Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 15

The El Paso Chihuahuas returned home Monday night and erupted for ten runs in a win over the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate. San Antonio got more superb pitching in a win at home, while the Storm fell short to end their homestand. Fort Wayne had one of their better days offensively and won easily on the road.

Chihuahuas 10, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-5, RS; 1B Jose Pirela, 2-for-4, BB, 2 RS; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 3-for-4, RS, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB; RF Jabari Blash, 3-for-4, 3 RS, HR (4), 3 RBI, BB; 3B Christian Villanueva, 2-for-4, 2 RS, HR (2), BB; SS Diego Goris, 3-for-4, 2 RBI; RHP Walker Lockett (W, 4-1) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: Monday was a productive, contact-filled night for El Paso, as the team had 16 hits and only struck out three times on the evening ... Carlos Asuaje had one of his best games of the season, collecting three hits, including his first home run of the year. Incidentally, it was Carlos Asuaje bobblehead night at Southwest University Park. Asuaje has struggled out of the gate in El Paso, although he is still making plenty of contact and has actually fared better this season against left-handed pitching. Perhaps Monday night is an indicator that Asuaje will break out and produce like he did a season ago ... Jabari Blash had three hits, including his fourth homer of the year Monday night. Blash raised his average to .289 but in a more positive development, the strikeout-prone outfielder has gone three games without striking out. Blash’s big league prospects at this point hinge on him making more consistent contact, so his power can be utilized ... RHP Walker Lockett pitched seven solid outings in the Chihuahuas’ victory. The righty has had some up’s and downs for El Paso in 2017 but he had a great deal of success at home. Lockett has a 2.16 ERA in El Paso and an ERA of eight ever where else. 

Missions 4, Corpus Christi Hooks 0

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-4; LF Alberth Martinez, 2-for-4, RS; 3B Ty France, 2-for-4, 2B, RS, RBI; C Stephen McGee, 2-for-2, BB, RBI; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 2-1) 8 IP, H, 3 BB, 9 K. 

Prospect Watch: Another game, another dominant performance by a Missions’ starting pitcher. RHP Michael Kelly had perhaps his best outing as a professional, pitching eight shutout innings in the Missions’ victory. Kelly allowed just a single hit while walking three. Kelly also threw 107 pitches and struck out nine. The 24-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.22 and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season. Kelly is also striking out more than a batter per inning, showing his stuff is playing at the higher levels ... Third baseman Ty France had a pair of hits, including a double Monday night. The recently promoted France is hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his first four games in the Texas League. France hasn’t shown a lot of home run power but all the former 34th-rounder does is hit and get on base. In fact, his career on-base percentage in the minors is .400. 

Modesto Nuts 4, Storm

Key Statistics: 1B Josh Naylor, 1-for-4; C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 RS, RBI; 3B Ruddy Giron, 2-for-3, BB, RS; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 3-2) 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K; RHP Zech Lemond, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: Cal Quantrill struggled with his command and took the loss for the Storm, ending their homestand. Quantrill walked five batters Monday -- he had nine in his previous six starts. His command issues led to an early exit -- Monday was the first time all season Quantrill did not complete at least five innings. The righty has a 3.13 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 37.1 innings for the Storm this year ... Catcher Austin Allen had a pair of hits, including his second homer of the year. Allen, 23, talked to us recently about his efforts to drive the ball with more authority. Allen has only a pair of homers but has vastly improved his walk rate and is among the league leaders in doubles. 

TinCaps 10, Lansing Lugnuts 2 

Key Statistics: Fernando Tatis Jr., 3-for-5. 3B, 3 RS; RF Jorge Oña, 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 4-for-5, 3B, RS, 2 RBI; CF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB; LHP Jerry Keel (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps offense broke out, pounding Lansing pitching to the tune of 14 hits, including three triples ... RF Jorge Oña had a pair of hits, including his second dinger in the victory. The Cuban outfielder has been hot since his return from the disabled list and the outfielder has seven hits in his last three starts. Overall, Oña is hitting an outstanding .325/.380/.470 in 20 games for the TinCaps ... Third baseman Hudson Potts tied a career-high with four hits, including a triple Monday. Potts, 18, has struggled as of late, going 4-for-37 over his previous nine games. Potts was in high school a year ago, so it isn’t especially surprising that he has been overmatched in the early part of the season. The young infielder will need to continue to make adjustments as the season progresses. 

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