Ivan Pierre Aguirre

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 10

The Chihuahuas finished out the first half in style and the Missions offense continues to spark behind Franchy Cordero, but the rest of the system struggled on Sunday.

Chihuahuas 11 - Salt Lake Bees 2

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 3-for-5, 2HR (16), 8RBI; 2B Luis Urias 2-for-2, 3RBI, HBP, HR (1), SB (1), 4R; RF Jabari Blash 3-for-4, BB

Prospect Watch: Austin Hedges put a remarkable exclamation point on the first half of the season, belting two more home runs and driving in eight to lead the Chihuahuas into the break on a strong run. Hedges returned from hamate surgery a month ago yesterday, and has posted an OPS north of 1.300 since. At this point, there's really nothing left for him but to wait for an opportunity at the big league level. ... Starter Michael Kelly worked three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, but walking two while striking out three. The short outing is a first crack at innings management for the big 23-year-old. While the Padres tend to focus more on the number of pitches thrown than innings, the 2011 supplemental pick has now tossed exactly as many frames as he did all of last year. The Floridian has reasserted himself as a prospect this year and will likely need to be added to the 40-man roster to protect him if he keeps this up all year. ... I talked with field coordinator Luis Cruz at the Futures Game, and asked him about (barely) 19-year-old Luis Urias. It was encouraging to know that I'm not the only one who's struggling to find words to describe just how special what the infielder is doing. "I don't know if we can find words to define that kid," said Cruz. In his three-game cameo with the Chihuahuas, Urias went 4-for-9 with a homer and five walks in 14 plate appearances. It wouldn't be out of the question at all to expect to see him in big league camp next spring.

Missions 6 - Springfield Cardinals 4

Key Statistics:  CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-5, HR (2), SB (5); LF Luis Tejada 2-for-4, RHP Kyle Lloyd 6IP, 5H, 3ER, 7K, 1BB; RHP Jason Jester 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions got a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single from Felipe Blanco to seal the win on Sunday, taking their third in four games. Franchy Cordero continues to be a major spark for the team, collecting his second homer of the week and extending his hitting streak to all 11 games he's played in since joining San Antonio. Cordero now owns a .340 average in the Texas League and has pushed his overall numbers for the year up to .294/.347/.474. The 21-year-old has certainly turned a corner this year and is well on his way to career highs in every offensive category. ... The Missions' bullpen has been one of the few bright spots for the team all year, but they've had a few hiccups over the last several weeks. Sunday, Adam Cimber came on with a one-run lead in the eighth and promptly gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Even with his third blown save, which follows recent troubles with late leads for Jimmy Brasoban, Jason Jester and Jose Torres, Cimber sports an ERA of just 2.10 for the Missions. After Blanco gave the lead back to San Antonio, Jester came on and struck out two and got a weak pop foul for the final out to lock down the save.

Modesto Nuts 6 - Storm 2

Key Statistics:  1B Ty France 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 5.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 1K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: For the second outing in a row, Enyel De Los Santos was jumped for four runs in the first inning, though unlike Tuesday, he did ultimately right the ship, work out of the inning and then find a way to stay competitive until the sixth inning. The big Dominican righty has had a couple of solid outings since moving up to the Cal League, but overall in six starts, he sports a 6.92 ERA with disappointing ancillary numbers.After getting shelled in a first inning that included three doubles, a walk and hit batter, De Los Santos settled in and allowed four hits over the next 4.1 innings. ... While the Storm offense collected nine hits, they couldn't string them together and went 2-for-11 with men in scoring position. 

West Michigan Whitecaps 2 - TinCaps 1

Key Statistics:  CF Tyler Moore 2-for-2, 2B, SB (5); C Austin Allen 1-for-4, HR (6); RHP Austin Smith 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB; RHP Jean Cosme 2IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch:  The TinCaps offense remains stuck in low gear, dropping their second straight and failing to score more than three runs for the 11th time in 12 games. The anemic output wasted a fourth-straight solid outing from Austin Smith, who allowed only one run on three hits over five innings. The Padres' top pick in last June's draft, Smith has given up only three runs in his last 19 innings, allowing only 11 hits and four walks in that span. ... Austin Allen's homer comes in the midst of a pretty big slump for the catcher, who is hitting just .213 since the All-Star break. The big man's season has been a real roller-coaster, beginning with his torrid April, before a big fall-off in May and a nice rebound in June. It will be worth watching how he holds up through the dog days of summer in his first full professional season.

Vancouver Canadians 6 - Dust Devils 2

Key Statistics: 3B Boomer White 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Jordan Guerrero 2IP, 4ER, 2K, 5BB

Prospect Watch: Coming off a pair of strong outings, Jordan Guerrero labored on Sunday, giving up four runs while failing to get an out in the third inning. The hard-throwing Florida teen walked a season-high five hitters, including two of three Canadians he faced before giving way in the third. While he sits in the mid-90s with his fastball, his secondary stuff - and obviously, the command -still lags behind, so he has only nine strikeouts through his first 18.2 innings.

AZL Mariners 2 - AZL Padres 1

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Tatis 2-for-4, HR (2), PO; RHP Lake Bachar 5IP, 3H, 0R, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: It's hard to imagine a way Fernando Tatis's stateside and system debut could be off to a better start. The 17-year-old infielder collected two more hits on Sunday, including his second homer in 68 at-bats, and his .559 slugging percentage is fifth on the circuit in the AZL. He's also swiped four bases early while playing solid defense at second, third and short. ... Righty Lake Bachar opened up for his best outing in four professional appearances, holding the Mariners in check on just three hits through five innings. A two-sport guy in college, where he was also a punter for the football team, Bachar is another in a series of Midwest area products to come into the system over the last few years. He has an impressive 18:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first 12.2 innings of work.

Full box scores from all the games are available here.


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