Dave Michael

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 9

Nick Torres and Luis Urias are making the most of their brief time in El Paso, while Zech Lemond and Jean Garcia pick up wins with solid outings down the system on Saturday.

Chihuahuas 12 - Salt Lake Bees 1

Key Statistics: RF Jabari Blash 2-for-5, 2 2B, BB, 3RBI; LF Nick Torres 2-for-4, HR (1), BB, 2R, 3RBI; DH Hector Sanchez 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3RBI

Prospect Watch: Even with a third of their lineup in San Diego for the Futures Game, the Chihuahuas offense scored 12 runs, eight over the final two innings to turn the game into a laugher. Jabari Blash, who has been as hot as any player not named Austin Hedges since the start of June, had a pair of doubles and a walk (and, of course, two strikeouts) driving in three runs. As we noted earlier this week, even by the standards of a player with a 45% Three True Outcomes career rate coming into the year, the last month has been crazy, with more than 55 percent of his plate appearances ending in a walk, strikeout or homer. His OPS in that time sits above 1.000. … Luis Urias and Nick Torres are both enjoying their brief hitch in the Pacific Coast League. Urias had an RBI single and a walk in five trips to the plate, while Torres blasted a three-run homer in the ninth. It's interesting that the Padres chose to jump Urias, rather than either Fernando Perez, who is three-plus years older, or Taylor Lindsey, who spent a week with El Paso at the end of last month. It wouldn't be a massive surprise if, despite his incredibly young age, the organization chooses not to send him all the way back to Elsinore after everything shakes out following the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Springfield Cardinals 2 - Missions 1

Key Statistics:  CF Franchy Cordero 1-for-4, RBI, 3K, CS; C Ryan Miller 1-for-3, 2B, R; LHP Brad Wieck 1.1IP, 1H, 0R, 3K, 0BB; RHP Jimmy Brasoban 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 1K, 1BB, WP

Prospect Watch: After getting hit hard in his last four starts, righty TJ Weir righted the ship a bit on Saturday as he yielded only one run on three hits over 5.2 innings. The 24-year-old Ball State product from the 2014 draft struck out seven against only one walk. He's now started 10 times since moving to the rotation in Lake Elsinore in mid-May, and has struck out 53 in 50.1 innings across both levels as a starter. ... While Franchy Cordero did collect a hit to extend his streak to all ten Texas League contests in which he's appeared, the left-handed hitting centerfielder also struck out in his other three plate appearances. While he's posted an OPS north of 1.000 in the brief time since he joined the Missions, he's struck out 12 times in 46 plate appearances. The good news is that, like many key prospects throughout the system, he's striking out less often than his career numbers coming into the year. ... Brad Wieck's first week with the Missions has gone about as well as anyone might have hoped. As he has in both of his previous appearances since joining the club, the big lefty came in with runners on and two outs, ended the inning and then came back out for a full inning of his own. With three strikeouts Saturday, he's now whiffed 10 of the 14 batters he's faced.

Storm 7 - Modesto Nuts 5

Key Statistics: LF Daniel Bravo 2-for-4, 2B, HBP, 2R, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-for-4, BB, RBI, SB (6); 3B Ty France 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; RHP Zech Lemond 7.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 6K, 0BB HB

Prospect Watch: Righty Zech Lemond turned in his longest, and arguably best, start of the year, giving up a two run homer in 7.2 innings of work. The 2014 third-rounder entered the night with Cal League opponents hitting .386 against him, but on Saturday Lemond allowed only four hits and one hit batter as he worked into the eighth inning. Among the positive signs from this outing was that Lemond struck out six Nuts hitters, matching the season-high he set against the same club earlier in the week. ... Javier Guerra turned on a pitch from well-regarded Rockies pitching prospect Yency Almonte and deposited it over the tall right field wall for his ninth homer of the season. While the left-handed hitting shortstop has struggled dramatically over the year, he's been hitting the ball better over the last month. He did commit his 24th error of the year at shortstop in the contest, a number that's high because of performance, not ability.

West Michigan Whitecaps 2 - TinCaps 0

Key Statistics:  CF Tyler Moore 3-for-4; LHP Jerry Keel 5IP, 8H, 2R. 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch:  While Fort Wayne actually outhit the Whitecaps, they went 0-for10 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays, leading to their 10th shutout loss of the yearLefty Jerry Keel was the hard-luck loser, taking the loss despite giving up only two runs in five innings of work. In six starts since joining the rotation last month, the Lancaster native has posted a 4.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts against six walks in 29.2 innings of work.

Vancouver Canadians 8 - Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: DH Mason Smith 1-for-3, HR (1), 2RBI; RHP Diomar Lopez 3IP, 2H, 0ER, 2K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: It was a rough night for lefty starter Will Headean, who gave up all eight runs in three innings. After stellar work through his first three Northwest League games, the lefty has given up 14 runs over his last two outings.  A 13th-round pick out of Illinois State last summer, Headean got caught in a numbers game at Fort Wayne earlier this year, getting sent back to wait for a second go-around with Tri-City. Even with the rough couple of outings, it wouldn't be a surprise if 22-year-old heads back to the Midwest League at some point this season. ... Mason Smith has had a challenging year, bouncing around to fill roster needs in the system for the first few months of the season. But the 21-year-old, who got above-slot money to sign as a fourth-round pick out of high school in Idaho in 2013, is having some moderate early success as he settles in at Tri-City. A toolsy player, Smith hit a two-run shot in the eighth to get the Devils on the board. ... Will Stillman and David Bednar each worked a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout in the game. Neither has yet given up their first professional run in eight innings, and both have reached double-digit strikeouts.

AZL Padres 14 - AZL Royals 2

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Tatis 3-for-4, BB, R, 2RBI; 1B Luis Anguizola 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 3R, 2RBI; CF Dayan Olmo 2-for-4, 3B (1), HR (1), BB, 3R, RBI; RHP Jean Garcia 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 7K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Righty Jean Garcia worked a strong six innings to pick up the victory Saturday. The big 19-year-old Dominican struggled through his stateside debut last year, but has been strong through his first four outings this year, posting a 3.15 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings. Only Mayky Perez has also worked more than five innings in an appearance for the AZL Padres thus far. ... Luis Anguizola has one of the more interesting back-stories in this year's draft class. The 22-year-old Panamanian-born slugger came stateside to attend Loyola of New Orleans and didn't play at all his freshman year. This season, as a junior, he earned NAIA All-American and Gold Glove honors, and rewrote the small school's record books. The Padres called him as a catcher in the 25th-round of the draft, but he played exclusively first base for the Wolfpack and has appeared there and in left field in his first four professional games. After going hitless in his first three contests, the right-handed hitter had two doubles among three hits Saturday. ... Fernando Tatis made the start at second base as he moved over for Chase Jensen, who began a rehab assignment in the desert. While he did commit an error as he gets a taste of life on the right side of the infield, he just keeps hitting, adding three more knocks to his tally for the year. 

Full box scores from all the games are available here.

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