Dave Michael

MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 20

Lloyd's gem and Kohlwey's grand slam gave the Missions and Dust Devils huge wins. Elsewhere Anderson Espinoza debuted for the Padres (it did not go well). The rest of the system either lost badly or was not playing.

Memphis Redbirds 10 – Chihuahuas 3

Key Stats: RHP Phil Maton 2 IP, BB, 4 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-2, RS, 2 BB; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 2B; LF Jabari Blash 2-4, HR (10), 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: With Keith Hessler returning to San Diego the Padres decided to promote Phil Maton straight from High-A to Triple-A.  While this is most likely a temporary placement, Maton did not disappoint.  Coming into a game after starter Carlos Pimentel lasted just four innings allowing six runs, Maton slammed the door allowing only a walk over two innings while striking out four.  The 20th round selection from last years draft, was thought of as someone whose stuff could succeed at any level.  Now across three levels this season Maton has allowed just four runs in 34 innings, walking just seven while striking out 46.  That translates to a .179 BAA and a 0.85 WHIP.  In just over a year in the Padres organization Maton has now struck out 104 batters in just 66.2 innings.    

Missions 6 - Frisco Roughriders 2

Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 7 IP, 6 H, BB, K; CF Franchy Cordero 4-5, RS; 2B Nelson Ward 2-4, 2B, BB; 3B River Stevens 2-4, 3B, 2 RS, RBI; C Rocky Gale 2-3, HR (1), 2 RS, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: Speaking of late round draft picks, Kyle Lloyd was a 29th round pick in the 2013 draft.  After leading the organization in strikeouts in 2014 (155 in 119,2 innings), he completely fell off the prospect map last year when he still lead the organization with 139 strikeouts but did so with a 4.72 ERA in the Cal League.  This year, Lloyd has become more of a pitcher rather than a thrower.  He is not generating as many swings and misses (which indicates lower strikeout totals), but he is working in the zone more, walking fewer batters, and generating more weak hits.  This new formula seems to be working.  Over his last five starts Lloyd has a 2.01 ERA in 31.1 innings with a sub 1.00 WHIP and a BAA of just .219.  Lloyd doesn’t have the ceiling of a lot of other pitchers in the system, but his ability to pound the strikezone with movement and added deception could become a solid emergency starter or long man in the majors. 

Storm had the night off

Wisconsin Timer Rattlers 14 – TinCaps 6

Key Stats: RHP Anderson Espinoza 3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; LF Kodie Tidwell 2-2, RS, 3 BB; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, HR (13), 3 RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 1-4, HR (6), RBI; SS Rudy Giron 2-4, RS

Prospect Watch:  The organization’s new number one prospect made his Padre’s affiliate debut tonight, and it was not exactly how Preller would have hoped.  Anderson Espinoza pitched out of jams during his first two innings but failed to do it in the third.  With two outs he loaded the bases before allowing a walk, and a bases clearing double.  When all was said and done four runners crossed the plate   Espinoza sat in the mid 90s with good movement on his pitches.  However, like most young pitchers, if that movement is not refined it can often time leak out over the heart of the plate.  It did and he paid for it.  No matter how bad he does with the TinCaps his age, ability, and amazing ceiling will keep him at the top of all prospect lists.   


Dust Devils 6 – Everett AquaSox 5

Key Stats: RHP Angel Mejia 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB; RHP Diomar Lopez 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K; RF Taylor Kohlwey 1-4, GS (1), 4 RBI, BB; 1B GK Young 2-3, BB; 3B Boomer White 1-4, RS

Prospect Watch: GK Young continues to impress in Tri-City.  After being with the Dust Devils for only a week, he is already their cleanup hitter, but solidifying a very young lineup.  Young has reached base in all eight games since joining the Dust Devils and has reached base multiple times in six of the eight games.  Young has a crisp swing and makes very hard contact.  His swing pattern and contact is very similar to an Alex Dickerson or a Matt Clark.  This hard contact is due to a longer than average swing which increases his strikeout numbers, but it will remain to be seen if the Padres try to shorten his swing without losing too much power.    

AZL Indians 14 – AZL Padres 3

Key Stats: RHP Henry Henry 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; 3B Hudson Potts 1-5, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-4, RS; LF Tyler Selesky 1-3, 2 RS, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: Padres made news last week when they signed Jack Suwinski for an above slot deal and sent him to Peoria.  Suwinski, a bat first outfielder, has continued this report hitting by safely in five of his six games this year.  Like fellow Peoria Padre, Hudson Potts, Suwinski is just 17 (birthday in a week), and is someone the Padres liked as someone who had the talent and was “moldable.”  His way too early slash line is .273/.333/.273


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