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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 17

Michael Kelly and Brett Kennedy pick up strong victories, but strong showings from the offense throughout the system weren't enough at the other stops Sunday.

Chihuahuas 5 - Nashville Sounds 2

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, HR (22), 3RBI, OF Assist; RHP Michael Kelly 5.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB, HBP,

Prospect Watch: Starter Michael Kelly gave up only one earned run over 5.2 innings of work, dropping his ERA to 3.23 since joining the Chihuahuas and to 3.69 overall in 19 starts at three levels this year. The organization gave the righty, whose workload has reached a career-high 102.1 innings this season, a bit of a break wrapped around the All-Star break, so he'd thrown only 3 innings in the 11 days headed into Sunday's start. He's worked into the sixth inning in five of his six PCL starts, averaging just over 90 pitches in those contests. The 2011 compensation pick continues to work his way into a real opportunity at a big league roster spot for the 2017, a pretty remarkable feat for a guy who started last season back in extended spring training and finished the campaign with Cal League opponents reaching base at a nearly .400 clip. ... Hunter Renfroe's adventurous week ended with a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 15 and lead the El Paso offense. The big right fielder, who a week ago was making tongues wag with his batting practice turn in Petco Park and spent the first half of the week with the PCL All-Star team, has reached base in 20 straight contests, and has 44 more total bases than the number two hitter on the circuit. Renfroe also threw out one of three Nashville runners nailed on the basepaths Sunday, with Auston Bousfield adding the other two. Each now joins Manuel Margot with 14 total assists on the year, the best total in the upper minors.

Frisco Rough Riders 9 - Missions 5

Key Statistics:  CF Franchy Cordero 1-for-4, HR (3), BB, E (3); 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-for-4, HR (11), 2RBI, 2R; LHP Tim Berry 3.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 0K, 2BB, HBP; LHP Brad Wieck 2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Lefty Tim Berry's first Double-A start in the Padres organization didn't go any better than his turn in the Southern League with the Marlins earlier this year or last year's repeat in the Eastern League. The San Diego county native was shelled for eight hits - five for extra bases - and seven runs across just 3.2 innings. Berry, 25, was originally drafted back in 2009 after having Tommy John Surgery heading into his senior year at San Marcos High. He got a six-figure bonus as the Orioles' 50th-round (then the last round) selection despite the injury history, and earned a spot on the 40-man roster with a strong Double-A showing in 2014, but things fell apart last year as he had leg issues, lost velocity and struggled with command. He was claimed on waivers by the Marlins prior to this year, but continued to struggle with Jacksonville. After Florida designated him for assignment and he cleared waivers, the Padres acquired him for cash earlier this month. He'll have the next six weeks as an audition in San Antonio. ... Brad Wieck came on in relief of Berry and continued his impressive run through the Texas League. The big lefty struck out four more and allowed just one hit and a walk in 2.1 innings, his longest of his five outings since joining the Missions. He's only allowed a run in one of his last 18 appearances and has 15 strikeouts in his 7.1 Texas League innings. ... Franchy Cordero jumped the first pitch of the game, connecting on his third homer in 17 Texas League games. As impressive as the power display from the 21-year-old is the fact that he's struck out only eight times in his last 49 plate appearances.

Storm 8 - Inland Empire 66'ers 7

Key Statistics:  LF Edwin Moreno 2-for-4, 3B (7), HR (9), 4RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-for-5, HR (3), RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 5.1IP, 5H, 2R (1ER), 6K, 3BB; 

Prospect Watch: Despite a rocky outing from Colby Blueberg that made it a much closer final score, the Storm collected their season-best sixth straight win Sunday to move back to .500 on the year. The club jumped out to an 8-0 lead after just three-and-a-half innings thanks to homers from Michael Gettys, Ty France and Edwin Moreno. For Moreno, the three-run blast in the second inning was one of two extra-base hits on the day. The left-handed hitting outfielder has had a disappointing campaign over all, striking out in more than a third of his plate appearances. But in the second half of the season, he's getting to his power a bit more often, sporting a .515 slugging percentage since the break. ... Brett Kennedy picked up his second straight victory, giving up just one earned run over 5.1 innings. The 21-year-old righty worked around three walks in his first three frames, but then opened the fourth by giving up two hits. An error by third baseman Josh VanMeter and a less-than-heads-up decision by Franmil Reyes to catch a foul ball down the right field line that turned into a sacrifice fly plated the only runs Inland would get off the New Jersey native. Kennedy now has a 3.59 ERA in 13 Cal League starts, but is continuing to fight his command a bit, walking three for the fourth time in his last six starts. Overall, he's issued 31 in 62.2 innings as he figures out how to mix in his two-seam fastball more regularly in his first professional season.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 8 - TinCaps 6

Key Statistics: DH Carlos Belen 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB, K; RF Jhonatan Pena 2-for-5, 2 2B, R; SS Ruddy Giron 1-for-3, HR (1), 2RBI, BB, K;  RHP Jake Nix 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 0BB, WP, HBP; RHP J.C. Cosme 2IP, 7H, 5ER, 2K, 0BB, HBP

Prospect Watch:  J.C. Cosme had his roughest outing of the year, giving up five earned runs over two innings to take the loss. The first four Kernels hitters Cosme, 20, faced all reached, but he held them to two runs and appeared to stabilize himself as he worked out of the jam. But he was cuffed around for four more hits and three runs in the seventh to take the loss. The Puerto Rican righty came back on just two days' rest, one fewer than he has since moving back out of the rotation at the start of the month to manage his workload. He'll likely work to between 90 and 100 innings for the year. ... Ruddy Giron's rough campaign has been well-documented, but the 19-year-old has been showing some signs of life in the second half. That continued Sunday as he hit his first homer of the season, more than 300 plate appearances into the year. The blast was his first extra-base hit of the month, but he's been getting on-base at a respectable .346 clip in July. Through 50 games in May and June, he had a brutal .232 mark.

Eugene Emeralds 7 - Dust Devils 6

Key Statistics: 3B Boomer White 3-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Joey Lucchesi 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Hard-throwing righty Jordan Guerrero, the club's sixth-round pick last year, struggled again on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and four more walks in two innings. The big teenager from Florida can light up the radar gun, but has issued 15 walks against just 12 strikeouts in his 20.2 innings of work. He has plenty of upside and could probably do well by dialing it back just a bit to get better feel with his pitches. ... Joey Lucchesi went three innings in his third start (seventh appearance) for the Devils, striking out four more hitters. In limited exposure because of his college workload this year, the 23-year-old lefty has 16 strikeouts in 15 frames, and has yet to issue a walk. ... Boomer White had his first three-hit game as a professional, collecting a double and two RBIs along the way. Though he's hitting only .218 so far, he's not striking out and has a solid walk rate. His bat was seen as his carrying tool coming out of Texas A&M as a 10th-rounder last month.

Transaction Updates

The Padres released left-handed pitcher Brandon Alger and outfielder Mason Smith over the weekend. Alger, 25, had been working in the Lake Elsinore bullpen after a rough start to the year in San Antonio. The lefty, who hails from Fort Wayne but never appeared on a TinCaps roster, made the bulk of his appearances over parts of five seasons with the Storm. He posted an ERA of 4.30 after the Padres selected him in the 26th round of the 2012 draft.

Smith, still just 21 years of age, never put it together after the Padres selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Barely 18 when he was taken out of high school in Idaho, Smith was seen as a toolsy player with upside in his bat, but he didn't make it out of short-season ball in his first three seasons, striking out in a third of his at-bats and only three homers along the way. This year, Smith filled organizational need playing for both the TinCaps and Missions, but was overmatched by those placements. He had seen just 15 at-bats since rejoining Tri-City on June 23.

Full box scores from all the games are available here.


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