Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Farm Report: August 31

Chihuahuas clinch the division title!! Elsewhere, #1 pick Cal Quantril makes his Fort Wayne debut, though #1 prospect Anderson Espinoza steals the show.

Chihuahuas 5 – Las Vegas 51s 0

Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4, HR (29), 2 RBI; LF Auston Bousfield 1-3, HR (1), RBI, BB; PH Nick Torres 1-1, 2B, RBI.

Prospect Watch: Last year’s PCL Pitcher of the Year picked a great time to throw a shutout as El Paso clinched the PCL South for the second straight year.  Carlos Pimentel picked up his 12th win of the year, equaling his total from last year, his ERA is just about three runs less.  His strikeout and walk numbers are on par with last years' total, and even in a hitter-haven like El Paso, Pimentel allowed just six home runs all year.  The big difference is the number of hits which increased by over 40 from year to year… Hunter Renfroe still leads the PCL in home runs even though today’s home run was his first in over two weeks.  He has struggled since he came back from the bone bruise/HBP earlier in the month.  However, he is now riding a modest four-game hitting streak and has eight hits over his last six games, and has seven RBI in that time. Maybe he is starting to break out of the slump.   

Midland RockHounds 11 – Missions 8

Key Stats: LHP Tim Berry 5.1 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; C Ryan Miller 2-4, 2 HR (6), 2 RS, 4 RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 3-4, 2B, 3B, RS, 2 RBI; 3B Josh VanMeter 1-4, HR (2), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch:  RHP Yimmi Brasoban is still trying to reestablish himself after a truly dominant first half.  Between two levels in the first half Brasoban went 23.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 27 K.  While his second half numbers have still been impressive (2.84 ERA, 25.1 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 13 BB, 19 K), his walk totals have been concerning with at least one walk in seven straight games and a possible reason why Phil Maton was given the Triple-A promotion over him for the playoff stretch… INF Luis Tejada has been with the Padres for seven years now.  To put it in perspective when the Padres signed Tejada, Hudson Potts had just finished fourth grade.  Be that as it may, Tejada is still just 23 and trying to put up his best season (OPS) in the States.  His .747 OPS puts him 16 points ahead of last year, while his 11 home runs is already a career high.  Tejada has decent power, doesn’t strike out a lot, has some speed and a good eye at the plate.  He fits in the category of someone that does a lot of little things good, but nothing spectacular. 

Storm 4 - Modesto Nuts 3 (10 innings)

Key Stats: RHP Luis Diaz 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 3 K; SS Alexi Amarista 1-4, RS; 3B/SS Ruddy Giron 4-5, 2B, RS; DH Ty France 4-5, 2 2B, RS, 3 RBI; 1B John Naylor 2-4.

Prospect Watch: It seems like every year we get this from a top prospect who struggled throughout most of the year just to get promoted the last month and tear the cover off the ball.  Over the last few years it was outfielders in Triple-A (Renfroe, Travis Jankowski and Rymer Liriano), this year it will easily be Ruddy Giron.  He is now 15-32 since being promoted    To put it in context the 15 hits in nine games (eight starts) is equal to the number of hits he had in 16 August games in Fort Wayne, when we noted that he was hitting better, more hits than he had in the entire month of April, and within a few hits of his monthly total in May and June…  SDSU product Ty France, is another player having noticeably better success in the Cal League compared to the Midwest League.  After hitting just .237/.400/.342 in Fort Wayne (68 G), France has produced an extremely solid .319/.391/.512 line in 55 games for the Storm.  Between the two clubs he has 24 doubles, 13 home runs and an .821 OPS.  France had the walk-off RBI single tonight.

TinCaps 6 – Great Lakes Loons 4

Key Stats: RHP Cal Quantril 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Anderson Espinoza 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K; C Austin Allen 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB; 1B Tyler Selesky 1-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB; CF Taylor Kohlwey 2-4, RBI, 2 SB.

Prospect Watch: Top prospect Cal Quantril received his first, and possibly only, start in Fort Wayne.  After not walking a batter in almost a month, Quantril was constantly falling behind hitters, but managed to escape damage in both the first and second innings.  In the third inning he appeared to escape another jam getting a popup with the bases loaded and one out, but the next batter hit a two-run single in the gap to break a scoreless tie.  Quantril did strike out two while sitting 93-95 mph with his fastball…  RHP Anderson Espinoza pitched the second third of the game, and showed why he may be the Padres’ top prospect.  He struck out six for the first time in a Padre uniform, while comfortably sitting in the mid 90s topping out at 97 mph.  He allowed one or fewer runs in back-to-back starts for the first time as a Padres' prospect.

Eugene Ems 3 – Dust Devils 2 (12 innings)

Key Stats: LHP Ellier Sanchez 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RF Tyler Moore 3-6; 1B Hunter Redman 2-3, 2 BB.

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils managed just five hits, all singles, by two players.  The two runs they scored in the ninth were a result of two errors, a walk, and a wild pitch.  The bullpen of Dominic DiSabatino, Trevor Seidenberger, Jose Ruiz, and Ben Sheckler pitched a combined 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K…  29 year old Ellier Sanchez had his first good start in the Padres organization, he set a new Padre career high in strikeouts with six.  

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