Jorge Salgado

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 24

El Paso is as hot as San Antonio is cold. Michael Gettys makes his presence felt in Lake Elsinore and the TinCaps' bats really come out in the fifth. In the short-season league the Dust Devils fall in a tight one and a Padres' first round pick is off to a hot start.

Chihuahuas 9 - Salt Lake City Bees 3

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-5, 3B; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Alex Dickerson 2-4, 3B, RBI; C Austin Hedges 1-3, HR (8), BB, 3 RBI; LF Jabari Blash 1-4 HR (7), 2 RBI; 3B Taylor Lindsey 2-4 HR (1), RBI; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 2-0) 5 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 6 K.

Prospect Watch: El Paso got their third victory in the past four games and some well known Padres’ prospects continue to shine.  Hedges had his fourth straight game where he hit a home run and now is hitting .365 in 25 games. The Padres would like him to have more than 171 plate appearances at Triple-A (2015 and 2016 combined) before he is brought back to the big leagues, but if he keeps hitting it’s going to be tough…Renfroe is having his best year as pro and is leading the organization in home runs and RBI moved his batting average up to .318, however until either Melvin Upton or Matt Kemp moves he’s going to stay in El Paso…Lindsey homered in his first game this year in Triple-A…Kelly found out just how much the ball can fly in El Paso, but held on for the victory.  If the Padres make any move in the starting rotation, he could be a candidate.

Midland RockHounds 7 - Missions 0

Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz 1-3; RHP Seth Simmons (L, 0-2) 5.0 IP 6 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 

Prospect Watch: Just a tough night as the Missions fell 28 games under .500.  Offensively San Antonio was held to a measly single and a pair of walks…with the exception of Dinelson Lamet, all of the starting staff is better suited to coming out of the bullpen…Schulz, who had the only hit of the game, has put together a really nice nice June with a slash line of .323/.389/.431.

Storm 5 - Lancaster JetHawks 4 

Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 1-3, BB, HBP; 3B Josh VanMeter 1-4, 2B, BB; CF Michael Gettys 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (2); DH Franmil Reyes 2-5, 2B, RBI; SS Javier Guerra 1-4, HR (7), RBI; C Jose Ruiz 2-4, 2B; RHP Zech Lemond 5.0 IP 9 H 4 R 3 ER 4 BB K; LHP Brandon Alger (W, 2-0) 1.1 IP 2 K; RHP Phil Maton (S,2) 1.0 IP K.

Prospect Watch: With the game tied in the ninth inning Gettys singled with one out.  After Franchy Cordero struck out, Gettys stole second and then scored on Reyes single to center.  Gettys has started of hot with three hits in his first two games and for those of you that believe Renfroe has upside, wait until you see Michael. A much better approach at the plate has allowed his immense talent to begin to show…after two dismal months, Reyes is putting together a solid June hitting .303/.361/.539..if the Padres were not so short of starting pitching you have to think they would have moved Lemond back to the bullpen..Alger, who had a big year with the Storm in 2014, got the win after spending some time in Extended Spring after being sent down from San Antonio.

TinCaps 10 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 5

Key Statistics: LF Kodie Tidwell 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI; C Austin Allen 2-5, RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 2-4, 2B; 1B Ty France 1-3, BB, HR (5), 3 RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 2-5, RBI; DH Brad Zunica 1-5 HR (8) RBI; CF Jonatan Pena 1-5 HR (3), RBI; LHP Jerry Keel (W, 4-6) 5.0 IP 4 H R ER BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps rode three home runs, including back-to-back ones by France and Zunica, for a seven-run fifth inning to propel them over the Hot Rods. Fort Wayne had lost six of their past seven games before winning consecutive games…Austin Allen continues to impress at the plate with a line of .324/.384/.440…both Belen and Giron have batting averages under .200 after fifty plus games.  That is a lot of offense to be throwing away…Keel’s performance is better than his won-loss record indicates.  So far he has a 2.79 ERA in 42.0 innings with a 31/16 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio.  He’s been better in relief than as a starter, but today was his best outing of his three starts.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4 - Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley 1-4, 2B, BB; SS Chris Baker 2-4; DH Jose Savinon 2-4, 2B; RF Luis Asuncion  1-4, HR (1) 2 RBI; LHP Will Headman 5.0 IP 7 H 3 R 2 ER K; RHP Mark Zimmerman (L, 0-1) 2.0 IP H R ER BB 3 K.

Prospect Watch: Although he was 0-3 with a walk tonight, 3B Boomer White, the Padres’ tenth round draft choice from Texas A&M could the early breakout star for Tri-Cities.  He is hitting .313/.389/.500 in his first four games with three doubles. He’s going to turn 23 in late July and if he performs in the first part of the season - especially with the offensive struggles in Fort Wayne - it seems like he will be destined for a quick trip to the TinCaps…Savinon, who is a left-handed hitting middle infielder, is off to an even better start with a .417/.462/.500 line in four games…the loss moved Tri-Cities back to .500 on the season.

AZL Padres  8 - AZL Brewers 6

Key Statistics: SS Hudson Potts 2-4, BB; 2B Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-4, 2 2B; 3B Tyler Selesky 2-4, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Henry Henry (yes, that is his real name and not a typo) 5.0 IP 3 H 3 R 2 ER 2 K; RHP Jonathan Guzman (W, 1-0) 3.0 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER 3 K.

Prospect Watch:  Potts, one the Padres three first round picks this year, continues his torrid pace in the AZL with two more hits tonight to give him six in four games.  Right now the Padres are keeping him at shortstop and if they do make a change in position it will occur over the winter.  He’s also only 17 and won’t turn 18 until late October…Tatis, who came over in the James Shields tracheas now seen time at second, third and shortstop in the four games that he has played…The “T-Ball” Padres won the game with two runs in the top of the ninth.

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

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