Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 11

Offense was at a premium Thursday night, as the four teams in action combined to score only four runs. The Missions were shutout at home, while the Storm won a pitcher’s duel in Rancho Cucamonga. The TinCaps lost big at home and the Dust Devils were blanked at Gesa Stadium.

El Paso had the night off.

Arkansas Travelers 4, Missions 0

Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4; 3B Josh VanMeter, 2-for-4; RHP Kyle Lloyd (L, 6-5) 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (all unearned) 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban, IP, 2 H, ER, BB. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions managed just six hits, all singles in a shutout loss. Third baseman Josh VanMeter had a pair of singles but also made three errors in the loss. Two of the errors were in the field and one was on a throw. VanMeter was a California League All-Star but has struggled a bit since joining the Missions. Overall the former fifth-rounder is hitting .179/.200/.256 in 10 games with the Texas League affiliate ... RHP Kyle Lloyd pitched well again, despite taking the loss for San Antonio. Lloyd, 25, has been the ace of the Missions’ staff and the former 29th-round pick continues to defy the modest expectations placed on him prior to the start of the season. Lloyd has a sparkling 2.49 ERA in 10 second half starts. The strikeouts aren’t as plentiful as they have been in season’s past but the 6’4 righty continues to get hitters out. 

Rancho Cucamonga 2, Storm 1

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-3, 2B, BB, R; 1B Josh Naylor, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, (W, 4-3) 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K; RHP Colby Blueberg, IP; RHP Phil Maton (S, 8) IP, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm managed just five hits but rode excellent pitching to a close win ... DH Fernando Perez struck out four times in as many at-bats. He is mired in a 1-for-25 slump ... RHP Enyel De Los Santos had his best outing in the Cal League and earned the victory. The hard-throwing righty went a season-high seven innings and allowed just four hits and zero walks. The righty only threw 72 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. After some early struggles, De Los Santos has a 3.98 ERA in the season’s second half ... Michael Gettys had a pair of hits, including a double in the Storm victory. Gettys overall slash-line of .298/.332/.440 is solid, although he is striking out in 32% of plate appearances in High-A. 

Bowling Green Hot Rods 7, TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 1-for-2, 2B, RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Anderson Espinoza (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K; RHP Blake Rogers, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all unearned), K. 

Prospect Watch: RHP Anderson Espinoza, 18, had an inconsistent outing and took the loss. The young righty and the Padres’ top prospect, according to multiple publications, allowed three runs in five innings. Espinoza’s fastball sat at 94-96 mph and touched 97 mph on a few occasions, according to reports. He also had some issues commanding his off-speed stuff. The righty has a 4.58 ERA for the TinCaps in four starts but one must also remember that he is the same age as a high school senior ... Catcher Austin Allen didn’t start but came off the bench and extended his hitting streak to 23 games -- a new TinCaps record. He is one game away from the all-time Fort Wayne mark of 24 games, set by Sean Burroughs in 1999 when the team was called the Wizards. Allen replaced Marcus Greene Jr. who left the game after getting hit in the mask. Justin Cohn of the Fort Wayne Gazette reported that Greene is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. We will have more on his status as it becomes available. 

Spokane Indians 2, Dust Devils 0

Key Statistics: C Kyle Overstreet, 3-for-4, 2B; RF Luis Asuncion, 1-for-4; LHP Eric Lauer 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K; RHP Adrian De Horta (L, 0-1) 3.1 IP 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: This Eric Lauer guy is pretty good. The 25th overall pick in June’s draft pitched four scoreless innings in the Tri-City Loss. The former Kent State righty had a career-high seven strikeouts in the outing and has yet to allow a run in 13 Northwest League innings. The lefty is clearly showing that he can move through the system fast. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see him in San Antonio next season ... Catcher Kyle Overstreet tied a career-high with three hits, including a double. Overstreet is hitting .232/.294/.262 in Tri-City this season. 

The AZL Padres had the night off. 


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