Dave Michael

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 13

El Paso wins a wild one in Las Vegas and San Antonio has Nelson Ward for late innings heroics. Brett Kennedy can't catch a break in Lake Elsinore while pitching dominates for the TinCaps.

Chihuahuas 12 - Las Vegas 51s 10

Casey McElroy Update:  Yeah, I know but when you are hitting in the mid-.400’s there is room for everyone on the bandwagon. 

3B McElroy 2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 BB

He finished the night with a .435 batting average. San Diego infielders Adam Rosales and Jose Pierla have batting averages of .188 and .208. If the numbers hold for McElroy, Rosales and Pierla over the next ten days, that has to get someone’s attention in the Padres’ front office.

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-4, BB, 2 SB (11); 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-6, 2B, HR (4), 3 RBI; 1B James Loney 1-5, RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-6; LF Yeison Asencio 2-6, 2 RBI; SS  Nick Noonan 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; C Ricardo Valenzuela 2-4; LHP Frank Garces 3.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 K HR;  RHP Seth Rosin 2.2 IP 5 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB HR; RHP Daniel Moskos (W, 2-0) 1.1 IP H BB K; RHP Jose Dominguez (S, 2) 1.1 IP H R ER 2 BB K.

Prospect Watch: Anything can happen some nights in the PCL, especially if it’s in Las Vegas, which may be the best park to hit in a very hitter-friendly league. El Paso put up eight runs in the second inning, Asuaje was a triple short of the cycle but the 51s made a game of it rallying from an 11-2 deficit going into the bottom of the sixth.…Garces made his first start of the night and also had a single and an RBI. It was the second at-bat of his career…The Padres are committed to Wil Myers at first base, have to wonder if another major league club will give James Loney another shot.  He was hitting .336/.364/.445 going into tonight's game…Nice night by Margot, got on base twice and stole second twice. He is now 11 for 15 on the year…El Paso is hitting .305 as a team, but still only has a .500 record.  

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

Missions 3 - Midland RockHounds 2 10 Innings

Key Statistics: 2B Nelson Ward 1-5, HR (2), RBI, BB; CF Auston Bousfield 1-4, BB; LF Nick Torres 3-5, 2 2B; RF Nick Schulz 2-4; 1B Mike Olt 2-3, BB, SB; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6.0 IP 5 H R ER 3 BB 2 K; RHP Adam Cimber (W, 1-1) H.

Prospect Watch: The Missions snapped a five-game losing streak with a tenth inning walk-off home run by Nelson Ward with two outs…Nick Torres pushed his batting average up 16 points with a three-hit night, two of them doubles…Rodriguez had his second consecutive strong outing where he allowed two earned runs or less over six or more innings…after hitting .313 in April SS Jose Rondon has seen his batting average sink to .270.

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

Lancaster JetHawks 2 - Storm 1

Key Statistics: DH Luis Tejada 1-3, 2B; 1B Trae Santos 1-3; RHP Brett Kennedy (L, 0-1) 5.0 IP 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 7 K 2 HR; RHP Louis Distasio 2.0 IP 2 BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Kennedy made two mistakes on a pair of solo home runs which unfortunately were enough to cost him the game in his Cal League debut. With the TinCaps Kennedy had a 2.54 ERA in 28.1 innings with a 38/7 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio…The Storm were held to only two hits tonight…Santos’ batting average is .186 overall, but .343 in May.  It is a long hard slog when you start the opening month at .097…It looks like MadFriars’ Top Prospect for 2016 Javier Guerra will be in Lake Elsinore for longer than we expected.  He has a .236/.296/.382 slash line with 43 strikeouts in 33 games…tonight’s loss snapped Lake Elsinore’s four game winning streak.

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

TinCaps 4 - West Michigan Whitecaps 0

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-4; 3B Kodie Tidwell 1-3, BB; LF Jonatan Pena 1-3, BB; RHP Jacob Nix 4.0 IP 5 K; RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 2-1) 5.0 IP 2 H 4 K.

Prospect Watch: As the only team with a winning record in the system, the TinCaps showed why they have the best pitching in the system. Nix had his best outing of the year - and that is saying something - as he retired all 12 batters he faced before being replaced after four innings.  The Whitecaps then faced De Los Santos, who was nearly as effective. After giving up four earned runs in his first outing he has only given up two earned runs in his next six.  He’s only 20, and the Padres will probably keep him in Fort Wayne for the full year, but there is a lot to like with nearly a strikeout (19) per inning (20.2) against only five walks…Michael Gettys is having a strong May with a .357/.400/.500 slash line and is second in the league in stolen bases with 14 in 18 attempts…tonight’s win ended Fort Wayne’s three game losing streak.

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

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

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