Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 12

The Storm avoid having a perfect game thrown with Chris Baker's triple in the tenth. In Fort Wayne, the hitting struggles continue.

El Paso's game in Tacoma was postponed because of rain.  The teams will play a doubleheader today.

The Missions had the day off

Visalia Rawhide 2 - Storm 0 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: LHP Joey Lucchesi 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K; 2B Chris Baker 1-4, 3B.  

Prospect Watch: After nine innings the Storm had yet to have a baserunner; 27 up, 27 down.  Not only did the Storm not have any baserunners but they had also struck out 15 times during the game.  The perfect game ended in the tenth when Chris Baker hit a triple.  He was the only baserunner on the night in the 2-0 loss… Earlier in the game LHP Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless frames.  The 23 year-old improved on his first start with the Storm, but still is averaging five walks a game.  In fact, his five walks allowed this year is more than he walked in 42.0 innings in all of 2016…  While it has only been a week the struggles of Javier Guerra (4-28, .143/.200/.214), Ruddy Giron (4-23, .174/.174/.174), and Josh Naylor (5-31; .161/.235/.226) are growing more concerning.  All three have tremendous upsides, but they all have been prone to extended slumps.  Currently, the trio have combined for 13 hits, five walks, and 26 K on the season.   

TinCaps 2 – South Bend Cubs 4

Key Statistics: RHP Jesse Scholtens 5.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 6 K; LF Jack Suwinski 1-4, BB; RF Jorge Ona 2-5, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-2, 2B, 2 BB .

Prospect Watch: RHP Jesse Scholtens, who was the opening day starter, continued strong in his second start.  Over two games, Scholtens has a Midwest League leading 17 strikeouts in just 11 innings.  While his dominance - granted, a very small sample size - might seem surprising, Scholtens was arguably the best pitcher in Tri-Cities last year.  He struck out 36 while walking only six in 27.1 innings and boasting a miniscule 1.65 ERA.  After two starts in Fort Wayne, Scholtens once again is averaging more than a strikeout an inning and has an ERA at 1.64… Its important to remember that Fort Wayne has four of the six youngest players in the MidWest League, so a slow start should be expected.  Small victories should be applauded.  While Eguy Rosario, the youngest player in the league, is still hitting .167, he has hit safely in four straight games.  His age, in the U.S. would put him as a junior in High School, and yet he singled off a pitcher who graduated from Dartmouth; a six year age gap.  The TinCaps are struggling to score runs, but it will change as the young hitters make adjustments. 

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Full box scores for the night are available from MiLB.


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