Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4, HR (1), RBI; LF Jake Goebbert, 2-for-4; C Jason Hagerty, 2-for-4, RS, RBI; 3B Will Middlebrooks, 1-for-4, HR (2), RS, RBI; RHP Chris Smith, (L, 0-1) 6IP, 7H, 4ER, BB, 3K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, on an RBI double by Casey McElroy and a run-scoring single by catcher Jason Hagerty … Former Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks homered for the second straight game, although it wasn’t enough to avoid the loss. After a demotion to El Paso, Middlebrooks didn’t hit much better in the PCL, despite the hitter-friendly environment. Middlebrooks batted just .255/.287/.379 in 153 Triple-A at-bats. Middlebrooks could be non-tendered this off-season … Right fielder Hunter Renfroe delivered a homer and a single in four at-bats. Renfroe finished second in the organization with 20 home runs, and his progress with the bat should put him in the mix for a Big League job next spring … The series will shift to El Paso tomorrow night. If the Chihuahuas lose, their season is over.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2 – TinCaps 1 (Fort Wayne loses best-of-three series 2-0)
Prospect Watch: Just like that, the TinCaps magic ran out, as the Fort Wayne bunch scored just three runs in the short series. Fort Wayne scored their only run on an RBI single from Michael Gettys … In what is likely his final game as a TinCap, Indiana’s own Josh VanMeter had a pair of hits, including a double. 2015 was sort of a lost season for VanMeter, after breaking his leg in the season’s first week. The 20-year-old hit .250/.339/.292, in 96 at-bats for the TinCaps. VanMeter, the Padres’ fifth-round pick in 2013, should start the season in Lake Elsinore next season … RHP Ernesto Montas struggled a bit, and couldn’t make it out of the fifth. Montas allowed seven hits and a pair of runs on the evening. Montas’ numbers in Fort Wayne were solid this season, but his stuff seems like it will be conquered by more advanced hitters. The 24-year-old, soft-tossing righty pitched to a 3.50 ERA in 131 innings in Fort Wayne, but was battered to the tune of an 11.57 ERA in three starts with the Storm.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Hillsboro Hops 2 – Dust Devils 1 (Hillsboro leads the best-of-three, NWL Championship series 1-0).
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils allowed the winning run to score in the eighth to drop the opener of Northwest League Championship Series … First baseman Ty France had a pair of hits, adding further to the incredible season France has had. As we have mentioned, seemingly ad nauseam, France was drafted as a 34th rounder out of San Diego State, with little to buzz. France finished up his first pro season with a .294/.425/.391 slash-line. France will need to show some more pop to be considered a big-time prospect, but the Padres may have found a sleeper in France … RHP Adrian De Horta quietly had a nice season for Tri City, after struggling mightily in the Arizona League to start the season. De Horta went 2-1, with a 3.26 ERA in eight starts for the Dust Devils. De Horta still needs to limit the walks. But the former 2013 8th round pick only allowed Northwest League hitters to hit at a .182 clip. De Horta, 20, should be a prime candidate for the TinCaps’ rotation next season.
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.