Jeff Nycz

MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: September 1

As the season draws to a close, five stateside teams were in action Thursday night. El Paso lost a night after clinching a playoff berth. The Missions won behind another great pitching performance while the Storm and TinCaps both won via the walk-off. Tri-City struggled in a loss at Eugene.

Las Vegas 51’s 5, Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-4, HR (8) R, RBI; RF Patrick Kivlehan, 1-for-4, HR (11) R, RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Eric Yardley, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Pacific Southern division champion Chihuahuas experienced a bit of a hangover, losing at home a day after clinching their second straight division crown. Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe did not start, for what it’s worth ... Outfielder Patrick Kivlehan hit his 11th homer of the year and first with El Paso. The well-traveled outfielder is playing with his third PCL club in 2016 (Round Rock and Tacoma), in addition to making his big league debut for the Padres. The right-handed hitter is batting .345/.379/.473 in 15 games with El Paso in 2016 ... RHP Dinelson Lamet took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings of work. The top prospect allowed a homer but did strikeout seven. Lamet has a 4.22 ERA in a pair of Triple-A starts but does have 14 strikeouts in 10.2 innings. 

Missions 3, Midland RockHounds 1

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, R, SB (12); LF Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-4, 2B, SB (5); DH Ryan Miller, 1-for-4, HR (7), RBI; RHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 7-7), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Adam Cimber (S, 3) 0.1 IP. 

Prospect Watch: RHP Kyle Lloyd put an exclamation point on a fine 2016, pitching seven solid innings in a Missions victory. Lloyd, 25, starting in the bullpen, just like he did in 2015 but injuries and a horrid starting staff necessitated a transition to the rotation. Lloyd turned in his best season as a pro, pitching to a 3.31 ERA, his best mark since his pro debut with Eugene in 2013. Lloyd’s strikeouts were down in 2016 but his fastball/forkball combo still allowed him to get hitters out. Lloyd is a legitimate option to earn a start in September for the Padres, should a need arise ... Ryan Miller had four home runs going to into yesterday’s game -- he has hit three in the last two games. A night after his first multi-homer game as a professional, Miller went deep again to help guide San Antonio to victory. Miller, 23, has struggled a bit in his first full-year at the Double-A level, as he has lost playing time to Rocky Gale, in addition to spending some time on the disabled list. There is no catcher in Lake Elsinore ready to push him, so Miller seems likely to get another crack wherever the Padres play Double-A baseball next year. A .707 OPS for a catcher isn’t too shabby. 

Storm 6, Modesto Nuts 5

Key Statistics: CF Chase Jensen, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-2, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, 3 RBI; C Ricardo Valenzuela, 3-for-4, R; RHP Chris Huffman, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; LHP Jose Castillo (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: David Jay braved the traffic up the I-15 and took in the Storm victory. Read his game story here. 

TinCaps 5, Great Lakes Loons 4 (10)

Key Statistics: LF Kodie Tidwell, 2-for-3, 3 R, 3 BB; SS Chris Baker, 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI; DH Austin Allen, 2-for-5; 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; CF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-5; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 2-for-5, R, 2B; LHP Eric Lauer, 2 IP, BB, 2 K; RHP Jean Cosme, 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K. 

Prospect Watch: Prior to the game, the Padres announced that the TinCaps and the Padres have renewed their player development contract through the 2018 season ... Shortstop Chris Baker delivered a three-run, walk-off double to give the TinCaps the extra innings victory. Baker, 21, was San Diego’s 17th-round pick in June’s draft. After an All-Star season in Tri-City, the Redwood City, CA native has looked sharp in the Midwest League. Baker is carrying a .267/.353/.556 line in 13 games with the TinCaps. He seems all but certain to be Fort Wayne’s shortstop in 2017 ... 25th overall pick Eric Lauer made his Low-A debut, pitching two scoreless innings in the Fort Wayne victory. The lefty’s fastball sat between 90-92 mph on the evening. Lauer won’t pitch again this season, so he will end his first half-season as a pro with a sparkling 2.03 in 31 innings. 

Eugene Emeralds 4, Dust Devils 0

Key Statistics: SS Hudson Potts, 1-for-4, 3B; RHP Adrian De Horta (L, 2-2) 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils dropped their fourth straight in Eugene, to fall to 32-40 on the year... Shortstop Hudson Potts had a triple in four at-bats. The 24th overall pick is hitting .245/.362/.286 with Tri-City. While some question whether Potts can stick at short long-term, he has looked smooth at the position, showing good range, although he made an errant throw in yesterday’s game. Still, the 17-year-old has impressed during his brief tenure in the organization. 


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