Padres Prospect Report: August 29, 2009

Will Startup made a triumphant return to Portland. Carlos Guevara has not been a guy to count on with men on base. Andy Parrino plays an important role in a winning rally. Dean Anna hits a grand slam to lead Eugene. Keyvius Sampson and Everett Williams help the AZL Padres in their final game.

Portland (55-78) lost 4-1 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Will Startup returned to Triple-A action for the first time since September 1, 2007 – three days shy of two years prior. The left-hander walked one and was called for a balk in a scoreless inning. Startup went 0-0 with a 5.87 ERA across eight outings with the AZL Padres. In 7.2 innings he allowed 13 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven.

Cesar Carrillo dropped to 0-3 in Portland, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five across six innings in his first outing since being returned from San Diego. The right-hander has allowed four runs or more in three of his four starts with the Beavers. With the Padres, Carrillo allowed 15 runs on 16 hits and 12 walks across 10.1 innings for a 13.06 ERA.

San Antonio (26-36, 65-66) lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Carlos Guevara posted an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball, giving up one hit but that hit scored a pair of inherited runners, which turned out to be the difference in the game. Nine of the 14 runners he has inherited with San Antonio have come around to score. The opposition is hitting .326 off him with runners in scoring position. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .179 average.

Michael Collins went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while manning first base for the Missions. His two-bagger in the ninth began a rally that would fall short. Collins has notched a .394 on-base percentage over his last 19 games in Double-A with 10 hits and 18 walks while fanning 10 times. He has reached base safely in 17 of those contests, reaching at least two times in seven of those games.

Lake Elsinore (31-31, 70-62) won 9-4 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Andy Parrino was the catalyst behind a nine-run eighth, singling to open the frame and coming around to score. He logged a second single in the same frame and touched home a second time in the frame. He ended up with three hits in six trips. Parrino did, however, commit two error but neither led to an unearned run. The infielder has a five-game hitting streak with four multi-hit games, going 10-for-22 with five runs scored.

Wynn Pelzer earned his 11th win of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while fanning five across seven innings. It is the fourth time this year that the right-hander has gained a victory while giving up three runs or more. Pelzer has averaged five and two-thirds innings per start, going seven innings or more five times. He has a 3.13 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Fort Wayne (42-18, 87-44) versus West Michigan was postponed due to rain

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with each game scheduled for seven innings.

Eugene (31-37) won 12-4 over Vancouver (A's)

Ryan Hinson did not allow a hit over 4.1 innings but did surrender a pair of runs thanks to the seven walks he issued and a wild pitch. The left-hander also struck out four and notched five ground outs. Hinson had walked just eight batters in his first 25.1 innings in the Northwest League. He has allowed four runs over his last 12.1 innings and has allowed just seven hits this season to left-handed hitters.

Dean Anna hit a grand slam with one out in the eighth inning as part of a seven-run frame. The infielder, playing shortstop also doubled and drew a walk, scoring twice and collecting a career-high five RBI. Anna had been 0-for-8 with the bases loaded across two leagues this season. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 21-for-44 with 11 runs scored and 19 RBI while drawing nine walks.

AZL Padres (14-14, 28-28) won 9-7 over AZL Dodgers

Keyvius Sampson made his first professional start in the AZL Padres season finale. The right-hander allowed one run over two innings, striking out a pair. He did not give up a hit or a walk but plunked a batter. In his first outing of the year, Sampson tossed a scoreless inning while fanning one. Sampson went 9-1 with a 0.84 ERA and 134 strikeouts in his final season with Forest High School in Florida.

Jorge Minyeti reached base three times in five trips and came around to score all three times. The infielder also secured two RBI and stole two bases to push his season total to 11. It was the second straight game that he has scored three times. Minyeti has touched home in eight of his last nine games, scoring 13 times over that span. He has scored 21 times in his last 19 with a .397 on-base percentage over that span.

Everett Williams notched a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot, smacking his second double of the year and driving in three to push his total to six RBI in four games. Since going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first game, Williams has gone 7-for-15 with two doubles, a triple and an RBI in each of his past three games.

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