San Diego Padres Daily Farm Report: May 27 – MadFriars
There were some great offensive performances in the system Friday night, though it was limited to Texas teams. Fort Wayne was defeated by Mother Nature and the storm couldn’t do anything to the house.
Chihuahuas 9Sugar Land Skaters 5
Key statistics: 2B CJ Abrams, 1 for 4, 2 R, RBI, SB (5); RF Matt Beaty, 3 for 5, R, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Nomar Mazara, 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez, 2 for 4, R, RH (11), RBI; CJ Hinojosa, 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI; LHP Ryan Weathers (W, 2-3) 5.1 IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 3K; LHP José Castillo, IP, M, 2K
Prospect Watch: So far, the streak has been far-fetched for Chihuahuas. They scored 27 points in the first two games, were shut out Thursday, then rebounded with nine points Friday night. El Paso needs just one win this weekend to clinch the series against its intrastate rivals. Fun fact: According to Google Maps, El Paso is closer to San Diego (724 miles) than to Sugar Land, Texas (742 miles). Now back to baseball. …Rehabilitation of the big leaguer Matt Beaty had three more hits and drove a pair. In four games with the Chihuahuas, Beaty is 7-for-17 with a brace and a home run. … Big Aderlin Rodriguez had a multi-hit performance on Friday, including his 11e homer of the year. Rodriguez’s big fly was his 214e minor career homer; he never played in the majors. Rodriguez’s home run tied him for third in the PCL. Despite the prodigious power, Rodriguez’s overall offensive contribution is about 10% above the league average. … Nomar Mazara double, single and made a pair of runs on Friday night. The multi-hit effort extended his hitting streak to nine games. Mazara hits a solid 0.338/0.419/0.538 in May. … HPL Ryan Weather earned his second win of the season knocking out 5.1 innings despite hard contact. Weathers allowed eight hits and four earned runs, walking one and striking out three. The former first-rounder struggled on his second go-around in the PCL. He will end May with an ERA of 6.58 – an improvement from the 7.41 ERA he produced in April. Weathers allowed a record 57 hits this season and has struggled mostly because he just doesn’t run out of bats. His 5.86 K/9 is the third-lowest in the PCL among qualifiers and his walk rate is nearly double what he produced with the Padres in the big leagues last year. Weathers will have to find a way to generate more strikeouts or it could be a long summer for the 22-year-old southpaw. … HPL JDare Castillo shot a scoreless inning for the Chihuahuas, striking out a pair. Between five outings with the Storm and seven more with El Paso, Castillo hasn’t allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings. He walked just two batters and struck out 13 between the two stops.
List moves: El Paso lost Matt Latte, Taylor Kohlwey and jesse scholtens to the COVID list before the game. HPR ryan lily was activated from the development roster in San Antonio and shipped to El Paso. Lillie’s last outing with the Missions came on May 18, when he shot the first four innings of the Missions’ second no-hitter combined. utility man Kelvin Alarcon was also added to the El Paso roster.
Missions 8Frisco Rough Riders 2
Key statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz, 2 for 4, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB (32); 3B Connor Hollis, 1 for 4, R, HR (5), RBI, BB; SS Domingo Leyba, 2 for 5, R; 1B Juan Fernandez, 3 for 5, RBI; DH Thomas Milone, 2 for 5, 2 R; Chandler Seagle, 2 for 5, RBI; LF Korry Howell, 2 for 4, 2 R, HR (4), RBI; RHP Moises Lugo, 2.1 IP, R, 2BB, 3K; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez (F, 4-1) 2.2 IP, M; RHP Alek Jacob, 2 IP, 2 M, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions had 16 hits to pick up an easy win. After a 3-11 start that included a 10-game losing streak, the Missions win improved their record to 23-20 and gave them a share of the top spot. … The Esteury Ruiz the show continued Friday, as the electric center fielder had a pair of hits, walked and stole his league-leading 32n/a basis of the season. The 23-year-old has calmed down a bit over the past week, but there’s no denying the impact he’s having on the Missions this season. He leads the Texas League in runs scored (47) and on-base percentage (.478). Additionally, he is in the top five in the Texas League in doubles, walk, and OPS. In our reworked MadFriars Top 20 prospects list, Ruiz reached #7 on our list. …don’t look now but Chandler Seagle had two more hits. The defensive stalwart is a terrific receiver behind the plate, but he posted a horrible .523 OPS in the Texas League in 2021. In 55 plate appearances in May, Seagle hit a respectable .275/.327/.392. That kind of production won’t make anyone think of Mike Piazza, but Seagle could find a big league opportunity with passable offensive production. … Outfielder Korry howell delivered two hits, including his fourth bomb of the year. Howell came in with the Chihuahuas receiver Brett Sullivan in the Victor Caratini case just before opening day. After struggling in April, Howell was on fire in May. The former 12th round reached 0.298/0.444/0.489 for the month and reduced its K rate from 36.4% in April to a respectable 25% this month. … After Moises Lugo I had a little trouble starting the game, LHP Osvaldo Hernandez lifts him up and stabilizes things for the Missions. Hernandez allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings and earned his fourth win in the process. After a disastrous start to the season in which he allowed nine earned runs in his first 2.1 innings, Hernandez allowed just two earned runs in 15.2 innings. Hernandez moved into a bullpen role in May and he’s thriving. In 13.2 innings this month, opposing batters are batting just .130 against the Cuba southpaw.
Fort Wayne TinCaps: TinCaps rained again on Friday. The good news is that there is no rain in the forecast for Saturday. They are scheduled to play two games against Quad Cities on Saturday.
List moves: TinCaps placed outfielder Angel Solarte on the seven-day injured list with the ankle injury he suffered last week. left-handed reliever ryan och also hit the injured list while RHP Wen Hua Sung has been placed on the COVID list. outfielder Augustin Ruiz was activated from the San Antonio development roster and sent to Fort Wayne to support the winnowed outfield. The 22-year-old outfielder was hitting .237/.352/.382 with two homers for the Missions. As disappointing as his output was, it’s a pretty significant improvement over the .599 OPS he produced last year with the Missions.
Inland Empire 66ers 7, Storm 1
Key statistics: 2B Max Ferguson, 1 for 4, RBI; LF Albert Fabian, 1 for 4; SS Charlis Aquino, 2 for 3; RHP Jairo Iriarte (L, 2-1) 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Matt Swilley, NP, 2000; LHP Ben Miller, PI, K; RHP Keegan Collett, PI, 3,000
Prospect Watch: A night after hosting over 18s at the Diamond, the Storm’s offense was unsuitable for fans of any age on Friday night. Lake Elsinore collected just five singles and hit 14 clean sheets in their loss to the Inland Empire. … Charlie Aquino started and simple twice. The 20-year-old infielder has played sparingly since being promoted from extended spring training on May 4. When Aquino played, he produced a slant line of .316/.436/.421. He played all in the infield and also played a bit in the outfield. … HPR Jairo Iriarte had their worst start to the year and suffered their first loss of the season. Iriarte struggled with command and walked four batters and allowed four hits in 3.2 innings. The 20-year-old pitcher has been very good for the Storm this season and has established himself as a potential top 30. Iriarte allowed 25 hits in nine innings last season at Lake Elsinore, but this season he has none. allowed only 20 in 33 innings pitched. … After Iriarte left, the Storm did a good job in their bullpen. HPR Matt Swilley pitched an inning 1-2-3, striking out two. We described the former El Camino star’s unlikely comeback story earlier this week. … HPR Keegan Collet came in after Swilley and retired the side in his only working inning. The 23-year-old Florida Gulf Coast player continues to post ridiculous strikeout numbers in the Cal League. With Friday’s outing, Collett has struck out 28 in 15.2 innings, but also walked 13 this year. In 65 professional innings, Collett struck out a remarkable 113.