Dave Michael

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 9

While the Padres draft class grabbed most of the headlines, all four full-season teams were in action Thursday evening. El Paso dropped their second straight, losing at home. The Missions won behind another great outing by Michael Kelly. The Storm lost at home while the TinCaps won on the road.

Sacramento RiverCats 6, Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, RBI; 1B Alex Dickerson, 2-for-5, 2B; RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-5, 3B; 3B Ryan Schimpf, 2-for-3, RS, 2B, BB, 2 RBI; RHP Fabio Castillo (L, 0-3) 4 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, BB 3 K; RHP Derek Eitel, 2 IP, 2K. 

Prospect Watch: Catcher Austin Hedges returned from the disabled list and made his presence known by picking off a runner at second. He went 1-for-3 at the plate as well ... Third baseman Ryan Schimpf extended his hitting streak to nine games with two hits, including a double. Schimpf is hitting a ridiculous .545 (18-for-33) with six (yes, six) homers and 13 RBI during the streak. The infielder is leading the PCL with a 1.147 OPS in 47 games ... Righty Fabio Castillo struggled and took his third loss, Thursday night. The 27-year-old gave up 11 hits, (although 10 were singles) and six earned runs in four innings of work. Castillo has a 4.64 ERA between San Antonio and El Paso on the season. 

Roster note: The Chihuahuas activated Austin Hedges from the disabled list and first baseman Josh Satin decided to retire. Hedges had surgery on his hand and started Thursday night. Satin, 31, hit just .182/.250/.273 in 18 games with El Paso. Satin was drafted in the 6th round in 2008 and spent some time in the big leagues with the Mets. 

Missions 4, Frisco RoughRiders 0

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-3, RS; LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4, 2B; 1B Diego Goris, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-4, HR (5), RS, RBI; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions won their second straight over the Frisco RoughRiders, thanks to the continued dominance of Michael Kelly. Kelly turned in his finest outing of the season, shutting out Frisco for seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk. Kelly got knocked around in his last start but kept the ball down and continued to miss bats. Kelly is continuing to rebuild his value and might be the best starting pitcher San Diego has in the upper minors ... Left fielder Nick Torres extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, including a double. The former fourth-rounder is hitting .475 over the last 10 games. Torres’ recent hot streak has his average up to .315 -- good for second in the Texas League. Torres has also displayed more pop this season but has only drawn five walks this season ... Taylor Lindsey hit his second homer of June in the win Thursday, a welcome sign after a brutal May. Lindsey is hitting .250/.300/.536, with two homers after a .133/.235.173 May. 

High Desert Mavericks 4, Storm 1

Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-5, RS; CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Brett Kennedy, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; LHP Brad Wieck, IP, 3K. 

Prospect Watch: RHP Brett Kennedy took the loss for Lake Elsinore, as the righty allowed four earned runs in five innings. Kennedy, 21, allowed some hard contact but did strike out six in the losing effort. Kennedy has had some command issues in High-A but has still shown the ability to get strikeouts against better competition. The righty has a 2.89 ERA in five Cal League starts ... LHP Brad Wieck struck out the side in his first appearance since being named to the California League All-Star team. The lefty, who was acquired in the Alex Torres deal last spring has transitioned into relief full time in 2016. Wieck is striking out nearly 13 batters per nine and sports a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings this season. 

TinCaps 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3

Key Statistics: SS Peter Van Gansen, 3-for-4, 2B; DH Brad Zunica, 3-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI, RS; RHP Austin Smith, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB; LHP Jerry Keel, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Corey Kimber, (W, 1-0) 2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K. RHP Gerardo Reyes (S, 4) IP, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: Brad Zunica carried the TinCaps to a win, hitting his fifth homer to go with three RBI in the victory. Zunica’s evening extended his hitting streak to nine games and the big slugger has seemingly turned the page on a rough May. The slugging first baseman is hitting .429/.467/.643 in June and his five dingers lead the Fort Wayne squad ... Shortstop Peter Van Gansen had his third three-hit game of the season for Fort Wayne in the victory. The infielder has played mostly second this season with Ruddy Giron getting most of the reps at short this season. Van Gansen is a smooth fielder but is hitting just .240/.313/.274 this season. 


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