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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 4

The Chihuahuas ride the PCL's top offense in a dominating win. In the Cal League, Dinelson Lamet makes his case for best starter in the Padres' system by having another absolutely dominating start.

Chihuahuas 17 – Las Vegas 51s 6

Key Stats: RHP Brandon Morrow 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-4, HR (2), 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; 1B James Loney 3-3, 2 RS, 3 RBI, 2 BB; 3B Casey McElroy 2-5, 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI; C Rocky Gale 2-3, HR (1), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; SS Nick Noonan 3-5, 2 2B, RS, 3 RBI.

Prospect Watch: Brandon Morrow still says he is just working on getting back to 100% and that the results are not important. However, now after five starts in which he's allowed four or more runs, you have to wonder how much faith the Padres have.  His strikeout/base-on-balls ratio was better at 2:1 (60 S, 29 B), but results have to come eventually…  After blasting Renfroe last night, he hopefully started to break out of an 0-22 slump by collecting his first hit an a week.  He also had a bases loaded walk as part of a nine-run 8th inning…  While they haven’t been considered “prospects” for some time, both Rocky Gale and Casey McElroy continue to destroy PCL pitching.  Gale (.412) and McElroy (.382) have helped the Chihuahuas have the highest batting average in the PCL at .302…  El Paso transferred RHP Seth Rosin from extended to AAA.  Rosin is most known for being traded as part of the Hunter Pence trade with San Francisco in 2012.  He was then selected by the Mets in the 2013 Rule 5 draft only to be immediately flipped to the Dodgers.  He was later claimed off waivers by Texas before being designated for assignment and returned to the Phillies in early April.  He signed as a minor league free agent with the Padres in January. He arrived to take the spot of Greg Reynolds, who has been assigned back to extended spring for the moment.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 8 – Missions 6

Key Stats: RHP Johnny Hellweg 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 K; SS Jose Rondon 1-3, 2B, RS, BBl RF Nick Schultz 1-4, HR (2), 3 RBI; 1B Mike Olt 1-3, RS, RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch:  After making his major league debut in 2013, Johnny Hellweg has gone backwards.  He went 1-10 in the minors last year, and has thus far continued the trend with a 1-3 record and a 9.58 ERA.  He was still in line for the win until relievers Eric Yardley and Adam Cimber blew the lead in the 7th…  Nick Schulz picked up his second home run in his last three games with the Missions.  He has exactly one hit in every game with San Antonio since being promoted from Lake Elsinore, maintaining that nice 1-4 (.250) batting average.    

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

Storm 4 – Modesto Nuts 2

Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K (W, 4-1); 2B Luis Urias 2-4, RS, BB; LF Edwin Moreno 3-4, 3B, RS; 1B Trae Santos 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB; SS Javier Guerra 0-3, RS, BB, 2 K; RHP Colby Blueberg IP, K (S, 4).

Prospect Watch: Dinelson Lamet continued to be the ace of the Storm, earning his fourth win in another dominating start. Over his last four outings, Lamet has gone 23 IP, 18 H, ER, 7 BB, 23 K.  Opposing batters are hitting just .198 against him, and his WHIP continues to hover around 1.00. With his fourth win of the year, Lamet climbed to within one win of his total of five last year, when his innings limits kept him from recording many. It's a number he should be able to eclipse fairly easily…  Closer Colby Blueberg continues to just blow away hitters.  After earning his first save in nearly three weeks his last time out, Blueberg once again threw a perfect ninth inning to collect his fourth save of the year.  On the season he has ow struck out 15 in 13 innings while only allowing eight hits and an even more impressive 0 walks.  We thought Blueberg was impressive last year with a 0.86 WHIP. This year in the hitter-friendly Cal League, Blueberg is boasting a 0.62 WHIP and has only allowed a baserunner in five of his 10 appearances.

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

Clinton LumberKings 5 – Tin Caps 4

Key Stats: RHP Austin Smith 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 4 BB, K; RHP Jean Cosme 3 IP, H, BB, K; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; C Austin Allen 1-3, BB.

Prospect Watch:   While Jacob Nix, Walker Lockett, and Enyel De Los Santos have all seen their numbers get better as the season has worn on, Padres' top pick from last year, Austin Smith, has not seen the same increase in performance.  Over his last two starts, Smith has gone only 5.1 innings allowing seven hits while walking eight.  Batters are hitting nearly .300 off of him and he is boasting a 1.86 WHIP.  By comparison Smith allowed only one fewer baserunner in three innings than Blueberg has all year… Since starting off the year blistering hot, Austin Allen has cooled down just a bit.  He has still reached base in nine straight games and is hitting .451 over his first 21 games.  A lot of this could be due to no protection behind him in the lineup. First baseman Brad Zunica, who is normally batting behind him is mired in a 5-33 slump (.152).  Today the TinCaps had third baseman Carlos Belen hitting behind him with an equally impressive 5-37 slump.  Other options are Jhonathan Pena (.190), Peter Van Gansen (.226) and Rod Boykin (.234).  

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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