Padres Prospect Report: July 6, 2009

Tim Stauffer is impressive, retiring his first 17. Stephen Faris leads a dubious category. Jeremy Hefner is solid again and Craig Italiano debuts. Cole Figueroa hits his first homer, as Simon Castro gives up one run. Jason Hagerty goes deep in a loss. Jonathan Alia homers twice in a four-inning span that covers multiple weeks yet happens in the same day.

Portland (40-45) won 5-0 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Tim Stauffer fired blanks over eight innings, using just 100 pitches to accomplish the feat. He yielded two hits and a walk while striking out four and netting eight ground ball outs. Stauffer had a perfect game going through 5.2 innings before giving up a single. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in three of his four starts, allowing less hits than innings pitched in each of those.

Scott Patterson completed the Beavers fourth shutout of the season. The right-hander struck out two in his lone inning of work, pitching around an error to open the frame. Patterson has allowed runs in 12 of his 35 appearances, allowing multiple runs just twice. He has struck out 40 through 37.1 innings and has stranded all 10 runners he has inherited on the year. The opposition is hitting .128 off him with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (5-6, 44-37) lost 6-4 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Stephen Faris suffered his Texas League leading 10th loss of the season, three more than the next closest competitor. The right-hander gave up two runs on two hits and a walk across an inning and one-third, striking out one. He did strand a pair of inherited runners. Faris had not given up a run in his first five relief innings after posting a 4.97 ERA in 15 starts.

Mitch Canham reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk. The backstop also hit his third homer of the season. Canham has an RBI in three straight games and all of his homers have come across his last 13. No one attempted to steal a base off Canham and he has thrown out 16-of-69 runnners attempting to take a base off him – good for 18.8 percent.

Lake Elsinore (7-5, 46-36) won 4-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Craig Italiano made his system debut on Monday after being acquired during a weekend trade with the Oakland A's along with Ryan Webb for Scott Hairston. He worked an inning and one-third, striking out one and stranding a pair of inherited runners, as he worked to the minimum. Italiano went 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA across 16 starts this season with Stockton. In 76.2 innings, the right-hander allowed 83 hits, walked 40 and struck out 75.

Jeremy Hefner improved to 9-6, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across 6.1 innings. The right-hander secured eight ground ball outs en route to his fifth straight win and sixth straight winning decision. Hefner has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and eight of 16 overall. He has lowered his ERA from 5.15 to 3.61 over his last seven.

Fort Wayne (10-1, 55-26) won 6-2 over great Lakes (Dodgers)

Cole Figueroa went yard for the first time this season, hitting a two-run blast in the sixth – coming in his 40th game played across two leagues. It was his first since August 27, 2008 with Eugene – where he hit five in 32 games. The infielder has reached base in 18 of his 19 games with the TinCaps, sporting a .415 on-base percentage. Ten of his 22 hits have gone for extra bases after netting three extra base hits in 21 California League games.

Simon Castro picked up his sixth win, giving up one run on seven hits, not walking a batter and striking out eight. The lone run came on a solo homer in the second. It was the seventh time in 17 outings that he has allowed one run or less. Castro has also fanned at least eight in a game in three of his last five games and his 91 strikeouts lead the Midwest League.

Eugene (6-10) lost 5-4 to Boise (Cubs)

Edinson Rincon went 2-for-4 with an RBI but also committed his fourth fielding error at third base – leading to three unearned runs. Rincon was also thrown out at third base trying to move from first to third on a single. He has three multi-hit games in the last four and five such games through his first 11. Rincon has made four errors in 18 total chances from the hot corner.

Jason Hagerty hammered his first homer as a professional, shooting a two-run blast out of the yard in the opening frame to stake Eugene to an early lead. The backstop also drew a pair of walks and scored twice. Hagerty has been on base in seven of his first eight games in Eugene with five extra base hits. He has been on base at least twice in five of his first eight.

Chris Wilkes was charged with three runs, zero earned, on five hits without a walk across 5.2 innings, striking out three and notching six ground ball outs. Wilkes has not allowed an earned run across his last two outings and has given up just two earned over his last 14.2 frames. He has seen six unearned cross on his watch. This was the third time in four starts that he has not walked a batter.

AZL Padres (6-7) lost 8-6 to AZL Rangers in completion of suspended game from 6/27, won 12-8 in game two

Jonathan Alia reached base all five times in the completion of the suspended game, going 4-for-4 with a walk. He hit what will be counted as his first homer of the season in the ninth inning and scored twice. Ironically, he hit a bomb in a July 2 game as well and then went on to hit a homer in the nightcap – his third of the year but second in as many games, sort of. The infielder went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in the finale. Alia has an eight-game hitting streak and has notched an RBI in seven of those eight games.

Rymer Liriano went 1-for-5 with an RBI in the first game and collected three hits in five trips in the nightcap. He doubled, tripled amnd feel a homer shy of the cycle in the finale, scoring twice and driving in three. Liriano did, however, commit his first error of the year. The outfielder has an 11-game hitting streak since going 0-for-5 in the opener. He has successive three-hit games to his credit and is 20-for-50 over the streak with 13 RBI and seven extra base hits.

Luis De La Cruz picked up his first win, tossing a pair of scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out one while getting a pair of ground outs. The Dominican native has not allowed a run over his first seven innings in the Arizona Rookie League while yielding just four hits. De La Cruz had a 1.59 ERA as a reliever last year in the Dominican Summer League and a 4.29 ERA as a starter.

DSL Padres (12-18) vs. DSL Tigers postponed due to rain

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