Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 26

Sunday was a mixed bag for the system as El Paso split a double-header, San Antonio fell back after their big day Saturday, and Lake Elsinore got their money's worth in Lancaster.

Chihuahuas 7, 4 - Reno Aces 4, 6

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 1-for-3, HR (9), SF, 4RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-for-7, 2B, BB, SB (6), 2R, RBI; CF Manuel Margot 1-for-7, BB, SB (22), 2R; C Hector Sanchez 2-for-3, 2HR (2), 3RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-for-7, 2 2B

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas split their doubleheader at Reno, taking the first game behind a solid staff-saving spot start by reliever Eric Yardley. then dropped the nightcap as reliever Jose Dominguez gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh without recording an out. Yardley, a 25-year-old sidewinding righty, made his first start in 136 professional appearances and lasted into the fifth inning in the hitter-friendly altitude of Reno. He was ultimately charged with three runs over 4.1 innings, though two were unearned thanks to his own throwing error in the first inning. Having never gone more than three innings in any game before, the one-time undrafted free agent, tossed 70 pitches, 50 for strikes. As is typical, he recorded a 7:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio. ... El Paso appeared to be on their way to a sweep behind Edwin Jackson's system debut, but after working his way out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth, Dominguez was unable to escape the seventh. The hard-throwing righty pulled off the unique feat of giving up a cycle, in order, to the four batters he faced in the seventh. He had only allowed one run over his previous 11 appearances coming into the night, including several multi-inning outings. ... It was a good offensive night for Chihuahuas catchers. In the opener, Austin Hedges, who will be named the PCL player of the week tomorrow unless something very odd happens, launched a homer for his fifth consecutive game. Since coming back from his hamate surgery - a process which often taps a hitter's power - Hedges owns an .846 slugging percentage. In the second contest, Hector Sanchez hit a pair of homers in his first minor league game in the Padres system. Including his stint in Charlotte earlier this year, four of Sanchez's six Triple-A hits this year have gone for homers, leaving him with the truly bizarre .194/.242/.613 line.

Midland RockHounds 3 - Missions 0

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 1-for-3, BB, 2K; RHP Jason Jester 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

Prospect Watch: A night after a massive outburst at the plate, the Missions managed only four singles at the plate Sunday. It's been that kind of year for the squad, which now sits at 24-52 for the year. The lone highlight of the night was yet another stellar outing by the three-headed monster at the back of the bullpen. Jose Torres, Jimmy Brasoban, and Jason Jester combined for three perfect innings with four strikeouts. While Torres is already on the 40-man, Brasoban will need to be added this winter. Jester is still well short of seniority that would demand it, but all three are putting themselves in position to get a shot in the big league pen when and if the Padres trade away some relief arms in the coming month. The relievers currently on the active 40-man who aren't already with the big club have all faltered to varying degrees this year, and could be bypassed by this talented trio rather easily.

Storm 17 - Lancaster JetHawks 11

Key Statistics: DH Josh VanMeter 2-for-4, HR (11), 2BB, 2R; RF Michael Gettys 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBI; SS Javier Guerra 2-for-6, 2B, 2R, 3RBI, E (20); LHP Brad Wieck 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 3K

Prospect Watch: Nothing says fun quite like thee and a half hours of baseball with 100 degree temperatures and 20 MPH winds. The Storm put up an eight spot in the first inning, seven more in the eighth, and still had to hold on as the JetHawks rallied for six in the final two frames. Michael Gettys got a taste of the Cal League in all its glory over his first series since his promotion. The 20-year-old had three hits, including a pair of doubles, on Sunday and finished the series 8-for-18, though with five strikeouts. He'll get his first more real sense of High-A when the Storm head home to open a series on Monday. ... Franmil Reyes, fresh off a two-homer game Saturday, was the least effective Storm hitter in the game, managing only one hit and a walk. Every other player in the lineup had multiple hits and four guys reached base four times. ... Lefty Brad Wieck, who impressed in his frame for the Cal League last week, was in line to be the only pitcher on either staff to escape without giving up any runs until the JetHawks brought in first baseman Bryan Muniz, who dealt a perfect ninth inning. Wieck struck out both batters he faced after coming in with a runner on second in the fifth inning, and the first he faced in the sixth. After a fielding error by Ricardo Valenzuela, who was making his first appearance at first base of the year, Wieck bounced back to get an easy double play grounder to finish his inning. He's given up only three earned runs over his last 22 innings of work.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 8 - TinCaps 5

Key Statistics:  RF Jhonatan Pena 2-for-4, HR (5), 2RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 1-for-4, HR (4), 3RBI; RHP Jake Nix 4.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Jhonatan Pena homered in his fourth consecutive game Sunday, a feat never before accomplished by a TinCaps player. The 22-year-old Dominican, who had one homer before the All-Star break, has had a weird up-and-down year in his first taste of full-season ball, but has more power he's not yet tapped. TinCaps broadcaster and media relations ace John Nolan has a nice note on the work hitting coach Vinny Lopez has done with Pena. ... Third baseman Carlos Belen followed Pena's two-run blast with a three-run shot of his own an inning later. The 20-year-old has massive raw power and impressive tools, but has often struggled to translate those on the field since his strong showing in the AZL in 2014. Despite his .205 average, there have actually been a handful of potentially encouraging signs for Belen, who has cut his strikeout rate to "only" 28.6% this year, and is playing more reliably defensive as well. 

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4 - Dust Devils  3

Key Statistics: RF Luis Asuncion 1-for-3, BB, R; 1B Kyle Overstreet 1-for-3, BB, RBI; RHP Braxton Lorenzini 4.2IP, 7H, 2ER, 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Devils put up seven singles and seven walks, but went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 men on base before the Volcanoes rallied for a walk-off victory. Luis Asuncion, the youngest position player on the roster, has collected exactly one hit in each of his eight games so far. The 19-year-old, who is a physical specimen at 6'4" and a bit more than his listed 205 pound weight, drew his first walk of the year. Signed for $350,000 out of the Dominican in 2013, the big right fielder spent two years with the DSL club before coming stateside for the first time this spring. 

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


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