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Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-9-15 

Minor league baseball is back! The Chihuahuas and the Storm started off strong in their openers; both teams scored double digit runs and collected victories. Unfortunately, the Missions did the opposite as they lost and allowed 10 runs.

 

Hitting Prospect of the Day: Abraham Almonte/Brett Wallace

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Ryan Butler

 

El Paso Chihuahuas 11, Tacoma Rainiers 4

Abraham Almonte – CF: 5-5, 2B, RBI, 4 Runs scored

Jake Goebbert – LF: 2-4, RBI, Run scored

Tommy Medica – 1B: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 2K, Run scored

Brett Wallace – 3B: 3-5, HR(1), 4RBI, K, Run scored

Rymer Liriano – RF: 1-5, RBI, K

Rocky Gale – C: 2-4, 2 Runs scored

Cody Decker – DH: 2-4, HR(1), RBI, K, Run scored

Jason Lane – SP: 5.0 IP, 10H, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, HR Allowed (W, 1-0)

Notes: For those who followed Spring Training, the Chihuahuas lineup was chalk full of familiar names. Abraham Almonte and Brett Wallace led the way offensively, but the Chihuahuas also received solid contributions from a number of players, including a home run from fan favorite Cody Decker. The Chihuahuas finished their opener with a whopping 18 hits, which is hopefully a precursor for the type of season they’re going to have!

 

San Antonio Missions 4, Tulsa Drillers 10

Travis Jankowski – CF: 0-3, BB, K

Trea Turner – SS: 0-3, BB, 3K

Diego Goris – 2B: 0-4, 2K

Hunter Renfroe – RF: 1-4, 2K, Run scored

Casey McElroy – 3B: 2-3, HR(1), 2RBI, BB, K, Run scored

Yeison Asencio – LF: 3-4, HR(1), 2RBI, Run scored

Justin Hancock – SP: 3.0 IP, 3H, 4ER, 6BB, 4K, HR Allowed (L, 0-1)

Tayron Guerrero – RP: 1.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K

Notes: After finishing last year with Fort Wayne, the Padres aggressively pushed Trea Turner to the AA level with the Missions. Turner, who is ticketed for the Nationals in June as the PTBNL in the Wil Myers deal, didn’t have the best debut, but he hit .369 over 187 AB’s with the TinCaps last year. Hunter Renfroe, arguably the Padres best prospect, returns to the AA level after finishing with the Missions in 2014. Last year with the Missions, Renfroe hit just .232 over 224 AB’s.

 

Lake Elsinore Storm 10, Modesto Nuts 3

Auston Bousfield – CF: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 Runs scored

Jose Rondon – SS: 1-4, 2B, BB, Run scored

Fernando Perez – 2B: 1-2, RBI, 2BB

Gabriel Quintana – 3B: 1-5, 2B, 3K, Run scored

Jeremy Baltz – DH: 0-3, BB, Run scored

Nick Schulz – LF: 2-4, HR(1), 3RBI, BB, Run scored

Ryan Miller – C: 2-4, Run scored

Ryan Butler – SP: 5.0 IP, 5H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, HR Allowed (W, 1-0)

Rafael De Paula – RP: 1.0 IP, 1BB, 0R, 0K

Notes: The Storm started the year with a dominating win over the Nuts. Starter Ryan Butler, who was drafted last year in the 7th round, made his first professional start. After being used as a starter throughout his college career, Butler was primarily used as a closer for the Emeralds last year due to his fastball that has reached triple digits, but he performed well back in the starting role tonight. Jose Rondon, the Padres best middle infield prospect (once Trea Turner is traded), had a double and reached base twice. Nick Schulz had a productive Storm debut as he homered and drove in 3; Schulz hit .341 over 176 AB’s with Fort Wayne last year.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps: PPD (Rain)

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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.