Tacoma Rainiers 6, Chihuahuas 5
Prospect Watch: David Jay made the excursion to El Paso for Chihuahuas baseball and Tex-Mex. Read his account here.
Missions 9, Midland RockHounds 5
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 4-for-5, 2 2B, RBI; LF Nick Schulz, 4-for-6, HR (4), 2 RS, 2 RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-5, BB, RBI; CF Auston Bousfield, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; RHP Rafael De Paula (W, 2-0) 2 IP, H, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: It didn’t take too long for Luis Urias to adapt to the advanced pitching in Double-A. The 19-year-old prodigy had four hits, including a pair of doubles in the Missions’ victory. Urias is 9-for-17 during a four-game hitting streak and has seen his batting average rise over a hundred points over the aforementioned stretch. The Mexican-born infielder has also looked more comfortable at short, as he fills in for the injured Jose Rondon. Through 14 games, Urias is hitting .314/.375/.549 for the Missions ... Outfielder Nick Schulz has arguably been the best story in the entire system through the first two weeks of the season. Schulz had four hits, including his fourth homer of the year in the victory. Schulz, 25, leads the Texas League in homers, slugging percentage, total bases, and OPS ... RHP Enyel De Los Santos was flawless in his last start but ran into some trouble on Thursday. De Los Santos lasted just three innings and allowed three earned runs while walking four. De Los Santos had trouble locating his fastball - which was the key to success in his last start. The righty has a 2.40 ERA and has displayed some of the best stuff in the entire system early in 2017. Consistency will be the key for the hard-throwing righty going forward.
Storm 5, Inland Empire 66’ers 3
Key Statistics: 2B Chris Baker, 2-for-5, 2B, RS, SB (2); 1B Josh Naylor, 3-for-5, RS, 3 RBI 2 SB (2,3); RHP Cal Quantrill (W, 2-1) 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 1) 1.1 IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won their second consecutive game to salvage a split against the Angels’ affiliate ... 1B Josh Naylor’s bat has been heating up over the last week. Naylor extended his hitting streak to seven games with a three-hit performance -- his first multi-hit game during the hitting streak. While all of Naylor’s hits were singles, he did drive in three runs and even stole a pair of bags for good measure. Naylor’s 13 RBI are second in the California League, for what it is worth ... RHP Cal Quantrill had a solid outing, allowing just one earned run in 5.1 innings of work. Quantrill’s command was quite good -- he didn’t allow a walk and threw 82 pitches, 54 for strikes. He also mixed in six strikeouts and allowed a pair of runs but only one was earned. Through three starts Quantrill has 17 strikeouts and only four walks in 15.1 innings ... One other note of interest: Ty France made his first professional appearance in left field, starting and going 0-for-4. With Ruddy Giron at third and Josh Naylor at first, France has been relegated to mostly DH in the early season. While France is off to a slow start with his bat, increasing his versatility can only help his chances to advance in the system.
TinCaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 5
Key Statistics: CF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-5, RS, BB, 2 RBI, SB (2); SS Reinaldo Ilarraza, 3-for-5, BB, SB (4); RF Jorge Oña, 2-for-5, 2 RS, BB, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-6, 2 RBI; LHP Logan Allen, 5 IP, 3 BB, 7 K; RHP David Bednar (W, 1-0) 3 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won in extra innings and the offense broke out with a season-high 13 hits ... Some may have been surprised that the Padres elected to send LHP Logan Allen back to Fort Wayne to start the season but if Thursday’s outing was any indication, he won’t be there for long. The lefty, who turns 20 in May, didn’t allow a hit in five innings of work, walking three and striking out seven. Allen has 20 strikeouts in 13 innings, to go with a sparkling 2.08 ERA ... Third baseman Hudson Potts had a couple of hits, as the young infielder continues to break out of an early funk. Potts is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak and has had back-to-back multi-hit games. Potts is still striking out at a high rate but has made louder contact over the last week ... Shortstop Reinaldo Ilarraza had a career-high three hits and he stole his fourth base of the year. The 18-year-old is a tremendous athlete and has played all over the Fort Wayne infield in April.