MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 21

On a day that saw the offenses up and down the farm struggle to score runs, it was the season and professional debuts of Jacob Nix and Pete Kelich that made headlines on the farm.

Chihuahuas 6 – Sacramento River Cats 3

Key Statistics: RHP Jason Lane 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB (W, 8-6); CF Abraham Almonte 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (11); SS Mike McCoy 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, C Tim Federowicz 0-3, BB, RS.

Prospect Watch Tim Federowicz continued his rehab, catching seven innings before being removed in the bottom of the eighth. The Padres are very slowly bringing along the number of innings they allow him to catch, but he should be back by the trade deadline (hint). El Paso won with only six hits, thanks to six walks and two critical Sacramento errors...Liriano went 0-3 with a walk and is hitting just .154 over his last 10 games.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 4 - Missions 1

Key Statistics: RHP Elliot Morris 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 K (L, 3-9); CF Travis Jankowski 2-4, 3B, RS; 3B Duanel Jones 2-3.

Prospect Watch Welcome back Travis Jankowski. After missing nearly a month at the PanAm games, where he subsequently was their leadoff hitting center fielder and led the US to their best finish in 50 years, Jankowski returned to San Antonio. He picked up right where he left off with a triple to lead off the game. Jankowski was picked off second base, with no outs in the inning and Renfroe up…SS Jose Rondon was placed on the DL today after being thrown out trying to steal in last nights game. He appeared to have sprained his wrist and was removed from the game, no word on when/if we will see him again this year.

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

Modesto Nuts 2 - Storm 1

Key Statistics: RHP Zech Lemmond 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 K (L, 4-9); LF Nick Torres 2-4, RBI; DH Auston Bousfield 0-2, 2 BB, RS.

Prospect Watch It is a tough time to be a Storm fan. They have their worst record (38-57) since they took over as a Padres' affiliate, and it doesn’t look like it will be getting better anytime soon. The great offense that Storm fans were hoping to see with Fernando Perez, Auston Bousfield, Dustin Peterson, and Jake Bauers are either traded or struggling. Perez is hitting just .239 and Bousfield seems like a player on an island.

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

Lake County Captains 3 - TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: RHP Dinelson Lemet 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (L, 3-5); DH Michael Gettys 1-4, 2 RBI; CF Edwin Moreno 2-4, RS; C Jose Ruiz 3-4, RS.

Prospect Watch Since playing like a #1 prospect for his first month and a half in the MidWest League, Ruddy Giron has crashed and crashed hard. Since the All-Star Break (22 games), Giron is hitting just .167/.182/.250 with two home runs. The only positive thing in comparing his numbers from the last month to his first two months, is that his stolen base success rate has jumped from 47% (7-15) to 86% (6-7).

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

Dust Devils 15 – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8

Key Statistics: RHP Angel Mejia 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 K; CF Rod Boykin 3-6, 3B, 2 RS, 3 RBI; LF Jose Urena 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 3-5, 2 HR (3), 3 RS, 3 RBI

Prospect Watch The Dust Devils exploded to 15 runs on 19 hits Carlos Belen has had five hits (three home runs) over his last two games. That tied the number of hits he had in the entire month of July. While seeing him finally show the power that many of us were drooling about when they originally signed him a few years ago, Belen has still struck out 13 times in the last four games.

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

AZL Mariners 2 – AZL Padres 3

Key Statistics: RHP Austin Smith 2 IP, 3 H, K; RHP Jacob Nix IP, BB, 3 K; SS Daniel Bravo 2-4, RS; RF Alan Garcia 0-2, RS, 2 BB.

Prospect Watch Finally, the top two Padre draftees both appear in a game. Austin Smith was actually appearing in his second game, but was allowed to throw two innings this time. Jacob Nix was, however, making his professional debut, and he looked filthy striking out the side... Speaking of dominating the AZL, arguably the AZL pitcher of the year in 2013, Peter Kelich, made his 2015 debut, pitching a scoreless third inning, striking out two. Kelich went 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 2013 in the AZL, before only pitching in five starts in Fort Wayne in 2014 before missing the rest of the year with an injury. It is nice to finally see him back in action.

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

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