Prospect Watch We were wondering who was going to fill in as a starter, and Casey Kelly got the promotion. This wasn’t Kelly’s first appearance in AAA, and he pitched better than his line looks. He pitched around a lead-off triple in the first and retired 11 of the next 12 hitters including picking off a runner. However, the wheels fell off with two outs in the fourth as the next five batters reached base before Kelly was removed… Gomez and Middlebrooks each homered in the ninth but when the score is 10-2 it didn’t mean much.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 6 – Frisco RoughRiders 3
Prospect Watch It has been a tough opening week for Auston Bousfield. After struggling for the last month in Lake Elsinore, Bousfield was promoted to Double-A. While he did get a hit today it was just his second hit in six games with the Missions. Bousfield should begin 2016 in Double-A, and this performance is just showing that the kid in his first year of full-season pro ball is exhausted and ready for some much needed time off.
Game 1: Modesto Nuts 13 - Storm 3
Game 2: Lake Elsinore Storm 3 – Modesto Nuts 5 - Storm 3
Key Statistics: RHP Zech Lemmond 4 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 K; RHP Rafael De Paula 2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K; CF Donavan Tate 2-3, RS, RBI.
Prospect Watch Being outscored 18-6 in a double header just wraps up the Storm's season quite nicely; one to forget. Since moving to the pen Rafael De Paula has been a different pitcher. Acquired with current Padres' third baseman Yangervis Solarte in the Chase Headley trade, De Paula was roughed up as a starter and subsequently moved to the pen. Since then he has put up a line of 22.2 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 27 K, .151 BAA, 0.84 WHIP. Combine that with a mid 90s fastball and De Paula might be a diamond starting to shine.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 5 – Lansing Lugnuts 3
Prospect Watch The TinCaps won their eighth straight series as Montas won his team high eleven straight game. While the team started out slow and had the worst record in the MidWest League a month into the season, TinCaps are now 15 games over .500 and arguably the best team in the league. Montas might be still considered a nonprospect as he is 24 and has incredibly low strikeout numbers (57 in 119 innings), he has allowed just five homeruns on the season and is averaging just 1.8 BB/9 innings.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Hilsboro Hops 3 - Dust Devils 0
Key Statistics: RHP Adrian De Horta 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (L, 1-1); LF Henry Charles 1-4, 2B.
Prospect Watch Adrian De Horta had his shortest start in Tri-City lasting only four innings. While De Horta has always had really good swing-and-miss ability with his pitches, he has struggled with location. He has averaged nearly a walk every other inning over this season, and obviously walked a hitter per inning in this start. Despite this being his third campaign with the Padres De Horta is still only 20.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
Game 1: AZL Giants 6 – AZL Padres 1
Game 2: AZL Padres 4 – AZL Giants 2
Key Statistics: RHP Jordan Guerrero 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K: 2B Tyler Moore 1-2, RS, RBI, BB, SB (14).
Prospect Watch Two games, only one extra-base hit. The only batter to have an even decent two games was second baseman Tyler Moore. The 29th round pick from USC-Akien has struggled hitting just .204 this season with a .530 OPS. However his 14 stolen bases are tied for the team lead. Chances are this might be the last year we see Moore playing professionally but with two weeks left hopefully he can make the coaches decision more difficult.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.