Kimberly Contreras

Austin Allen continues his assault on the Midwest League in a TinCaps win.

All four full-season teams were in action on the first Monday of the minor league season. The TinCaps opened a road trip with a win while San Antonio was blown out at home. The Storm won their series opener in picturesque Adelanto, California and the Chihuahuas were bested in the Pacific Northwest.

Tacoma Rainiers 6, Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: SS Jemile Weeks, 2-for-4, 3B; DH Alex Dickerson, 2-for-4, HR (1), RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-3, RS, HR (2), RBI; RHP Greg Reynolds (L, 0-1) 3.2IP. 6H, 3ER, 4BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas dropped game one of their series in Tacoma ... Alex Dickerson had a multi-hit game, including his first homer of the year. The 2015 PCL Rookie of the Year has only started two of the first four games but made the start tonight at designated hitter. James Loney figures to get most of the playing time at first, so Dickerson may be reduced to a platoon role with utility man Jose Pirela in left ... Second baseman Carlos Asuaje hit his second dinger of the young season in the loss Monday night. Asuaje, 24, was acquired by San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel deal in November. Through three games in the Padres’ organization, Asuaje is hitting .364/.364/.909 with a pair of bombs ... RHP Greg Reynolds struggled in his organizational debut and ultimately took the loss for El Paso. The number two overall pick in 2006 lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed 10 baserunners, including four walks. Reynolds is 30, so his prospect days are long over but San Diego will need better results in future outings from the former Stanford Cardinal hurler. 

For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.

Tulsa Drillers 10, Missions 1

Key Statistics: RF Yeison Asencio, 2-for-4; 2B Nelson Ward, 1-for-5, RS; RHP Johnny Hellweg (L, 0-1) 4.2IP, 7H, 3ER, BB; LHP Kyle Bartsch, 2IP, 6H, 5ER, 3K. 

Prospect Watch: Monday was not a good day for San Antonio, as the offense mustered just eight singles and the pitching staff allowed four home runs in the blowout loss ... Former Brewers and Angels prospect Johnny Hellweg, one of several veteran free agents signed to minor league deals last off-season by San Diego, struggled in his organizational debut. Hellweg, 27, could not make it out of the fifth inning and allowed two home runs and seven hits, all without striking out a batter. Hellweg can touch the mid-90’s with his heater, but he will need to generate less contact to be successful in the Texas League ... Note: The Missions released first baseman Duanel Jones in a flurry of moves throughout the San Diego system. David Jay has all the details here

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.

Storm 8, High Desert Mavericks 4

Key Statistics: 3B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, BB; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4, RS, HR (1), 2B, RBI; LF Edwin Moreno, 3-for-5, HR (1), 2RS, 2RBI; C Jose Ruiz, 2-for-4, RS, 2RBI; RHP Brandon Morrow, 5.1IP, 5H, 4ER. 2BB, 3K; LHP Brad Wieck (W, 1-0) 1.2IP, 4K. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm scored five times in the eighth to put this one away in Adelanto in front of an announced crowd of 323 brave souls. Lake Elsinore has won four of their first five games this season, after losing 90 a year ago ... RHP Brandon Morrow inched his way closer to the big league rotation with a rehab assignment in the desert. Morrow allowed three runs in the fourth inning but more importantly came away without any hiccups. It is unknown at press time if Morrow will make another rehab outing ... LF Edwin Moreno had three hits, including his first homer of the season. The 22-year-old had a solid season playing part-time in Fort Wayne but he has been playing nearly every day in Lake Elsinore. Moreno is 4-for-14 (.286 avg.) in the season’s first week ... RF Franmil Reyes connected on his first homer this season in the victory. Reyes, still just 20, enjoyed his first multi-hit game of the year, as he contributed a double to the slate as well. The large Dominican has a ton of power potential, but he is racking up the strikeouts early on, with seven whiffs in his first 19 plate appearances this season. 

For further reading on the Storm please see the Press-Enterprise.  

TinCaps 4, Great Lakes Loons 2

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 3-for-4, BB; RF Luis Tejada, 2-for-4, HR (1), 2RS, 2RBI; RF River Stevens, 1-for-3, HR (1), RS, 2RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, 3.2IP. 4H, 2ER, 7K; LHP Will Headean (W, 1-0), 3.1IP, 2H, 2K. RHP Lou Distasio (S,1) 2IP, 2H, 3K. 

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne won their third straight, using 5.1 shutout innings from their bullpen ... Prospect Enyel De Los Santos made his San Diego system debut and displayed the electric stuff that has him on most Padres’ prospect lists. De Los Santos threw 59 pitches, 41 for strikes and struck out seven without issuing a walk in 3.2 innings. De Los Santos did allow four hits, including two runs ... LHP Will Headean came in to relieve De Los Santos and pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing just a pair of hits, while striking out a pair. Headean, a 13th-rounder in June out of Illinois State, pitched well in the AZL in 2015 and hasn’t allowed a run in five innings in a pair of outings in Fort Wayne ... I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the work of 2015 4th rounder Austin Allen. Allen, 22, has three consecutive games with three hits. He also has a four-hit game and had a pinch-hit in the only game he didn’t start. In five games, Allen is 14-for-18, with a homer, three doubles, and five RBI. His slash line is absurd: .778/.800/1.111 and an OPS of 1.911. Allen has only struck out once in 20 plate appearances. His torrid start is unsustainable but Allen along with powerful Brad Zunica are two names to watch this summer. 

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

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