A busy Friday night down on the farm, as John Conniff has made it out to El Paso, while David Jay is watching the home debut of Adrian Morejon in Lake Elsinore. Elsewhere, the TinCaps broke out the bats and won easily and the Missions lost, despite yet another Josh Naylor home run.
Las Vegas 51’s 7, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: LF Nick Schulz, 1-for-4; 3B Dusty Coleman, 1-for-3, R, 2B; RHP Chris Huffman (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 6K; RHP Trey Wingenter, IP, 2K.
Prospect Watch: John Conniff made his first stop of the year, cruising into El Paso. Read his game story here.
Arkansas Travelers 8, Missions 4
Key Statistics: LF Josh Naylor, 1-for-2, HR (6), RBI, 2BB, 2R; DH Fernando Tatis Jr., 1-for-4, HR (1), R; C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR (4), 2RBI; LHP Logan Allen (L, 1-1) 5.2IP, 10H, 6ER, 3BB, 6K; RHP Robert Stock, IP, H, ER, BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: If the first week of the season is any indicator, Josh Naylor has found a way to tap into his enormous raw power. The first baseman and outfielder (!) slammed his sixth homer of the year and drew two walks in the San Antonio loss. Naylor has hit those six homers in 30 at-bats — he hit 10 in over 400 at-bats last year. Naylor is drawing walks and making solid contact. If he can handle left, he could force the Padres’ hands in the near future, or perhaps increase his value on the trade market. … DH Fernando Tatis hit his first homer of the year, his only hit of the evening. Through his first 34 at-bats, Tatis is hitting just .206/.200/.382, with 9 strikeouts and zero walks. … Austin Allen also homered — his fourth of the year. The catcher has an OPS of 1.166 in his first seven games. … LHP Logan Allen gave up six runs on ten hits in 5.2 innings and ultimately took the loss. Allen’s command hasn’t been sharp in his two outings, as evidenced by seven walks in 10.2 innings, although he does have 12 punch-outs.
Lancaster JetHawks 11, Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-4, 2RBI, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-4; SS Kelvin Melean, 3-for-4, 2R; LHP Adrian Morejon (L, 0-2) 4.2IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K; RHP Austin Smith, 2.2IP, 4H, 3ER, BB, 3K.
Prospect Watch: David Jay was in Elsinore for Adrian Morejon’s first home start for the Storm. Read his game story here.
TinCaps 13, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Key Statistics: 3B Esteury Ruiz, 3-for-6, 2B, 3B, R; DH Tirso Ornelas, 2-for-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza, 3-for-4, RS, 2B, BB; 1B Jalen Washington, 1-for-5, HR (1), R, 3RBI; RHP Mason Thompson (W, 1-1) 5.2IP, 5H, ER, BB, 4K; LHP Ben Sheckler (S, 1) 3.1IP, 4H, ER, BB;
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps’ bats broke out in a big way, with 13 runs and 12 hits in an easy victory. It is just the second win in nine games for Fort Wayne. … Infielder Esteury Ruiz had his first multi-hit game of the year, finishing a homer shy of the cycle. Ruiz, 19, started at third, as Fort Wayne plays musical chairs around the infield. The former Royal won the batting title in the Arizona League last year. … Tirso Ornelas had two more hits, including his first double of the year Friday night. The left-handed swinging outfielder from Tijuana is hitting a very solid .323/.400/.452 through 31 at-bats to start the year. … Jalen Washington only had one hit but it was a big one, as the former 29th-rounder connected for his first professional homer. … RHP Mason Thompson bounced back from a poor first outing and got the win Friday. The Texan pitched into the sixth inning and allowed just five hits and an earned run while striking out four. Mason talked to our Travis Barnett early last week about his arsenal of pitches, among other things.
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