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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 2

On a day when most of the attention was turned toward the start of the international signing period, the system had some strong performances from a few guys who were once the hot new signees, and others who flew other the radar completely.

Reno Aces 5 - Chihuahuas 3 in 12

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 3-for-7, SB (23); LF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, R, 3BB, K; RHP Edwin Jackson 5IP, 6H, 3R (2 ER), 5K, 1BB, WP

Prospect Watch: The Aces pushed across two runs in the 12th inning to put away a game that lasted well over four and a half hours in El Paso .Edwin Jackson made his second start in the organization,allowing the first three hitters he faced to come around and score, thanks in part to an errant pickoff throw and a wild pitch. But the 32-year-old settled in after that and only gave up one more run across five innings. He also put the first El Paso run on the board with a leadoff homer in the third. ... Manuel Margot had three singles in seven trips to the plate to push his average back above .300. The 21-year-old also swiped his system-best 23rd base of the year. ... There's been a fair amount of misguided concern over a month-long stretch in which Hunter Renfroe didn't walk much, but he drew three free passes on Saturday and has five in his last seven games. The toolsy outfielder, who played left field for just the second time this season, has hit in 10 of 11 games and sports an on-base percentage above .450 in that span. He'd previously posted a double-digit walk rate in San Antonio, and can be expected to see his walk rate tick back up in that direction as he continues to become more comfortable with the tempered approach he's been using this year.

Tulsa Drillers 9 - Missions 2

Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 3-for-4, 2B; CF Franchy Cordero 1-for-4, 3B, R, 2K, E; RHP Dinelson Lamet 3.2IP, 3H, 5R (3ER), 2K, 3BB, WP

Prospect Watch:Through three innings, the Missions and Drillers were tied and Dinelson Lamet had given up only one unearned run when he threw away the ball after a comebacker on what would have been the final out. But in the fourth, the big Dominican gave up two hits and three walks and ultimately left the game having needed 77 pitches to get through 3.2 innings. Lamet was ultimately charged with five runs, though only three were earned. In five games since his promotion, while Lamet has continued to post great strikeout rates, he's walked 18 in 24.2 innings, which is the primary culprit for his mediocre results in the Texas League. ... While Tayron Guerrero is in his second year on the Padres' 40-man roster, his window appears to be closing. The ridiculously hard-throwing righty got one game in the big leagues early this year, but was demoted from El Paso to San Antonio in late May. Saturday, he gave up four runs, three earned, to turn the game into a laugher. While the tall Columbian had only walked three in his first 13 innings with the Missions, he allowed two and threw only 16 of his 31 pitches for strikes on Saturday. His performance was in stark comparison to fellow 40-man roster hurler Jose Torres, Rafael De Paula and Kyle McGrath who combined for 4.1 scoreless innings. ... With a triple Saturday night, Franchy Cordero extended his hitting streak to nine games, including all three since he was promoted to San Antonio.

Storm 3 - Lancaster JetHawks 1

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-for-5; DH Fernando Perez 1-for-3, HR (2), 3RBI, HBP; SS Javier Guerra 2-for-4; RHP Chris Huffman 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: It's been a frustrating year for Fernando Perez, who was sent back to the Cal League to open the season, and has subsequently spent most of the first three months of the year on the disabled list. But the 22-year-old was activated for Saturday night's contest and launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. If he's healthy and produces for a few weeks, you'd have to expect him to head to San Antonio relatively soon. As it is, he will join a productive rotation between second, third and designated hitter with Luis Urias and Josh VanMeter. ... Chris Huffman didn't get a rotation spot out of the gate, but the 23-year-old Virginian has certainly made up for last time since he returned to starting in late April. The righty, who started for the Cal League All-Star team at home last week, has a 2.15 ERA in 12 starts and has 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings in the rotation, which isn't stellar, but a marked improvement from his rate for the TinCaps last season. ... Michael Gettys added two more hits and has hit in all 10 Cal League games since his promotion. He's had two hits in each of his last four contests.

Lake County Captains 3 - TinCaps 2

Key Statistics:  3B Carlos Belen 3-for-4, 3 2B, R, RBI; RHP Blake Rogers 5IP, 3H, 0R, 1K, 0BB; JC Cosme 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Blake Rogers was in line for the victory in his first professional start, but for the second night in a row, the Captains walked off with a win after scoring two in the ninth inning. Rogers, who was the lowest-selected member of the 2015 draft class to sign, worked five scoreless frames, giving up only three singles along the way. The 22-year-old from Texas was selected despite only limited work in junior college and for the Oklahoma Sooners as an amateur. He now sports a 3.57 ERA between two levels on the year. ... Carlos Belen has as much raw power as anyone in the system, and on Saturday the 20-year-old third baseman showed off his skills with three doubles in four trips to the plate. Though he sports only a .219 average and has struck out in 28 percent of his plate appearances, the 2012 signee from the Dominican has actually shown progress from last year and remains an interesting player to watch. ... Hurler JC Cosme has been moved to the bullpen in an effort to manage his innings this year. The 20-year-old righty from Puerto Rico has already blown past his innings total from last year, and now has thrown 66.1 frames on the year. He worked two clean innings on Saturday.

Dust Devils  3 - Everett AquaSox 1

Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker 2-for-3, R, BB; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 6IP, 7H, 1ER, 3K, 0BB;

Prospect Watch: Righty Emmanuel Ramirez made his fourth fantastic start for the Devils, giving up only one earned run in six innings. Over 21 innings in the Northwest League, he's surrendered just three earned runs on 15 hits across 21 frames. It's a nice bounce-back for the Dominican, who will turn 22 in less than two weeks. The righty was jumped in his first crack at the Midwest League as a reliever early in the season, but has settled in well as a starter, and should get a chance to stay in the role for a while. ... Mason Smith, an overslot signing as an Idaho high school fourth-rounder in 2013, has had a rough year as he's shuttled across the system to fill organizational needs in the outfield. The 21-year-old had an RBI single in to plate Tri-City's first run, but then had to be replaced by pinch runner Luis Asuncion. Smith had been hit by a pitch

AZL Royals 2 - AZL Padres 0

Key Statistics: RHP Jean Garcia 6IP, 6H, 2R (1ER), 4K, 2BB; RHP Kyle Gauthier 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 4K, 0BB; LF Jose Sotillo 1-for-2, BB, OF Assist

Prospect Watch: The Padres managed only three singles on the night as they dropped their third straight contest. The power outage wasted a strong outing by Jean Garcia, who only allowed one earned run over six innings. The 19-year-old from the Dominican, who is repeating in the complex league, has shaved nearly two runs off his ERA from last year. ... Hudson Potts will eventually have a professional game in which he doesn't collect a hit, but it hasn't happened yet. The 17-year-old from Texas, whose selection in the first round raised eyebrows from many observers, had another single Saturday and now sports a .308 average through his first 11 pro contests.

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


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