Rebecca Lynn/San Antonio Missions

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: April 25

The lower level teams had Monday off but San Antonio and El Paso were in action. The Chihuahuas rode a big inning to a victory in Salt Lake City but the Missions pitching staff struggled in a loss to the Frisco RoughRiders.

Chihuahuas 8, Salt Lake City Bees 5

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-5, RS; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RS, RBI; LF Alex Dickerson, 2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI; 1B James Loney, 3-for-4, HR (1), 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen (W, 3-1) 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas scored five runs in the fifth inning to win Monday night. Former Major Leaguer James Loney had his best game in his short stint in El Paso with three hits including his first home run. Loney is making a hefty $8 million this season after being released by the Rays and has seemingly recovered from a slow rstart. The 31-year-old former first-round pick is hitting .304/.305/.411. While he hasn’t hit for power, Loney has only struck out twice in 56 at-bats. Loney won’t play in San Diego as long as Wil Myers is around but he does give the Padres an experienced bat if Myers cannot stay healthy ... Second baseman Carlos Asuaje had another multi-hit game, which included a double. Asuaje is leading the team with a .333 average and his OPS is approaching 1.000. With all the injuries to infielders in San Diego, one has to wonder if Asuaje will get an opportunity to play in San Diego soon. ... El Paso is currently second in the PCL with a .295 team batting average and they lead the league in home runs with 19. 

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

Frisco RoughRiders 7, Missions 4

Key Statistics: 2B Nelson Ward, 3-for-4 SB (7); 3B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-4, HR (3) 2 RS, 2B; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4; RHP Bryce Morrow (L, 0-1) 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 7 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions opened up their road trip with a loss at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, dropping them under .500 at 8-9 ... Taylor Lindsey hit his team-leading third homer in the loss while playing third base. After a disastrous 2015 season that saw Lindsey designated for assignment, Lindsey has hit well in San Antonio while playing all over the infield for the Missions. Lindsey has played second base, third base and has made his professional debut at first in 2016. The 24-year-old was once considered a top-100 prospect as recently as 2013 and is still young enough to establish himself as a name to watch. Lindsey is hitting a very healthy .293/.388/.610 in the early onset of the 2016 season ... Second baseman Nelson Ward had a season-high three hits and his seventh stolen base Monday night. Ward, 23, has been steady for the Missions this year and has hit at the top of the lineup on most nights. Ward is hitting .278 with an OPS of .690 in 58 at-bats this season ... RHP Bryce Morrow came up from extended spring training and took the loss, allowing five earned runs and two home runs in six innings of work. Morrow, 28, did strike out seven hitters while walking just one. Morrow could get more starts in the Missions’ rotation as Cesar Vargas is in San Diego for the foreseeable future. Morrow facilitated a swingman role for the Missions last year and should do the same with the lack of depth in the upper minors in 2016. 

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

Storm: The Storm had the night off. They open a six-game homestead tomorrow against High Desert. 

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

TinCaps: The TinCaps also had Monday off. They too open up a homestand tomorrow against the Peoria (Illinois) Chiefs. 

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


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