Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: June 29

With the top two leagues having the day off the spotlight was on the lower levels. Unfortunately they disappointed as only one team, Tri-City, won.

Both El Paso and San Antonio had the day off

Inland Empire 66ers 8 – Storm 3

Key Stats: RHP Zech Lemond 4 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 4 K; 3B Josh VanMeter 1-4, 2B, RS, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B, RBI; LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, 3B, RBI

Prospect Watch:  Javier Guerra went 0-4, with 2 strikeouts and an error. Despite bouncing back with a .756 OPS this month that is almost 400 points above his dreadful May, it is looking more and more like Guerra will have trouble salvaging what has been a horrible first season with the Padres…  Speaking of struggling, after receiving a lot of hype after being selected in the third round from Rice, Zech Lemond was blasted again in Lake Elsinore. Since starting his season in late May, he has allowed six or more earned runs in three of his seven starts, and allowed fewer than three runs in just one. It should be noted that Lemond was not a Preller draftee, and he has already shown very little loyalty to players his regime has not drafted or acquired.

Dayton Dragons 2 – TinCaps 1

John has the game story of the tough one-run loss

Dust Devils 10 – Vancouver Canadians 1

Key Stats: RHP Will Headean 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K; 2B Nate Easley 1-2, 3 RS, 3 BB, SB (2); 3B Boomer White 0-3, 2 RS, BB; RF Luis Asuncion 3-3, RS, 2B, BB; DH Westhers Magdaleno 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Prospect Watch: Right fielder Luis Asuncion has hit safely in every game he has played in so far this year.  While that would normally correspond to great individual numbers, tonight was the first game that Asuncion tallied more than one hit in a game.  Entering today he had 10 hits in 10 games.  The 19-year-old Dominican native had played the last two seasons with the DSL club since signing as a 16-year-old.  He was not a July 2nd signing but rather did not sign until November 1st.  He showed enough in extended that the Padres had him skip the AZL and go straight to Tri-City… Similar to yesterday's starter, Will Headean is also a prospect who was given a taste of Fort Wayne, before coming back to pitch in Tri-City. Thus far the formula has worked, as he has allowed just two runs on 10 hits over 15 innings.  He has struck out 13 while walking only two. 

AZL Angels 6 – AZL Padres 3

Key Stats: RHP Andres Munoz IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB; DH Hudson Potts 1-4, 2 RBI; SS Fernando Tatis 2-3, 2B, RS, BB, SB (1); C Bryant Aragon 0-3, BB

Prospect Watch:  With the July 2nd international signing day approaching, one of the top signing from last year Andres Munoz made his first start in the AZL.  It did not last long.  The 17-year-old walked three of the first five batters, including walking in a run.  He is the exact reason why AZL coaches need some praise.  Munoz has nice movement on his pitches, but the consistency of his delivery and ability to find the strike zone make him a huge work of progress…  It is interesting that the top two hitters on the Padres, Hudson Potts and Fernando Tatis, Jr.,  have not played the same position two days in a row.  They seem to be alternating between SS, 3B, and DH rotating every day and then receiving a day off once a week. ... Catcher Bryant Aragon, who spent last season in the AZL, but was working with the Dominican squad to open this year, was brought back to Peoria and started Wednesday's game. The 18-year-old from Mexico, who dealt with shoulder issues much of last season, was behind the plate and went 0-for-3 with a walk. A left-handed hitter with some pop, he posted  a .799 OPS in 43 plate appearances in the DSL.

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