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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: April 27

Tough day on the diamond as only Fort Wayne come away with a win. Pitchers dominate the recap as Brandon Morrow makes a rehab start in San Antonio, Trevor Seidenberger set a career high in striekouts, and Nix and De Los Santos show fans just how dominant the Tin Caps pitchers will be as they continue to grow.

The Chihuahuas had the day off.

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

Frisco Roughriders 6 – Missions 5

Key Stats: RHP Brandon Morrow 5.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, K; SS Jose Rondon 2-5, 2B, RS; 1B Mike Olt 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, RS; 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-4, HR (2), 3 RBI.

Prospect Watch: As Andrew Cashner has yet another difficult start the Padres could be looking for rehabbing veteran Brandon Morrow as backup.  Sadly, it hasn’t been the breeze of a rehab stint Morrow was hoping for.  In his second start in San Antonio, Morrow did manage to pitch into the sixth, but he was also knocked out of the game in that inning.  He threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.  In four rehab starts between High A and AA, Morrow has given up at least four earned runs in every start, and has struck out only 12 in 22 innings…. Former Padre #1 overall pick Matt Bush got the save for Frisco, his third.  However he did give up a two-run home run to Gabriel Quintana.  Outside of the home run Bush struck out six in two innings

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

High Desert Mavericks 10 – Storm 2

Key Stats: RHP Martires Arias 0.2 IP, H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, K; LHP Trevor Seidenberger 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 2 IP, 2 H, 5 K; SS Javier Guerra 2-4; LF Edwin Moreno 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch: RHP Martires Arias couldn’t find home plate, and when he finally did the defense let him down.  After getting two outs in the first inning, Arias walked his fourth batter of that inning, to force in a run, and hit another batter to force in another run.  After an error, a wild pitch, and a single, Arias was done.  Arias has now walked eight in his last two starts, and 13 in 15.2 innings.  He has failed to get through five innings in three of his first four starts this year.  His replacement Trevor Seidenberger who came over in the Rymer Liriano deal, set a career high with strikeouts in a game with nine.  His previous high was only five which he hadn’t done since 2014…  While Colby Blueberg is still considered the closer in Lake Elsinore he hasn’t had the opportunity to close a game in nearly three weeks (April 10th).  Since then he has had to adjust, often times appearing in blow out games like tonight.  Blueberg definitely is not a closer that can only get motivated in close games.  Over his last three games he has struck out 11 over five innings without allowing a walk.  Blueberg has yet to surrender a free pass and is posting an amazing 0.73 WHIP. 

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

TinCaps 1 – Peoria Chiefs 0

Key Stats: RHP Jacob Nix 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (W, 1-1); CF Michael Gettys 1-3, BB.

Prospect Watch: As will be the case on most days in Fort Wayne, the story was the pitchers.  Jacob Nix started the game and for his second outing in a row did not allow a run.  While he still has not been given the opportunity to pitch deep into games, Nix’s last two starts have been 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, BB, 8 K.  Since his first horrible outing of the year, Nix has seen his ERA drop from 21.6 down to 3.86…. While this will be echoed nearly every game he pitches, Enyel De Los Santos was the prize in the Benoit deal.  At just 20 he has already showed he is more than capable of dominating the MidWest League.  His five inning start marks his longest outing of the year, batters are hitting just .226 off of him and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning.    

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

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