MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 8

Travis Jankowski has another big night in El Paso's win while San Antonio can't put any runs on the board. The TinCaps rally from behind to get the win while Lake Elsinore still struggles. Both of the short-season teams go down but Josh VanMeter is getting close to coming back to Fort Wayne.

Chihuahuas 11 - Albuquerque Isotopes 8

Key Statistics:CF Travis Jankowski 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB; SS-2B Ramiro Pena 1-4, BB; LF Jake Goebbert 3-5, HR (8), 3 RBI; 1B Cody Decker 2-5, 2B, 2RBI; 2B-3B Casey McElroy 2-5, 2B, RBI; C Rocky Gale 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; P Dennis O’Grady 2-3, 3B; RHP Dennis O’Grady 5.0 IP 5 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 2 K 2 HR;

Prospect Watch:Dennis O’Grady got the call-up from San Antonio to pitch in one of the three worst parks for pitchers in the PCL, with Las Vegas and Colorado Springs being the other two, and had an interesting day. He got the win, although it wasn’t pretty, but at the plate the former Duke Blue Devil star got his first hits of the season, including a triple. In college O’Grady was also a middle infielder and finished with a career .267/.354/.344 slash line in four seasons...Jankowski now has eight extra-base hits in 16 games to go along with five stolen bases in seven attempts. He’s also scored 12 runs and is making a good case to be considered for the lead-off hitter/centerfielder next year in San Diego...Cody Decker leads in the organization in home runs with 20 and with 68 RBI he is one behind San Antonio’s Duanel Jones despite having fewer plate appearances...El Paso now is four games above .500 and in second place in the PCL South.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 5 - Missions 0

Key Statistics:CF Alberth Martiniez 2-4; RF Yeison Asencio 2-4; C Griff Erickson 1-3, 2B; RHP Casey Kelly (L, 1-6) 5.0 IP 3 H 2 R ER BB 6 K.

Prospect Watch:The Missions lost for the fifth time in six games...Casey Kelly has pitched better than his overall record indicates as evidenced by his peripheral numbers tonight. He threw 81 pitches tonight with 54 for strikes and has only allowed more than two earned runs once in his past six starts, and in that one he allowed three....Alberth Martiniez has put up quality numbers in the second half with a slash line of .313/.387/.447...Cory Spangenberg was at second base tonight and went 0-4. He’s now 3-20, with a walk and a triple for his rehab assignment in Double-A.

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

San Jose Giants 5 - Storm 3

Key Statistics:CF Donavan Tate 1-3, BB; LF Nick Schulz 2-4; C Ryan Miller 1-3, 2B; 2 RBI, BB; RHP Michael Kelly (L, 0-1) 6.0 IP 8 H 4 R 4 ER 3 K HR.

Prospect Watch:The Storm are now 28 games below .500, so let’s skip whether or not they have been on a winning streak...Former 2011 first round supplemental pick Michael Kelly made his debut in the Cal League and he’s had better outings this season. In Fort Wayne he was 5-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 66.2 innings but had some problems with command with a 35/22 strikeout-to-base-on-balls line. He has the talent to put up better numbers and last year in short-season Eugene was a bit of a breakthrough for him...C Ryan Miller has 23 extra-base hits in 52 games. He’s going to have to pick up his walk rate for the next level. Currently he has just six in 230 plate appearances.

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

TinCaps 6 - Peoria Chiefs 4

Key Statistics:CF Michael Gettys 1-3, 2 BB, SB; LF Franchy Cordero 2-4, RBI, BB, SB; SS Ruddy Giron 2-5, 2 2B, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 2-5, RBI, SB; RHP Ernesto Montas 5.0 IP 10 H 4 R 4 ER BB 3 K; RHP Nick Monroe (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 15) 2.0 IP H BB K.

Prospect Watch:The TinCaps have truly been the surprise team of the system this year and are in first place for the second half in the Eastern Division. Today they came back from being down 4 to 1 after seven innings to put up four runs in the eighth...Even though starter Ernesto Montas didn’t have a great start, the TinCaps were able to get four shutout innings from their pen while waiting for their offense...Michael Gettys stole his thirteenth base in twenty-one attempts...Blueberg now has a 0.79 ERA in 45.2 innings and is 15 for 19 in save opportunities. He has a 48/10 strikeout-to-base-on-balls ratio. As a team the TinCaps have an ERA of 3.57.

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

Everett Aquasox 7 - Tri-City Dust Devils 5

Key Statistics:1B Ty France 2-4, 2B; 3B Nick Vilter 2-4 2 2B, RBI; 2B Kodie Tidwell 1-3, BB; RHP Angel Mejia 3.2 IP 6 H 5 R 4 ER 2 BB 2 K 2 HR; LHP Brandon Fry (L, 0-2) 2.1 IP R ER BB 2 K; LHP Jerry Keel 2.0 IP 3 H R ER 3 K.

Prospect Watch:After putting up “crooked numbers” in the first two frames the AcquaSox held the Dust Devils scoreless for the rest of the game...The Padres are being careful with the number of innings Jerry Keel pitches but the big lefty is showing some promise with a 2.82 ERA in 22.1 innings. At six-foot-six 280 pounds he should be someone that all of us can’t miss.

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

AZL Royals 8 - AZL Padres 5

Key Statistics:2B Josh VanMeter 3-3, 3B; SS Daniel Bravo 3-4, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-4, HR (4), 2 RBI; C Wilfri De La Cruz 2-4; RHP Austin Smith 2.0 IP 4 H R ER BB K; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5.0 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 6 K;

Prospect Watch:After going down in the second game of the season on April 13 with a fractured left fibula Josh VanMeter vowed to return to Fort Wayne by the end of the season and it looks like he’s going to make it. In his second game back he was 3-3 with a triple. It’s impossible to not especially pull for a class act like VanMeter...Big Brad Zunica (he’s six-foot-six, 254 pounds - and yes, the new regime really likes size) hit his fourth home run in five games. He should be the starting first baseman in Fort Wayne next year with Tri-Cities‘ Ty France sliding over to third base, his college position at SDSU...after two rough starts Padres‘ top pick Austin Smith only gave up a run in his outing tonight.

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


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