Dave Michael

San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: August 1

Monday was an absolutely wild night in the system that saw all four teams in action lose. El Paso and Lake Elsinore blew big leads while big innings doomed the TinCaps and Missions.

Las Vegas 51’s 10, Chihuahuas 7

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R; RF Hunter Renfroe, 3-for-5, 3 R, (2) 2B, HR (26), RBI; LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4, RBI; C Miguel Del Castillo, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen, 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB; RHP Jason Jester (L, 0-1) IP, 5 H, 4 ER, K. 

Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe had a homer and two doubles in a wild game in Sin City. Renfroe will continue to torture Pacific Coast League hitting until September when he would be an obvious call-up candidate. The slugger continues to lead the league in homers and will probably win the MVP award in the PCL, with El Paso rolling to a second consecutive division championship ... September should also bring Carlos Asuaje to San Diego, as the versatile infielder is third in the circuit with a .330 batting average. Asuaje has 134 hits as well, five behind Renfroe, who leads the league. 

Corpus Christi Hooks 7, Missions 4

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 4-for-4, HR (5), R, RBI; RF Nick Schulz, 3-for-4, HR (8), 2B, R, 2 RBI; C Rocky Gale, 3-for-4, HR (2) R, RBI; LHP Tim Berry (L, 0-3) 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Adam Cimber, 2 IP, 3 H, ER. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions lost their second straight game after Corpus Christi erupted for five runs in the fifth inning. In a strange statistical anomaly, Franchy Cordero, Nick Schulz, and Rocky Gale went 10-for-12 with three home runs -- the rest of the lineup went 0-for-23 with eight strikeouts ... Outfielder Franchy Cordero continued his robust output with four hits, including his fifth homer of the year for San Antonio. The 21-year-old outfielder had a 0-for-14 stretch last week but has made an adjustment and is 7-for-13 during a modest three-game hitting streak. Cordero has been San Antonio’s best player since his arrival and is hitting .316/.372/.507 with five bombs in 32 games with the Missions ... Undrafted free agent outfielder Nick Schulz homered and singled twice in the loss. Schulz is currently third in the Texas League with a .290 average and has a solid OPS of .813. The 25-year-old won’t show up on a prospect list but it is clear that Schulz is one of the hardest working players in the entire organization. 

Lancaster JetHawks 7, Storm 6

Key Statistics: LF Edwin Moreno, 3-for-5, 2 R, HR (13), 3B, RBI; DH Fernando Perez, 3-for-4,  2 HR (5,6), BB, 3 RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Trevor Seidenberger, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER; RHP Gerardo Reyes (L, 0-2) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm led 4-0 after six-and-a-half, then Lancaster broke out with a seven-run seventh inning that included a three-run shot to put the JetHawks ahead ... Despite the bullpen meltdown, RHP Brett Kennedy was quite good once again. The former Fordham standout pitched six shutout innings, fanning five and walking two. The righty has allowed three earned runs or less in six consecutive starts. Kennedy’s 3.39 ERA would be fifth in the league if he had enough innings to qualify ... Outfielder Edwin Moreno had three hits and finished a double short of the cycle. The left-handed hitting outfielder took over the team lead in home runs with 13 ... DH Fernando Perez homered twice, including a two-run blast in the ninth. Perez has had an injury-riddled season with three separate stints on the disabled list. When healthy, Perez has above-average pop and has one of the best swings in the system. Perez does have six homers in 99 at-bats with a respectable 20% strikeout rate. Perez just needs to stay healthy over the last month of the season. 

Lansing Lugnuts 10, TinCaps 9

Key Statistics: CF Tyler Moore, 2-for-5, 2 R; 1B Brad Zunica, 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI; LF Tyler Selesky, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; RHP Austin Smith (L, 3-6) 3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: Austin Smith had his worst start as a professional and took the loss Monday. The former second-round pick gave up a career-high nine earned runs and 10 hits. Smith, 20, had a 1.40 ERA in four July outings, displaying improved command. Smith’s overall line isn’t terribly impressive but the young righty has shown flashes of brilliance ... One could make an argument that TinCaps first baseman Brad Zunica has been the best player in the Midwest League in the second half. The large first baseman had a three hit game and is hitting .286/.310/.586, with eight homers. The lefty strikes out a ton but possesses some of the best raw power in the system. 

Dust Devils: The Dust Devils are at the All-Star break. They won’t play again until Thursday. The Northwest League v. Pioneer League All-Star game is tomorrow night. 

The AZL Padres also had the night off. 

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