Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 20

Solid starting pitching in the system was the recipe for victory Saturday, as the Chihuahuas, Storm and TinCaps all won, allowing two runs combined. The Missions struggled to score in a loss, while the Dust Devils and AZL Padres also struggled to score.

Chihuahuas 5, Salt Lake Bees 1

Key Statistics: Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-3, BB, RBI, SB (9); DH Hector Sanchez, 2-for-3, R, BB; SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-3, R, RBI; LHP Frank Garces, 5 IP, 3 H, R (unearned), 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Daniel Moskos (W, 5-2) 2 IP, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso was kept at bay for six innings by Padres’ nemesis Tim Lincecum, before scoring four runs late to earn the victory ... DH Hector Sanchez had two hits in the El Paso win. The veteran has cooled off after a torrid start but his overall stat-line is still robust. Sanchez has 13 home runs in 145 at-bats for El Paso this year ... Infielder Jose Rondon had his first Triple-A multi-hit game, both singles, in the Chihuahuas victory. Rondon has seen action at third, as well as his traditional shortstop position, perhaps improving his versatility for a potential bench role in the near future. 

NW Arkansas Naturals 5, Missions 2

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4,R; DH Gabriel Quintana, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (L, 5-7) 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 7 K. 

Prospect Watch: Despite the loss, Dinelson Lamet pitched well once again for San Antonio. Lamet has been lights out over his last three starts, as the 23-year-old has allowed just one earned run in 17.1 innings, with 23 strikeouts and two walks. The righty has thrown 139 innings on the season -- 34 more than a season ago. Lamet should get at least two more starts, making 150 innings a likely milestone ... DH Gabriel Quintana had the only two RBI for the Missions, with a two-run double in the ninth inning. Quintana has provided his usual brand of mid-teens power, with little plate discipline. The right-handed hitting Quintana is hitting .259/.301/.536, with 12 home runs since the all-star break. His 19 homers are fifth in the Texas League. Despite the power, Quintana seems like an unlikely add to the 40-man roster this off-season. If he is not added, the Dominican infielder/outfielder can become a minor league free agent after the 2016 season concludes. 

Storm 2, Lancaster JetHawks 1 

Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, 2B; C A.J. Kennedy, 2-for-4, (2) 2B, R; SS Ruddy Giron, 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB (1); RHP Chris Huffman, 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Zech Lemond (W, 6-4) IP, K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 9) IP, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm picked up a game on first-place Lancaster and are 4.5 games back with 14 to play ... RHP Chris Huffman righted the ship with his best outing since the All-Star break. The righty went seven innings and allowed just one unearned run in a no-decision. Huffman, 23, lowered his ERA to 3.90, still a solid mark in the hitter-friendly Cal League. Huffman has been much more comfortable at home, as evidenced by a 2.33 ERA in 13 games. His ERA is 6.19 on the road ... SS Ruddy Giron made his Cal League debut and had a double, two walks and a stolen base. Giron, still just 19, struggled in Fort Wayne this season, although a shift to more hitter-friendly conditions could benefit the young shortstop. Giron figures to be on the Storm roster next season, whether he plays short will remain to be seen. 

TinCaps 2, Lake County Captains 0

Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker, 2-for-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, R; 1B Brad Zunica, 1-for-3, R; LHP Thomas Dorminy (W, 4-4) 7 IP, 5 H, BB, 10 K; RHP Louis Distasio (S, 3) 2 IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: Shortstop Chris Baker supplied all of the offense with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Saturday marked the first Midwest League start for Baker, after he earned a promotion from Tri-City. Baker, 21, was a 17th-round pick out of Washington in June’s draft. The shortstop was a Northwest League All-Star with the Dust Devils and hit a healthy .309/.392/.407 in 54 games for Tri-City. John Conniff wrote a profile earlier in the week for Fox Sports San Diego that you can read here ... LHP Thomas Dorminy pitched seven shutout innings, striking out a career-high 10 in the win. Dorminy, 24, has been great for the TinCaps this year but was pounded in two different stints in the Cal League. The lefty is too good for the Midwest League but doesn’t seem to have the stuff to thrive against more advanced hitters. 

Salem-Keizer 6, Dust Devils 2

Key Statistics: 3B Hudson Potts, 1-for-4, SB (1); RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 0-2) 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K; RHP Jose Ruiz, IP, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils managed just three hits and made five errors in an ugly loss at home ... Third baseman Hudson Potts collected his first Nortwest League hit and stolen base Saturday night. The 17-year-old is teaming with teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. to form the youngest left-side of an infield in the league ... RHP Cal Quantrill took the loss, allowing three earned runs in 3.2 innings, although he did strikeout six batters. The runs Quantrill allowed were the first earned runs scored against the former Stanford righty in four Northwest League starts. He has a 1.84 ERA in the aforementioned four starts ... RHP Jose Ruiz threw a scoreless inning in the Dust Devils loss. If the name sounds familiar, it is because he is the former catcher who started the year in Lake Elsinore. According to sources, Ruiz was sitting at 96 mph with his heater and he touched 98. The Venezuelan, who signed for $1.2 million in 2011, has not allowed a hit in five outings for the Dust Devils and has walked just one, while striking out six. Perhaps the Padres have the next Kanley Jansen on their hands. 

AZL Padres: David Jay is still out in Peoria sweating and watching the Peoria bunch. Read his report here

Roster Notes: RHP Walker Lockett was sent all the way back to rookie ball last season, after a minor rules violation. Today, the righty was promoted to El Paso, where he should see some time in a playoff push. RHP Daniel McCutchen was sent back to San Antonio in a corresponding move. 

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