Prospect Watch Usually the prospect watch is about players that the Padres drafted and developed. With El Paso being blown out, you have to look at the other side. The opposing pitcher was a Padre first-round draft pick who probably had his best outing since he was at the University of Richmond. Tim Stauffer threw a complete game, two hitter, not allowing a run until the ninth inning. Since being designated for assignment by Minnesota and claimed by the Mets, Stauffer has had three straight strong outings with tonight being his best. It stings that El Paso lost, but its nice seeing Stauffer do well.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 8 – NW Arkansas Naturals 1
Prospect Watch Despite hitting .300 over the last month INF Casey McElroy was sent back down to San Antionio. McElroy responded by coming through with a two RBI single that clinched the win for San Antonio. The game within the game can be really funny sometimes... After giving up ten earned runs in his first two outings in San Antonio, Herrera tossed his longest career outing. He had pitched into the eighth inning a couple of times, never recording an out. Tonight he gave up a run in the eighth but the manager stuck with him and he got through the inning. While Herrera’s numbers aren't glowing, 7-6, 4.14 ERA, 86 strikeouts in 124 innings pitched, he is still just 20 and has room to grow.
Bakersfield Blaze 8 - Storm 3
John has the write-up after another blowout loss.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 2 – Quad Cities River Bandits 0
Prospect Watch The 2013 AZL All Star Pete Kelich finally returned to full-season ball. Kelich, now 25, was praised throughout the system as having the best control on the farm. In 2013 he walked one batter in 58 innings. After missing most of the last year and a half with injuries he is finally out to prove that the 38th round choice still has a lot left. Kelich was brilliant over five innings and while his one walk isn’t much it is still as much as he walked in all of 2013.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 4 – Boise Hawks 3 (10 innings)
Prospect Watch A day after hitting his first home run of the year, CF Justin Pacchioli delivered his first double. This double was special as it was the hit that sent fans home happy. His two-out double in the tenth scored Mitch Morales from first base and completed a comeback that had the Dust Devils down 3-0 in the seventh… A day after being pinch-hit for in his second at bat, Jose Urena did not appear in the game.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Diamondbacks 5 - AZL Padres 2
Prospect Watch After demonstrating solid hitting skills but no power over his first few weeks in the AZL, Brad Zunica power is starting to emerge with a vengeance. All of his now team leading five home runs have come in the last eight games. During that time his has a slugging (not OPS) of nearly .900 and an OPS of 1.300! And we wonder why AJ Preller called getting Zunica in the 15th round an “absolute steal?”
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.