Key Statistics: 1B Jake Goebbert, 2-for-4, BB, RS; RF Hunter Renfroe, 3-for-5, 2RS, HR (4), 3RBI; SS Hector Gomez, 2-for-4, RS, BB, RBI; CF Rymer Liriano, 2-for-5, 2B; LHP Jason Lane, (L, 10-9) 4.1IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K. Lane at the plate: 2-for-2, HR (1) 2RS, 2RBI.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas are fading down the stretch, and are now 3.5 games out of first … Right fielder Hunter Renfroe hit his fourth homer in nine games for the Chihuahuas. Renfroe has enjoyed the hitter-friendly environment in El Paso, and is hitting .333/.324/.750, in his first 36 at-bats. Renfroe is still striking out at a 25% clip in Triple-A, and has yet to draw a walk. Still, Renfroe’s improvement in the second half of the season is a huge positive. Renfroe could be in the mix for a big league job next season, although the outfield picture in San Diego appears to be quite crowded … First baseman Jake Goebbert continued a solid 2015 with a pair of hits in the loss. Goebbert, 27, may never be a regular in the big leagues, but his versatility and left-handed bat should allow him to find a bench job with the Padres, or somewhere else. On the season, Goebbert is hitting .297/.398/.455, with nine homers and 56 RBI.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
MFrisco RoughRiders 4 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: The Missions gave up three in the first inning and were never able to recover … All of San Antonio’s offense came off of the bat of first baseman Duanel Jones, who hit a solo HR for the only run for the Missions. Jones has a ton of power potential, but he has struggled with San Antonio, after being promoted from Fort Wayne. Jones is hitting .232/.276/.343, with seven homers and 35 RBI in 79 games for San Antonio. Jones seems like he has been around forever, but he is still just 22 … RHP Bryan Rodriguez tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in the loss. He gave up a three-run homer in the first, but pitched quite well after that. Rodriguez is a good organization arm, but his lack of velocity doesn’t make him a prospect; he usually sits in the high 80’s with his heater. Rodriguez has a 4.32 ERA in 21 starts for San Antonio this season.
Modesto Nuts 7 – Storm 5
Prospect Watch: The Storm rallied for four runs in the ninth to make things interesting, but ultimately lost another one to Modesto … Catcher Ryan Miller had three singles and three RBI in the loss. Miller has cooled off considerably after a fast start, but he has been one of the better performers for the Storm this season. Miller, 22, will need to stay healthy next year, and he should open the season in San Antonio next season. Overall, Miller is hitting .263/.289/.391, with three homers and 27 RBI … Center fielder Donavan Tate had a pair of hits, including a double. It looks like this could be the swansong for Tate in the Padres’ organization. On a positive note, Tate has stayed healthy, but when you hit .220 in the Cal League, the writing might be on the wall. For the season, Tate is hitting .221/.307/.349, with a career-high six homers, but with 96 strikeouts in 298 at-bats.
TinCaps 2 – Lake County Captains 0
Prospect Watch: LHP Thomas Dorminy continued his brilliance, throwing seven shutout innings, in yet another TinCaps win. As I mentioned at the top of the recap, Fort Wayne has won 17 games in a row at Parkview Field. Dorminy, 23, has been incredible down the stretch for Fort Wayne, with a 5-1 record, and a 1.31 ERA over his last 10 starts. More recently, Dorminy hasn’t allowed a run in his last 14 outings pitched.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 5 – Hillsboro Hops 3
Prospect Watch: Catcher Austin Allen tied a career-high with three hits, all singles in the Tri-City victory. Allen, the highest draft pick playing in Pasco, has struggled in his professional debut. Allen was praised for his raw power when the Padres drafted him, but he has only homered twice in 173 at-bats. Allen was drafted in the 4th round this June, out of Florida Tech. He has played mostly behind the dish, and will likely be the TinCaps starting catcher in 2016 … LHP Jose Castillo started and got the win, pitching five innings. Castillo allowed three runs, but all of them were unearned. Castillo is only 19, and has pitched reasonably well with Tri City this season. He can touch 95 with his fastball, but his strikeout totals are low and he has been hittable. Still, Castillo is still a guy to watch in the system next season.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AAZL Royals 4 – AZL Padres 0
Prospect Watch: Not much to see here; the AZL Padres were shutout, and their season ends this weekend … On a bright note, RHP Will Headean pitched well, and did not allow a hit in his three innings of work. Headean was drafted in the 13th round in June. He has had a nice pro debut, pitching to a 3.14 ERA in 14 outings in the AZL … RHP Cecil Tanner walked three batters, in what could have been his last outing as a professional. Tanner was signed as a minor league free agent this year, and while he has the large frame (6’6 and 224 lbs) scouts crave, he has no command to speak of. At three levels this season, Tanner has walked 29 batters in 21.1 innings. Before this season, he hadn’t pitched in affiliated ball since 2012.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.