MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 30

Brad Boxberger is too good for Triple-A hitters. Matt Wisler may actually be human. Elsinore's offense enjoys the high desert. Hunter Renfroe plays the part of hero. Donavan Tate sparks a Eugene victory, and Pete Kelich may not actually be human.

Tucson Padres 3 Las Vegas 51s 1

Key Statistics: 2B Dean Anna 2-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Sean O'Sullivan 8IP, 6H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB; RHP Brad Boxberger 1IP, 3K

Prospect Watch: Sean O'Sullivan was on his game Friday, giving up one run on six hits. The El Cajon native matched a season high by working eight innings, with a 99 pitch total that was higher than any outing since June. Away from Kino Stadium, O'Sullivan, who turns 26 on Sunday, posted a 3.13 ERA in the PCL this season. … Dean Anna collected two more hits and continues to pace the Pacific Coast League with a .334 average. However, his double was the first extra-base hit in over three weeks. His resulting .802 OPS is the lowest monthly total of the year by a significant margin. … Brad Boxberger returned to Triple-A and picked up exactly where he left off. The righty struck out the side in picking up his fifth save of the season. Over his last 14 PCL innings, he's struck out 23. … Kyle Blanks was 0-for-3 and has one hit in 12 plate appearances on his rehab assignment.

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

Midland Rock Hounds 7 San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: 2B Cory Spangenberg 3-5, 2B, SB, R; C Austin Hedges 2-4; RHP Matt Wisler 4IP, 8H, 5ER, 6K, 0BB

Matt Wisler gave as many runs in four innings Friday as he had over his previous seven outings. The 20-year-old righty was tagged for five runs on eight hits, though he did strike out six and once again didn't allow a walk. The Rock Hounds have been a particularly rough match-up for the Ohio native this season. While he has a 5.10 ERA in six starts against the Oakland affiliate, he owns a stellar 2.16 mark against the rest of the Texas League. Two of his three worst performances of the year have come at Citibank Ballpark. … Cory Spangenberg is finishing the year with a flourish. The 2012 first-rounder has hit .314/.336/.419 for the month. While the numbers continue to reflect a lack of patience at the plate his OPS in August in nearly 100 points higher than it was in July.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Lake Elsinore Storm 13 High Desert Mavericks 6

Key Statistics: LF Jeremy Baltz 4-5, 3 2B, 5RBI; DH Robert Kral 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB;

Prospect Watch: Jeremy Baltz has enjoyed his trip through the most absurd of the hitter-friendly Cal League parks. The 22-year-old outfielder had three doubles among four hits Friday. The last of his two-baggers was his sixth extra-base hit in three nights spent in Lancaster and Victorville. After a fairly poor July, the former second-round pick has rebounded well in August with a .307/.330/.505 line. … After a 1-for-4 night, Kyle Gaedele has 47 extra-base hits and 23 stolen bases on the year. The 23-year-old has been particularly effective since the start of July, amassing an .850 OPS in that span.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 5 West Michigan White Caps

Key Statistics: CF Mallex Smith 3-5, HR(4); DH Gabriel Quintana 3-5, 2B; PH Hunter Renfroe 1-1, HR, 2RBI; RHP Matt Shepherd 4IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: Mallex Smith put the TinCaps with a leadoff homer, and Hunter Renfroe put the club ahead for good with a pinch-hit, two-run blast in the seventh. Renfroe was originally scheduled to get the night off as he had been scuffling over the last two weeks. The first-rounder had hit just .156 over the last two weeks after his aggressive promotion earlier in August. … 20-year-old infielder Gabriel Quintana continues a strong full-season debut season. Acting as a designated hitter Friday, the Dominican added three hits, including a double.

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

Eugene Emeralds 4 Hillsboro Hops 3

Key Statistics: RF Donavan Tate 2-3, 3B, BB, OFA; RHP Coby Cowgill 6.2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 7K, 1BB;

Prospect Watch: The Ems won their penultimate series of the year as Coby Cowgill turned in the longest pitching performance of the year for Eugene. The VMI product who signed as a minor league free agent early this summer after Texas released him, gave up one earned run over 6.2 innings, striking out seven and allowing only one walk. The 22-year-old paces the staff with 62 strikeouts in 55 innings this year. … Donavan Tate went 2-for-3 with a walk. He's hit in 10 of his last 12 games, though he's also struck out 16 times over that span. Tate's premium athleticism showed through on Friday when, after he drove in a pair with his triple in the top of the third, he threw out the would-be tying run at home in the bottom half of the frame.

AZL Padres 4 AZL Angels 1

Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter 3-4; CF Rod Boykin 2-4, R, RBI; RHP Pete Kelich 6IP, 5H, 1R, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: After getting rained out in two of the final three contests of the season, the Padres snuck into the AZL playoffs as second half division champs by a half game over Texas. It appeared their stay would be a very short one as the club was held scoreless over the first eight innings, despite nine hits. However, with two outs in the ninth, four singles, an error and an intentional walk to plate four runs and claim the victory. The rally redeemed yet another fantastic start by Pete Kelich, who surrendered only one run over six innings. The righty struck out five and, of course, did not walk a hitter. In 63 overall innings this summer, the 38th-rounder has a mind-boggling 74-to-1 strikeout-to walk ratio. … The AZL Padres will play the Giants Sunday for a spot in the AZL championship game.

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