Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 3

El Paso, San Antonio, and Lake Elsinore all lost in games that were blowouts. 3B Casey McElroy had to finish the Chihuahua’s game, while the Missions and Storm combined for zero runs on seven hits and four errors. The lone bright spot in the system was Fort Wayne, who won behind a great start by Walker Lockett and a big home run by Michael Gettys.

Las Vegas 51’s 15 – Chihuahuas 6

Key Stats: RHP Greg Reynolds 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB (L, 1-3); RHP Tayron Guerrero 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER; 2B Carlos Asujae 2-5, RS, SB (3); LF Jose Pirela 2-3, 3B, RS; 3B-P Casey McElory 3-5, 2 RS; SS Diego Goris 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch: It is not your day when infielder Casey McElroy can do what you cannot.  RHP Tayron Guerrero started the ninth and gave up two home runs and four total runs in 0.2 innings before McElroy came in to get the final out of the inning.  Prior to this outing Guerrero hadn’t allowed an earned run and now saw his ERA jump from 0.00 to 4.32…  Speaking of struggling, Hunter Renfroe has done a complete 180 since winning the PCL Player of the Week award a week ago.  Since then, the former first-rounder has gone 0-21 with five strikeouts.  Renfroe came up as either the tying or go ahead run twice in the middle of the game; each time he weakly grounded out.  In fact, the big Chihuahuas' power hitter never once hit it out of the infield with three ground outs, a line out, and a strikeout.  

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

Frisco RoughRiders 3 – Missions 0

Key Stats: RHP Fabio Castillo 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 7 K (L, 2-4); CF Auston Bousfield 2-4, 3B, SS Jose Rondon 1-4.

Prospect Watch:  In the last week Auston Bousfield has seen his batting average climb from .166 up to .218.  While it is still not where he or the organization would like it, at least it is progress.  Bousfield was the only Missions that did not strike out Tuesday evening.  The Missions struck out 16 times, including multi-strikeout games by everyone other than Rondon (one time) and Bousfield…  Since starting the season on fire, Nick Torres has been in a serious slump the last 10 days.  He is a cool 5-31, with three runs scored, and RBI and nine strikeouts.   

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

Modesto Nuts 3- Storm 0

Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 3 BB, 4 K (L, 0-3); RHP Kyle McGrath 2 IP, 4 K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4; 2B Luis Urias 1-4.

Prospect Watch: The Storm managed more errors (three) than hits (two).  After hitting .323/.373/.532 in Fort Wayne, Luis Tejada has not enjoyed the Cal League as much.  He is currently hitting .136/.198/.303 with the Storm.  Yes, it is a small sample size but disappointing as Storm fans hoped Tejada would give the team the jolt they needed offensively…  Continuing the trend of struggling, Javier Guerra, MadFriars' top prospect still hasn’t turned the corner like most of us were hoping.  While his offensive stats are concerning what might be more troubling is his 33 strikeouts in just 24 games.  He is currently striking out just under 40% of the time.

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

TinCaps 4 – Clinton LumberKings 2 

Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 1-2); CF Michael Gettys 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen 1-4, 2B, RBI.

Prospect Watch:   Finally some good news to report!  While it is great to see outfielder Michael Gettys leading the Midwest League in both runs scored and stolen bases, the biggest tool that people saw from Gettys when he was drafted was his power.  While his power hasn’t resonated in 2016, Gettys did connect on his first dinger of the year.  The power may be a bit of a disappointment, but he has turned into a menace on the base paths, although he did not swipe a bag on Tuesday. The former second-rounder is already more than half his total last year (20 in 122 games)…  Walker Lockett was nearly unstoppable today.  He kept got ahead in the count, kept hitters off balance, and managed to work both sides of the plate.  The one time he ran into issues (first and third no one out), Lockett was able to pitch out of it thanks to a caught stealing.  He earned his first win of the year despite allowing one or fewer runs in four of his six starts.  

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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