MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 25

Keyvius Sampson's struggles continue, while the rest of the system's starters had solid results despite so-so performances. At the plate, a pair of outfielders continue their breakout seasons.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 13 Tucson Padres 5

Key Statistics: CF Daniel Robertson 3-5, HR (1), 3RBI, SB (8); RHP Keyvius Sampson 2IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 0K, 2BB, WP, E

Prospect Watch: Keyvius Sampson's nightmare start to the 2013 season continued as the righty only made it through two innings in his fourth start of the year. On the year, he's totaled only 12.1 innings of work, surrendering 17 hits and walking 12 against 7 strikeouts. When I saw him in spring his velocity was down a bit and he had little feel for his pitches. … Brad Boxberger was one of five relievers (including infielder Anthony Contreras) to follow Sampson to the mound. For the second straight appearance, he gave up a pair of runs in his inning of work. He did record one more strikeout, and now has 18 in 12 innings of work on the year.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star

San Antonio Missions 2 Frisco RoughRiders 1

Key Statistics: RF Reymond Fuentes 2-4, 2 2B; 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones 1-3, HR(1); RHP Wilfredo Boscan 5.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 2K, 2BB; RHP Matt Stites 1IP, 2H, 0R, 1K, S (1)

Prospect Watch: Wilfredo Boscan turned in his longest outing of the season thus far, working 5.2 innings. The 23-year-old righty, who came over from Texas in exchange for Corey Burns, held his former teammates to only one run on four hits. His season totals are still skewed by a stinker he threw in Springfield, but Boscan has been solid in his other three appearances. … Ho hum, another day, another pair of extra-base hits for Rey Fuentes. The lefty, who had actually slipped into a bit of a power drought this week before the doubles, now has a slugging percentage of .571 – approaching double his rate last year. Perhaps as important, he is striking out in 33 percent fewer plate appearances. … After Kevin Quackenbush threw over 40 pitches on Wednesday, Matt Stites got his first save of the year Thursday. For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Lake Elsinore Storm 9 Lancaster Jethawks 8

Key Statistics: RF Luis Domoromo 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, 3RBI, BB; 1B Lee Orr 3-5, 2 2B, 2R; SS Jace Peterson 2-4, RBI; RHP James Needy 5.1IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: James Needy had another strong result with a so-so line. The righty only gave up one run over 5.1 innings, but put nine men on base over that stretch. Through four starts, he owns an impressive 2.76 ERA, but all of his peripherals lag well behind, including an 11:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Jace Peterson is now 8-for-17 in the ninth slot in the lineup, although all eight of those hits have gone for singles. While his overall line is still down on the year, he has struck out in only eight of 86 plate appearances, often a portent of good things to come. … After an injury delayed his arrival with the club by two weeks, Luis Domoromo has gotten off to a cold start. On Thursday though, the 21-year-old right fielder clubbed a double and a triple and added his first walk of the season. He also threw out a runner at the plate.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6 Kane County Cougars 4

Key Statistics: RF Corey Adamson 2-4, 2B, HR(1), 2R; CF Brian Adams 1-4, HR(3), 0K; RHP Joe Ross 5.1 IP, 6H, 1R, 3K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: It wasn't his prettiest outing of the year, but Joe Ross did go deeper into a start than he had yet. The 20-year-old more than doubled the total number of hits he has surrendered on the season, but surrendered only one run. After a remarkable 12:2 strikeout-to-walk rate in his first two starts, it's fallen to 6:6 in his last two. … Why does age relative to league matter in prospects? Because after four disappointing seasons in the states, Corey Adamson was still only 20 years old when he arrived in Peoria this spring, giving him plenty of opportunity to try again to win – and keep – a roster spot in full-season ball. This time around, everything is clicking for the Australian, who is significantly bigger than he was when he first arrived in the States. After his first homer of the year, Adamson now sports a .321/.441/.482 line, tops on the team.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards

Rays Digest Top Stories