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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: April 26

With Hedges out for two months the other prospects in El Paso responded with a blowout win. Both El Paso and Fort Wayne won despite playing games that didnt last nine innings. The Missions lost in walkoff fashion while the Storm also gave up a late run to lose a one run game.

Chihuahuas 9 – Salt Lake Bees 0 (6 innings)

Key Stats: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 5 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K (CG, 1-0); CF Manuel Margot 1-3, 2B, RS, 3 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; LF Alex Dickerson 2-4, 3B, RS; Hagerty, Noonan, and McElroy 2-3, RS each

Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe continues his torrid stretch collecting another two extra base hits.  He has now his safe in 10 of the last 11 games including seven multi-hit games, eight doubles, four home runs, and now a triple.  In the last 12 days Renfroe has seen his line go from .167/.200/.208 to .343/.389/.687.  The strikeout numbers are still a bit high (17 in 17 games), but it is nearly impossible for Padre fans to not be excited by this stretch… With Manuel Margot’s RBI double today he has now hit safely in 10 straight games.  Like Renfroe, Margot has also seen his OPS climb from .418 to .790….  Today’s lineup featured a staggering seven Chihuahuas with a batting average of over .300.  Margot (.303), Asujae (.311), Dickerson (.339), Renfroe (.343), Loney (.300), Hagerty (.324), and Noonan (.310).  Only Schimpf and McElroy had averages below .300 and both of them reached base safely twice each.

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

Frisco Roughriders 4 – Missions 3

Key Stats: RHP Luis Diaz 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K; LF Nick Torres 1-3, RS; 1B Mike Olt 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI, BB; RF Yeison Asencio 2-4

Prospect Watch: Many thought that Rocky Gale was only in AA because the regular catching duties in AAA were going to go to Hedges.  With Hedges out for the next two months it will be interesting to see if Gale stays at AA.  He definitely has the talent to be in either AAA or the majors, but thus far has not put up the offensive numbers one would hope from a guy playing well below his level.  He did go 1-4 today including his first stolen base of the year… Auston Bousfield continues to struggle.  He is now 0-11 and 2-20.  While he is one of the top offensive prospects on the Missions he might start dropping in order if he does not start at least making hard contact.

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

High Desert Mavericks 2 – Storm 1

Key Stats: LHP Christian Friedrich 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, HR (3), RBI; 3B River Stevens 2-3, 2B

Prospect Watch: In his second rehab start for the Storm, LHP Friedrich continues to work well on the mound.  While he did allow a run on four hits he also struck out three without walking a batter.  In nine rehab innings thus far Friedrich has yet to walk batter while striking out seven… CF Franchy Cordero hit his team leading third home run of the year.  It was his third home run in less than a week.  More impressively about Cordero’s 1-4 game is that he did not strike out for the first time in eight days.  If Cordero could just cut his strikeouts down to one per game he would see his batting average jump to over .300…  After a few horrible offensive performances, the Storm called up Luis Tejada to add some much needed firepower.  Tejada had been hitting .323/.373/.532 in Fort Wayne

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

TinCaps 5 – Peoria Chiefs 4 (10 innings)

Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck  5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K; DH Ty France 2-3, 2 RS, 2 BB; C Austin Allen 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI; 2B Kodie Tidwell 2-4, RBI

Prospect Watch: Logan Allen had his first tough outing of the year.  While he only allowed two runs on three hits, he also walked as many batter as he had the previous three starts combined.  In four starts Allen has now walked eight batters in just 13 innings…  Carlos Belen has now played in three games with the TinCaps.  In every game he has collected one hit, struck out once, and got at least one RBI.  His five RBI in three games have really helped the TinCaps snap out of a run scoring funk that they have been in since Rudy Giron went on the DL.  Belen was a big part of the ninth inning rally that tied the game, and then hit a one out double that put the winning run within 90 feet of home in the 10th.  

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

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