Prospect Watch What a debut for Hunter Renfroe! Renfroe was moved up today to take the spot of the recently promoted Travis Jankowski. He did in one game what Jankowski couldn’t do in 24 games with El Paso… hit a home run. Renfroe blasted his first AAA home run in his first game, and his 15th of the year. Here is Renfroe's first AAA home run. His four RBI were his most in a game since July 10th… of last year. His two extra-base hits also gives him 41 for the year. Renfroe still has time to put up top prospect numbers, and went from a horrible Mission team, to an El Paso one that is in the middle of a playoff race.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 12 - Missions 2
Prospect Watch Bousfield didn’t have quite the same night as Renfroe did. Auston Bousfield was promoted to take Renfroe’s spot but went 0-3, with a walk at the plate. He did make a great play from center field, gunning a runner out at the plate. He was looking exhausted in Lake Elsinore, so it will be interesting to see if a change in scenery gives him a bit more energy to finish out the season… Casey Kelly had one of his worst all time starts. While his numbers are awful no matter how you look at it, surprisingly he threw 68 pitches and only 17 of which were balls. Was this a factor of throwing too many strikes?
Bakersfield Blaze 6 - Storm 2
Prospect Watch The winning streak came to an end at two. Michael Kelly is learning the hard way that it is a horrible thing to be a fly ball pitcher in the Cal League. This was actually Kelly’s best start in terms of GO/AO ratio. Unfortunately of the six fly balls that were hit against Kelly, two went over the wall and two bounced off it… Don’t look now but Bryan Verbitsky has been outstanding over the last month in Elsinore. The 2013, 3rd round pick from Hofstra has allowed just one run in his last 15 innings striking out 20.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 4 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
Prospect Watch Don’t let Lamet’s less than stellar record fool you, Lamet has had a great season. The Padres have been somewhat limiting his innings as he pitched just four innings of organized ball last year - in the Dominican Summer League - despite that he has now thrown nearly 100 innings (99.1) with a sub 3.00 ERA. Over his last 10 starts Lamet has thrown 51.1 innings allowing just 12 runs (2.08 ERA) with 53 strikeouts.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 6 – Vancouver Canadians 2
Prospect Watch After being one of the best players in the NWL in the first half of the season, SS Peter Van Gansen has struggled horrendously the second half. While he did go 0-2 with two walks and a run scored today he has hit just .205/.292/.256 in the All Star break, and just .145 in the month of August.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Cubs 6 – AZL Padres 0
Key Statistics: RHP Adys Portillo IP, R, 2 BB, 2 K, HBP; C Wilfri De La Cruz 2-2;
Prospect Watch The return of Adys Portillo. After pitching just four innings all year, Portillo made his triumphant return and he was same old Portillo. Great stuff, but no control to save his life. Portillo went walk, stolen base, HBP, strikeout, walk, walk/error, strikeout, lineout. While he has been with the Padres organization since 2009, he is still just 23.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.