Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Farm Report: July 29

El Paso loses a rare pitcher's duel and San Antonio continues its recent surge. Lake Elsinore is blown out but Fort Wayne survives a very long rain delay. The Padres may have the best double play combination in the Northwest League and Hudson Potts doesn't like to DH.

Tacoma Rainers 2 - Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: C Austin Hedges 1-3, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, 2B; LHP Frank Garces 7.0 IP 7.0 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 4 K.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas were engaged in a rare pitcher’s duel as the Rainers took three out of five games and gave El Paso its second straight series lost. El Paso was up 1-0 until Tacoma hit a solo home run in the eighth and former Padres’ farmhand - and MadFriars’ favorite - Daniel Robertson hit a two-out, two-strike double to put the Rainers ahead…Garces, who like many starters in the Padres’ upper levels is better suited to the bullpen, had his best start of the year…we are starting to move away from the “small sample size” for Austin Hedges.  In 52 games and 205 plate appearances he has a .352/.395/.684 slash line with 17 home runs and 62 RBI in 52 games.  Unlike Hunter Renfroe, he is also hitting pretty well on the road at .330/.350/.596…As some of you have asked, yes, Renfroe is hitting much better at home than on the road. His slash line away from Southwest University Park is .246/.274/.463.

Missions 4 - Frisco RoughRiders 3

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 0-3, 2 BB; 2B Nelson Ward 3-5; RF Nick Schulz 2-5, 2B, RBI; LF Nick Torres 2-4, 2 RBI; DH Chase Jensen 2-4; RHP Walker Lockett (W, 2-1) 5.0 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER BB 5 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban (S,2) 1.0 IP H 3 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions rode a big fifth inning in which they plated three runs on a solo home run by Jensen and back-to-back RBI by Shulz and Torres to come back from a 3-1 deficit. San Antonio is now 7-3 in their last ten games…Lockett wasn’t quite as good as he was in his last outing when he threw eight shutout innings, but still good enough tonight. In three outings and 18.2 innings he has a 15:1 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio…with Jose Rondon up with the big club look for River Stevens to get the majority of playing time at shortstop…after a bad slump Torres has pulled his slash line back to .280/.320/.410. 

Inland Empire 66ers 10 - Storm 3

Key Statistics: LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, 2B; CF Michael Gettys 2-4; RF Franmil Reyes 3-4, 2B, HR (10), 3 RBI; LHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 1-7) 9 H 8 R 6 ER BB 2 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 2.2 IP 3 H 2 R ER 2 BB K; RHP Phil Maton 1.0 IP H K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm were down 10-1 at the end of the third, so not a lot to write about.  Dorminy, after putting up good numbers this season with Fort Wayne, continues to struggle in the Cal League with a 11.91 ERA in three starts since he has come back…after hitting only eight home runs in his second go-around in Fort Wayne, Reyes hit his tenth tonight…Gettys injuries aren’t as gaudy as when he was promoted, but he’s also playing through multiple nagging injuries (back, groin). 

TinCaps 8 - West Michigan Whitecaps 7

Key Statistics: 2B Nick Vilter 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 1-4, BB: DH Austin Allen 2-4, 2 RBI, BB; CF Tyler Moore 2-2, 2 BB; RHP Jean Cosme 1.0 IP H K; LHP Elvin Liriano (W, 1-0) 3.0 IP 3 H 4 K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps swept a three game series coming back from four runs tonight as they broke a 7-7 tie on a bases loaded walk by Allen…after losing ten of eleven earlier in the month, Fort Wayne seems to be back on course…Vilter came in for second baseman Peter Van Gansen, who left after being hit by a pitch, to have his best night of the year. He has also caught and played first and third base this season..Ruddy Giron also is turning it around with a .287/.347/.356 slash line for July…Cosme only went a single inning because of a nearly two hour rain delay at Parkview Field.

Vancouver Canadians 4 - Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker 2-5; C Kyle Overstreet 0-3, 2 BB; 2B Nate Easley 3-4, 3B, RBI; LF Aldemar Burgos 3-4, RBI; 3B Jose Savinon 2-4; LHP Eric Lauer 3.0 IP 2 H BB 2 K; RHP Adrian De Horta 2.1 IP 3 H 2 R ER BB 3 K; RHP Nick Monroe 1.0 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB.

Prospect Watch: In his first two outings after escaping the heat of playing baseball in Phoenix during the summer, Midwesterner Eric Lauer has been perfect in his first two outings as he has yet to allow a run. Because he threw 104 innings this spring for Kent State he will be limited to three inning stints…Tri-City has now dropped four out of five…Easley has a slash line of .298/.411/389 and his double-play partner Baker has a .296/.394/.394.  Both are in the Top 10 in the Northwest League in hitting.

AZL Indians 11 - AZL Padres 6

Key Statistics: SS Hudson Potts 2-5, 2B, RBI; 1B Luis Anguizola 2-3, 2 RBI; 3B Carlos Sosa 1-3, BB; LHP Ben Sheckler 2.0 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB 4 K; RHP Seth Lucio 0.1 IP H 2 R 2 ER BB K; RHP Kyle Gauthier (L,0-3) 1.2 IP 6 H 6 R 3 ER BB 3 K.

Prospect Watch:  Potts now has 13 extra-base hits in his first 28 games as a professional. This week the organization played him at second, third and shortstop to attempt to determine where he will play in the field next season.  Our guess is he still ends up at third, but one thing may be clear is that he doesn’t like to DH.  He is hitting .227/.256/.293 there as compared to .529/.543/.794 at shortstop…Giant lefty Ben Scheckler, 21, (6’8”) has pitched well in the AZL with 18 punchouts in 17 innings against six walks with a 3.71 ERA.  He was selected in the eighth round of this year’s draft.

System Moves: Storm 3B Josh VanMeter was promoted to San Antonio.  1B Josh Naylor, who was acquired in the Marlin's trade was sent to Lake Elsinore and RHP Luis Castillo was sent to San Antonio.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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