Chihuahuas Rained Out
For the third time this year, El Paso was washed out. For the third time, it was righty Carlos Pimentel who was scheduled to pitch when a game was scratched. He will throw Sunday as part of a double-header.
Even without a game, the Chihuahuas had a notable loss on Saturday as catcher Austin Hedges went to the disabled list with a hand injury. The 23-year-old has been off to a fast start, hitting .333/.385/.583 through 10 games. He'll be replaced on the roster by Ricardo Valenzuela, an indication that the Padres don't expect him to be out very long. Jason Hagerty will likely take the bulk of the work behind the plate in the interim.
Missions 10 - Midland RockHounds 3
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-for-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI, SB (3); LF Nick Torres 1-for-4, HR (2), 4RBI; RHP Fabio Castillo 5.2IP, 9H, 3R (2ER), 2K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions took advantage of a pair of big innings and a solid start from Fabio Castillo. Shortstop Jose Rondon continued his hot start to the season, going 3-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to five games. While his IsoP continues to hover near .100, he has already amassed more extra-base hits in 12 games than he did in his 28 Double-A games last year. ... Nick Torres put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with a two-out grand slam. The 22-year-old outfielder focused on adding loft to his swing in the offseason to turn some of his doubles into homers. After collecting only five round-trippers in 499 at-bats last year, he's hit two in his first 40 at-bats in the Texas League. ... Minor league free agent signee Fabio Castillo continues to add some stability to a Missions rotation that needs it. One of A.J. Preller's first international signees back in 2005, the righty yielded nine hits Saturday night, but still is averaging less than one per inning through four starts for the Missions.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 4 - Bakersfield Blaze 2
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 3RBI; DH River Stevens 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2R; LF Nick Schulz 2-for-5, 2 2B; RHP Dinelson Lamet 6IP, 5H, 0R, 9K, 1BB, WP
Prospect Watch: Starter Dinelson Lamet turned in a fantastic game, holding the Blaze scoreless for six innings and matching a career high with nine strikeouts. The 23-year-old righty dropped his ERA to 1.71 on the year. After a breakout year in his stateside debut last year, Lamet is working to develop his change-up, but his fastball and slider are already strong offerings. ... Javier Guerra really limped through the first week of the season, but the 20-year-old is starting to hit his stride. He had a pair of doubles and a walk on Saturday, nudging his OPS up to .750. While he's also cut his strike-out rate significantly, whiffing only three times in his last 20 plate appearances, but still sports a K rate north of 30 percent. ... With Valenzuela promoted to El Paso, catcher Hunter Redman has joined the Storm. The 23-year-old signed as a minor league free agent this winter after getting very limited use over two years in the Dodgers organization. He was originally an eighth-round pick out of Texas Tech in 2014. With his promotion, the Padres are down to four active catchers in extended spring training.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
South Bend Cubs 7 - TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: LF Rod Boykin 1-for-3, 2B, R; DH Carlos Belen 1-for-4, 2RBI; RHP J.C. Cosme 3IP, 9H, 6ER, 2K, 2BB; RHP Austin Smith 3.2IP, 3H, 0R, 5K. 2BB
Prospect Watch: J.C. Cosme had his first rough outing of the year, giving up six runs in three innings of work. After getting through the first inning unscathed, the 19-year-old righty gave up one run on three hits in each of the next two frames. He came out to start the fourth, but failed to record an out while issuing a pair of walks and two hits. He came into the contest having given up only three runs and eight hits in his first 13 innings. ... While Cosme struggled, Austin Smith turned in his second consecutive strong outing. The Padres' top pick in last year's draft held the Cubs scoreless for 3.2 innings, striking out a career-high five hitters. ... Carlos Belen joined the club as Ruddy Giron hit the disabled list with a minor groin issue. Belen, who struggled mightily in short-season ball last year, collected an RBI single in four plate appearances Saturday. The Padres considered sending Belen out to Fort Wayne to start the season despite his severe contact issues for Tri-City, but instead opted to give him a few weeks in the protected setting of extended spring training.
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