Chihuahuas Rained Out
With steady rain all day in Reno, El Paso was postponed. Showers are expected to continue on Sunday, but they'll try to get one in. Saturday's contest will be made up as part of a double-header in June.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Springfield Cardinals 6 - Missions 4
Key Statistics: 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-for-4, HR (1), 2R; C Ryan Miller 1-for-4, 3B (1), R; RHP Cesar Vargas 5.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 7K, 1BB, WP, 75P
Prospect Watch: Cesar Vargas had a solid system debut, giving up two runs over 5.2 innings of work. The 24-year-old signed a major league free agent deal in November after spending seven years in the Yankees system. The Yanks hadn't used him as a starter since 2013, but the Padres were impressed enough at his upside both to give him a rotation spot and put him on the 40-man roster. The Mexican native allowed only one ball out of the infield the first time through the lineup before yielding a pair of doubles in the fourth inning. The second run charged to him came after he issued a two-out walk in the sixth and gave way to Rafael De Paula out of the pen. Vargas finished with seven strikeouts, picking up where he left off in an impressive stint in the Mexican Winter League for Hermosillo. ... Gabriel Quintana (pictured above) hit a ninth-inning home run to make the final score a bit closer. After averaging a homer every 35 plate appearances in nearly two full seasons with the Storm, the 23-year-old Dominican blasted four in a cameo for San Antonio last August, and has 5 in his first 50 Double-A trips to the plate overall.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 3 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 2-for-4, R, RBI, K, E (2); RHP Martires Arias 4.1 IP, 4H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB, WP, 2HBP, Balk; RHRP Jimmy Brasoban 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 0BB, Save (1)
Prospect Watch: By virtue of his immense stature, Martires Arias will get plenty of attention, and lots of opportunities. The 6'10" hurler has plenty of work to do, but the offseason signee made some positive strides with Mark Prior in spring training. The 25-year-old fought his mechanics throughout the start, walking two, uncorking a wild pitch and hitting a pair of batters, including a scary fastball to the head of Dodgers catching prospect Julian Leon, who walked off under his own power. But the righty also struck out six and induced plenty of weak contact. ... The Storm were gifted all three of their runs, which were unearned thanks to four Quakes errors. The club managed only two singles in five innings against Grant Holmes, a 2014 first-rounder who features prominently in most top prospect lists. ... Jimmy Brasoban, whose slider is one of the better pitches in the system, came on with runners at first and third and one out in the eighth, and promptly shut down the Quakes by striking out high-profile Cuban defector Yusniel Diaz and getting an easy groundout to strand the tying run. He then came back out to work a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his first save of the year. The 21-year-old righty had only one multi-inning save for the TinCaps last year, though he did work more than one frame in 17 different appearances. It will be worth watching how Francisco Morales balances the workload between Brasoban and Colby Blueberg this year.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Press-Enterprise.
Tincaps 9 - Lake County Captains 5
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 3-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 2R, 2RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 2-for-2, HR (1), 2BB, R, 3RBI; DH River Stevens 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R, 2SB (2); RHP Brett Kennedy 3IP, 4H, 2R (1ER), 2K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck 3IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Austin Allen was widely regarded as a bat-first pick when the Padres took him in the fourth round last June, but as often happens after a long college season, he struggled a bit in his transition to wood bats in the Northwest League. He's had no such issues so far in the brutal cold of the Midwest League, collecting eight hits in his first 10 trips to the plate, including a big home run to right-center Saturday. The St. Louis native, going short-sleeved despite a 38 degree game-time temperature, also had a single and double on the day. ... Brad Zunica, a Florida boy who had about five more layers of clothing on than Allen, launched his first Midwest League homer, a monster shot to deep right. The big first baseman reached base in all four trips to the plate Saturday, including a pair of walks. ... Elliot Ashbeck picked up the win two days after he was a late addition to the TinCaps roster. The Wisconsin native gave up just one walk in three otherwise clean innings, striking out two. The 22-year-old worked only 25.2 innings in the Arizona League after the Padres took him out of Bradley in the 16th round last year. Look for him to log plenty of multi-inning appearances this spring.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.