Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 16

On the eve of opening night in Tri-City, all four full-season squads were in actions. El Paso lost at home to Albuquerque while San Antonio pulled out the win at home. Lake Elsinore won in Visalia and the TinCaps lost in a high scoring affair at home.

Albuquerque Isotopes 6, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: LF Alex Dickerson, 3-for-4, 2RBI; C Austin Hedges, 1-for-4, HR (3), RBI; 3B Rocky Gale, 2-for-4; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 2-1) 4.1IP, 8H, 6ER, 3BB, 2K; RHP Eric Yardley, 2.1IP, 3H, K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso scored four runs in the final two innings but the rally fell short and the Chihuahuas came away with the split ... Catcher and now third baseman Rocky Gale had a pair of singles in the loss. El Paso figures to give the vast majority of playing time behind the dish to Austin Hedges, so Gale appears to have shifted to a utility role. He also played games at second and third a season ago. Gale has hit a solid .302 this season to go with a career-high three home runs for El Paso ... The aforementioned Austin Hedges hit his third home run of the season Thursday night. Hedges, 23, missed about six weeks after having surgery on his hand. The talented backstop is 5-for-24 since coming off the disabled list ... Alex Dickerson continues to do Alex Dickerson-type things in the friendly confines of West Texas. The slugger had three singles and is hitting .409 this season. 

Missions 4, Midland RockHounds 2

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 1-for-2, BB; LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 3B River Stevens, 1-for-4, HR (1), 2RBI; RHP Aaron Northcraft (W, 1-0) 5.2IP, 8H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K; RHP Jason Jester (S, 8) IP, H, BB, 2K. 

Prospect Watch: Utility infielder River Stevens showed off his new-found power stroke by blasting his fifth homer of the year -- and his first in Double-A. The former 9th round pick way back in 2013, had one career dinger going into this season. While Stevens may not be a prospect in a traditional sense, his increased power and defensive versatility give him a change to stick in the organization. Between three levels, the 23-year-old is hitting .262/.315/.423 with seven steals. He has played right and left field, in addition to shortstop, second and third base this season ... Texas League All-Star reliever Jason Jester pitched a spotless ninth to earn his eighth save. The 25-year-old is probably the best reliever in the upper minors and has allowed just one run over his last 10 outings. Jester’s strikeout-to-walk-ratio sits at a healthy 28:3. 

Storm 4, Visalia Rawhide 1

Key Statistics: 3B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, 2RS; CF Franchy Cordero, 3-for-3, RS, RBI; LF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 1-1) 5.1IP, 6H, ER, 3BB, 7K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 10) IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: Centerfielder Franchy Cordero has to be the most improved player in the San Diego system in 2016. The shortstop-turned-outfielder went 3-for-3, with a double in the Storm victory. Cordero is hitting .286/.334/.444 with five home runs in 2016. The 21-year-old has used his impressive bat speed and quick wrists to finally realize the potential he showed way back in 2013 in the AZL. While Cordero needs to cut down on his strikeouts, his improvement and potential makes him a name to watch ... Righty Enyel De Los Santos recovered nicely from a rough debut in the Cal League and earned the victory Thursday night. The big righty allowed an earned run in 5.1 innings and struck out seven. He did walk three batters and allowed six hits. The hard-throwing righty was has a 3.45 ERA between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore in 2016. 

Bowling Green Hot Rods 14, TinCaps

Key Statistics: 1B-P Ty France, 3-for-4, 2RS, 2B, 2RBI, BB; DH-1B Brad Zunica, 2-for-5, HR (6), 2RBI; LF Tyler Moore, 2-for-3, RBI; LHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K. 

Prospect Watch: Despite the blowout loss, former Aztec Ty France had a huge game on the anniversary of Tony Gwynn’s passing. The infielder went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI and added a scoreless inning of relief. The 2015 34th-round-pick has not allowed a run in four innings while mopping up in blowout losses. While France doesn’t hit for a lot of power, he is fourth in the Midwest League with a .403 on-base percentage and is third in walks with 39 walks. His 32 RBI also pace the Fort Wayne squad ... Brad Zunica smoked his sixth homer of the year in the loss. The big slugger and last season’s 15th-round pick leads the TinCaps with six home runs but with the power comes the strikeouts -- Zunica is fourth in the circuit with 75 strikeouts. Zunica has performed about as well as expected in Fort Wayne in 2016. 

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