Key Statistics: 2B Casey McElroy: 2-for-5; LF-P Cody Decker, 2-for-4, HR (21) RBI; C Robert Kral, 2-for-4; RHP Chris Smith, (L, 5-7) 1.2 IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K; LHP Caleb Thielbar, 3.1IP, H, K; RHP Cody Decker, 0.1IP, 3H, 2ER.
Prospect Watch: El Paso went down in their regular season finale. They finished the regular season 78-66, and will face Fresno in the PCL playoffs -- starting Wednesday … Left fielder Cody Decker socked his 21st homer of the year, and even pitched in the loss. Decker’s start in the outfield was his first since 2012, when he was with San Antonio. Decker can be a free agent after the year, unless he is put on the 40-man roster. While Decker possesses power, he hit just .162/.287/.284 in August. It doesn’t seem likely that he will ever get a shot to play in San Diego.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 12 – Missions 8
Key Statistics: SS Benji Gonzalez, 2-for-5, BB, 2RBI; CF Auston Bousfield, 2-for-6, RS, 2B; 2B Diego Goris, 2-for-4, (2)2B, RS, 2RBI, SB (2); 3B Gabriel Quintana, 3-for-5, 3RS, (3)2B; RF Kyle Gaedele, 3-for-4, BB, RBI; C Ryan Miller, 3-for-5, 2RS, RBI; RHP Stephen Kohlscheen, 4IP, 4H, 3R, ER, BB, 2K; RHP Cody Hebner, OIP, 2H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB.
Prospect Watch: The Missions finished up with a loss, making six errors. They finished the season 60-80 … Third baseman Gabriel Quintana had one of the strangest games we’ve seen this season. The big righty had three doubles, but also made three errors. Quintana hit well in his brief stint in Double-A, with a .308/.325/.718, with four homers in 39 at-bats. The two glaring flaws in Quintana’s game are plate discipline and his fielding reactions at third. He will be representing the Padres in the Arizona Fall League … Right fielder Kyle Gaedele had three hits, all singles in the loss. Gaedele is a tremendous athlete, but he hasn’t been able to translate his ability to the field. Gaedele posted a 40% strikeout, and a slash-line of .220/.325/.300 with San Antonio. At 25, he may be a guy who will have to fight for his professional career next spring … RHP Cody Hebner had a brutal day at the office, allowing seven runs (five earned) without recording an out. The former 2011 4th rounder has had issues with his control, as evidenced by his 20 walks in 20 innings.
Storm 11 – Visalia Rawhide 6
Key Statistics: 3B River Stevens, 2-for-6; DH Marcus Davis, 3-for-5, 2RS, HR (9), BB, 3RBI; LF Nick Torres; 2-for-6, HR (3), 2RS, 3RBI; 1B Matthew Chavez, 2-for-4, RBI; CF Donavan Tate, 1-for-4, RS, RBI; SS Daniel Bravo, 2-for-2, 2RS, HR (3), RBI; RHP Matthew Shepherd, 5IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K; RHP Zech Lemond, (W, 5-10) IP, H, BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm finished up the worst season in club history with a win. The Storm finished 50-90 … CF Donavan Tate went 1-for-4, with an RBI in what is likely his final game in the Padres’ organization. Tate is eligible for free agency this off-season and doesn’t figure to be brought back. The 24-year-old hit just .211/.290/.334 for the Storm, although Tate did flash athleticism and talent. Someone will likely take a shot on the former 3rd overall pick and hope to cash in on his potential … Left fielder Nick Torres swatted his third homer with the Storm, ending one of the best seasons in the Padres’ system. Between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, Torres hit a solid .305/.352/.439, with 44 doubles, five homers and 70 RBI.
TinCaps 17 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter, 3-for-5, 2RS; CF Michael Gettys, 3-for-5, 2RS, RBI; 1B Trae Santos, 2-for-5, 2RS, 2RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 5-for-5, (3)2B, 3RS, 5RBI; DH Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, RS, 2RBI; 3B Luis Tejada, 2-for-4, 2RS, BB, 3RBI; C Michael Miller, 1-for-5, 2RS, HR (2), 2RBI; RHP Pete Kelich (W, 3-2), 6IP, 2H, BB, K; RHP Aaron Cressley, (S, 1) 3IP, 2H, 5K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps put the exclamation point on an incredible season, winning 17-0. Fort Wayne will head into the playoffs with a 77-61 record … Right fielder Franmil Reyes had a day to remember, with five hits and five RBI in the victory. Reyes, 20, has spent the last two seasons in the Midwest League, and has put up eerily similar numbers in both campaigns. Reyes did improve his slugging percentage and on-base percentage in his second go-around. Reyes should be in Lake Elsinore next season, and one has to wonder if his power potential will be fulfilled in a more hitter-friendly environment … RHP Pete Kelich had a strong, efficient outing. The soft-tossing righty mowed through six innings on just 62 pitches. Kelich, 24, has pitched well in his return from Tommy John surgery. The former 38th rounder in 2013, has a 2.32 in six starts for the TinCaps.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 2 – Everett Aquasox 1
Key Statistics: RF Justin Pacchioli, 2-for-7; 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-6, BB; C Austin Allen, 2-for-7; DH Henry Charles, 3-for-7. (2)2B; 2B Kodie Tidwell, 2-for-7, 2RBI; CF Rod Boykin, 2-for-7; RHP Brett Kennedy, 4IP, 2H, 2BB, 7K; RHP Phil Maton, 2IP, H, BB, K; RHP Wilson Santos (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch:Game One of the Northwest Playoff series was a classic, as the Dust Devils won this one in sixteen innings. The game ended after midnight … Third baseman Carlos Belen had a confounding season, showing his immense potential at times, but also showing a propensity for errors and strikeouts. Belen had a great game defensively, making several great plays in the field, and he chipped in with a pair of hits. Belen hit .218/.299/.383 with six home runs. Incidentally, Belen set the Northwest League record with 113 strikeouts.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.