MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 24

Jankowski has another strong game for the Chihuahuas. Renfroe and Needy lead San Antonio but both Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne fall. Tri-Cities is rained out and Pete Kelich makes his second start for the AZL Padres in a loss.

Chihuahuas 4 - Salt Lake City Bees 2

Key Statistics:CF Travis Jankowski 3-4, 2B, 2 SB; 3B Will Middlebrooks 1-3; DH Tim Federowicz 2-4, 2B; RF Rymer Liriano 2-4, 2B; RHP Colin Rea (W, 2-0) 5.2 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER 4 K; RHP Jay Jackson (7).

Prospect Watch:Jankowski is making a nice debut in Triple-A and is now five for his first ten plate appearances. He is a true centerfielder/lead-off hitter and could be the answer to quite a few questions on the big club in 2016...Speaking of players we may see in San Diego sooner than later, Colin Rea had another good outing but the Padres may want to be carefull with his innings. He is at 91.2 right now and he threw 139 last year....The win was the Chihuahuas fourth in a row.

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

Missions 7 - Midland Rockhounds 1

Key Statistics:1B Luis Domoromo 2-5; SS Benji Gonzalez 3-5, RBI; CF Alberth Martinez 1-4, RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-5, 2 HR (12), 3 RBI; RHP James Needy (W, 4-0) 6.0 IP 3 H R ER 3 BB 5 K.

Prospect Watch:In the second half of the season Hunter Renfroe is hitting .307/.360/.525 (109 plate appearances). According to Missions’ broadcaster Mike Saeger the improvement can be attributed to a much better approach at the plate hammered out with San Antonio hitting coach Morgan Burkhart plus some mechanical adjustments. “He’s much less of a hacker now.” After really slow start, Renfroe is once again looking like a top prospect...James Needy can pitch in Double-A, it’s Triple-A that he needs to get back too. In four starts with the Missions he has a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings and has gotten back to what he does best pound the zone and eat innings. He had a 7.17 ERA in El Paso but with the way he is performing now he’s showing he’s ready for another shot in El Paso.

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

High Desert Mavericks 9 - Storm 7

Key Statistics:LF Nick Schulz 2-4, BB; RF Nick Torres 2-5, 2B; 1B Marcus Davis 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-4, 2B; SS Chase Jensen 1-3, 2B, BB; C Miguel Del Castillo 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Ernesto Montas 5.0 IP 6 H 5 R 2 ER BB 6 K; RHP Rafael De Paula (L, 5-9) 1.0 IP 3 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB K HR; RHP Eric Yardley 2.0 IP BB 2 K

Prospect Watch:Ernesto Montas took the loss in his debut in the Cal League. Montas was 9-6 in Fort Wayne with a 9-6 record in 18 starts with the TinCaps....Nick Torres continues to swing a hot bat since being called up and is now hitting .326. He should have a very good chance of beginning 2016 in San Antonio if he can push through August...the Storm are now 21 games under .500.

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

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 - TinCaps 2

Key Statistics:2B Luis Urias 1-3, BB; 3B Luis Tejada 2-4; C Michael Miller 1-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Travis Radke 6.0 IP 5 H 2 R ER 2 BB 6 K; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 3-3) 2.0 IP 3 H R ER 2 K.

Prospect Watch:After being the hottest team in the organization last month, the TinCaps have now dropped six out of seven games. Travis Radke, a twenty-fourth round pick out of the University of Portland (Rocky Gale’s alma mater) in 2014 by the Padres had a solid outing but just couldn’t get any offensive support...Michael Gettys continues to struggle with punchouts and now has 117 in 85 games. He also has 31 extra-base hits and by all accounts has played well defensively in center, but he has to make more consistent contact to have a chance at the next level.

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

The Tri-City Dust Devils and Vancouver Canadiens game has been postponed because of rain. The clubs will play a double-header tomorrow.

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

AZL Giants 7 - AZL Padres 3

Key Statistics:CF Josh Magee 1-2, BB; LF Jhonatan Pena 2-3, BB;RHP Pete Kelich 2.0 IP H R ER BB 2 K; RHP Jean Garcia 4.0 IP 7 H 4 R 3 ER 3 BB 3 K.

Prospect Watch:The AZL Padres had won three out of their last four before tonight...Pete Kelich had his second outing of the year after pitching a scoreless inning four days ago. In 2013 he turned in one of the better season ever in the AZL with a 1.40 ERA in 58 innings and 69 strikeouts against only one walk. He’s struggled with injuries the past two years and hopefully he can get back on track with what he has left of this season.

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

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