Las Vegas 51s 4 - Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: 1B Jamie Romak 3-4; 3B Cory Spangenberg 2-4; RHP Matt Magill 6.0 IP 6 H 2 R ER BB 4 K; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 1.0 IP K; RHP Phil Maton (L,0-1) 1.0 IP 2 h 2 R K HR.
Prospect Watch: Top relief prospect Phil Maton gave up a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to send El Paso home with the loss… Jamie Romak, 31, joins the Chihuahuas from the Japanese Central League, where he struggled after having a big year in Triple-A Reno in 2015…Both of Cory Spangenberg’s starts have been at third base so far, which was his original position when he was drafted by the Padres’ in 2011…Starter Matt Magill is a former Dodgers’ prospect that Logan White, a former Dodgers executive who is now a Senior Advisor/Director of Pro Scouting, has added to the El Paso rotation. Righty Zach Lee, another former Dodger prospect, is scheduled to make his El Paso debut on Monday.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6 - Missions 4
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 3-5, HR(1), RBI, BB; DH Nick Schulz 2-2, 2B, HR (1); 3B River Stevens 1-3, 2B, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; 2B Luis Urias 1-4, 3B, RBI, BB; RHP Michael Kelly 4.2 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER BB 2 K; RHP Cesar Vargas (L, 0-1) 1.1 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER3 K HR.
Prospect Watch: Cesar Vargas, returned back to San Antonio after being removed from the 40-man roster, gave up a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to send the Missions down for their first loss of the season…A good night by a pair of Double-A holdovers, the two Nicks; Torres and Schulz, who were MadFriars' Texas League Players of the Year. It was a little surprising they were both sent back at this level to begin the season… Top prospect Luis Urias said he wanted to emphasize hitting with more power this year and has a home run and triple in his first two games… If the first two games are an indicator of the future, Franmil Reyes and Schulz will alternate between right field and DH this year.
Local Newspaper Coverage: Sadly the San Antonio Express-News provides very little, if any, coverage of the Missions.
Storm 8 - Modesto Nuts 2
Key Statistics: 2B Chris Baker 3-4, 3B, BB, SB; 1B Josh Naylor 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI; RF Taylor Kohlwey 1-2, 2 BB; C Miguel Del Castillo 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Cal Quantrill (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP 2 H R ER 2 BB 7 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes 2.1 IP BB 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Cal Quantrill was the story of the organization tonight as he got his first professional win in a dominating Cal League debut. A sign of how unimportant the “win” statistic is for minor league pitchers is that it was also the first time Quantrill was allowed to throw five innings to be eligible for the win as a starter. It’s only one game, but you have to wonder how far forward the organization could push Quantrill this year… With Javier Guerra entrenched at shortstop, San Diego moved Chris Baker, who looks like an absolute steal in the 17th round last year, to second base, where he also played in college. Baker is one of the rare players who looks like he may become a better player in the pros than he was at the University of Washington… The key for Josh Naylor this season will be plate discipline. If he can control his powerful swing we will see more nights like tonight during the season.
Local Newspaper Coverage: The Press-Enterprise is a daily newspaper that serves the Inland Empire in Southern California. They cover the southern division of the California League and run occasional stories on the Storm. Look for articles by Jim Alexander.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 6 - TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: LF Jack Suwinski 1-2, 3 BB; 1B G.K. Young 2-4, 3B, RBI; DH Brad Zunica 2-3, HR (1), RBI, BB; LHP Logan Allen 3.0 IP H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 5 K; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 2.0 ip 6 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB 2 K; RHP Nick Monroe 3.0 IP 5 K.
Prospect Watch: With the exception of a few too many walks, it wasn’t a bad outing for Logan Allen who is the top pitching prospect currently on the TinCaps. The organization is still slowly building his innings up after he had a 58-day stint on the disabled list last year… G.K. Young made a nice Midwest League debut, one of the stars of last year’s NCAA champion Coastal Carolina… Keep an eye on Brad Zunica this year. The six-foot-six 260 lbs. monster looked much more relaxed at the plate this spring and should be a big part of the offense.
Local Newspaper Coverage: Fort Wayne actually has two newspapers that cover the TinCaps, the News-Sentinel with Reggie Hayes and Journal Gazette with Chris Goff. I’ve met Reggie a few times, but every time we have been in Fort Wayne we usually end up sitting next to Chris Goff in the press box - who is also a great follow on Twitter.
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