Jeff Nycz

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 28

The Chihuahuas played two in the Pacific Northwest, splitting a doubleheader with the Mariners’ top farm team. The Missions and Storm both lost, while Fort Wayne rode their pitching to a win. The Dust Devils one-hit Spokane and the AZL Padres lost in Marysville.

Chihuahuas 5, Tacoma Rainiers 3 (Game one)

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-4, R; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, R, RBI; C Hector Sanchez, 2-for-4, HR (9), 4 RBI; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 6-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, K; RHP Brandon Morrow (S, 2) 2 IP, BB, 2 K. 

Tacoma Rainiers 5, Chihuahuas 4 (Game two)

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; LF Auston Bousfield, 1-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 4-4) 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: Centerfielder Manuel Margot had a pair of hits in each game of the doubleheader, with a double in each game. Margot’s 124 hits are 3rd in the PCL, behind teammates Hunter Renfroe and Carlos Asuaje. Margot has been as dynamic as advertised and seems likely to get an opportunity in September with the big league squad ... Hector Sanchez played both games of the doubleheader and blasted a grand slam in game one. The veteran gives the Padres a nice depth piece, giving them four big league caliber catchers in the top of the organization. The former Giant has a 1.401 OPS in El Paso this season. 

Frisco RoughRiders 4, Missions 3

Key Statistics: 2B Nelson Ward, 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, RBI; SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-4, RBI; LF Luis Tejada, 1-for-3, HR (3), BB, RBI; 1B Chase Jensen, 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, R; RHP Dinelson Lamet (L, 3-5) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 7 K; LHP Jose Torres, 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions lost the opening game of the series to the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate ... Left fielder Luis Tejada homered and drew a walk for the Missions in the loss. Tejada, 23, reminds me a lot of former Padre Jesus Guzman, with good contact skills, a bit of pop and no real position defensively. The Dominican has seen time at first, third and the corner outfield positions in 2016. He started the year in Fort Wayne but moved up the chain after leading the Midwest League in RBI at the time of his promotion. Tejada is hitting an overall .261/.346/.439 but has a .859 OPS that would lead the team if he had enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title ... LHP Jose Torres chipped in with two shutout innings, after relieving starter Dinelson Lamet. Torres, acquired with Drew Pomeranz and Jabari Blash in the Yonder Alonso deal, has dominated Texas League hitters since his promotion from Lake Elsinore. The 22-year-old southpaw has allowed just 11 hits in 22.2 innings with the Missions this season and opposing batters are hitting a paltry .147. Torres also sports a 0.74 ERA in San Antonio, with nearly a strikeout per inning. Torres, along with fellow lefty Brad Wieck and righties Yimmi Brosoban and Jason Jester should be candidates for the 2017 San Diego bullpen. Torres may have the upper hand, as he already occupies a 40-man roster spot. 

Inland Empire 66’ers 12, Storm 3

Key Statistics: LF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Javier Guerra, 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (L, 9-4) 2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2BB, K; RHP Trey Wingenter, 1.2 IP, H, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: You know it is a rough night when catcher Ricardo Valenzuela sees action on the mound. The Storm lost to start a road trip in gorgeous San Bernardino ... RHP Chris Huffman turned in his  worst start to date, as the former James Madison lefty lasted just two innings. Huffman, who has been the ace of the Storm in 2016, gave up five earned runs and allowed six hits in just two innings of work. The righty has an ERA approaching six in the season’s second half. Huffman has an ERA under two at home but has struggled while pitching on the road in 2016 ... RHP Trey Wingenter has quietly been the best reliever in Lake Elsinore over the last month or so. The 17th-rounder in 2015 has 0.60 ERA in 15 innings with just three walks and 14 strikeouts. Wing enter can touch 96 mph with his fastball that has tremendous sink to it. The righty just one of the many talented, hard-throwing power arms in the organization. 

TinCaps 3, West Michigan WhiteCaps 1

Key Statistics: LF Tyler Selesky, 2-for-4, 2B; RF Jhonatan Pena, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Jerry Keel, 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K; RHP David Bednar (W, 1-2) 2 IP, H, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: Lefty Jerry Keel has quietly been the staff ace of a talented TinCaps rotation in the season’s second half. With Logan Allen and now Chris Paddack on the shelf and with Jean Cosme now in a relief role, Keel has taken his opportunity and pitched well. The big lefty from Lancaster pitched seven innings Thursday night and allowed just one earned run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Keel has a 3.03 ERA in seven second-half starts ... Undrafted free agent Tyler Selesky had a multi-hit game and is 6-for-11, with a pair of doubles in three games in Fort Wayne. The outfielder/third baseman had a solid .299/.398/.429 with the AZL Padres before his promotion. 

Dust Devils 3, Spokane Indians 0

Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley, 1-for-3, 2 R; 1B G.K. Young, 1-for-4, RBI; LHP Joey Lucchesi, 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K; RHP Braxton Lorenzini (W, 2-2) 4 IP, 2 K; RHP Diomar Lopez (S, 2) IP, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: Pitching prevailed in Spokane as four Dust Devils pitchers combined for the one-hitter ... LHP Joey Lucchesi started the game and allowed the sole hit, a scratch single, in his three innings of work. The 2016 4th-rounder has been awfully impressive in limited work in Pasco this season, as the lefty has pitched a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings. The NCAA leader in strikeouts this past season has 24 punchouts to go with just one walk to start his professional career ... RHP Braxton Lorenzini relieved Lucchesi and pitched four perfect innings, notching a pair of strikeouts. The righty was a late-round pick last season. 

AZL Brewers 7, AZL Padres 0

Key Statistics: 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-4, (2) 2B; LF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-3, BB; 1B Jacquez Williams, 2-for-4; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 0-2) 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres pounded out nine hits but were still shutout in 110-degree hit that is Phoenix in July ... Third baseman Hudson Potts had two doubles in the loss Thursday night. The 17-year-old is in the top-ten in the AZL in doubles and has an overall batting line of .310/.344/.448 ... RHP Cal Quantrill struggled Thursday and took the loss. The 8th overall pick in this year’s draft allowed three earned runs in 3.2 innings. Quantrill’s overall stats (5.26 ERA) aren’t terribly impressive but he is generating strikeouts and the reports on his overall repertoire have been encouraging. 

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