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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 28

After finally not hitting a home run yesterday, Hedges rebounds by hitting two today. Elsewhere the two short season clubs both win again improving their combined record to 13-6.

Reno Aces 15 – Chihuahuas 12

Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCutchen 4.2 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-6, RS, RBI; CF Hunter Renfroe 2-5, RS, 2 RBI; C Austin Hedges 3-6 2 HR (11), 3 RS, 4 RBI; RF Jabari Blash 2-5, HR (9), 2 RBI, BB, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Coming into today Daniel McCutchen had just a 1,38 ERA over his last six starts.  On a hot sunny day in Reno, he gave up more runs than he did in the last month…  Jason Hagerty continues to play wherever will get him in the lineup.  After being the team's primary first baseman for the past month, the former but still current catcher has recently played at both third and has now been in left field for two straight games. With very little system depth in the outfield, Hagerty, who had an error on a fly ball Tuesday, could see more action out there. …  The first five batters in the order combined for 12 hits, seven runs, and 11 RBI.  Even with Alex Dickerson in San Diego and Manuel Margot conspicuously getting a second consecutive day off, the team didn’t miss a beat.

No game for the Missions as they celebrate their All Stars

The Missions were represented by position players Nick Torres, who went 2-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts, and shortstop Jose Rondon, who went 1-for-2 replacing Astros' super-prospect Alex Bregman. On the mound, both Adam Cimber (1.2 innings) and Jason Jester (1 inning) closed out the victory with scoreless outings for the South team.

Storm 4 – Inland Empire 66ers 2

Key Stats: RHP Andrew Cashner 3 IP, 2 H, K; RHP Walker Lockett 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-4, RBI, SB (7); LF Franchy Cordero 1-2, 3B, RS, BB, SB (11); RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch:  Now that Phil Maton is healthy, he continues to just blow everyone away.  After Colby Blueberg struggled to close out the game his last time out, Maton was given the opportunity. He didn’t disappoint, going 1-2-3 and striking out two hitters. The 20th round selection has allowed just one run in over 10 innings at Lake Elsinore, and between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore has now struck out 30 hitters in only 23 innings while walking only 2.  (Nice 15:1 ratio)… Outfielder Michael Gettys had a single in four trips to the plate and has now hit in all six games since he joined the Storm. Of note, with Gettys in center, manager Lance Burkhart used Franchy Cordero in left field and Franmil Reyes in right.

TinCaps 4 – Dayton Dragons 3

John has the thrilling recap of the walk off walk

Dust Devils 2 – Vancouver Canadians 1

Key Stats: RHP Angel Mejia 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Joey Lucchesi 2 IP, H, 3 K; SS Chris Baker 1-3, RS, 2B; 1B Chris Mattison 1-3, 2B, RS RBI

Prospect Watch: Angel Mejia is repeating Tri-Cities after going 6-3 there last year.  He was given a chance in Fort Wayne earlier in the year but allowed nine runs on 14 hits in just 8.1 innings.  Thus far in Tri-Cities this time, he has thrown shutouts in two of his three starts… As a fourth-rounder, Joey Luchhesi is the highest pick from this year's class to make it to Tri-City yet this year.  After throwing 111 innings during the college season, he has been coming out of the pen in Tri-City.  He has done well so far allowing just two runs in six innings while striking out six and not walking a batter. As the Friday night starter for Southeast Missouri State, he led NCAA D-I pitchers with 149 strikeouts.

AZL Padres 4 – AZL White Sox 2

Key Stats: RHP Mayky Perez 5 IP, BB, 5 K; DH Hudson Potts 1-5, RS, SB (3); C Tucker Pennell 2-4, RS; RF Euri Minaya 2-4, 3B, RS

Prospect Watch:  If Mayky Perez feels like a player that has been around the AZL for a long time, it's probably because he has.  This marks the third year in a row that Perez has been in the AZL.  After being signed as a 16 year old, Perez played most of his first year in the AZL going 0-3, 7.08 ERA, with a .315 BAA.  Due to lingering arm issues last year, he only worked two two innings.  Now healthy and 19 this year, Perez is showing his experience in a truly masterful outing.  Over five innings Perez did not allow a hit, only walked one batter and striking out five.  Through three outings now, Perez boasts a microscopic 0.87 ERA, allowing just three hits in 10.1 innings. Hopefully this will be the last year that Perez spends his summer in Peoria.    

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