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Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-7-16 

Minor League baseball is back! Only one Padre farm team managed to win today, but there were solid individual efforts throughout the farm tonight. The Padres farm system still hasn’t fully recovered from AJ Preller’s efforts to contend in 2015, but after various trades this offseason, it’s heading back in the right direction.

 

Hitting Prospect of the Day: Austin Allen

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Walker Lockett

 

El Paso Chihuahuas 0, Fresno Grizzlies 8

Alexi Amarista – SS: 1-4, 2K

Jemile Weeks – 3B: 0-3, BB

Jose Pirela – LF: 1-4

Hunter Renfroe – RF: 1-3, BB, K

Austin Hedges – C: 2-4, 2B, K

Manuel Margot – CF: 1-4, 2B

Carlos Asuaje – 2B: 1-4, 2K

Jeremy Guthrie – SP: 3.0 IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K (L, 0-1)

Notes: The Chihuahuas got shutout in their season opener, an all too familiar story for Padres fans. Austin Hedges was the only Chihuahua with multiple hits tonight. After a solid spring, if Hedges hits well with El Paso, it will only be a matter of time until he’s playing in the big leagues again. Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje, both of whom were acquired for Craig Kimbrel, made their organization debuts and collected a hit apiece.

 

San Antonio Missions 1, Springfield Cardinals 3

Nelson Ward – 2B: 1-4, 2B, K

Jose Rondon – SS: 2-4, K, Run scored

Auston Bousfield – CF: 0-4

Yeison Asencio – RF: 1-4, 3B, RBI

Nick Torres – LF: 0-3, BB

Gabriel Quintana – 3B: 1-3

Fabio Castillo – SP: 6.0 IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 6K, HR Allowed

Notes: Tough game offensively for the Missions, they didn’t score a run till the 9th and were limited to just 5 hits. Nick Torres made his Missions debut in this game; he was assigned to San Antonio after spending just a half season with the Storm last year. Jose Rondon ended last year in San Antonio and did not fare well as he hit .190 over 100 ABs. Many are optimistic that Rondon can at least be a productive utility guy in the big leagues so his progress with the Missions will certainly be worth watching. Rondon was considered the prized prospect the Padres acquired in the Huston Street trade with the Angels.

 

Lake Elsinore Storm 4, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2

Franchy Cordero – CF: 1-4, K, Run scored

Luis Urias – 2B: 1-4, Run scored

Javier Guerra – SS: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3K, Run scored

Trae Santos – 1B: 0-2, 2BB, K, Run scored

Fernando Perez – 3B: 1-4, 2B, RBI

Jose Ruiz – C: 0-4

Dinelson Lamet – SP: 4.0 IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K

Chris Huffman – RP: 2.0 IP, 1H, 0BB, 3K (W, 1-0)

Notes: Javier Guerra, another one of the top prospects the Padres acquired from the Craig Kimbrel trade, made his organizational debut with the Storm tonight. Guerra turned in a solid effort as he hit a 2RBI double in his first AB. However, he struck out in each of his next 3 ABs. The starter for the Storm tonight, Dinelson Lamet, is a popular sleeper. He enjoyed a very solid year with Fort Wayne in 2015 and he pitched well tonight.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps 7, Lake County Captains 8

Rod Boykin – LF: 2-6, 2B, 3B, RBI

Ruddy Giron – SS: 1-5, BB, K, Run scored

Michael Gettys – CF: 1-5, 4K, Run scored

Brad Zunica – 1B: 3-5, RBI, 2K

Ty France – 3B: 2-4, HR(1), 2RBI, BB, K, 2 Runs scored

Austin Allen – C: 4-5, 2B, Run scored

Walker Lockett – SP: 5.0 IP, 2H, 0 R, 0BB, 6K

Notes: Walker Lockett, a 4th round draft pick by the Padres back in 2012, enjoyed a very successful opening day start for the TinCaps. Unfortunately, after his exit from this game, the bullpen faltered and left the TinCaps on the wrong side of an 8-7 final. Austin Allen, making his Fort Wayne debut after spending last year in short season ball, was impressive; his 4 hits paced the team. Michael Gettys didn’t enjoy the best game as he struck out 4 times. If Gettys can learn to make consistent contact he could be a top prospect for the Padres in short order; he has some of the best tools on the Padre farm.

 

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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.