MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 24

The TinCaps won their 14th straight home game Monday night, and moved closer to locking up a playoff spot. The Dust Devils were able to get into the win column in Hillsboro, while the Chihuahuas went in the ledger as losers at home. The Storm had their game postponed in a strange fashion, and the AZL Padres rallied to win.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5 – Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: 3B Will Middlebrooks, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Cody Decker, 1-for-3, BB; RHP Daniel McCutchen, (L, 8-7) 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 5K; RHP Jerry Sullivan, IP, 4H, 3ER.

Prospect Watch: El Paso lost their second straight, and remain 1.5 games behind Las Vegas for the division lead … Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been a bit of a forgotten man since being demoted to El Paso, but the former Big Leaguer did have a pair of singles Monday night. Middlebrooks, 26, struggled in San Diego this season, and hasn’t exactly been the toast of the Texas Panhandle either. Middlebrooks is hitting a pedestrian .266/.272/.376, with two homers in 25 games. Middlebrooks has only walked twice in 109 at-bats, and one of them was intentional … RHP Jerry Sullivan had a rough outing Monday, allowing three earned runs in the ninth. Sullivan looked good in the first half of the season, but has struggled to a 6.35 in 15 outings since the All-Star break. Sullivan is one of the few remaining players in the system from the ’09 draft (Donovan Tate, Cody Decker and James Needy are the others) and he will be eligible for free agency if he is not added to the 40-man roster this off-season. If all the players leave via free agency, 7th rounder Miles Mikolas would be the only player from that draft to appear with the San Diego Padres

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

Missions – The Missions had Monday night off. They will open a series against the Frisco RoughRiders Tuesday night.

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

DNP. Here’s something I have never seen before; The Storm were forced to postpone their game Monday evening, when the Modesto Nuts’ team bus broke down on the Grapevine. The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow night.

TinCaps 3 – Lansing 2

Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter, 2-for-4; LF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, RBI; DH Edwin Moreno, 2-for-3; RHP Dinelson Lamet, 2IP, BB, 3K; LHP Griffin Russell, (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, ER, BB, 2K; RHP Colby Blueberg, (S, 19) IP, 2H, ER, BB, K.

Prospect Watch: Indiana’s own Josh VanMeter had a pair of hits to pace the TinCaps’ offensive attack. VanMeter missed most of the season with a broken leg, but has settled back in with Fort Wayne. VanMeter is hitting .265/.368/.327 in 13 games with the TinCaps this season … RHP Dinelson Lamet completed just two innings, snapping a nine-game run in which he completed at least five innings. It is unclear if Lamet left due to injury, or if it was to control his innings. Lamet has thrown 101.1 innings this season … RHP Colby Blueberg wrapped up his 19th save, although he did allow allow an earned run. It was the first earned run Blueberg has given up since June 25th – a span of 28 innings. Blueberg’s numbers in his brief minor league career are very similar to Kevin Quackenbush.

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

Dust Devils 5 – Hillsboro Hops 1

Key Statistics: SS Peter Van Gansen, 3-for-5, 2RS, 3B, RBI; 1B Ty France, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; 2B Mitch Morales, 2-for-4, RS; RHP Angel Mejia (W, 4-3), 5IP, 7H, ER, 2K.

Prospect Watch: : The Dust Devils snapped a three-game skid with a win against Hillsboro … SS Peter Van Gansen had a three-hit game, including a triple. Van Gansen has struggled a bit of late, and was just 5-for-40 over his last ten games, before Monday night. Still Van Gansen has had quite a debut in the Padres’ organization, capped by winning MVP of the Northwest League All-Star game. Overall, Van Gansen is hitting .274 on the year … Speaking of pleasant surprises, third baseman Ty France has certainly surprised in his pro debut. France had a pair of hits, including a double. While France has just one homer, he is tied for 5th in the league with 15 doubles, and is second in the league with a .431 on-base percentage. France has also reached base in 39 straight games -- the longest on-base streak in the Northwest League since 2009. France is an MVP candidate in the Northwest League.

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

AZL Padres 8 – AZL Brewers 7

Key Statistics: 3B Jose Savinon, 3-for-4, RS; DH Brad Zunica, 1-for-3, 2B, RS, RBI; 3B Carlos Sosa, 2-for-4, 2RS, 2B. RHP Trey Wingenter, (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, BB, 2K.

Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the victory … Second baseman Jose Savinon had a three-hit game, including the walk-off single. The 19-year-old Dominican is hitting .253 in Arizona this year … RHP Trey Wingenter got his first professional victory for the AZL Padres. Wingenter was drafted in the 17th round in June. He has a 1.04 ERA in five outings in the desert.

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

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