Padres Prospect Report: May 14, 2009

Chad Huffman homers but Chris Britton continues to struggle anywhere he pitches. Mitch Canham singles in the winner while Cedric Hunter and Luis Durango continue to impress. Lance Zawadzki homers again and Brad Chalk is on a tremendous run. Simon Castro and Michael Watt aren't sharp in a Fort Wayne loss.

Portland (16-19) lost 7-2 to Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Chad Huffman was the only player who managed to do damage against top prospect Neftali Feliz, smacking his sixth homer in the third inning on a night where Portland managed just four hits. Huffman went 1-for-3 with a walk. Three of his six homers have come across his last seven games. Huffman is hitting .294 across his last 11 contests with 11 RBI and a 7-to-7 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Josh Banks suffered his third loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings. While Banks is 0-3 as a starter, the right-hander has posted a 3.24 ERA across his five starts. He does, however, have a 1.59 WHIP, as the opposition is hitting .295 off him while he has given up 13 walks.

Christopher Britton surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk over his lone inning of work, laboring through with 29 pitches thrown. Britton has surrendered 33 hits in 81 at-bats this season across two leagues, a .407 average. The opposition is 13-for-31 off Britton with men in scoring position – a .419 average. Left-handed hitters are batting .552 off the right-hander.

San Antonio (15-19) won 4-3 over Midland (A's) in 10 innings

Cedric Hunter dropped three hits in six at-bats, driving in the first three San Antonio runs with a two-run double in the opening frame and a bases loaded single to score a run in the sixth. All of Hunter's RBI came with two outs. Over his last 12 games, Hunter is hitting .347 with 17 hits in 49 at-bats. The outfielder had been hitting .167 with three hits in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Mitch Canham singled in the bottom of the 10th with runners on first and second and one out to score the winning run. It was Canham's second hit of the day and he also added a walk. Canham went 1-for-4 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The backstop has thrown out seven of the 40 runners who have attempted thievery – good for 17.5 percent, the worst mark in the Texas League among catchers who qualify. Canham came into the game hitting .170 over his previous 12 games.

Luis Durango reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks in five plate appearances. The outfielder also matched his career-high with his 19th stolen base of the season. He stole 19 bags in the Venezuelan Summer League during the 2005 season. Durango has an eight-game hitting streak. Over his last 14 contests, Durango has eight multi-hit games and is batting .464 over that span with 26 hits in 56 at-bats.

Craig Cooper extended his on base streak to 28 games, getting hit by a pitch and drawing a walk.

Lake Elsinore (19-15) won 8-5 over Lancaster (Astros)

Ali Solis popped his first homer of the season, going yard with a two-run shot in the fourth. Solis also added his second double of the year. The backstop did go 0-for-2 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Solis had not put a multi-hit game on his ledger through his first 11 games. Five of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases. Solis has thrown out seven of the 14 base runners attempting to steal on him this year.

Lance Zawadzki hit his third first inning homer of the year, smoking his ninth with two outs and nobody on. The shortstop also added an eighth inning triple to give him his second RBI of the game and drew a walk. Zawadzki is tied for third in the league in homers and is fourth in RBI with 27. It is his seventh multi-RBI game through 23 overall.

Brad Chalk collected his fourth triple of the season on a 2-for-5 day that also included two runs score. The outfielder also stole two bags, stealing second and third in the same frame. He has not been thrown out this season and went until the last day of last season before getting caught. Over his last 16 games, the outfielder is hitting .380 with 27 hits in his last 71 at-bats, upping his average from .191 to .305.

Fort Wayne (21-12) lost 5-1 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Simon Castro dropped to 1-2, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The right-hander also tossed three wild pitches and committed his third fielding error. Castro has tossed seven wild pitches this year, including at least one in three straight games. Castro now has a 1.84 ERA in three road starts, where he was on Thursday, but a 5.94 ERA in four home starts.

Michael Watt gave up two runs on six hits across three frames, striking out a pair. Watt has worked at least three innings in five straight games, four coming in relief. He has issued a free pass to just three men all season but has allowed more hits than innings pitched in two straight games and has given up 23 hits in 22.2 innings in Midwest League play. Lefties are hitting .310 off the southpaw.

Allan Dykstra went 1-for-3, doubling in the lone TinCaps run and adding a walk. His RBI came with two outs – where he is hitting .474 with runners on and two outs and .500 with runners in scoring position and two outs. By contrast, the first baseman is batting just .125 with the bases empty. Despite a .190 season average, Dykstra has a .396 on-base percentage. He has been on base 22 times during a nine-game on-base streak with seven hits and 15 walks.

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