Rich Guill

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 9

Great pitching and a few clutch hits from unlikely sources led El Paso, San Antonio, and Lake Elsinore.

Chihuahuas 8Nashville Sounds 6

Key Statistics: RHP Walker Lockett 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 7 K; RHP Christian Bethancourt 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER; CF Franchy Cordero 2-5, 3B, BB; 1B Diego Goris 2-3, 3 RS, 2 BB; 3B Christian Villanueva 2-4, RS, 3 RBI; C Rocky Gale 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch: At what point do the Padres just give up on the Christian Bethancourt “pitcher” experiment?  Bethancourt came into the game with El Paso nursing a two-run lead in the eighth inning.  Four batters later, the lead was gone and the winning run was on third.  After three appearances in the PCL Bethancourt has a 21.00 ERA…  After not having a hit in his first four games with the Chihuahuas, Christian Villanueva delivered the winning hit in the ninth inning to take back the lead after Bethancourt’s blown save.  It was his second hit on the day.  Villanueva spent last year playing in Mexico and played in the States in 2015 when he was with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. 

Missions 6, Corpus Christi 4 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: RHP Michael Kelly 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K; 3B Jose Rondon 2-5, RS; 2B Noah Perio 3-4, 4 RS, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 3-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, BB; 1B Fernando Perez 3-3.

Prospect Watch: Michael Kelly hasn’t had the greatest year.  After ending 2016 in Triple-A, many expected him to dominate his second stint in Double-A.  Instead he has been consistent, but not spectacular.  In seven starts Kelly has never allowed more than three earned runs, but he has also never allowed fewer than two runs, leading to an ERA just south of 4.00.  On the plus side Kelly’s strikeout rate of over nine innings is the best of his career, and his ground out to fly out ratio is one of the best in the Texas League… RF Franmil Reyes has been able to continue his second half of last year in High-A Lake Elsinore.  After hitting just .183 last April and .233/.290/.379 in the first half of last year, Reyes has managed to start this year hitting .279/.323/.443.  On the downside he is striking out at a higher clip than last year and walking less. In yesterday's interview with Missions' manager Philip Wellman he said that he wanted to see Franmil "stop chasing pitcher's around" and become more selective.  Reyes has walked just eight times in 31 games this year...On the road Fernando Perez is hitting .318/.375/.561, at home he is at .113/.145/.151...the Missions have now won seven games in a row, nine out of their last ten and are tied for first place in the Texas League South.

Storm 5, Stockton Ports 0 

Key Statistics: RHP Cal Quantrill 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K; CF Michael Gettys 1-2, 2B, 2 RS; 1B Ty France 1-3, 2 RBI, RS; SS Ruddy Giron 2-4, RBI.  

Prospect Watch: Another start, another great outing for Cal Quantrill.   He tied his career high in innings at six and threw his first shutout of the season.  His ERA is now down to 2.70 and tonight in six innings he threw only 88 pitches, 54 for strikes.  Quantrill is a flyball pitcher which might lead to some problems as the weather warms up in the Cal League, but his stuff has enough movement to keep hitters from making solid contact… Sometimes small victories need to be celebrated.  After going 0-13 over his last three games with seven strikeouts, 3B/SS Ruddy Giron collected two hits an RBI, and didn’t strikeout once.  The two hits also raised his batting average back over .200, and helped lower his absurdly high strikeout to plate appearance ratio (which is just over 3.30).  It does need to be pointed out that Giron is also just 20, and tends to face pitchers that are older than him.  The talent is still there, its just finding it consistently.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5, TinCaps 2 

Key Statistics: LHP Logan Allen 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 1-5, 3B, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, 2B; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI. 

Prospect Watch: Logan Allen is human afterall.  After allowing a grand total of four earned runs over his first five starts this season, Allen allowed three more tonight.  On the whole he has not allowed much in terms of batting average against (.160) with both sides of the plate failing to make much of any contact against him (LHB at .162, RHB at .159).  Allen also boasts the best strikeout to innings pitched ratio on the team.  The strangest stat this year is that Allen was traded to the Padres in part because of his great first season in the GCL in 2015 where he walked only one batter in 24.1 innings and he then walked only 24 in 2016.  That is until this season.  Allen has walked 14 batters including walking three players in a game four times.  Allen is just 19 and even in his second season in the Midwest League is still one of the youngest players in the league…  While mentioned yesterday, Jorge Ona came off the disabled list yesterday and collected his first hit back with the TinCaps today.  He had been on a tear with multi-hit games in five of his previous seven.  With the bats of the other TinCaps heating up hopefully Potts can continue to boost the already potent lineup…  16 TinCaps struck out, with only Eguy Rosario and Marcus Greene Jr the only players that didn’t strike out. Everyone else carried a multi-strike out day. 

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