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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 18

It was a tough night on the farm as each of the full-season clubs turned to a starter who began the year in relief. Only the Missions came out of the night with a win.

Sacramento River Cats 6 - Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 2-for-4; PH Jason Hagerty 1-for-1, 2B, RBI; LHP Frank Garces 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: El Paso was blanked by lefty Giants prospect Adalberto Mejia, who was making his Triple-A debut. The 22-year-old held the Chihuahuas to four singles while striking out eight over seven innings. Catcher Austin Hedges, now nine games into his return from a hamate injury, collected a pair of hits in the game, and is now 7-for-27 since coming off the disabled list. Saturday was his second multi-hit game following the injury. ... Lefty Frank Garces gave up a three run homer to Mac Williamson in the first inning and wound up surrendering four runs total. In 31.2 innings since sliding into the rotation, the 26-year-old hurler has given up 13 earned runs on 35 hits with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks allowed. ... Jason Hagerty drove in the only El Paso run with a pinch-hit double against former Padre reliever Alex Torres.

Missions 7 - Midland RockHounds 4

Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz 2-for-3, HR (3), 2R, 3RBI, BB; 3B River Stevens 1-for-4, 2B; RHP TJ Weir 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 1K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: Outfielder Nick Schulz extended his hitting streak to six and had his third homer of the year. The 25-year-old former undrafted free agent missed 10 days after he was hit on the hand with a pitch, but has been an important bat in the middle of a Missions offense that has struggled to score. He's hitting .353 over his last 10 games. ... Righty TJ Weir had his second straight rough outing, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over 5 innings. The 24-year-old struggled with his command, giving up three free passes, and now has a so-so 14:8 strikeout-to-talk ratio over 20 innings. After being put on the fast track following an inconsistent but promising year with the TinCaps last year, Weir seems likely to settle in for the Missions as he tries to consolidate what's worked well for him at four different levels.

Visalia Rawhide 3 - Storm 2

Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter 1-for-3, HR (8), RBI, BB; C Marcus Greene, Jr., 1-for-4, HR (1), 2K;

Prospect Watch: Josh VanMeter extended his hitting streak to six games as he homered for the second consecutive night. The 21-year-old infielder, one of four Storm players who will suit up for the Cal League All-Star team on Tuesday, continues to pace the team in a number of categories, including slugging percentage, OPS and homers. ... Starter Chris Huffman and centerfielder Franchy Cordero were each pulled after only three innings on Saturday. Huffman. who had not gone fewer than five innings since moving into the rotation full-time at the start of May, gave up only one run on a homer over his three frames, striking out two with a walk. He left after only 36 pitches. Cordero was 0-for-1 with a walk and stolen base before leaving the game. There were no obvious injuries for either, so we'll work on getting updates. .... Both Brad Wieck and Colby Blueberg gave up a pair of hits in their respective innings, but neither surrendered a run. They'll both join VanMeter and Luis Urias for the All-Star game at the Diamond.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 6 - TinCaps 3

Key Statistics:  LF Tyler Moore 3-for-5, 3B, 2RBI

Prospect Watch: Big lefty Jerry Keel, who'd never thrown more than three innings as a professional, was charged with five runs as he stretched out to 4.2 innings in his second start in a row since Logan Allen went to the disabled list. The high desert native yielded two runs in a busy first inning and then issued a two-out, two-run homer and a walk in the fifth to finish his evening. In all, the 22-year-old threw 78 pitches, 50 for strikes. ... Left fielder Tyler Moore collected his second professional three-hit game, which included a two-out, two-run triple that constituted all of the TinCaps' scoring on the night. Moore, 23, is a compact speedster drafted out of South Carolina-Aiken as a senior last year. While he'd played almost exclusively at second base in school, he's filled a need with the TinCaps on the outfield grass. He's now hit in five straight games after only three hits in is first 34 at-bats.

Everett AquaSox 1 - Dust Devils 0 (F/10)

Key Statistics: RHP Angel Mejia 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3K, 0BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens 2IP, 1H, 0R, 4K, 1BB; LHP Jose Castillo 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1K, 1BB; DH Aldemar Burgos 2-for-4, CS

Prospect Watch: Angel Mejia, Brandon Erb and Jesse Scholtens held the AquaSox in check for nine innings, as each gave up only one single, but Jose Castillo, working his way back after missing most of the first half of the year with a shoulder issue, gave up a leadoff homer in the 10th inning, which cost the Dust Devils the game. Mejia, 21, worked five scoreless frames and induced eight ground-ball outs, including a double play following the only hit he surrendered. Both Erb and Scholtens were making their professional debuts after signing as 22-year-old seniors out of this year's draft. ... The Dust Devils offense managed only six singles on the night. Aldemar Burgos, the Puerto Rican outfielder selected in the eighth round last year, collected a pair of them. The 19-year-old struggled to a .568 OPS in the desert last year, but has a number of tools the organization likes.

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


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