Padres prospect Chris Paddack pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

Chris Paddack has been dominant in his first three starts. (Photo: Lake Elsinore Storm)

Reno Aces 2, Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: RF Franmil Reyes 1-2, HR (14), RBI, 2 BB; CF Shane Peterson 1-2, BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens (L, 0-1) 6.2 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER BB 2 K HR.

Padres prospect Franmil Reyes bats for El Paso Chihuahuas

Franmil Reyes leads the minor leagues in home runs with 14. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

Prospect Watch: Despite taking the loss in the road opener, Jesse Scholtens made a strong debut in Reno, one of the toughest pitchers parks in the PCL.  Scholtens, who the Padres selected in the ninth round of the 2016 draft, had put up very good numbers in San Antonio with a 2.80 ERA in 35.1 innings to go along with 45 strikeouts against only seven walks and 21 hits. MadFriars David Jay talked to Scholtens in San Antonio just before his call-up and has a profile on him for subscribers today. … After going five whole games without a home run, Franmil Reyes broke out of his “slump” with a line drive home run to right-center and now leads the minor leagues with 14. Reyes has a slash line of .346/.440/.748, but the most impressive thing we noticed about the big man when we were in El Paso in early April was his improved plate discipline.  He has only struck out 29 times in 147 plate appearances with 20 walks.  So far this season, Reyes has almost as many extra-base hits (22) as strikeouts.

Chihuahua Notes: The Padres called up Cory Spangenberg when they designated Chase Headley for assignment. Spangenberg was primarily playing third base, but the Chihuahuas have also used him at second and in left field…With only three outfielders active on the roster and having had to use Dusty Coleman in center twice this week, Auston Bousfield was promoted from Double-A San Antonio. He will be, by far, the best defensive option that the team has in the outfield.

Missions 2, Frisco RoughRiders 1

Key Statistics: 1B Austin Allen 2-4; C Webster Rivas 2-4; LF Rod Boykin 1-3, RBI, SB; RHP Lake Bachar 5.0 IP H BB 3 K; RHP Trevor Megill (BS,1)(W,1-0) 2.0 IP 2 H R ER BB 3 K; LHP Brad Wieck (S,2) 1.0 IP H BB 2 K.

David Jay was in San Antonio to watch the Missions extend their winning streak to 11 and you can read about it here.

Storm 4, Modesto Nuts 1

Key Statistics: RF Jorge Ona 2-4, HR (2), RBI; SS Kelvin Melean 2-4; 2B Matthew Batten 1-3, BB; C Marcus Greene, Jr. 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Chris Paddack (W, 2-0) 6.0 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 10 K; RHP Dauris Valdez (S,1) 1.0 IP BB 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm put three runs on the board in the third inning on a Marcus Greene, Jr. two-run double and center fielder Edward Olivarestwo-out triple that brought Greene home. But the story of the night was, once again, Chris Paddack. In his third start of the year, he threw an efficient 83 pitches over six innings for a season-high 10 strikeouts.  In three starts, 16 innings total, he has yet to allow a run, earned or unearned, and has walked only a single batter while striking out 26 against only eight hits. The 22-year-old Texan crossed the 100 inning threshold as a professional with the outing and opponents are hitting just .177 against him through his abbreviated career. We cautiously had Paddack at #15 on our offseason top prospect list, noting that he’d be one of the system’s most interesting storylines as he came back from the surgery. He has more than delivered on that prediction. MadFriars’ Kevin Charity interviewed him during the last homestand which we will run on Tuesday.

Storm Notes: OF Tyler Kohlwey was promoted to San Antonio and Robbie Podorsky, who was our player of the year last season with the Tri-City Dust Devils, was added to the Lake Elsinore roster from Extended Spring Training.  Podorsky can play all three outfield positions and has some of the best speed in the organization.

The TinCaps and the Kane County Cougars were rained out on Saturday. Because Kane County is located in the Western Division of the Midwest League and the teams are not scheduled to meet again during the regular season, the game will not be made up. Nick Margevicius threw the first inning before the rains came and wiped out the contest, so his record will show a longer-than-normal gap between outings. There’s nothing to worry about when you don’t see his name in a boxscore for over a week.

Unfortunately for San Diego, we have to bring David Jay back from Texas, but your subscription dollars made the trip possible.  To make more on-site visits possible and to read the upcoming interviews and profiles from that club and Elsinore, please consider subscribing here.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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