Franmil Reyes continued to destroy the Pacific Coast League, the Flying Chanclas ended their game in walk off fashion, and Michel Baez had a scoreless outing. Lots going on in the Padres farm system, let’s get to it.
Albuquerque Isotopes 4 – Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: RF Franmil Reyes 3-4, HR (12), K; SS Luis Urías 0-3, K, BB; 2B Cory Spangenberg 1-4, 2B, K; SP Chris Huffman 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K; RP Robert Stock 1.0 IP, 0 ER, BB
Prospect Watch: Another day, another dinger for Franmil Reyes. The large Dominican now leads the Padres org in homers (12), RBI (31), and OPS (1.131). It was of the solo variety and was the only run the Chihuahuas scored on the night. After notching five multi-hit games in the month of April, Reyes now has that many in as many games in the month of May. His May slash line: .722/.762/1.944. After hitting 25 round-trippers in 2017 (in 135 games), he is almost halfway there in just 29 games… Despite having a hitless game, Luis Urías’s K% and BB% remained identical (16%)… Cory Spangenberg is hitting .273 (9-33) in seven games since being demoted to Triple-A. He has five extra base hits during that time, but has also struck out 14 times (41% of the time)… Reliever Robert Stock provided his second scoreless inning since being promoted to El Paso. Although he didn’t strike out any hitters last night, he has a 17:4 K:BB rate in 11 innings, and has allowed just a pair of runs.
Flying Chanclas 9 – Corpus Christi Hooks 8
Key Statistics: 1B Kyle Overstreet 3-4, 2 HR (6), 2 R, 6 RBI; SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 1-3, 2 BB, K, R; LF Josh Naylor 0-3, BB, K, RBI; C Austin Allen 0-4, BB, 2 K, R; SP Jerry Keel 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 K, RP Matt Strahm 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2H, 1 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: In a match-up featuring the Texas League’s best hitting team (Corpus Christi leads the league in AVG and OBP) and the best pitching team (San Antonio leads the league in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts), Jerry Keel had a rough outing. He left a few too many pitches up in the zone, which lead to a lot of hard hit balls, including a long homer, a triple, and a pair of doubles. … Trailing 6-3 heading into the ninth, there was drama on the field after a Hooks runner stole third and was granted home when the umpire ruled that third baseman Ty France interfered with the runner. Chanclas manager Phillip Wellman was thrown out of the game for arguing the call. Matt Strahm gave up an RBI double to left field that Josh Naylor struggled with, which put the Flying Chanclas in an 8-3 hole… In the bottom of the ninth, the first five batters reached base for San Antonio, via four walks and a fielding error. When Ty France came up to bat, he jawed at the home plate umpire briefly before being tossed out of the game. Pinch hitter River Stevens provided one of the RBI walks. With the lead cut to 8-5 and the bases still loaded with no outs, Austin Allen struck out on three pitches, before first baseman Kyle Overstreet hit a walkoff grand slam, capping the six-run comeback. It was Overstreet’s second dinger of the game, the first coming in the second after an Allen walk… The win keeps the Flying Chanclas in sole possession of first place in the South division, and their 19-10 record is the best in the league.
Modesto Nuts 2 – Storm 1
Key Statistics: CF Edward Olivares 1-4, 2B; LF Buddy Reed 0-4, K; DH Luis Torrens 1-4, K; RF Jorge Oña 0-4, K; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, R, K; 2B Eguy Rosario 1-3, RBI; SP Michel Baez 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K
Prospect Watch: Coming off a rough outing in which he allowed five runs in three innings, Storm starter Michel Baez rebounded nicely enough, needing 82 pitches to get through four innings of scoreless baseball. After walking just eight hitters in 58.2 innings in Single-A last year (10 starts), Baez now has eight walks in his first three games for Lake Elsinore (12 innings)… A Luis Torrens‘ single in the fourth broke a string of 11 straight Storm batters retired by Nuts pitcher Darren McCaughan… Eguy Rosario‘s RBI single in the seventh, coming after a Hudson Potts single and a Brad Zunica walk, was only the second inning in which the Storm had more than one hitter reach base… The Storm pitching staff limited the Nuts to eight hits and four walks on the night, only allowing runs on a pair of solo homers off relievers David Bednar and Trevor Megill… Both Edward Olivares and Potts are in the midst of slumps, hitting just .196 (9-for-46) and .095 (4-for-42), respectively, in their last 11 games. Three of Potts’ four hits during that stretch have been homers, and he has posted a 48% K rate during that time… The Storm have the lowest walk totals (81 in 1,094 plate appearances) and team OBP (.313) in the Cal League.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8 – TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-3, BB, 2 R, RBI; 2B Esteury Ruiz 3-5, 2 3B, 2 RBI, R, K; DH Luis Campusano 0-4, RBI, BB; 3B Justin Lopez 1-3, BB, 2 K; SP Aaron Leasher 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: Esteury Ruiz had a pair of RBI triples and scored a run for the TinCaps. After a three-hit game, the speedy teenager now sports a .277/.330/.485 slash line on the year… Third baseman Justin Lopez had a pair of errors, bringing his total up to seven on the year. Expect there to being growing pains for the youngest player in the Midwest League, though his bat seems to be heating up… With another walk, Jeisson Rosario now has a 22% walk rate and a very impressive .471 OBP. The athletic 18-year-old has also stolen eight bases on the year without being caught.