Welcome to the minor league baseball season from MadFriars! As we start our 20th season of coverage of the San Diego Padres minor league system, a quick reminder of our coverage:
Today’s Daily Farm Report kicks off daily recaps of the teams across the organization, focusing on key performers and notable updates. El Paso and their fellow Pacific Coast League clubs (kudos to MLB for managing to get something right as they pivot back to the historic league names) will be joined by the rest of full-season baseball on Friday.
We also offer a variety of coverage throughout the year. Kevin Charity’s position-by-position look at the organization’s depth chart kicked off with catchers and infielders yesterday and continues today with a look at the outfield.
For our subscribers, we also offer interviews and more in-depth pieces on the players whose names you should know as a fan of the Padres. Today, David Jay has a piece with switch-hitting catcher Brandon Valenzuela, whose emergence last year was an important development for the organization. We’re especially thankful for those of you who subscribe. It’s your investment in our work that allows us to provide coverage from on-site across the system.
With that, here we go!
[David Jay, Editor]
Chihuahuas 13, Round Rock Express 1
Key Statistics: SS Eguy Rosario 4-6, 3B, RBI, R, SB (1); C Webster Rivas 4-5, 3 RBI, R; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 2-6, HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R; RF Trayce Thompson 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas did their best to restore the hallowed reputation and tradition of the newly reminted Pacific Coast League, routing the Express on a gusty night in central Texas. After the team plated single runs in the first and third innings, Aderlin Rodriguez put the contest out of reach for the visitors in the fifth, blasting a 416 foot three-run home run to left field. The 30-year-old first baseman returned to the organization after spending a successful 2021 campaign with the Detroit Tigers and figures to provide power in the heart of the El Paso lineup. … New season, new level, same Eguy Rosario. The 22-year-old made his Triple-A debut a rousing success as he collected four hits, including a triple, scored three runs, and stole a base for good measure. Capable of playing across the infield, Rosario figures to be an integral piece for an El Paso offense that finished last in the circuit in runs scored in 2021. … Not to be outdone, Webster Rivas continued an organizational theme of catchers producing offense, tallying his own four-hit affair while driving in three runs. The 31-year-old journeyman backstop is now in his fifth season with the Padres and could form a quality duo early on with Luis Campusano unless something changes at the big league level. … Somewhat lost in a 13 run outburst; Jesse Scholtens threw five shutout innings, surrendering just two hits as he kept the Round Rock offense off the tracks. The 28-year-old Wright State product needed just 73 pitches before giving way to the bullpen, as Rule 5 newcomer Grant Gavin and Jordan Brink accounted for nine strikeouts in their four combined innings of work. The victory gave new El Paso skipper Jared Sandberg his first franchise win.
Roster Notes: With 39 players still in the big league camp, it’s safe to assume that the Triple-A roster will see plenty of movement in the next few days. Just hours after the Chihuahuas announced an active roster of 27, the Padres reassigned four more players who’d been in the big league club, headlined by Nomar Mazara. We’ll have a “preview” of the club on Friday once things shake out a bit more.