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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: May 24

Another tough day on the farm as only Lake Elsinore could come away with the win. However the four starting pitchers combined to throw 22.1 innings allowing just four earned runs while striking out 21 (1.61 ERA). Of course all together those starters went just 1-1. Matt Thornton is beginning to look ready to finally join the Padres.

Iowa Cubs 8 – Chihuahuas 3

Key Stats: RHP Fabio Castillo 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (L, 0-1); LF Alex Dickerson 2-4, 2B, RS; 2B Carlos Asujae 1-3, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: With today’s game, Alex Dickerson surpassed the 100 at bats plateau where people stop looking at his numbers as a small sample size, and start looking at his great offensive stats as legit dominance.  With the multihit game today, Dickerson is now hitting .417/.456/.699.  Dickerson now has a 22 game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in every minor league game since tax day (when he was hitting .176)…  Manuel Margot had his first complete day off (no PH/DH) since April 16th.  Margot has not torn the cover off the ball like Renfroe or Dickerson, but has quietly put together a nice first half (.279/.348/.394) 

NW Arkansas Naturals 2 – Missions 1

Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 5.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K; 2B Nelson Ward 1-2, HR (3), 2 BB; SS Jose Rondon 2-4; DH Taylor Lindsey 1-3, 3B

Prospect Watch:  After going 1-9 in 12 starts in Lake Elsinore (over 2 seasons), Michael Kelly has seen quite a bit more success at a tougher level.  In three AA starts, Kelly has thrown 17.1 IP, 19 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 18 K, 2.08 ERA.  He is averaging more than a strike out an inning while walking nearly half as much.  Kelly is still far away from going back to the top 10 prospect that some of us thought he would be when he was drafted at the end of the first round back in 2011, but if he can help stabilize a bad AA rotation than maybe Kelly can find himself at least in the prospect conversation.    

Storm 5 – Inland Empire 66ers 1

Key Stats: RHP Zech Lemond 5 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 5 K (W, 1-0); LHP MATT THORNTON IP, K; 2B Luis Urias 2-5, RS; DH Josh VanMeter 3-5, 2B, RS, RBI; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; LF Edwin Moreno 2-5, RBI

Prospect Watch: Rehabbing pitcher Matt Thornton threw a 1,2,3 inning today leading many to believe that if he can replicate the results tomorrow and wake up Thursday feeling good that he might be joining the Padres Friday in Arizona…  Speaking of scoreless outings RHP Zech Lemond made his first start of the year.  After going 5-10 with a 5.54 ERA in Lake Elsinore last year which included losing his spot in the rotation, Lemond returned to the mound destined for better results.  In 22 starts last year, Lemond did not allow a run in all of one start (May 1st last year), so at the very least he has already equaled his total from last year. 

Lansing Lugnuts 4 – TinCaps 3

Key Stats: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 6 IP, H, ER, BB, 5 K; CF Michael Gettys 3-4, RS, 3B, RBI, 2 SB (19)

Prospect Watch:   With pitching still dominating in Fort Wayne the TInCaps can stay in games even when eight of the nine players on offense cant seem to hit the ball out of the infield.  After hitting .460/.539/.603 in April, C Austin Allen is hitting just .164/.246/.182 in May.  The only player that is hitting the ball with any regularity is CF Michael Gettys.  Over the last two weeks Gettys is hitting .417 (15-36) with nearly as many stolen bases (five) as strike outs (seven).  Gettys is now one stolen base away from getting to his 2015 season total (20).  Not only does Gettys have great potential at the plate but he also is an above average outfielder.  He showed off his arm today gunning a runner trying to go first to third on a single.    

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