MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: July 28

If an updated Top 30 prospect list was released today it wouldn't surprise anyone if Hunter Renfroe was ranked number one and Colin Rea, Jose Rondon, Austin Smith, and Travis Jankowski rounded out the top five; at least according to Fittingly only one player, Renfroe, played today, going 1-4. Number six prospect Ruddy Girron had a huge game though...

Tacoma Rainiers 9 - Chihuahuas 4

Key Statistics: RHP Daniel McCutchen (L, 6-6) 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 3B Will Middlebrooks 2-4; CF Rymer Liriano 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; C Tim Federowicz 1-4, RS.

Prospect Watch For the second straight game Travis Jankowski was not in the lineup. He came out of the game in the 10th inning on Sunday after a hard collision at third base. He was listed as day-to-day but has missed the last two games… With Jankowski out of the lineup, Liriano took over as the centerfielder and did his best to prove to that he didn’t deserve to fall in their most recent rankings...Tim Federowicz continued his rehab and caught the entire game.

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

Corpus Christi Hooks 3 - Missions 2

Key Statistics: RHP Casey Kelly 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Cody Hebner 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Brandon Alger, (L, 3-4) 1.1 IP H R ER BB K; 1B Luis Domoromo 2-4, RS; DH Duanel Jones 1-4, HR (13), RBI.

Prospect Watch Casey Kelly came off the disabled list this morning and made the start for San Antonio. While Kelly has not had a strong campaign (1-5, 4.26 ERA), it is his first extended stay of being healthy since coming off injury. He is up to 64 innings this year which is more than he had in the last two years combined (20.1 in 2014, 0 in 2013, 66.2 in 2012)… Cody Hebner has had a very interesting month in San Antonio. He has only allowed one hit in 9.2 innings while striking out 11. However he has walked eight, including at least one walk in seven of his nine appearances.

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

Inland Empire 66ers 5 - Storm 0

Key Statistics: RHP Kyle Lloyd (L, 5-8) 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 5 K; RF Nick Torres 1-4, 2B.

Prospect Watch Another game another awful hitting performance from the Storm. They managed just three hits in the game. The one bright spot is still Nick Torres, who after hitting .326/.378/.462 in Fort Wayne has managed to hit .328/.348/.508 in Lake Elsinore. Clearly the higher league is no match for Torres.

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

TinCaps 6 – Dayton Dragons 5

Key Statistics: RHP Michael Kelly 4 IP,6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP T.J. Weir (W, 4-3 3.0 IP 2 H BB 3 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-5, RS; SS Rudy Giron 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; 3B Luis Tejada 3-3, 3B, 3 RBI, SB (5).

Prospect Watch With MLB midseason top 30 released the TinCaps saw four of their position players make the Padres' Top 30 including two make the Top 10. The best prospect on the team is now Rudy Giron (#6 on the list), who responded by going 4-4 with two doubles, and two runs scored. It is his second four hit game in less than a week and got his batting average back over .300. He is still the second youngest player in the MidWest League (behind fellow teammate Luis Urias) and he has the ability to stay at shortstop.

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

Dust Devils 6 – Spokane Indians 1

Key Statistics: RHP Brett Kennedy 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Trevor Megill (W, 2-0) 2 IP, H, 2 K; DH Carlos Belen 2-4, 2 2B, RS, RBI.

Prospect Watch While Kennedy is often overshadowed by other starters like Jose Castillo and Walter Lockett, he has arguably put up the best numbers of the bunch. The 11th round pick out of Fordham has struck out 28 in just 21.1 innings. Combine that with a 0.84 WHIP, and a 1.69 ERA, and you have the making of a sleeper pick for next years' Fort Wayne staff.

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

AZL Brewers 5 – AZL Padres 4

Key Statistics: RHP Jacob Nix (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Pete Kelich 2 IP, 4 H, ER, K; 1B Yale Rosen 0-2, 2 BB, RS.

Prospect Watch Making his third appearance as a member of the Padres' organization, Jacob Nix did not have the start he was looking for. He walked two in just 1.2 innings, and in 3.2 professional innings he has walked five batters, but has also struck out five over the same frame. As with most younger pitchers with great stuff, command will be what determines whether he is a top prospect or just another talented, but wild, pitcher.

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

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