Fresno Grizzlies 4, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: DH Alex Dickerson, 2-for-4, RBI; SS Nick Noonan, 1-for-3, RS; RHP Greg Reynolds (L, 1-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso dropped their first game in Fresno as the offense managed just five hits ... DH Alex Dickerson was the lone bright spot offensively, with a double and an RBI. Dickerson is starting to get more consistent playing time and is making the most of his opportunity. For the season, the 25-year-old is hitting .350/.394/.567 with three home runs. Dickerson also extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss ... RHP Greg Reynolds took the loss, allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. The 30-year-old former first-rounder did manage to strike out a season-high three batters. Reynolds hasn’t impressed in his first few starts in the organization as he currently sports a 6.41 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting .341. Reynolds has just five strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco RoughRiders 6, Missions 5
Key Statistics: 2B Nelson Ward, 2-for-5, 2 SB (9), RS; DH Mike Olt, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; RF Yeison Asencio, 2-for-4, RS, RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-4, 3B, RS, RBI; RHP Fabio Castillo (L, 2-3) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, 1.1 IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions lead 4-2 going into the fifth but Frisco scored a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away ... 23-year-old third baseman Gabriel Quintana had a pair of hits, including a triple in the loss. Quintana hasn’t played every day this season, losing playing time to Taylor Lindsey and Mike Olt. Quintana has been a player who has flashed power but his lack of plate discipline and shaky defensive work at third have prevented him from becoming a true prospect. Quintana is hitting .244/.277/.444, with a pair of home runs this season ... RHP Rafael De Paula pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of starting pitcher Fabio Castillo, striking out two in the process. De Paula, 25, has struggled as a starter but a move to the ‘pen full time might be a huge boon to the righty. De Paula has a 1.35 ERA in six outings, with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 6.2 IP. De Paula has allowed seven hits but his strikeout rate is certainly intriguing.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
High Desert Mavericks 6, Storm 4
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for4, RS; SS Javier Guerra, 2-for-4; 3B Josh VanMeter, 2-for-3, RS; RHP Michael Kelly, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Jose Torres (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 2 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm dropped their fourth straight game and were swept by red-hot High Desert ... Former supplemental pick Michael Kelly turned in his best outing of the season, surviving early troubles to get the quality start. Kelly, 23, struck out a season-high seven batters and allowed four hits. The outing is certainly encouraging but Kelly’s ERA is still north of nine ... 21-year-old Franchy Cordero had two hits at the top of the Storm lineup and has arguably been Lake Elsinore’s best player this season. Cordero already has three homers in 2016, after hitting five all of last year. Cordero has also played well defensively in center, as the new position has seemingly made life easier for the youngster. Cordero has an OPS of .778 on the young season.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Peoria Chiefs 11, TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: LF Rod Boykin, 2-for-4; DH Kodie Tidwell, 1-for-2, 2 BB; SS Ruddy Giron, 0-for-5 (activated from the DL); RHP Walker Lockett (L, 0-2), 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The high-powered TinCaps offense is sputtering just a bit, as the team has scored just two runs in the last two games ... RHP Walker Lockett got knocked around for the second consecutive outing, allowing six earned runs and a career-high 12 hits. Lockett, 21, looked destined for a quick promotion to the Cal League through his first three starts when he allowed just a single earned runs. Things have been tougher lately for the former fourth-rounder, as he has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 11.1 innings. His ERA has risen to 4.28 in 2016 ... Left fielder Rod Boykin was the lone bright spot offensively, as the kid from Alabama had a pair of singles. Boykin is hitting .267 over the last ten games and has seven steals for the TinCaps. Boykin is still striking out nearly 40 percent of the time, so the speedster will need to make more consistent contact to establish himself as a name to watch.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
There were a ton of roster moves throughout the system, as every active team made at least one transaction. Here are the moves:
El Paso/San Antonio: C Rocky Gale promoted from San Antonio; C Ricardo Valenzuela sent to San Antonio. With Austin Hedges on the shelf for 4-8 weeks, Gale was promoted and should split time with Jason Hagerty. The more inexperienced Valenzuela should back up Ryan Miller in San Antonio. Gale, 28, was hitting .244/.319/.244 in 14 games with the Missions. Valenzuela will suit up for his third Padres farm squad in the early part of the season.
Lake Elsinore: LHP Christian Friedrich sent to Extended Spring Training; RHP Jimmy Brasoban placed on the 7-day DL; RHP Trey Wingenter promoted from Extended Spring Training; LHP Taylor Cox promoted from Fort Wayne.
Former big leaguer Christian Friedrich was sent to Extended Spring Training in a busy day of transactions for the Storm. The lefty pitched well in his two outings for the Storm and could be awaiting his next assignment. He seems likely to be placed into the El Paso rotation ... RHP Jimmy Brasoban was placed on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. We will follow up with news as soon as it is available. Brasoban, 21, hasn’t allowed a run in 8.2 innings for Lake Elsinore and is a perfect 4-for-4 on save opportunities ... RHP Trey Wingenter was activated for the Storm and will slot into the bullpen. Wing enter, 22, was a 17th-round pick in 2015, out of Auburn. Wingenter was 1-2, with a 7.23 ERA in 12 games between the AZL Padres and Tri-City in 2015 ... LHP Taylor Cox will be moving up from Lake Elsinore from Fort Wayne. Cox, 22, was a 16th-round pick in 2014 by San Diego out of Tennessee-Martin. The lefty has a 1.80 ERA in six outings for Fort Wayne in 2016.
Fort Wayne: SS Ruddy Giron activated from the 7-day DL; Infielder Daniel Bravo sent to Extended Spring Training; LHP Taylor Cox to Lake Elsinore; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez promoted from Extended Spring Training.
Giron, 19, was activated from the disabled list with a mild hamstring issue. Giron went 0-for-5 in his return, dropping his batting average to .196 ... Daniel Bravo will head back to Extended Spring Training after filling in for Giron. Bravo, 21, hit just .154/.214/.192 for Fort Wayne in eight games ... RHP Emmanuel Ramirez was on the opening day roster for Fort Wayne but was sent back to Peoria after some early season struggles. Ramirez, 21, has an 11.57 ERA for Fort Wayne in a pair of outings in 2016.