Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 13

While major league baseball is away, the prospects on the farm will play. Lake Elsinore won in a walkoff, Chris Paddack continued his domination, Hudson Potts hit his first professional home run, and two new signees made their debut.

INT All Stars 4 – PCL All Stars 2

Key Stats: 2B Carlos Asuaje 0-3, BB; CF Hunter Renfroe 0-2

Prospect Watch: It was an unfortunate All Star game for both El Paso players.  2B Carlos Asuaje led off and was the only player on the PCL side to play the whole game.  While he didn’t look overmatched he also didn’t stand out in the loss…  CF Hunter Renfroe batted cleanup but also didn’t put on much of a show.  He grounded out and struck out in his only two at bats.  What does this mean for the likelihood of future success? Absolutely nothing. 

Midland Rockhounds 3 – Missions 2

Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 7 K; CF Franchy Cordero 2-5; SS Jose Rondon 2-5, SB (9); DH Gabriel Quintana 2-4, 2B, RS; 1B Luis Tejada 1-4, 3B, RBI

Prospect Watch: With all the trade deadline speculation now taking center stage in San Diego, if the Padres decide to trade another reliever (Hand, Buchter, Maurer) they could look down to Double-A for their replacement.  The most likely candidate is LHP Jose Torres, mainly because he is already on the 40-man roster.  Torres is the second youngest player on the 40-man (behind only Manuel Margot), and is the forgotten man in the Drew Pomeranz trade.  Torres threw another 1.1 scoreless innings tonight, putting him at just one earned run over his last 13 innings.  Batters are hitting just .127 off of him, and has actually pitched better since his promotion to San Antonio in early June. The lefty sits in the mid-90s with his fastball, and when he's on has a better-than-average slider as well.… Big lefty Brad Wieck, who worked another scoreless inning Wednesday, might not be far behind.  He hasn’t allowed a run over his last 14.2 innings between Elsinore and San Antonio, while striking out a staggering 28 batters. One consideration with Wieck will be whether the Padres want to use a 40-man space on him going into the offseason, as he won't be Rule 5 eligible until after next year. While there are definitely some spots that can be opened up relatively easily, the club will have a number of players to make decisions on this winter.

Storm 4 – Visalia Rawhide 3

Key Stats: RHP Chris Huffman 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; SS Luis Urias 2-5, RBI; DH Trae Santos 2-4; C AJ Kennedy 3-4, RS, RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, 2 BB, RBI

Prospect Watch:  The Storm were completely blanked by Rawhide starter Brad Keller, and didn’t get their first rally started until he departed in the eighth.  With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth down by one, second baseman Josh VanMeter (currently in a 1-25 slump) rolled a slow groundball that scored the game tying run.  After an intentional walk to Michael Gettys (go figure), Franmil Reyes lined a single back up the middle for the walk off.  For Franmil Reyes, the walkoff hit was a continuation of his growth this year.  After a dreadful April that saw him hit just .183/.227/.280, he has slowly come on.  Since the All Star break, he is hitting a much more respectable .279/.351/.471, his walk numbers are up (four walks the last two games), strikeout numbers are down, and he has started to hit for more power.  The 21 year old will be Rule 5 eligible this winter, and while he is unlikely to be protected, a strong showing might help him get noticed by another team. 

Tin Caps 6 – Quad Cities River Bandits 0

Key Stats: RHP Chris Paddack 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 K; C Austin Allen 2-4, RS; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, 2B, HR (11), 2 RS, 2 RBI; LF Jose Urena 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Baseball America released its mid-season Top 10 list, and three TinCaps made the list.  None ranked higher than newly-acquired righty Chis Paddack at #5.  Paddack has made quite an impression on the TInCaps.  Over five innings Paddack allowed just two scratch singles and walked a batter while striking out nine.  At one point, had retired 14 in a row before SS Rudy Girron lost a popup and the ball landed in for a “single.”   Since the trade, Paddack has thrown nine innings for the TinCaps allowing just one run on eight hits, walking one and striking out an impressive 15. The Texan, acquired for Francisco Rodney, works with a fastball that has touched 95, a change-up that three people who have seen him throw for the TinCaps have variously called "ridiculous," "filthy" and "devastating," and a slow curve ball. ... Brad Zunica's solo shot in the eighth inning went off the batter's eye in dead center. The big first baseman continues to strike out far too often, but he is hitting the ball hard when he does make contact, sporting a .557 slugging percentage since June 1.

Dust Devils 3 – Eugene Ems 2

Key Stats: RHP Jesse Scholtens 2 IP, H, 2 K; 1B GK Young 2-3, RS; SS Chris Baker 1-3, RBI

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils got a huge shot in the arm this morning when College World Series star GK Young joined the roster. The team had struggled offensively (which still continued today with no extra base hits), but has received a boost in the last week from CF Buddy Reed and now Young.  Through the first time through the order, Young had the only hit for the Dust Devils.  Next time up, Young singled, stole second, and then scored the first run of the game on a two out single by Hunter Redman. Young, a 31st-round pick, is a power-first left-handed hitter whose only position is first base. ... Nicaraguan righty Diomar Lopez continues to more than hold his own as a 19-year-old making his stateside debut against much older hitters in the Northwest League. After spending two years in the DSL, he owns a 1.42 ERA in his first seven games for the Dust Devils. While he's working in relief, he's gone at least two innings in each outing, stretching out as far as 3.1 so far.

AZL Padres 11 – AZL Rangers 8

Key Stats: SS Hudson Potts 4-4, HR (1), RS, 3 RBI; 2B Fernando Tatis Jr 2-5, RS; 3B Tyler Selesky 3-5, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; RHP Mayky Perez 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Prospect Watch: While Hudson Potts has batted leadoff for most of the season, he has also spent most of the season as the DH.  Today was only his fourth time playing the field, all at short.  He responded by having his best game as a professional, going 4-4 while hitting his first homerun.  While the 17 year-old has hit for a surprisingly high average (.314), this was just his fourth extra-base hit on the season… Making his system debut at DH was Jack Suwinski who, like Potts, is just 17 (for another two weeks).  Suwinski, a 15th-round pick, will play primarily outfield.  Suwinski was both the best hitter and pitcher on his school team in Illinois, but the Padres signed him because they believe in a bat that offers some power upside.


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