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MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 22

While the Storm and the Missions had the night off, four stateside squads were in action. El Paso’s mighty offense was thwarted at home in a loss, while Fort Wayne came up short on the road. The Dust Devils defied the odds and were shutout, despite drawing 10 walks. The AZL Padres battled and won in extra innings.

Salt Lake Bees 2, Chihuahuas 0

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-4; DH Hector Sanchez, 2-for-4; C Austin Hedges, 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Michael Kelly (L, 6-3) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, IP, 2 H, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas were shutout for just the fourth time all year, losing at home to Salt Lake ... Centerfielder Manuel Margot had a pair of singles in the loss. Margot has been just 8-for-41 with 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games. The top prospect does lead the PCL with 11 triples and has 27 stolen bases on the year ... RHP Michael Kelly pitched well, despite struggling with his command a bit. Kelly threw 79 pitches in five innings -- only 47 of them were strikes. Kelly’s ERA in El Paso is 4.89, which isn’t bad considering most of the rotation is well above six. The former supplemental pick has stayed healthy in 2016 and has started a career-high 25 games and thrown a career-high 128 innings between Lake Elsinore, San Antonio, and El Paso. 

Missions: The Missions had Monday night off.

Storm: The Storm had the night off as well. 

Great Lakes Loons 4, TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: CF Alan Garcia, 2-for-3; SS Chris Baker, 1-for-2, 2B, BB; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K; LHP Elvin Liriano (L, 1-2) 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps dropped their second straight and the team’s record fell to 21-36 in the second half -- tied for the worst in the league ... Outfielder Alan Garcia had a pair of hits in the loss. The 19-year-old was drafted in the 19th round last season and has been forced onto the TinCaps roster due to injuries. The teenager is only hitting .236/.250/.284, with an ugly 3:41 walk-to-strikeout-ratio. It’s hard to make too much of his stat-line, as he isn’t ready for the Midwest League quite yet ... RHP Emmanuel Ramirez turned in a good outing and ultimately didn’t factor in the decision. The righty has pitched well since being promoted to Fort Wayne last month. The 22-year-old righty has a 3.86 ERA in five Midwest League starts since July, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning. 

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2, Dust Devils 0

Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 1-for-4, BB; RF Luis Asuncion, 1-for-2, 2B, BB; LHP Joey Lucchesi (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 3 H, R (unearned) 7 K; RHP Braxton Lorenzini, 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K . 

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils drew eight (yes, eight) walks in the first four innings but somehow managed to still get shut out. Tri-City also went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... LHP Joey Lucchesi continues to prove that he is too good for the Northwest League. The 2016 fourth-round pick pitched four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and an unearned run, striking out seven. The lefty’s first professional win has eluded him through 13 appearances (nine starts) but Lucchesi isn’t to blame. He lowered his ERA to 1.50 and has walked two batters in 36 innings while striking out 49. Lucchesi is 23, so it would not be a stretch to see him start next season in Lake Elsinore ... After Lucchesi left, righty Braxton Lorenzini came in and pitched well. The 33rd-rounder a season ago pitched four innings and allowed just one run on two hits. The 21-year-old from West Hills Junior College in the San Joaquin Valley has been solid in five second half appearances, Lorenzini has a 1.89 ERA, after pitching to a 9.74 mark in the first half for the Dust Devils. 

AZL Padres 4, AZL Rangers 3 (11) 

Key Statistics: 2B Jemile Weeks, 1-for-2, R, BB, RBI, SB (1); LF Aldemar Burgos, 2-for-5, 3B, R, RBI; 1B Luis Anguizola, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 SB (1,2); RHP Mason Thompson, 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K; RHP Jim McDade (W, 5-0) IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: Jemile Weeks started his rehab assignment in Peoria and went 1-for-2, with a stolen base. The 29-year-old hasn’t played since May 7th for San Diego, after he landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury ... Outfielder Aldemar Burgos had two hits, including a triple and a walk-off single in the ninth inning. The 19-year-old was drafted in the eighth round last year, out of Puerto Rico. He made the Dust Devils opening day roster but struggled in the Northwest League to start. Since being demoted the right-handed hitter is batting just .160/.192/.220 in 50 at-bats. While it is still too early to write him off, Burgos has a .525 OPS in 87 career minor league games ... RHP Mason Thompson started and pitched well, allowing only two singles and a walk in three innings of work. The 18-year-old has allowed just one run in his first eight professional innings. 


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