, 3R, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-3, HR (10), BB, 2RBI; LF Yeison Asencio 2-for-4, 2B, 2R; RHP James Needy 9IP, 2H, 1ER, 7K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: James Needy dialed up a complete game victory for the Missions, using 108 pitches on his way to allowing just one run on a pair of hits. The 24-year-old from San Diego’s East County has won all three starts since being sent backward from Triple-A, posting a 2.35 ERA so far in the Texas League. After getting hit hard for much of his time in the PCL, Needy is rebounding nicely. He had walked only one hitter in his first two starts. … Hunter Renfroe’s second-half turn-around continues as the power-hitting outfielder clubbed his 10th homer of the season. He’s gone .349/.394/.605 since the midway point, while also cutting his strikeout rate significantly. Obviously, him finding his swing is one of the more important developments in the Padres system. … Duanel Jones has a mini three-game hitting streak going with a double and homer among his five hits.

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

Modesto Nuts 5 – Storm 4

Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 1-for-4, HR (3), OF Assist; RF Donavan Tate 2-for-3, 2B, HR (4), E; DH Nick Schulz 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Brad Wieck 6IP, 5H, 3R (1ER), 5K, 0BB, WP

Prospect Watch: A pair of late runs sank the Storm in a back-and-forth contest that included six ties or lead changes. Starter Brad Wieck went further into a contest than he had in his first five games with the organization, giving up only one earned run in six frames. The massive lefty had his first outing of the year without issuing a walk while he struck out five. Though he has only allowed one hit an inning since joining the Storm, he’s been bit with one homer in each outing and has walked eight in 20 innings. …Donavan Tate had a double and homer in his first multi-hit game since June 20.

Dayton Dragons 5 – TinCaps 4

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-5, 2B, R, E; LF Franchy Cordero 1-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Ernesto Montas 4IP, 7H, 5R (4ER), 2K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to come back from an early hole and they dropped their second straight in Dayton. Righty Ernesto Montas, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday, had his first rough outing in almost two months, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks over just four innings of work. The run and walk counts matches the right-hander’s total over his previous 30 innings. … Ruddy Giron had a pair of hits in the leadoff spot Sunday, his first multi-hit effort in 11 games. The precocious 18-year-old saw his average dip below .300 for the first time after Saturday’s 0-for-4 performance, but he is still sitting at a .297/.340/.464 line for the season.

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

Dust Devils 5 – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2RBI; LF Jose Urena 2-for-5, RBI; RHP Walker Lockett 6.1IP, 4H, 4R (2ER), 6K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim the victory and move to within one game of division-leading Everett. Austin Allen’s second double of the night gave Tri-City the walk-off win. After giving up just two hits through the first four innings, Walker Lockett labored through the fifth, giving up a pair of unearned runs in a frame that included a pair of errors, two wild pitches and no balls hit out of the infield. The 21-year-old former fourth-rounder finished the night charged with two earned runs which came around after he left in the seventh inning, but struck out six and only walked one. Sunday was the first time the righty had made it beyond six innings in his career. … Allen’s two doubles were well-timed as the big catcher had entered the game with only three extra-base hits in his first 22 professional contests. The lefty has some of the best raw power out of this year’s draft class, but like many hitters, has struggled to translate it to the Northwest League so far.

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

. AZL Padres 2 – AZL Diamondbacks 1

Key Statistics: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 6IP, 2H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Emmanuel Ramirez’s stateside debut continues to impress. The Dominican righty, who turned 21 last week, picked up the win as he yielded only two hits and a run over six innings. He retired the last eight batters he faced and now owns a 0.65 ERA, though he has been charged with eight additional unearned runs over 27.2 innings. … Sunday was a classic Arizona League came. It included eight combined errors to go along with a pair of wild pitches, two hit batters and a balk. For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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