Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 22

It appears that the young Fort Wayne TinCaps have busted out of an early offensive slump. The team, chock-full of the organization’s best prospects, scored 12 runs in a drubbing of West Michigan. El Paso used three home runs to win at home and the Storm got a win on a walk-off homer at The Diamond. The offense prowess did not make it to the Texas League, where the Missions were blown out on the road.

Chihuahuas 7, Reno Aces 1

Prospect Watch: David Jay is still in the Sun City checking out the Chihuahuas. Read his on-site report here. Also, David did an interview with the Chihuahuas flagship station. Check that out here. 

Midland RockHounds 9, Missions 1

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 1-for-4, 2B, BB; 1B Fernando Perez, 2-for-4; RHP Kyle Lloyd (L, 2-2) 1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Cesar Vargas, 4.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: 19-year-old Luis Urias “only” had one hit - a double in San Antonio’s loss. The young infielder is 14-for-26 during a seven-game hit streak. 

“I am extremely impressed, especially for a guy his age. He uses the whole field and he is tough to pitch to because he makes contact on everything. He has developing power - he has looked good at short but still needs more reps out there, “ said Missions broadcaster Mike Saeger. 

On the pitching side, RHP Kyle Lloyd was the latest starter to struggle. Lloyd. 26, was brilliant in his first two starts but has scuffled in his last two outings. Lloyd allowed eight earned runs on eight hits while walking two. Strangely enough, all eight hits were singles. Lloyd’s command has been spotty to start the season, as evidenced by his 11 walks in 16.1 innings ... San Antonio has surrendered 27 runs in the first three games of their series with Midland. 

Storm 8, Lancaster JetHawks 7 

Key Statistics: 2B Chris Baker, 2-for-5, RS; LF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-5, HR (1), RS, 3 RBI; 1B Josh Naylor, 3-for-5, 2 RS, RBI; 3B Ty France, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; DH Ruddy Giron, 1-for-4, RS, HR (1), RBI, BB; RHP Jean Cosme, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Jose Ruiz (W, 1-0) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB. 

Prospect Watch: DH Ruddy Giron socked a walk-off bomb to give the Storm the victory after Lancaster tied the game in the top of the ninth ... RHP Jean Cosme had a solid outing, despite what the final line shows. Cosme allowed single runs in the third and sixth and started the seventh but allowed a walk and a single before being pulled. Cosme threw 89 pitches - 60 for strikes while striking out six. Both runners he left on base scored. The young righty typically sits in the low 90’s and still young for the level. He has a 6.75 ERA through three starts ... LF Edwin Moreno had a pair of hits, including his first homer of the year. Moreno, 23, started the season the disabled list with a minor leg injury. The left-handed swinger possesses good power but a lot of offensive value is mitigated by an inability to get on base. Moreno has 12 strikeouts and zero walks in his first 35 at-bats. He did hit 14 homers for the Storm a year ago. 

Roster Move: OF Alan Garcia was sent to Fort Wayne to take the roster space of OF Jorge Oña. Oña was placed on the seven-day DL with a minor quad injury. OF Yuniet Flores will take Garcia’s spot in Lake Elsinore. 

Flores, at 31, will become on of the oldest players in Storm history (not counting rehab assignments). He is Cuban-born and has played 733 career games in the Cuban National Series. He was signed by the organization last August. 

TinCaps 12, Great Lakes Loons 2

Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RS, HR (2), 4 RBI; 3B Hudson Potts, 3-for-5, RBI; CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-5, 2 RS; 2B Eguy Rosario, 3-for-4, 2B, BB, RS, RBI; C Marcus Greene Jr., 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; RHP Austin Smith (W, 1-1) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Ben Sheckler (S, 1) 2.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps led early, then scored eight in the top of the ninth to blow out the Dodgers Midwest League affiliate ... RHP Austin Smith had one of the finest starts of his career, pitching a career-high 6.1 IP and allowing just a pair of earned runs. Smith, 20, also set a new career-high with seven strikeouts. Smith has shown flashes of potential but will need to be more consistent as the next wave of prospects comes through Fort Wayne. An outing like today should be big for Smith’s confidence ... Catcher Marcus Greene Jr. had three hits, including a double. Greene, 22, started in a platoon with Webster Rivas but has seemingly distanced himself with his strong play. He has the lowest strikeout rate on the team and an .825 OPS in 12 games for Fort Wayne ... Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.’s afternoon summed up what Padre fans should expect from the talented teenager: two hits, including his second homer of the year, in addition to three strikeouts. Tatis’ bat has started to heat up -- he is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, which includes a pair of multi-hit games. Through 15 games, Tatis is hitting .203/.250/.344 and is tied for third in the league in strikeouts with 24 ... Third baseman Hudson Potts had three singles, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Potts’ average during the stretch has increased from .125 to .235. 

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