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MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: September 3

The system managed a total of five runs on 20 hits. But at least Ruddy Giron and Luis Urias made their efforts count in a Lake Elsinore win.

Albuquerque Isotopes 6 - Chihuahuas 2

Key Stats: RF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-4, HR (30), 2K; C Austin Hedges 1-for-4, HR (21), K, E (6); RHP Bryan Rodriguez 7IP, 6H, 4ER, 8K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Bryan Rodriguez carried a perfect game through four innings, but gave up four runs over the final three innings of his regular season, The righty ultimately struck out a season-high eight batters without issuing a walk as he pulled to within one third of an inning of his total from the 2015 season. The 25-year-old Dominican, who will reach minor league free agency after this year, has dropped seven straight decisions, and finished the year with a .311 opponents' batting average in the PCL. ... Hunter Renfroe slammed his 30th home run of the year to move into a tie for the Pacific Coast League total. The outfielder's blast, one of only three hits for the Chihuahuas on the day, has him on the verge of reaching 300 total bases for the year, Currently, the 24-year-old has more than 20 more bases than the number two hitter in the league.

Corpus Christi Hooks 7 - Missions 1

Key Stats: CF Austin Bousfield 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R, PO; RHP Seth Simmons 6IP, 6H, 5ER, 5K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions fell behind on a homer with one out in the top of the second and it only went down from there, finally scoring to avoid the shutout on a one-out groundout in the bottom of the ninth, Seth Simmons had his roughest start since joining the Padres organization, giving up five earned runs over six innings. The undersized righty finishes his remarkable season with a 2.35 ERA in 20 appearances for San Antonio and a solid 88:29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 95.2. innings. Having never started professionally or worked more than 78 innings in a year in five seasons with the Diamondbacks organization, the former 40th rounder provided an unexpected boost to the San Antonio rotation after signing soon after Arizona released him. ... Righty Jake Smith worked another strong inning of relief in the ninth as the former Giants farmhand continues to come back from the shoulder injury he had when the Padres signed him in July. The 26-year-old from South Carolina was stellar in the Cal League last year, but struggled through the first half in Double-A this year. He is currently the only healthy righthanded pitcher on the 40-man roster who isn't active for the Padres.

Storm 2 - High Desert Mavericks 1

Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 6IP, 4H, 1ER, 5K, 0BB; RHP Trey Wingenter 1.1IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 0BB; SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-4, 2B, R; 2B Luis Urias 1-for-3, 2B, RBI;

Prospect Watch: Brett Kennedy bounced back from a rough outing in the desert in his last outing, holding the Mavericks to one run over six innings to cap an impressive first full professional season. The 22-year-old from New Jersey struck out five and finishes the year with 147 K's and 143 hits allowed in 142 Single-A innings. Even with the hiccup in High Desert last week, he's held up impressively over the second half, working at least six innings in all but two of his final eight games. He'll finish his Storm career with a 3.80 ERA, which puts him fifth in the Cal League. ... Ruddy Giron wouldn't mind if the season was extended another month. After having his 10-game hitting streak snapped last night, he picked up two more hits including a double tonight and is hitting a cool .419/.457/.674 in 12 contests since joining the Storm. While the year, overall, was quite a disappointment for the 19-year-old, he's going out with a bang. He added a pretty significant leg kick to his reworked swing earlier this summer and is hitting the ball with a lot more authority than when we saw him in June. It will be interesting to see what the organization does with him during instructional league work to keep him going into next year. With a double in three at-bats, Luis Urias maintained his lead in the Cal League batting race. His .331 mark is currently just one point ahead of Bakersfield's Kyle Petty, who is a bit more than six years his senior. ... Jon Jay made his long-awaited first rehab appearance as he comes back from a broken forearm. The Padres centerfielder was 1-for-3 with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first. He went first-to-third on Giron's single and scored the first run on Urias's double.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 7 - TinCaps 0

Key Stats: 1B Tyler Selesky 1-for-3, BB; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5IP, 7H, 5R (4ER), 5K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed only two singles back-to-back in the fifth inning as they were blanked for the 17th time this season. They drew six walks over the final four frames, but weren't able to cash them in, going 1-for-11 with men on base on the night. Undrafted free agent signee Tyler Selesky extended his modest hitting streak to five games while making the start at first base. The 22-year-old Florida Atlantic product has acquitted himself well in his professional debut, logging a .293 average across 33 games with the TinCaps. ... Emmanuel Ramirez still hasn't been able to turn the corner at the full-season level. 22-year-old righty was mediocre in a handful of relief outings early in the year, then went out to extended spring training before turning in a solid performance for Tri-City to get a promotion back at the end of July. But since stepping into the Fort Wayne rotation, he's posted a 4.54 ERA across 39.2 innings in seven outings. His peripherals have been a bit more encouraging though, as he's recorded 38 strikeouts and 43 hits, but he's allowed 11 walks and has been hit hard when he's had to come in with a strike when behind in the count. He could be in a bit of a squeeze for a roster spot next year as the competition for the pitching staffs in both Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore is going to be very tight.

Vancouver Canadians 8 - Dust Devils 0

Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 1-for-4, 3B, 3K; LF Manny DeLeon 2-for-3; LHP Will Headean 5IP, 6H, 3ER, 7K, 5BB

Prospect Watch: Capping a quiet offensive night on the farm, the Devils managed only four hits as they were shut out Saturday. After missing a few games with a minor shoulder issue, Fernando Tatis got back to action on Friday and had a triple in four trips to the plate tonight. The 17-year-old whiffed in his other three at-bats and now has 13 in his limited exposure of 49 Northwest League plate appearances. Obviously, at his age, he has a lot of time to learn to make adjustments on pitches, and he hasn't had trouble identifying pitches, so it's not really something to be worried about at this point. ... Will Headean fought his command as he issued five free passes on the night, but the lefty continued to flash swing-and-miss stuff as well. The 22-year-old Midwesterner finishes the year with 77 strikeouts in 73 innings for Tri-City.

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