Dave Michael

MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 125

The Missions won again, getting an extra innings win at home. The good vibes stopped there, as every other team to suit up Thursday lost. The Chihuahuas and TinCaps were both shutout, while the Storm and AZL Padres each allowed 12 runs in blowout losses.

Albuquerque Isotopes 3, Chihuahuas 0

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-3; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-4; LHP Frank Garces (L, 5-8) 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB 5 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, IP, 2 H, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: The mighty El Paso offense was shut out for the second time in four games. El Paso still maintains a four-and-a-half game lead over the second place Isotopes ... While the offense managed just five singles, shortstop Jose Rondon had two of them. Rondon is hitting .270/.263/.270 in 37 at-bats for El Paso. He has yet to draw a walk or record an extra-base hit. The 22-year-old figures to get another chance in San Diego when the rosters expand next week ... Rafael De Paula allowed a couple of hits in his inning of work but was able to negate the damage by striking out the side. De Paula, 25, would be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft unless the Padres add him to the 40-man roster. The righty has shown signs of dominance this year with a move to the bullpen. Between El Paso and San Antonio, the former Yankee farmhand a 2.56 ERA in 42 games, with 80 strikeouts in 59.2 innings. 

Missions 4, Frisco RoughRiders 3 (11)

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, SB (11); RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; SS Nelson Ward, 2-for-4; LHP Jerry Keel, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP T.J. Weir (W, 3-4) IP. 

Prospect Watch: After a horrid first half, the Missions have the second-best record in the Texas League (32-27) in the second half. The Missons earned the victory on a Luis Tejada sacrifice fly in the 11th inning ... Franchy Cordero had three more hits, including a triple and stole his 11th bag as a Mission. Cordero has rewarded the Padres’ patience with an incredible 2016 campaign. The converted infielder has an .821 OPS in the Texas League -- his highest since 2013 when he played in the AZL ... LHP Jerry Keel was pitching in the Tri-City bullpen last year; now he is in the San Antonio rotation. Keel pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three runs but only one was earned. Keel, 22, was signed to a below-slot deal in the ninth round last year. In 2016, Keel has a 3.55 ERA in 104 innings, which includes 14 starts. The southpaw’s performance has put him on the prospect radar going into 2017. 

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 12, Storm 5

Key Statistics: 2B-SS Luis Urias, 2-for-4, R; RF Franmil Reyes, 1-for-4, HR (15), 2 RBI; C A.J. Kennedy, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; RHP Tyson Ross (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; LHP Jose Castillo, IP, 4 H, 5 R (all unearned) BB. 

Prospect Watch: All eyes were on RHP Tyson Ross, who made his first appearance in a live game since his opening day start. Ross struggled mightily, allowing four runs on three hits while walking two. Ross seemed to have command issues and uncorked a pair of wild pitches. There were no reports of any setbacks, so one could chalk up Ross’ ineffectiveness to rust ... RF Franmil Reyes hit his team-leading 15th homer in the loss. Reyes, 21, has been one of the best hitters in the Cal League in the season’s second half. Since the break, the outfielder is .309/.363/.516, with nine homers and a manageable strikeout rate of 22 percent. Reyes is Rule 5 eligible this winter, so San Diego will need to make a decision on whether his big second half is worth a 40-man spot ... With two hits, Luis Urias raised his average to .325. The California League MVP is .03 points behind Bakersfield first baseman Kyle Petty for the league lead. The 19-year-old could cap off his MVP season by winning a batting title. 

Great Lakes Loons 2, TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: DH Jhonatan Pena, 1-for-3; LHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 4-5) 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost, managing just two hits in an ugly loss. According to Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the TinCaps have been shut out 16 times this year -- a new franchise record ... Despite the loss, Thomas Dorminy pitched a complete game, allowing just two earned runs in eight innings of work. Dorminy’s 3.10 ERA for Fort Wayne would rank 9th in the league if he had enough innings to qualify. 

Dust Devils: Tri-City had a rare night off as they travel to Spokane. 

AZL Giants 12, AZL Padres 6

Key Statistics: SS Jemile Weeks, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; CF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; 2B Eguy Rosario, 3-for-5, R; C Chris Mattison, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R; RHP Henry Henry (L, 1-4) 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. 

Prospect Watch: MLB’er Jemile Weeks had a pair of singles and an RBI on the evening, although he also made two errors at short ... Eguy Rosario celebrated his 17th birthday with three singles on the evening. The breakout star of the this year’s DSL squad had an .878 OPS in 53 games on the island. The teenager is 6-for-16 since joining the AZL squad.  


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