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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 8

While the big league club found a frustrating way to lose on Sunday, the Padres' minor leaguers recorded a rare system sweep, though Fort Wayne had the day off to celebrate Mother's Day.

Chihuahuas 9, Fresno Grizzlies 4

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margo 2-for-5, 3B (2), 2R, 2RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, 2B, SB (3), R; 2B Casey McElroy 2-for-3, 2B, SF, 2RBI, 2R; LHP Christian Friedrich 4.2IP, 6H, 2ER, 2K, 2BB, HBP, 82P

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas' offensive juggernaut continued Sunday afternoon as the team collected 12 hits and pushed their team average up to a minor league-leading .303. Four different El Paso players had multiple hits,including each member of the starting outfield. Hunter Renfroe continues to rebound impressively from his cold stretch from last week, connecting for a single and double today and moving his OPS back up to .931. He also flashed his all-round game Sunday, swiping his third base of the year and throwing out yet another runner on the bases. He's now wiped out a league-best seven runners on the year. Teammate Manuel Margot is one of only two other Pacific Coast League outfielders who has five. Not to be outdone, Carlos Asuaje, making his second consecutive start in left, had a pair of hits and also threw out Fresno speedster Tony Kemp at third base. ... It's worth noting Asuaje shifted to the outfield in favor of Casey McElroy at second base. With the organization's depth at second being tested so much by injuries, McElroy is doing everything in his power to gain consideration. Following his eighth multi-hit game in nine tries, the 2011 11th-rounder now sports a cool .396/.415/.563 line through 51 plate appearances.

Missions 7 - Corpus Christi Hooks 4

Key Statistics: SS Chase Jensen 2-for-4, HR (1), 4RBI, SB (1), E (1); LF Nick Torres 1-for-4, HR (3), RBI; RHP Fabio Castillo 5.1IP, 6H, 3ER, 5K, 2BB, 85 P; RHP Jason Jester 1.2 IP, 2H, 0R, 1K, 0BB (1/1 inherited runners scored)

Prospect Watch: The Missions fell behind in the first but put up two runs in the top of the second and never trailed again as they snapped their latest six-game losing streak on the road Sunday. Inexplicably, they are 4-0 on Sundays and just 6-20 the rest of the week. Despite carrying a Texas-League worst ERA, on-base percentage and slugging percentage into the day, San Antonio pulled off the well-rounded win. Nick Torres, Gabriel Quintana and Chase Jensen each had homers on the day, a rarity for a club that had come in with only 16 four-baggers in 29 games. For Jensen, the 25-year-old infielder who joined the Missions late last month, the blast was his first hit in Double-A, and was followed by a ninth inning single that plated the final two runs of the game. The tall right-hander has already logged time at second, third, short and centerfield for the Missions. ... We spent much of the second half of last year writing about Torres's need to turn some of his doubles into homers. He's now got three - to go along with six two-base hits - in his first 100 plate appearances. Next up on his to-do list is to increase his anemic 3.0% walk rate. ... Jason Jester picked up his fourth save of the year and it was again a multi-inning effort. The low-profile righty has come in mid-frame twice in his four save opportunities.

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

Storm 7 - San Jose Giants 0

Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 3-for-4, BB, 2B, R, RBI; CF Franchy Cordero 3-for-5, 2B, 2R, RBI, CS (3); LF Edwin Moreno 3-for-5, 3B, RBI; RHP Michael Kelly 7IP, 4H, 0R, 7K, 0BB, W, 85P

Prospect Watch: Lake Elsinore's offense broke out and Michael Kelly delivered the club's best start of the year to avoid the series sweep in San Jose and make the six-plus hour bus ride home much better. Kelly, 23, allowed only four singles over seven innings of work while matching his season high with strikeouts. The righty had never previously carried a shutout through seven innings as a professional. After a brutal start in Bakersfield in late April, Kelly has rebounded to allow only four runs over his last three starts, striking out 18 in as many innings over that span. ... Javier Guerra came in in the midst of a 4-for-31 slump, but the shortstop connected for three hits, including a double, and a walk on Sunday afternoon. The Panamanian shortstop pulled a pair of hits to right field and added a bunt single late in the game. The strong finish to the road trip bodes well for Guerra, whose OPS at home at the Diamond is 250 points better than his road mark. ... Edwin Moreno was one of my favorite sleeper position players in the system coming into the year, but the 22-year-old outfielder got off to a brutal start for the Storm. and he bottomed out at .169/.219/.390 on April 26. But over the last 11 games, he's righted the ship a bit and moved his line up to .238/.271/.475. Obviously, he still has some distance to go, but the left-handed hitter, who has an odd hitch in his swing, is trending in the right direction. He hit .308 for the TinCaps last year.

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

TinCaps had a scheduled day off

Rather than relying on garish uniforms and tacky pseudo-charitable tie-ins, the Midwest League honors Mother's Day with a day off across the league.Novel, isn't it? The TinCaps return to action Monday night when they host the Great Lakes Loons.

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


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