Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: April 29

El Paso wins, while the San Antonio pitching staff has a night to forget. The Storm waste a great pitching performance by Lamet and the TinCaps keep finding a way to win.

Chihuahuas 6 - Fresno Grizzlies 5

Key Statistics: RF/LF Jose Pierla 2-4; LF Alex Dickerson 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB: 1B James Loney 2-4, 2B, RBI; C Jason Hagerty 2-4, 2B, HR (2) 2 RBI; DH Ryan Schimpf 2-4, 2B; RHP Carlos Pimentel 4.0 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 6 Ks HR; LHP Frank Garces 2.0 IP 5 BB 6 K; RHP Derek Eitel (W, 1-0) 1.1 IP 2 BB K.

Prospect Watch: El Paso held on despite a three-run home run by the Grizzlies in the eighth inning…Dickerson, who had a big year last season in the PCL, is now hitting .349/.400/.571…

Hagerty, who has been seeing more playing time with the injury of Austin Hedges, is also hitting at .342/.375/.684…As long as the Chihuhuas get some sort of pitching, they are going to be ok.

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

Midland Rockhounds 19 - Missions 7

Key Statistics: 1B Mike Olt 2-5, HR (2) , 2 RBI; RF Yeison Asencio 2-4, 3B; DH Taylor Lindsey 1-3, RBI, BB; CF Auston Bousfield 2-4, HR (1), 3 RBI; C Ricardo Valenzuela 2-4, RBI;  RHP Johnny Hellweg (L, 1-3) 1.1 IP 4 H 7 R 7 ER 5 BB; LHP Brandon Alger 2.2 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB 2 Ks; RHP Kyle Bartsch 3.0 IP 5 H 4 R ER BB K; RHP Jason Jester 1.0 IP 4 H 4 R 4 ER K 2 HR.

Prospect Watch: The good news is the Missions put seven runs on the board and in the past 10 games San Antonio’s offense has put up five or more runs eight times.  The problem is the pitching, particularly the starting pitching, has just not been good this year.  San Diego may have found a diamond in the rough with RHP Cesar Vargas from the Yankess, but your number only comes up so many times in the lottery.  The rest of the staff, with the exception of RHP Bryan Rodriguez, is a collection of minor league free agent signees….Bousfield had a good night and hopefully will get him out of his month long slump.  Despite a batting average of .188 he still has an on-base percentage of .325, which is third on the team.

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

Lancaster JettHawks 1  - Storm 0 

Key Statistics: LF Edwin Moreno 1-3, 2B; SS Javier Guerra 0-2, BB; RHP Dinelson Lamet (L, 3-1) 5.0 IP 4 H R ER 3 BB 5 K; RHP Trey Wingenter 2.0 IP 3 K; RHP Kyle McGrath 2.0 IP H 4 Ks. 

Prospect Watch: Despite the loss, the key in minor leagues is development and the Padres have to be happy with how Lamet is coming along.  Lamet has only given up one earned run in his last three starts (17 innings) and the opposition is only hitting .191 against him.  He was very good last year in Fort Wayne and according to Sam Geany, the Padres Director of Development, the organization will let him go as far as his talent will take him…Offensively, Moreno’s double was the only hit of the night for the Storm…1B Trae Santos has been struggling this year with a .103 batting average after a solid year in Fort Wayne last year.

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

TinCaps 7 - Burlington Bees 3

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron 1-3, 2B, BB; DH Ty France 2-4, 3 RBI, BB; C Austen Allen 0-3, 2 BB; 3B Carlos Belen 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; RHP Austin Smith 2.1 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER 4 BB 2 K; RHP Jean Cosme (W, 3-1) 4.0 IP 3 H R ER 5 K.

Prospect Watch: One of the keys to developing a succesfull farm system is not only drafting well and making the international signings, but also being able to flip established major league players for talented lower minor leaguers - which is where pro scouting comes in.  This off-season A.J. Preller added LHP Logan Allen from the Red Sox, RHP Enyel De Los Santos from the Mariners and RHP Jean Cosme from the Orioles - all 20 or younger with big arms. Cosme has been up and down, but for the most part pretty good with 19 strikeouts in 20 innings against only six walks…France is leading the Midwest League with 18 RBI in 22 games and has a .453 on-base percentage…Allen is the leader in on-base percentage with a remarkable .539.

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

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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