Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 4

Happy Independence Day to everyone out there! While the big club won Monday night, most of the system struggled on our nation’s birthday. El Paso lost on the road, while the Missions suffered a defeat at home. The Storm came up short in Stockton but the TinCaps were able to taste victory in front of a huge crowd at home. The Dust Devils and the AZL team both lost.

Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, HR (20), RBI; 3B Diego Goris, 2-for-4, 3B; RHP Daniel McCutchen (L, 8-5) 5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, BB, 6 K. 

Prospect Watch: Right fielder Hunter Renfroe homered -- his 20th of the season in the loss. We’ve written about Renfroe quite a bit this season and for good reason. The former first-rounder leads the PCL in home runs, is second in RBI with 71 and is fifth in the circuit with a .333 average. It remains to be seen if Renfroe gets promoted in the near future, but he does have a chance to win the triple crown in the Pacific Coast League. Mike Marshall of the 1981 Albuquerque Dukes was the last player to win the PCL triple crown (h/t to Baseball Reference) ... Righty Daniel McCutchen struggled for the second consecutive outing and took the loss. The righty had six consecutive quality starts prior to his last two hiccups. The veteran has a 5.61 ERA this season, although a few very poor outings skew that number slightly ... Austin Hedges went 0-for-4, ending his 14-game hitting streak. 

Springfield Cardinals 6, Missions 5

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, 2 R, SB (2); 3B River Stevens, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; RHP T.J. Weir, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 9 K; LHP Brad Wieck, 1.1 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Tayron Guerrero, 2 IP, BB, K; LHP Jose Torres (L, 0-2) IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions took an early lead before allowing the winning run to score in the ninth ... Some of us at MadFriars questioned the decision to promote center fielder Franchy Cordero to Double-A, as we believed he needed the full year in Elsinore. Well, if early samples are an indicator, we were wrong. The 21-year-old had a pair of hits and stole a base in the loss. In five games with San Antonio, the talented outfielder is hitting .368/.455/.632 in 19 at-bats ... LHP Brad Wieck was promoted to San Antonio and the Cal League All-Star recorded four outs, allowing a hit and striking out three. Wieck, 24, was acquired last season in the Alex Torres deal. The lefty’s mid 90’s heat and sharp slider could make him a big league bullpen candidate next spring. 

Stockton Ports 5, Storm 4

Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-3, HR (3) R, BB, RBI; DH Fernando Perez, 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, R; Zech Lemond, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 6 K; RHP Ben Paullus (L, 1-1) 2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm opened up a Northern California road trip with a loss in Stockton ... Second baseman Luis Urias continues to look more and more like a big-time prospect, as the 19-year-old hit his third homer in the loss. Urias now sports a .802 OPS this season, in nearly 300 at-bats ... Fernando Perez clubbed his third homer of the season -- and second in three days in the loss. Perez has spent most of the season on the disabled list, playing in just 13 games for the Storm in 2016. Assuming Perez can stay healthy, he seems like a candidate for a promotion to San Antonio. Perez is hitting a solid .255/.333/.471 in limited action this season. 

TinCaps 6, South Bend Cubs 3

Key Statistics: DH Kodie Tidwell, 3-for-3, 3 R, HR (4) RBI, 2 BB; 3B Carlos Belen, 4-for-5, RS, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Brad Zunica, 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI; LHP Jerry Keel (W, 5-7) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K; LHP Elvin Liriano (S, 1). 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were the lone winner in the system Monday. The club pounded out 16 hits; 14 of them singles in the victory ... DH Kodie Tidwell had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3, with his fourth homer of the year and a pair of walks. Tidwell, drafted in the 26th round in 2015, has been Fort Wayne’s best player over the last few weeks. The former Louisiana-Monroe product is hitting .359/.469/.615, with two home runs in 11 games in the second half. Tidwell has also played five different positions in the field ... Carlos Belen had a season-high four hits, including a double in the victory. Belen hasn’t put up big numbers in his first taste of full-season ball, but the talented infielder is improving as the season has progressed. Like Tidwell, Belen is raking in the season’s second half, after hitting .194 in the first half. Belen is hitting .366/.378/.634 in 11 games since the break. 

Hillsboro Hops 7, Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 0-for-4 (Padres 2nd-round pick; professional debut); 2B Nate Easley, 0-for-1, 4 BB; SS Chris Baker, 1-for-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB, SB (2); LHP Will Headman (L, 2-1) 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 K. 

Prospect Watch: Buddy Reed, San Diego’s 2nd round pick this June, made his professional debut Thursday night, going 0-for-4 ... Shortstop Chris Baker went 1-for-3, with a stolen base and his first professional home run. Baker, 21, was drafted in the 17th round this June out of Washington. Baker is leading the Northwest League in walks with 13 and is fourth in the league with a .438 on-base percentage in 2016. 

AZL Padres 7, AZL Rangers 2

Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI; RF Manny DeLeon, 3-for-4, 2B, 3B; C Jose Lezama, 2-for-3, R, BB; RHP Mayky Perez (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: 19-year-old Mayky Perez pitched a career-high six innings, allowing two earned runs in the victory. Perez hardly threw last season and has made up for lost time in the AZL in 2016. The 6’5 righty has a 1.65 ERA in four appearances in the Arizona League. The Padres could challenge Perez and move him to Tri-City before the season ends ... Catcher Jose Lezama had his first multi-hit game of the season, perhaps showing signs of busting out of an early season slump. The 18-year-old backstop enjoyed a very productive campaign in the DSL last summer but is hitting just .192/.353/.231 stateside this season. Lezama does put the bat on the ball and has struck out just three times in 31 plate appearances in the Arizona League in 2016. 

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