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Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-18-14 

The two teams at the lower levels, the TinCaps and Storm, managed to pull out wins today. The Storm were led by a strong start from Joe Ross while the TinCaps received contributions throughout the entire lineup to defeat the Nuts.


Hitting Prospect of the Day: Daniel Robertson

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Joe Ross


El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 10

Cameron Maybin – CF: 2-5, K, Run scored

Daniel Robertson – 2B: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR(2), 4RBI, 3 Runs scored

Kyle Blanks – 1B: 0-4, BB, 2K

Jeff Francoeur – RF: 0-4, RBI, 2K

Alex Castellanos – LF: 1-4, RBI, K

Brooks Conrad – 3B: 2-3, 2B, BB, K

Alberto Gonzalez – SS: 0-2

Branch Kloess – SP: 3.2 IP, 11H, 9ER, 3BB, K, HR Allowed (L, 1-1)

Kevin Quackenbush – RP: 1.1 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

Notes: Daniel Robertson had an excellent 2014 debut as he went 4-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s. Despite his success at the dish, the Chihuahuas were outscored 10-6; they simply weren’t able to climb out of the hole that Branch Kloess dug for them. The Chihuahuas have now lost 4 straight – the longest losing streak in franchise history.


San Antonio Missions 3, Midland RockHounds 4

Travis Jankowski – CF: 2-4, Run scored

Bridger Hunt – 2B: 1-5, BB, K

Jace Peterson – SS: 1-6, 2K, Run scored

Rymer Liriano – DH: 3-5, 2B, K

Austin Hedges – C: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI

Yeison Asencio – RF: 0-4, BB, 2K

Justin Hancock – SP: 4.0 IP, 5H, 3ER, 5BB, 0K

Adys Portillo – RP: 2.0 IP, H, 0R, 4BB, 2K

Notes: The Missions pitching staff had trouble controlling their pitches today as they allowed 11 walks combined. Rymer Liriano had a strong game as he collected 3 hits and raised his average to .240. Liriano is a notorious slow starter, and he also has had trouble adjusting to new leagues. However, he seems to be breaking out of his slow start as he is hitting .282 over his last 10 games. For those wondering about Cory Spangenberg’s absence from the lineup over the past couple of days, Spangenberg has been placed on the 7 day DL because of concussions like symptoms after sliding headfirst into 1st base. Spangenberg missed significant time in 2012 due to a concussion injury.


Lake Elsinore Storm 4, Modesto Nuts 2

Alberth Martinez – CF: 1-3, BB, Run scored

Corey Adamson – RF: 2-3, 2B

Hunter Renfroe –DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2K, Run scored

Gabriel Quintana – 3B: 1-3, HR(2), 2RBI, Run scored

Casey McElroy – 2B: 3-4

Duanel Jones – 1B: 3-3, HR(1), RBI, Run scored

Joe Ross – SP: 5.1 IP, 4H, ER, 2BB, 6K

Notes: It was another very solid start for Joe Ross who is starting to show off his strikeout stuff. Every since he was drafted scouts have raved about how good Joe Ross’ pitches are, but after striking out only 79 over 122.1 innings last year, his star seemed to have dimmed a bit. However, over his last 3 starts, Ross has pitched 16.1 innings with only 1 earned run and 16 strikeouts. While it is a small sample size, it is quite the promising start for the young right hander.


Fort Wayne TinCaps 9, Peoria Chiefs 4

Mallex Smith – CF: 1-5, K

Josh VanMeter – 2B: 2-5

Dustin Peterson – 3B: 2-4, 3 Runs scored

Franmil Reyes – RF: 2-5, 2B, 3 Runs scored

Fernando Perez – 1B: 2-4, 2RBI, BB, K

Franchy Cordero – SS: 1-5, 2K, Run scored

Coby Cowgill –SP: 4.0 IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K

Notes: It was a great offensive performance for the TinCaps; every single member of the lineup had at least 1 hit in this one. Dane Phillips, who’s repeating the Low-A level, is making a solid case for a promotion to Lake Elsinore. Phillips is currently hitting .385 with a home run and 8 RBI’s for Fort Wayne.



About the author: Alex Bartlett

Three weeks after I was born, Padre legend Tony Gwynn visited my hospital and handed out teddy bears to all the newborn children, including me. I have been a Padre fan ever since. Whether SD is in the midst of an exciting playoff run, or an uneventful off-season, I love following them and I love writing about them.