MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 12

Rey Fuentes is working to resurrect his chances

Burch Smith turned in another dominant performance for the Missions, but the club lost another pitchers' duel. Max Fried got a ton of offense to back his masterpiece. Tucson and Elsinore each continued their early-season slides.

Fresno Grizzlies 7 Tucson Padres 4

Key Statistics: 2B Jonathan Galvez 3-3, BB, 2B, SB; RHP Sean O'Sullivan 5IP, 9H, 5ER, 1K, 0BB/ 1-for-1, 2B, 3RBI, RS,

Prospect Watch: Sean O'Sullivan pulled off a remarkable combination for Tucson. The righty from El Cajon gave up five runs in five innings, but he also drove in three runs at the plate and scored the Padres' fourth and final run of the night. … Jonathan Galvez doubled his season hit total with a 3-for-3 performance. The 22-year-old Dominican had a monster spring in big league camp and could put up some massive numbers in the PCL this year. ... It's probably not a coincidence that Kyle Blanks wound up back in left field. He is the likely call-up when Carlos Quentin serves his suspension.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star

Tulsa Drillers 2 San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: RF Rey Fuentes 1-4, HR(1); RHP Burch Smith 5IP, 2H, 0R, 8K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: In a system with as much depth as the Padres, Burch Smith continues to garner far too little attention. The big righty from Texas simply dominated the Drillers again tonight. Through 11 Double-A innings, he has 13 strikeouts against six runners allowed. … As nice as it was to see Reymond Fuentes put one over the wall, perhaps even better was a liner he ripped to the left-center gap in the eighth inning. Although Kyle Parker made a diving catch on the warning track, that ball continues an early-season trend of Fuentes hitting the ball with authority to the opposite field. After tallying only 28 extra-base hits in 2012, the 23-year-old outfielder already has six through eight games in his return to the Texas League. … With both Drillers runs unearned, the Missions staff now owns a 1.70 team ERA.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Inland Empire 66ers 7 Lake Elsinore Storm 0

Key Statistics: 2B Cory Spangenberg 1-4, 2B, 2K; RF Yeison Asencio 0-4, 3K; C Austin Hedges 0-4, K; LHP Frank Garces 4IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 4K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: While most of the prospects in Elsinore are off to a strong start (Friday notwithstanding), Austin Hedges has scuffled through the first seven games of the year. The top position prospect active in the Padres minors is just 5-for-29. On the upside, he has only struck out twice, a sign that his numbers could normalize quickly. … Frank Garces had a rough outing, giving up nine hits and four earned runs over four innings of work. The 23-year-old lefty did add four more strikeouts to his total, and has yet to surrender a walk. … Chase Headley went 1-for-3 with a double as a designated hitter in his first rehab appearance for the Storm. He was lifted for a runner after doubling in the seventh inning.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 9 Lake County Captains

Key Statistics: DH Jeremy Balz 1-5, HR (3), 3RBI; RF Corey Adamson 3-4, 2RBI, SB (3); LHP Max Fried 5IP, 3H, 0R, 8K, 2BB;

Prospect Watch: Max Fried once again took an inning to find his stride, but then dominated the Captains. The seventh overall pick last year gave up a walk and a triple in the first, but avoided giving up a run thanks to one of three pickoffs he's tallied in his first two starts. Fried snagged his first professional win in the game. … Although he is an exciting offensive prospect, Gabriel Quintana is a serious work in progress defensively. The third baseman, who will also get some looks at second if Fernando Perez is ready to go later in the year, committed his sixth error of the young season in the ninth inning, setting up the Captains' only run of the game.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

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

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