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Padres Minor League System Report for April 16

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are absurdly hot and the Storm bullpen is unhittable, but the Chihuahuas laid an egg with the MadFriars on-site.

Reno Aces 3 Chihuahuas

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MadFriars' John Conniff is on location in El Paso this weekend. You can check his game story here.

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

Springfield Cardinals 9 - Missions 4

Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R; PH Taylor Lindsey 1-for-1, HR (2), 2RBI; RHP Luis Diaz 4IP, 10H, 7ER, 4K, 1BB;

Prospect Watch: The Missions fell behind early and never really got back into it as they fell below .500 on the early season. Starter Luis Diaz, signed as a minor league free agent after a rough year in Double-A for the Red Sox in 2015, got hit around hard in his second appearance for the Missions. The 24-year-old Venezuelan righty, who was stellar in his debut, gave up was charged with seven earned runs this time around, giving up two doubles and a homer among 10 hits in only four innings. ... Right fielder Nick Torres got the Missions on the board with a one-out double in the fourth. It was the first two-bagger of the year for the Cal Poly product, who had the second-best count in the minors with 44 doubles last year. ... Taylor Lindsey, who was in visibly better condition this spring than he was last year, hit a pinch-hit two run home run to finish the Missions' scoring. The 24-year-old second baseman, who came to the organization as part of the Huston Street trade in 2014, has two homers in 20 plate appearances after managing only five as part of a nightmare 2015 campaign. The 2010 compensation round pick's average is still scuffling along at .222 in the early going, but his slugging percentage at the moment is at .556, just a hair behind his OPS last year.

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

Storm 2 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-4, R, RBI, CS (2); C Jose Ruiz 1-for-3, 2B, R; RHP Chris Huffman 4IP, 2H, 0R, 6K, 0BB; RHP Jimmy Brasoban 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0B, S (3)

Prospect Watch: The Storm got their first home win of the year as Chris Huffman and three relievers held the Quakes to four hits. Huffman, who had made his first three appearances of the season out of the bullpen, worked four frames, giving up only a single and double and striking out six. The 14th-round pick in 2014 had only recorded more strikeouts than innings pitched twice in his first 36 professional appearances, but has already now pulled it off two more times in the Cal League. Even with a few arms likely coming up from Fort Wayne relatively soon, he could likely stay in the rotation for a while after Brandon Morrow makes what is likely to be his final Cal League appearance tomorrow. ... Catcher Jose Ruiz had the Storm's only extra-base hit of the night, a double in the third, then came around to score on a Franchy Cordero single. The big Venezuelan had only nine extra-base hits in 320 plate appearances for Fort Wayne last year, but already has three doubles under his belt in the Cal League. ... Cordero had his third multi-hit game of the year, though he did also strike out two more times to bring his season total to 19 in 40 at-bats. He hasn't made it through a game without a whiff yet.

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

TinCaps 14 - South Bend Cubs 1

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-5, 3B, 3RBI, 2K; C Austin Allen 2-for-4, 2B, R; RF Luis Tejada 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2BB, 3R, RBI; LF Rod Boykin 3-for-4, BB, 3R, 2SB (5); RHP Enyel De Los Santos 4IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 4BB,  

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps continue to manhandle their Midwest League opponents, jumping out to 5-0 home record and 7-3 overall. They've put up double-digit run totals in three straight games and are averaging more than seven per game early one and have outscored every team in minor league baseball. While the pitching staff hasn't been quite as stellar, they've still impressed in the early going as well. ... Luis Tejada is in his third season - and third position - in the Midwest League, but he's doing his best to make this stay a short one. The 23-year-old Dominican had his fourth multi-hit game in eight tries, collecting a pair of doubles, a single and two walks in five trips to the plate, pushing his on-base percentage up to .486. ... Shortstop Ruddy Giron collected two hits including a triple in his second appearance in the leadoff spot this year. Giron could get plenty of looks in all three spots at the top of the lineup as the year goes on. ... Enyel De Los Santos worked four scoreless frames in his second appearance in the organization. The big 20-year-old, who came over from Seattle with Double-A infielder Nelson Ward for Joaquin Benoit, issued four free passes, but struck out four more and now has 11 K's in his first 7.2 innings. The Dominican's fastball is among the best in the entire system, but he'll need to figure out how to be more efficient with his pitch counts.

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

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards

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