Lake Elsinore Storm

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 18

Strong pitching performances led to two wins on the day including Fort Wayne earning their first walk-off victory of the season.

Chihuahuas 4, Tacoma Rainiers 3

Key Statistics: RHP Carter Capps IP, K; RHP Matt Magill 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; DH Jabari Blash 1-4, 3B, RS; 1B Jamie Romak 2-3, 2B, HR (5), 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; LF Rafael Ortega 2-3, RS, BB, 3 SB (6).  

Prospect Watch: After being torched for four runs in his last rehab appearance, RHP Carter Capps tossed a one-two-three  inning it will hopefully be his last rehab appearance with El Paso.  Capps was sitting in the mid 90’s, topping out at 96… First baseman Jamie Romak has homered in back-to-back games and now has a PCL leading five after 11 games.  The 31 year-old hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2015 when he got called-up to the Diamondbacks.  Romak has now played 14 seasons in the minors… Jabari Blash continues to do what Blash does.  The outfielder had four at bats, struck out twice, and hit a triple.  Thus far on the season Blash has struck out in 41% of his at bats, walked in 17% of at bats, and has an extra base hit in 12%.      

Arkansas Travelers 6,  Missions 2

Key Statistics: RHP Michael Kelly 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Brad Wieck IP, 3 K; SS Luis Urias 2-4; DH Franmil Reyes 1-4, HR (1); LF Alberth Martinez 1-4 HR (1), RBI.  

Prospect Watch: Last year Michael Kelly walked 17 hitters in 49.2 Double-A innings.  This year Kelly has already walked eight in just 11.2 innings.  The 12 strikeouts this year puts him right in line with his average but the higher batting average against and the lack of rotation is costing Kelly… DH Franmil Reyes hit his first home run of the year.  On the season he is hitting .277/.292/.468.  While this might not seem overly impressive, last year in April Reyes hit just .183/.227/.280 in Lake Elsinore.   

Inland Empire 66ers 3,  Storm 2 (11 innings)

Key Statistics: RHP Chris Huffman 6 IP, 6 H, BB, 5 K;   2B Chris Baker 2-5, 2B, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-5, 2B; 1B Josh Naylor 1-3, HR (1), RS, 2 BB.

Prospect Watch: The Storm once again went into extra innings.  This time they had a chance to win but were unable to get the big hit.  In the 11th the Storm were able to load the bases with no outs, thanks to a Michael Gettys' double.  However, Austin Allen then struck out, Javier Guerra grounded into a force out, and another grounder ended the inning…  Big first baseman Josh Naylor slugged his first home run of the season.  With two more walks Naylor now has six in 12 games compared to 14 strikeouts… After three starts this season RHP Chris Huffman has yet to allow an earned run.  He has gone 15 innings thus far, allowing just 10 baserunners, while striking out 13.  While he has definitely been the least heralded of the Storm rotation, but Huffman has shown better compared to any of the higher ranked prospects. 

TinCaps 2, Western Michigan Whitecaps 1

Key Statistics: RHP Hansel Rodriguez 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, RS; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 1-4, 2B, RS, RBI; LF Rod Boykin 2-4, RBI. 

Prospect Watch: TinCaps win their first walk-off of 2017!  After managing just four hits over the first eight innings the Tin Caps were able to score twice in the ninth on just two hits.  Fernando Tatis doubled home Hudson Potts for the game tying run.  Three batters later the bases were loaded with one out for Rod Boykin.  He had a solid single to left which ended the game, TinCaps win!  Earlier in the game RHP Hansel Rodriguez got the start and pitched phenominal.  After his first start last week resulted in four runs crossing the plate in five innings, Rodriguez was able to throw six shutout innings, allowing only five baserunners.  Rodriguez was acquired in the Melvin Upton Trade to Toronto, and even though he missed out on most Top 30 Padre list would still easily be a Top 30 prospect on other teams' lists. 

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