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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 9

Monday was a light night in the San Diego system as the Storm had a day off and the TinCaps were rained out. However, El Paso continued their hot hitting and won their third straight while the starting pitching blues continued in San Antonio, as the Missions were walloped in Corpus Christi.

Chihuahuas 8, Fresno Grizzlies 6

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; 1B James Loney, 2-for-4, RS; 3B Casey McElroy, 2-for-3, RBI; 2B Diego Goris, 2-for-4, 2 RS, HR (2), 3 RBI; DH Ryan Schimpf, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Brandon Morrow, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Frank Garces (W, 1-0) 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: El Paso got the comeback win, scoring three runs in the eighth to defeat Fresno at home ... El Paso’s team average is now .306, best in all of professional baseball and the club is scoring an average of seven runs a game in the month of May ... Casey McElroy had two more hits, in addition to being named the PCL Player of the Week earlier on Monday. All of these accomplishments aren’t bad for a player who started the year in extended spring training. McElroy went 14-for-28 with nine RBI and six extra-base hits. His fourteen hits led all of minor league baseball. McElroy has played third and second for El Paso. In his last 10 games, McElroy has an unfathomable nine multi-hit games and he is hitting .526 in that stretch. For the season, the former Auburn Tiger is hitting .412/.428/.569 for the Chihuahuas in 2016 ... Second baseman Diego Goris had a big night, socking his second homer of the season and he contributed with the go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth. The ball went under the left fielder’s glove and Diego Goris completed the “Little League homer.” Goris, like the rest of the El Paso lineup, is red-hot, hitting .345 with two home runs in his last 10 games. The 25-year old doesn’t strike out too much but has walked in less than 2% of plate appearances this season in the PCL ... Starting pitcher Brandon Morrow turned his best outing of the year, perhaps inching closer to a spot in the San Diego rotation. Morrow, 31, took the no-decision but went six innings and allowed eight hits and three earned runs. Morrow’s velocity has hovered in the low 90’s during his rehab stints and overall the former big leaguer has allowed 49 hits in 32 innings. Still, if the Padres need a starter in the interim, he might be their best option. 

Corpus Christi 8, Missions 5

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 1-for-5, HR (1) 2 RS, RBI; LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4, 3B, RS, SB (2); RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-4, RS, RBI; 1B Mike Olt, 2-for-4; RHP Johnny Hellweg (L, 1-4) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB; LHP Kyle Bartsch, 3.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions’ pitching staff continues to struggle as big righty Johnny Hellweg failed to escape the first inning. Hellweg allowed four hits, two walks and hit a batter, all while recording just two hits. Hellweg has also hit a batter in five consecutive starts. Hellweg has been a disaster for San Antonio in 2016, as the one-time Brewer has a 10.97 ERA in six Texas League starts. At some point, San Antonio may need to go to someone else in the rotation ... On a positive note, shortstop Jose Rondon hit his first homer of the year in the loss. Rondon, 21, has a .299/.347/.389 batting line in 2016, which is eerily similar to his career tally. While the shortstop has slumped a bit over the last 10 games, he has been a solid regular for the Missions and has arguably been the team’s most consistent performer ... 

Storm: The Storm had the day off after making the long bus ride down from San Jose. They will open up a three-game series at home tomorrow. 

TinCaps: Fort Wayne was rained out Monday night. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow at Parkview Field. 

Roster Moves: 

El Paso: With utility man Jose Pirela in San Diego, outfielder Yeison Asencio was promoted to El Paso. As of right now, no corresponding move was made by the Missions, so they currently have 24 active players on the roster. Arsenic, 26, was hitting .252/.271/.350 in 28 games for the Missions in 2016.  

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


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