Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 21

A monster homer gave the TinCaps the system's only victory Saturday as one reliever made his system debut while a starter got his first crack at a new level.

Round Rock Express 13 - Chihuahuas 11

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-for-5, RBI, R; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-5, 2B, 2R, RBI; SS NIck Noonan 3-for-5, 2B, 2RBI, R, E;

Prospect Watch: The El Paso bullpen had another meltdown on Saturday, giving away a five run lead over the last three frames of the game as the club squandered an eight-run fifth inning. The team got into an early hole as starter Jeremy Guthrie was tagged for three runs in the first, but he stabilized enough to work six-plus innings and give the Chihuahuas a fighting chance. The 37-year-old long-time big league pitcher was charged with seven runs overall, the fourth time this year he's had a game ERA over 9.00. ... Hunter Renfroe was pulled early in the game on Friday night without explanation, but the powerful righty was back in the lineup Saturday and went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, picking up right where he'd left off on a seven-game hitting streak that ended last night. While his walk rate is alarmingly low, he's really cut back on his strikeouts with only five in his last 45 at-bats. For the month, he's got an impressive .346/.361/.580 line. ... Jabari Blash had to be removed from the game after jarring himself making a catch to end the second inning. We'll keep you posted on what we hear.

Frisco RoughRiders 6 - Missions 5

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 2-for-5, 2R, SB (5); 2B Nelson Ward 2-for-5, R, SB (15); LF Nick Torres 2-for-4, 2RBI;

Prospect Watch: Starter Bryce Morrow's struggles continued Saturday as the righty took his sixth loss in as many starts since joining the Missions late last month. The 28-year-old gave up all six of the Frisco runs (five earned) in his five innings of work, laboring through 106 pitches. ... At the plate, Jose Rondon extended his nascent hitting streak to three with a pair of hits. Prior to Thursday, he'd been mired in a 2-for-32 slump. His average this month is 100 points lower than what he posted in April, and his .561 OPS for May lags behind his April mark by almost 200 points. ... Nick Torres had a pair of RBI singles in a losing effort as well.

Bakersfield Blaze 7 - Storm 3

Key Statistics: C Jose Ruiz 2-for-3, 2B, BB; CF Franchy Cordero 1-for-3, 2B, 2BB, SB (7); LHP Matt Thornton 1IP, 2H, 1R (0ER), 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett's California League debut was not what he was hoping for as the big righty gave up five run in 5.1 innings for the Storm. The 22-year-old hurler, who earned his promotion by throwing eight solid starts in Fort Wayne, induced easy groundball outs from the first five batters he faced, but then hit a batter and gave up a triple to surrender his first run. He was later tagged for a two-run homer over the big wall in right, but through five innings had allowed just those two balls out of the infield. The wheels came off a bit in the sixth inning though as Bakersfield strung together three hits and one of shortstop Javier Guerra's two errors on the night to chase Lockett. In all, he threw 82 pitches, struck our four and induced 10 groundouts and a pair of pop flies. ... Lefty reliever Matt Thornton made his first appearance on what is likely to be a relatively short rehab appearance. The 39-year-old specialist signed a minor league deal early in spring training, and was added to the 40-man roster just a few days before opening day. But Thornton experienced issues with his Achilles and had been sidelined all season. He got in plenty of work on Saturday. While he wasn't charged with an earned run, he yielded one unearned tally after his own throwing error on a bunt back to the mound. He'll likely get a few more frames in before returning to the Padres.

TinCaps 7 - West Michigan White Caps 3

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-for-4, BB, SB (17); 3B Carlos Belen 2-for-4, HR (2), 3RBI, 2R, E (7); SS Rudy Giron 1-for-2, BB, 2 Sac, E (13);

Prospect Watch: A two-out, two-run homer by Carlos Belen in the seventh inning put the TinCaps ahead for good as they pulled even in their series with West Michigan. The blast - a mammoth 440-foot shot to left - was one of two hits on the night for the 20-year-old third baseman, who joined the club in late April. Through his first 55 at-bats, he had only six hits and was hitting just .133/.184/.200 on May 6. But he's now hit in six straight and in 10 of 13 contests since, adding 300 points to his OPS in the process. A favorite of the club's player development leadership, Belen had a rough run in Tri-City last year, whiffing in 40 percent of his plate appearances and posting a sub-900 fielding percentage, but his raw tools at both the plate and in the field offer plenty to dream on. ... Michael Gettys kept up his torrid May with three more hits and a awalk. For the month, he has a .358/.411/.493 slash line. He also has a system-best 17 stolen bases. ... Righty Phil Maton closed out the win with a scoreless inning. Since coming off the disabled list, last year's 20th-round pick has given up one run in 5.2 innings, striking out eight without allowing a free pass.

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


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