MadFriars Daily Farm Report: June 24

Chihuahuas 13 – Albuquerque Isotopes 10 (F/14)

Key Statistics3B Ryan Schimpf 1-for-4, HR (5), 4BB, 2K; LF Nick Buss 4-for-7, 3 2B, 1HR; CF Rafael Ortega 2-for-7, 2 2B, BB, SB

Prospect Watch: Even by the standards of the PCL, Saturday was a wild one in Albuquerque as 19 different players combined to throw 521 pitches over 14 innings. The clubs slugged a total of 21 extra base hits, with El Paso outfielder Nick Buss leading the way with three doubles and his fifth homer of the year. Buss, 30, pushed his on-base percentage for the year up to a remarkable .451, which would be good for the league lead if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. The former Angel and Dodger has an OPS nearly 200 points above his career numbers. … The game went into extra-innings tied at six before each team scored one run in the 11th inning. Then, in the top of the 14th, the Chihuahuas batted around against two Isotopes position players to take plate six, including a three-run homer by Ryan Schimpf, who also struck out twice and walked four times in eight trips to the plate on the night. In the bottom of the frame, Christian Bethancourt ultimately ended the game, but not before allowing three runs to score. The rocky outing again pushed the converted catcher’s Triple-A ERA above 10 after it had started to creep lower in his last few appearances.

Missions 7 – Midland Rock Hounds 3

Key Statistics: LF Alberth Martinez 2-for-3, HR (9), HBP; C Stephen McGee 1-for-3, 2B, 3RBI; RHP Chris Huffman 6.1IP, 4H, 3ER, 4K, 1BB, HBP; LHP Brad Wieck 1.1 IP, 1H, 0R, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions jumped on highly-regarded A’s prospect A.J. Puk for four runs in the first inning, stringing together three singles and three walks, with only Alberth Martinez making an out before Midland had to go to their bullpen. With the early cushion, which the Missions extended in the second when Stephen McGee doubled in two more, Chris Huffman rolled to his third win in six starts at Double-A. The 14th-round pick from 2014 struck out only four over 6.1 innings, but owns a stellar 35:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39.1 innings. That strikeout rate is well ahead of the Virginian’s career rate, helping him to 2.52 ERA at the Double-A level. … While Martinez missed out in the first inning, he got the job done with a solo homer that finished the scoring in the seventh inning. The 26-year-old outfielder also had a single and was hit by a pitch in four trips to the plate. Despite a slow June, the Venezuelan has a sold .271/.330/.449 slash line while getting back to the quality defense that was his calling card before missing almost all of the 2016 campaign. …Righty reliever Aroni Nina had a bit of a bumpy go of it, issuing a single and a walk after entering with one out in the ninth, but he recorded two more strikeouts and finished off the win. The 26-year-old signed as a minor league free agent last winter and spent the first seven weeks of the year coming back from a spring training injury. But since joining the Missions on June 23, he’s worked 12.1 scoreless inning, striking out 12 and holding opponents to a .100 average. The long-time Royals farmhand also didn’t allow a run in his final 14 appearances in the Texas League last year.

Inland Empire 66ers 6 – Storm 5 (F/12)

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-for-5, 2B, HR (8); SS Javier Guerra 2-for-5, 2B; LHP Jerry Keel 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 5K, 0BB; RHP Colby Blueberg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch:  After the Storm bullpen had gone at least four innings for the third straight game, Lake Elsinore turned to newly-promoted third baseman Boomer White to save the relievers more work , but two fielding errors in the bottom of the 12th cost the club their third straight loss coming out of the All-Star break. The Storm had seven hits on the night, six going for extra bases. Austin Allen clubbed his eighth homer of the year and fourth in as many games. The 23-year-old, two years removed from being the Padres’ fourth-round pick, has bounced back from a slow May to put together an OPS of .970 this month. In addition to his round-tripper, he also had a double in the game. … Lefty Jerry Keel worked six quality innings, giving up two earned runs over six innings. The big man has bounced back from a tough Cal League debut with two straight solid outings. He’s made it through nine innings since, giving up just two earned runs and striking out one per frame. 

Bowling Green 4 – TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: 1B Brad Zunica 2-for-4, 2K; RHP Will Stillman 4IP, 2H, 0R, 6K, 1BB; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 2IP, 6H, 4ER, 1K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed only three singles in their match-up with the HotRods, two of them by big first baseman Brad Zunica to extend his hitting streak to five games and push his slash line for the month to .364/.453/.655. Perhaps more importantly, the slugger has only struck out 15 times in 64 trips to the plate this month after carrying a K rate well north of 40 percent through the first two months of the season. … Will Stillman had a rough go of it in his first stint with the TInCaps earlier this season, but the 23-year-old righty struck out six across four scoreless innings tonight. The sixth-round senior sign last year joined Fort Wayne this week for a few days as Ronald Bolanos took a paternity leave, but is likely headed back to Tri-City once the Cuban righty returns.

Everett AquaSox 4 – Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: RF Luis Asuncion 2-for-3, R; 3B Luis Almanzar 1-for-4, 2B, 2RBI, E (5); RHP Henry Henry 4IP, 6H, 3R (2ER), 1K, 0BB; RHP Dauris Valdez 4IP, 2H, 1ER, 7K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: After being held in check early, it looked like the Dust Devils offense might repeat their effort from Friday night and rally late for the win, but they stalled out and lost for just the second time in 10 games. Starter Henry Henry gave up a pair of earned runs in the first inning and one unearned in the fourth when his infield made the second of three errors on the night. Overall, the 18-year-old was more efficient than in his first outing, which only lasted 2.2 frames, and was effective at getting a ton on of ground balls. Henry is a favorite among scouts because of his physicality already, competitive confidence, and the athleticism that can be a harbinger of more to come. He already works in the low 90s consistently with his fastball with a good feel for a slider. … Orange County native and Yale alum Chasen Ford worked his third straight scoreless inning of relief before giving way to Dauris Valdez, who yielded a rare homer at Gesa Field, but was otherwise strong across four innings. In eight frames so far in his stateside debut, the 21-year-old giant has struck out 14 without issuing a walk. … Luis Asuncion collected two more hits and reached on a hit-by-pitch as well. The 20-year-old, who is as impressive physically as any position player in the system, had a difficult adjustment last year when the organization jumped him directly to Tri-City for his first year in the United States. This year, though, he’s off to a hot start with a .333/.415/.556 slash line through his first nine games while keeping his strikeout rate at a manageable level (nine in 41 plate appearances). … The four errors the Devils committed Saturday were a season high, dropping the club to the middle of the pack in the Northwest League.

AZL Padres-2 7 – Mariners 3

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano-Bracero 1-for-2, 2BB, RBI; 1B Justin Paulsen 2-for-4, 2RBI; RHP Emmanuel Clase 4.1IP, 5H, 1ER, 6K, 3BB; LHP Ramon Perez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The AZL opened with the second Padres club claiming a victory behind an interesting mix of new draftees, international signees making their stateside debuts, and a few pitchers who appeared in the AZL last year as well. Emmanuel Clase allowed a first-inning homer, but otherwise rolled through 4.1 innings. The 19-year-old Dominican started with Tri-City, but looks likely to spend most of the summer back in the desert now that the collegiate pitchers from this year’s draft have gotten into the organizaiton. … Jaimito Lebron made his first game appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery near the end of the 2015 campaign. The big Dominican was tagged for two runs in his lone inning, but his appearance was much more important than the results. … The Padres offense was well-balanced as every starter reached base at least once. Justin Paulsen, the Padres’ second-to-last pick in this year’s draft out of Missouri State had a pair of hits, including a double. Meanwhile second-rounder Luis Campusano-Bracero reached base three times with a single and two walks. Overall, the club drew seven free passes…. Seventeen-year-old Cuban lefty Ramon Perez made his organizational debut with an adventurous, but scoreless, frame. Younger and lower profile than the four other Cuban hurlers signed in the last international period, Perez has more physical projection and more work to do than the others. In his inning Saturday, he worked around a pair of walks and a hit batter, striking out two as well.

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