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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 3

While there were an awful lot of quiet innings for offenses up and down the system Sunday, some fortunate timing and yet another home run from Austin Hedges turned it into a winning night for the Padres affiliates.

Chihuahuas 4 Reno Aces 1

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 4-for-5, HR (14), 3RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, HR (19), BB, 2R; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 8IP, 7H, 1ER, 6K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Austin Hedges is fast approaching the end of the list of superlatives in my thesaurus. After collecting three singles in his first three plate appearances, the 23-year-old catcher cashed in on a three-run, walk-off homer to give the Chihuahuas the victory Sunday night.The blast was his 14th of the year. 12th since coming back from surgery on his hamate bone, and fifth since earning player of the week honors last Monday. Tonight's performance nudged his season batting average back above .400 as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his multi-hit game streak to five. For the week, he posted an absurd .560/.593/1.200 line, making him likely to repeat with League honors tomorrow. ... With Hedges doing so much damage, Hunter Renfroe's own eight-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting a cool .500 seems almost paltry in comparison. But with his first inning, opposite-field blast, he maintains the PCL lead with 19 homers on the year. He's also drawn seven walks, against only six strikeouts, in his last 10 games. ... Bryan Rodriguez tossed his best game of the year, despite not getting the victory. After allowing a two-out run in the bottom of the first, the big Dominican righty clamped down and tossed seven more scoreless frames. The 24-year-old remains an enigma, sometimes flashing above-average stuff with great mechanics, but other times coming out completely flat and quite hittable. ... Frank Garces came back off a quick stint on the disabled list and worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the victory. After filling a void in the rotation since mid-May, it seems likely he'll stay back in the pen at this point.

Missions 2 Springfield Cardinals 1 in 11

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 2-for-5, R, E (10); 2B Nelson Ward 2-for-5, RBI; RHP Aaron Northcraft 7IP, 3H, 1R, 8K, 1BB

Prospect WatchAfter three one-out walks in the bottom of the 11th, Nelson Ward came to the plate and lined a game-winning single to right field to give the Missions the series opener. For Ward, who had two hits on the night, it was his second walk-off hit of the yea. The other half of the Enyel De Los Santos package the Mariners sent to the Padres for Joaquin Benoit, Ward is is hitting .250 since the start of June. ... Aaron Northcraft has had a rocky trajectory since coming to the Padres as the other guy in the Justin Upton trade, but the 26-year-old turned in his best performance in the system Sunday. The righty allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out eight. After working primarily in the bullpen last year, Northcraft stepped back to Double-A in early June to work back into the rotation. So far, it's been positive as Northcraft sports a 2.83 ERA and a solid 21:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 innings, but the proof will come when and if he gets a third crack at Triple-A. In parts of four seasons in Double-A, he owns a 3.15 ERA, but at the highest minor league level he's been lit up for a 6.01 ERA and nearly five walks per nine innings. ... Relievers Adam CimberJason Jester and Yimmi Brasoban worked four scoreless innings of relief as they have so often this year. While none are currently on the 40-man roster, they could easily leapfrog several arms who are by the end of the year.

Storm 3 - Lancaster JetHawks 2

Key Statistics: C AJ Kennedy 1-for-2, BB, R; RHP Walker Lockett 6IP, 1H, 1ER, 6K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Although the Storm managed only five singles on the night, they took advantage of two walks, two hit batters and a crucial error in the second inning to plate three runs, which was all they'd need behind Walker Lockett. The big righty turned in his best outing since getting promoted to Elsinore, giving up one run on a double and a walk, but otherwise shutting down the high-octane Lancaster offense. After a rough campaign on and off the field in 2015, the 2012 fourth-rounder has reasserted himself as a player to watch this year, posting a 3.29 ERA across two levels. Despite his big frame, Lockett relies more on the sink on his fastball than pure velocity, explaining his solid but unspectacular 77 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. His career path thus far is somewhat reminiscent of James Needy, another high-round, big-bodied high school pitcher.

Lake County Captains 3 - TinCaps 0

Key Statistics:  Brad Zunica 2-for-4, 2 2B; LHP Thomas Dorminy 6.1IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps offense stalled out yet again on Sunday as the club dropped their third straight to the Indians' Midwest League affiliate. Big Brad Zunica had a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate, but the rest of the lineup collected only three more hits. For Zunica, it was the first multi-hit game in over two weeks, but the has been getting to his power better more recently, as nine of his last 10 hits (spanning 40 at-bats) have gone for extra bases. ... Lefty Thomas Dorminy was the hard-luck loser for the TinCaps. After sailing through the first six frames, Dorminy was lifted with one out and two on in the seventh, but both men came around to score when Corey Kimber yielded a double to the first hitter he faced. One of those runners received an intentional walk after Marcus Greene, Jr.'s attempted pickoff throw sailed and opened up first base. Until that point, he appeared on track to push his Midwest League ERA below 3.00. The 24-year-old lefty has responded positively since his demotion and has likely put himself in line to be the next starter up if and when Elsinore needs another arm. ... Outfielder Jose Urena was activated to the roster Sunday morning having completed his 80-game suspension for violating the minor league performance enhancing drug policy. The right-handed slugger from Obregon, Mexico, went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first action of the year.

Everett AquaSox 8 - Dust Devils  0

Key Statistics: 1B Kyle Overstreet 1-for-2, BB; RHP Angel Mejia 4.1IP, 5H, 6R (5ER), 4K, 4BB, WP, HBP

Prospect Watch: Tri-City was completely overwhelmed on Sunday, falling behind early and never finding any rhythm at the plate or on the mound.Starter Angel Mejia, in his second year with the Dust Devils after signing as a free agent, was hit hard again, giving up six runs over just 4.1 innings of work. The 21-year-old righty limped through a four-game assignment to Fort Wayne in May, but had been slightly better in the Northwest League until Sunday's poor showing. ... For the third consecutive outing, Indiana native Evan Miller struck out two in two perfect innings of work. The 22nd-round pick last month is looking to make a return trip to Fort Wayne, where he pitched for the IPFW team previously.

AZL Padres 5 - AZL Royals 4

Key Statistics: DH Hudson Potts 2-for-4, R; LF Jose Sotillo 1-for-4, 2B, 2RBI

Prospect Watch: The Padres used four hits and three errors in the first inning to cobble together a five-run lead, and then they went silent. However, five Padres pitchers kept the Royals in check enough to snap a three-game losing streak. While Lake Bachar - 2.2 innings with one earned run and five strikeouts - and Starlin Cordero - 2 perfect innings with four strikeouts - were both encouraging, Brandon Morrow's two scoreless innings might be the most interesting development for the major league team in the near term. Morrow struck out three as he made his second rehab appearance in Peoria after having to shut things down in El Paso in early May. Presumably the organization will try to get him one longer outing before sending him out to rejoin the Triple-A squad if he holds up. ... Through 14 professional games, Hudson Potts has hit in all 14 contests. The first-round pick had a pair of hits and swiped his fifth base in six tries.

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


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