Ivan Pierre Aguirre

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: June 14

Carlos Asuaje blasts a home run deep into the El Paso night as the Chihuahuas sneak by the Rainiers. Elsewhere, the Missions are a game away from clinching the first half title.

Chihuahuas 9, Tacoma Rainiers 6

Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; ; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, HR (2), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; 1B Carlos Villanueva 2-3, 3B, RS, RBI, 2 BB; 3B Ryan Schimpf 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 K; RF Jabari Blash 2-4, HR (11), 2 RBI, BB; DH Diego Goris 2-4, HR (4), 2 RS, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Protecting a two-run lead in the eighth inning, RHP Kevin Quackenbush instead blew the save allowing the tying run to come in before a strike out and caught stealing ended the inning.  It was his third blown save in just eight appearances for El Paso.  Thankfully the night was saved as another former Padre, Carlos Asuaje delivered the hit of the night with a clutch two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Chihuahua’s the lead again.  The Future Games selection and Triple-A All Star from last year has struggled to find consistency this year.  Luckily, he has slowly improved month by month.  After posting a .221/.330/.325 line in April, that line rose to .244/.369/.326 in May, and now has climbed to .273/.411/.432 in June.  Asuaje is still walking more than he strikes out, and if he can post a batting average of .270+ can still be a very valuable future piece for the Padres.    

Missions 6, Frisco RoughRiders 3

Key Statistics: RHP Chris Huffman 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; 2B Luis Urias 1-1, HBP; DH Franmil Reyes 1-3, 2 RS, BB; C Stephen McGee 2-3, HR (3), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; RF Nick Torres 2-4, RS, RBI

Prospect Watch: 2B Luis Urias was removed from the game after being hit by a pitch.  No word yet on the severity of the injury… Maybe there is a trick to taking pitchers from smaller colleges.  Chris Huffman out of James Madison has excelled from day one.  He led Fort Wayne in wins and ERA in 2015, led the Storm in the same categories last year, so should it be any surprise that he is having success in San Antonio.  Huffman’s four starts with the Missions have gone 7 IP, 0 ER; 6 IP, 2 ER; 7 IP, ER; 6 IP, 2 ER… All together 26 innings, five runs allowed. 

Mission Notes: Urias, SS Jose Rondon; RHP Eric Yardley; RHP Trey Wingenter and RHP Michael Kelly were all named to the Texas League All-Star Game.

Lancaster JetHwaks 4, Storm 0

Key Statistics: RHP Jacob Nix 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 K; RF Edwin Moreno 2-4; CF Michael Gettys 1-3, BB, 2 K, CS (6)

Prospect Watch: Not a lot of highlights to come out of a 4-0 defeat.  Jacob Nix made his fourth start since coming off the disabled list and once again turned in a quality start in a tough pitching environment.  Nix has always been a pitcher with plus control, but usually after an injury control is the last thing to come back.  In 24 innings this season, four starts, Nix has walked just two batters while striking out 18.  This includes not walking a batter in back to back starts…  LF Tyler Kohlwey made a name for himself after being drafted in the 21st round last year.  After struggling in Tri-City, Kohlwey hit a robust .357/.419/.393 in seven games in Fort Wayne then an even more surprising .302/.351/.415 in 13 games in Lake Elsinore.  Thus far he has not been able to replicate his success in A-Ball.  Kohlwey is hitting just .227/.297/.305 with no home runs and only one stolen base.  On the bright side he is riding a three game hitting streak, his best since early May.

Lake County Captains 7,  TinCaps 5

Key Statistics: RHP Jim McDade 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, ER, 3 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-2, RBI, BB, SF; 2B Reinaldo Illaraza 2-4, RS, SB (13); RF Jorge Ona 1-4, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB; DH Marcus Greene Jr 2-3, 2B, HR (4), 2 RS, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps find themselves in a bit of a conundrum, but a good problem to have.  They have two first baseman in Brad Zunica and G.K. Young that have both been on a recent hot streak Zunica is hitting .300 in June and leads the team in home runs, Young has a .988 OPS in June.  However they also have two great catchers with different skill sets.  AJ Kennedy is one of the best defensive catchers in the system but struggles offensively, while Marcus Greene is probably tied with Austin Allen for the best offensive catcher in the system.  So who starts each day at each position?  Today Greene was the DH and put on a show.  He was on base three times in the game including a double and a home run.  In June he is hitting a massive .333/.412/.767 with seven extra-base hits in nine games.  His season OPS is now over .800 which is higher than All-Stars Fernando Tatis Jr (.752) and Jorge Ona (.781).  His OPS puts him second on the team (behind Zunica), and while he might be 22, he has been hit with injuries playing in a total of just 74 games in 2015 and 2016.  As a refresher he was acquired from Texas for Will Venable. 

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