John Owen

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 8

Two Padres prospects leave their games with apparent injuries on Saturday night, overshadowing a pair of strong pitching performances.

Chihuahuas 7 - Las Vegas 51s 0

Key Statistics: 1B Jamie Romak 2-for-3, 2 HR, BB, 3R; LF Franchy Cordero 2-for-4, 3B, HR (2), 2R; C Tony Cruz 2-for-4, 3RBI; RHP Tyrell Jenkins 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on a Carlos Asuaje groundout, and the Chihuahuas never looked back as they outpaced the Mets' top farm club. Cordero later added his second homer of the year with a blast over the center field wall. Through his first three games, all four of his hits have been for extra-bases. The 22-year-old started in left field tonight. While he'll get most of his looks in center, the Padres do want to increase his versatility in his second full season since converting from shortstop. ... Tyrell Jenkins' system debut went about as well as could be hoped, as he posted six scoreless frames. The 24-year-old former top prospect did need to work out of several jams, but he had a pair of important groundball double plays to help along the way. In all, he needed just 75 pitches to get through his work. ... Long-time minor league slugger Jamie Romak had a pair of homers on the night. He entered the year as the active minor league leader with 200 round-trippers and 749 RBIs in 1,257 games. He far outpaces Adam Brett Walker, who is second with 125.

Missions 5 - Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3

Key Statistics: RF Franmil Reyes 3-for-4, R; C Stephen McGee 2-for-4, HR (1), 2R; CF Alberth Rivera 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 6IP, 2H, 1ER, 6K, 2BB, HB;

Prospect Watch: Enyel De Los Santos may have come in less hyped than his opposing starter Kyle Zimmer, but the hard-throwing 21-year-old certainly outperformed the Royals' former first-rounder. De Los Santos, in his second year in the Padres organization since coming over in the Joaquin Benoit trade, made easy work of the Naturals, giving up only a pair of hits and one run over six frames. He sat easily in the mid-90s throughout the evening, but perhaps more importantly, he used his curve effectively for both called and swinging strikes. The breaking ball was what Sam Geaney called out as his focus area heading into the season. ... With Luis Urias making his first appearance of the year at shortstop, Jose Rondon shifted over to third base. However, in the top of the ninth, Rondon tried to beat out a grounder he hit to third and went to the ground with a leg injury. He had to be helped off the field and was replaced by River Stevens for the final half inning. We'll work on an update in the coming days. ... Franmil Reyes who had extra-base hits in each of the Missions' first two games, had three singles on Saturday night. One of my long-time favorites in the system, the now-21-year-old is looking to build on the success he had after a mechanical rework of his swing midway through last season.

Storm 10  - Modesto Nuts  9

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB, RBI; RF Tayor Kohlwey 2-for-5, 2B, 2R; SS Javier Guerra 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB, E (1); RHP Pedro Avila 3.2IP, 5H, 5R (3ER), 4K, 3BB, WP, Balk;

Prospect Watch: The Nuts took a three-run lead into the ninth, but melted down defensively and on the mound, ultimately walking in the tying and winning runs. Overall, the Storm drew eight walks on the night to go along with 13 hits. Seven different Elsinore hitters reached base multiple times on the night. Michael Gettys had a pair of hits, was hit by a pitch in the midst of the ninth inning nonsense, and swiped a base (before getting thrown out trying to steal his second). Through early action, he's got an on-base percentage of .412. ... Pedro Avila's system debut wasn't nearly as effective as Jenkins'. The 20-year-old, who came over from Washington in exchange for Derek Norris, was in trouble all night, starting with a leadoff walk and an immediate balk. The Venezuelan righty had trouble in his first outing last year in Low-A as well, but then went on to post impressive numbers for the year.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 5 - TinCaps 4 (F/11)

Key Statistics:
2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 1-for-3, 2 BB, R, SB (1); RHP Austin Smith 2.2 IP, 2H, 1R, 1K, 3BB; 

Prospect Watch: Despite Eguy Rosario, Buddy Reed, Fernando Tatis and Reynaldo Ilarraza all collecting their first hits, the TinCaps dropped their home opener in extra innings. Austin Smith, who was looking for a rebound from his struggles in Fort Wayne last year, left the game in the third inning with an apparent arm injury. The second-round pick in 2015 was laboring through his start, allowing five runners. He left after taking a comebacker off his pitching arm. While he was able to recover and throw to shortstop, he was removed for precautionary reasons. ... With Rosario in the DH slot, Ilarraza got his first start in the field. The 18-year-old Venezuelan from the 2015 J2 class had a single and two walks in the game and stole his first base. While dealing with a pair of leg injuries last year, he attempted only one steal, but speed and defense will be a key part of his game going forward.


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