Dave Michael

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 11

No offense, no problems as the Padres' organizational depth at pitching leads to a system sweep.

Chihuahuas 2  Tacoma Rainiers 7

Key Statistics: RHP Walker Lockett 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7R, 6 ER, BB (L, 1-1); DH Jose Pirela 1-2, RBI, 2 BB; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: Last week, Walker Lockett looked like he would be in San Diego within weeks as he manhandled the Las Vegas 51’s.  He did not show the same dominance tonight, allowing runs in all but one inning.  Lockett loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before being replaced by Keith Hessler, who then allowed all three runners to score.  After striking out eight batters in his first outing, Lockett did not strike out a single Rainier… Offensively the Chihuahuas managed just seven scratch singles by seven different players.  Only Cory Spangenberg and Diego Goris did not record a single.  This was the first time all year that a Chihuahua didn’t have a multi-hit game. 

Game 1: Arkansas Travelers 1 - Missions 5 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: RHP Kyle Lloyd 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 5 K (W, 2-0); 1B Fernando Perez 2-3, 2B, HR (2), RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, 2B, RS, 2 RBI.

Game 2: Arkansas Travelers 3 - Missions 6 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: RHP Cesar Vargas 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; SS Luis Urias 1-3, HR (2), 4 RBI, BB; DH Alberth Martinez 2-3, 2B, RS, RBI; 1B, Fernando Perez 1-3, 2B.

Prospect Watch: The Missions swept a double header after their game on the backs of strong pitching after yesterday's rainout.  Kyle Lloyd was dominant in the first as he continues to confuse hitters.  Since being drafted in 2013 Lloyd has collected 457 strikeouts, more than any other Padre farmhand during that time frame.  He is making the most of repeating Double-A by once again leading the club in strikeouts while allowing just four hits over his first two starts… Last year Franmil Reyes managed only 15 hits in his first month in Lake Elsinore, hitting a robust .183/.227/.280.  This year Reyes has already collected eight hits in his first six games and hitting a way more acceptable .381/.409/.619.  Most of us were hoping that his strong second half (.320/.386/.522) would carry over to this year, and even with a very small sample size the results are great.  While it feels that Franmil has been with the club forever (signed in 2011) he is still just 21 and considered young for the Texas League…  Speaking of young for the Texas League.  Now SS Luis Urias has struggled out of the gate.  However, the now bulkier Urias hit a game winning grand slam in Game 2 to break a tie.  It was his second of the year and more than he hit in his first two full years with the Padres combined. Urias played both games of the doubleheader at shortstop, but two made two errors in the nightcap at the unfamiliar position. 

Visalia Rawhide 0 - Storm 2

Key Statistics: RHP Carter Capps 1.0 IP, BB, K; RHP Chris Huffman 6.0 IP, 2 H, BB ,5 K; 1B Josh Naylor 1-2, 2B, RS, 2 BB, SB; DH Austin Allen 2-3, RBI, BB. 

Prospect Watch: Potential closer Carter Capps got his first rehab game tonight on the Diamond and looked great over one inning.  As in Spring Training he was slightly eratic, but easily mowed through the top of the Rawhide order.  He will be back in Lake Elsinore on Thursday/Friday before hopefully rejoining the Padres on Monday… RHP Chris Huffman took the spot vacated by the currently injured Anderson Espinoza and didn’t miss a beat.  The former 14th round pick allowed just three baserunners over six innings while throwing just 75 pitches, 52 strikes of them for strikes, before being removed…  1B Josh Naylor reminded everyone he is more than just a power hitter.  The hulking first baseman walked twice and stole a base.  He was the definition of manufacturing a run as he forced a two-out walk in the fifth, stole second and came home on an Austin Allen single.  He now has as many stolen bases as Ruddy Giron and Javier Guerra combined (one).

TinCaps 2 – South Bend Cubs 7

Key Statistics: LHP Will Headen 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K; CF Jack Suwinski 2-5, RBI; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 1-4, SB (3), 3B Hudson Potts 1-4. 

Prospect Watch: Will Headen got to make his case to stay in the rotation when the Cubans and High Schoolers come north in late May/June or maybe even go west to Lake Elsinore.  He threw six solid innings needing just 81 pitches.  Through four innings the only hit Headen had allowed ended with him picking off the runner.  A swinging bunt plated a run in the fifth before Headen gave up another run in the sixth.  Headen has been a fly ball pitcher in the past and used that to his advantage on a cool evening in Fort Wayne… It was mentioned earlier that Franmil Reyes had eight hits in his first six games in San Antonio.  The trio of top prospects Fernando Tatis, Buddy Reed and Hudson Potts have a combined 10 hits in 18 games Fort Wayne.  Potts did have a single today raising his average up to .125 (3-24)

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