Padres prospect Fernando Tatis for San Antonio Missions

Fernando Tatis, Jr. is hitting .344/.452/.705 in May. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

El Paso had the day off as they prepare for a home series against first-place Fresno.

Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Missions 5 (10 innings)

Key Stats: LHP Jerry Keel 6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 2-4, R, BB, CS (1); 1B Josh Naylor 2-5, RBI; DH Ty France 2-4, HR (7), 3 RBI; Forrestt Allday 2-4, 2B, R, RBI

Prospect Watch: As prospect watch has turned into Fernando Tatis Jr. watch, it is great to note he reached base safely three times.  He now has a May slash line of .344/.452/.705.  After striking out 52 times in his first 35 games (33.5%) he has now struck out just twice in his last four games (11.1%).  It’s in an incredibly small sample size, but it’s his best stretch this season and coincides with him playing his best. … While he has yet to come close to making a top 30 prospect list, people shouldn’t dismiss former Aztec Ty France. The 23-year-old is currently hitting .260/.410/.480. He hit his seventh home run of the year Wednesday and now has more than he hit in 2017.  The third baseman has always been a solid contact hitter, but he is striking out less and has more than doubled his Isolated Power rate to .220 this year. He was also hit by a pitch again on Wednesday and now carries a mindblowing line of 19 strikeouts, 17 hit-by-pitch and 16 walks in 161 trips to the plate.

Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 3

Key Stats: RHP Ronald Bolanos 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K; LF Buddy Reed 3-4, 2B, RBI, CS (2); 3B Hudson Potts 1-3, 2B, BB; RF Robbie Podorsky 2-4, R, RBI

Prospect Watch: The stats above were after Tuesday’s game. Wednesday, Buddy Reed came out with another 3-for-4 game with another double to make it .622 against the Angels affiliate. He’s hitting .282 against the rest of the Cal League. After three straight three-hit games, Reed is hitting .340/.368/.545 overall on the year. The 23-year-old switch-hitter went hitless in four of his first six games with the Storm to open the year. Since then, he has collected hits in 22 of 31 games including 16 multi-hit games. … Through his first six appearances, right-hander Ronald Bolanos had by far the worst results on the Storm staff. He had given up at least four runs in all but one of his outings and only made it through five innings once. Wednesday’s start showed why the Padres’ are still excited about the 21-year-old Cuban.  While he still struggled with command, it was only his second start all year without a hit batter. He managed to throw 63.5% of his pitches for strikes – his average is closer to 60 – and limited damage by keeping the ball on the ground.

TinCaps 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Key Stats: RHP Luis Patino (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 4 K; 3B Luis Almanzar 2-3, RS, RBI, BB; SS Gabriel Arias 2-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-3, RS BB, 2 SB (10)

Prospect Watch:  MadFriars’ Travis Barnett was live and in person for Luis Patino’s full-season debut. With the start, Patino became the youngest pitcher in the Midwest League (the only younger players on the circuit are Fort Wayne infielders), and outdueled the #2 prospect in the Tigers system, Matt Manning.  Manning was selected one pick after Cal Quantrill.

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Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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