Prospect Watch: Well, we said Hunter Renfroe would enjoy hitting in the Pacific Coast League! In his first game at home for the Chihuahuas, the most important prospect remaining in the high minors for the Padres hit a double and homer in four trips to the plate. Renfroe now has three homers, two doubles and a .364 average in five games at Triple-A. … Jon Edwards made his system debut in the ninth inning, striking out the side around a one-out walk. The hard-throwing righty came over from the Rangers for Will Venable as soon as he’d had time to clear trade waivers. The former outfielder has 47 strikeouts in 32.2 PCL innings this year against 18 hits and nine free passes.
Arkansas Travelers 7 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their fifth straight, managing only two hits and one unearned run along the way as they were swept by Arkansas. Ronald Herrera got the start, but was on a strict pitch count after working 17 innings across his last two outings. He threw 37 pitches over two scoreless frames with three strikeouts, two walks and one single allowed. He’d crossed the 100 pitch threshold in three of his last four starts after staying below it for his first 18 appearances. … The two Missions hits were by Yeison Asencio and Kyle Gaedele, who each had singles. The two are a study in different approaches at the plate as Gaedele, who has seen only part-time duty since joining the club in July, has a decent chance of tallying more strikeouts and walks than Asencio in a Missions uniform this year. So far, Gaedele has 28 whiffs and eight walks in only 78 plate appearances, while Asencio’s totals are 39 and 13 in nearly six times as many trips to the plate.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster Jethawks 5 – Storm 0
SS/LF Chase Jensen 1-for-4, OF Assist; 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Kyle Lloyd 5IP, 5H, 3ER, 3K, 3BB; RHP Ryan Butler 1IP, 4H, 2ER, 1K, 1BB Prospect Watch: The Storm were shut down by yet another high upside arm coming through the Astros system, Francis Marte and dropped their second straight and fell to 7-15 on the month. Gabriel Quintana was the only Elsinore hitter to reach base safely more than once, collecting a single and double. The 22-year-old has hit in five of six contests. … Ryan Butler has not looked right since he returned from a two month layoff with what was described as shoulder weakness. The 23-year-old, who was sitting in the mid- to upper-90s early in the year, has been going every three days out of the Storm bullpen. The outings were originally planned to be two or three innings each, but he’s been roughed up enough that he’s managed only 5.1 innings in five appearances. He yielded a pair of runs on four hits and a walk Sunday while failing to record an out in what would have been his second frame of the day. His line could have looked a lot worse if Rafael DePaula hadn’t stranded the three runners he inherited by striking out the side. Since the one rough outing DePaula had when he moved to the pen, he’s on quite a roll right now, yielding only two runs over his last 19.2 innings with 25 Ks along the way.
South Bend Cubs 7 – TinCaps 4
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps came up short in their attempt to sweep South Bend as righty Pete Kelich had his first tough start since returning from Tommy John Surgery. The 24-year-old was tagged for four runs in the first inning on a pair of homers, and then yielded two more runs before exiting after four. … Ruddy Giron collected his first extra-base hit since he clubbed two doubles on August 8th. The precocious teenager has just a .228/.282/.304 line this month.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Hillsboro Hops 2 – Dust Devils 1
Prospect Watch: Joel Linares’s second Northwest League outing went a lot better than the first as the 20-year-old Venezuelan worked six scoreless frames. After giving up eight runs in three innings his first time out, the 2012 signee dialed up his best stateside game on Sunday. … The Dust Devil offense sputtered again, managing only five hits, including a pair from infielder Mitch Morales. The club has scored only six runs over the past three games
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Diamondbacks 5 – AZL Padres 2
Prospect Watch: The Padres collected three of their five total hits in the ninth inning as they plated a pair of runs to avoid the shutout. Austin Smith, the Padres’ top pick in June, worked two scoreless innings as he continues to have his innings count managed closely by the organization. The 19-year-old from Florida held opponents hitless in two of his last three outings. Five of the six outs he recorded Sunday were groundouts on the infield.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.