San Antonio Missions

Madfriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 29

As the season goes into the home stretch, El Paso is the only team on track to make the playoffs. The Chihuahuas lost Monday but are in firm control of the division. San Antonio rode their starting pitching for a win, while Fort Wayne and Tri-City went down. The AZL Padres wrapped up their season with a victory in the desert.

Las Vegas 51’s 6, Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-5, 2 R; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 3-for-4, BB, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, 2 RBI; LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4; Bryan Rodriguez (L, 4-7) 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, K; LHP Buddy Baumann, IP, 2 H, K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso had 11 hits, all singles in the loss to Las Vegas at home. El Paso has a 4.5 game lead with seven left to play ... Right fielder Hunter Renfroe went 1-for-4, with two RBI in the loss Monday night. The two RBI gave Renfroe 101 on the season -- the first time he has surpassed 100 RBI as a professional. Renfroe, 24, is hitting just .239/.281.432 with seven homers in 42 games since the All-Star break. At one point, the former first-rounder looked like a good bet to win the PCL triple-crown but Reno’s Kyle Jensen has passed him in homers and RBI. Renfroe’s slump seems to be part of the reason why Jabari Blash was given another opportunity before his injury. San Diego also recently claimed Oswaldo Arcia from Florida. The Padres currently have a full 40-man, so the Friars would need to make a roster move for Renfroe to see Petco Park in September ... Carlos Asuaje had three hits and leads the PCL with 165. The infielder is also second in the PCL with 93 runs. 

Missions 6, Corpus Christi Hooks 3

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4, R, 2B, BB, 2 RBI; RHP Seth Simmons (W, 3-3) 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. RHP Jake Smith (S, 1) IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero continued to be the catalyst for the Missions, as he had two hits, scored two runs and chipped in with his 15th triple of the year. The triple was significant as Cordero tied the Padres’ all-time minor league record for triples in a season. The record was previously held by Luis Salazar who set the record in 1980 (h/t to Missions’ broadcaster Mike Saeger). The triple was also Cordero’s 50th extra-base hit of the season. Between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio, the 21-year-old is hitting .293/.344/.456, with 24 doubles, 15 triples and 11 homers in 2016 ... RHP Seth Simmons earned his third win as a Missions, with another six solid innings. The former 40th-round pick has been a revelation for San Antonio, as the 28-year-old righty has a 2.01 ERA in 89.2 innings in the San Diego organization. 

Storm: The Storm had the night off. They will begin their final homestead of the season on Tuesday night. 

West Michigan Whitecaps 10, TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 2-for-4; LF Taylor Kohlwey, 1-for-4, 2B, R; LHP Logan Allen (L, 3-4) 3.2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Austin Smith, 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB; RHP Aaron Cressley, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the TinCaps were blown out at home. Fort Wayne had made the playoffs in seven straight seasons ... LHP Logan Allen took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run in 3.2 innings. Allen missed a chunk of the season with a minor arm injury, but when healthy, the 19-year-old has come as advertised. The former Red Sox farmhand has a 2.98 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) for the TinCaps in 2016 ... After Allen departed, last year’s top pick, RHP Austin Smith, allowed five earned runs while recording just one out. Smith, 20, has shown flashes of potential but has struggled down the stretch for Fort Wayne. Smith has a 5.28 ERA in 24 games (15 starts) for the TinCaps in 2016. Smith’s biggest challenge going into 2017 will be to refine his off-speed stuff, in order to miss more bats next season. 

Eugene Emeralds 4, Dust Devils 2

Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-4, BB; DH G.K. Young, 2-for-4, HR (4), RBI; SS Hudson Potts, 2-for-3; LF Josh Magee, 2-for-4, R; LHP Will Headean, 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Walker Weickel (0-1) 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: DH G.K. Young had two hits, including his second homer in three days. The national champion from Coastal Carolina struggled in August, hitting just .203/.309/.342, with the aforementioned two homers. Young leads the Dust Devils with four dingers in 2016 ... RHP Walker Weickel took the loss, as the former compensation A pick works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old has a 5.40 ERA with five strikeouts in five innings for Tri-City. 

AZL Padres 5, AZL Rangers 4

Key Statistics: 1B Luis Anguizola, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB; CF Tre Carter, 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB; RHP Reggie Lawson, 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Emmanuel Clase (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Jim McDade (S, 2) IP, K. 

Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres concluded their season with a win, finishing 25-30 in 2016. First baseman Luis Anguizola had a pair of hits in the win. The college catcher and professional first baseman concluded a solid pro debut in the heat of Phoenix. This year’s 25th-round pick hit .279/.389/.356 for the AZL squad ... RHP Reggie Lawson struggled Monday, allowing four earned runs on five hits in his two innings of work. The 19-year-old righty had an 8.31 ERA in his first 8.2 innings as a professional. 


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