MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 31

Jeudy Valdez is smacking the ball

All cylinders were firing for Tucson and Elsinore as both clubs posted shutouts. In Tucson, the offense was almost as impressive as the pitching. In San Antonio, another former highly-regarded prospect is tearing it up, while Fort Wayne was having a gloomy night before the rain shut things down.

Tucson Padres 10 Fresno Grizzlies 0

Key Statistics: 1B Brandon Allen 2-4, 2B, BB; 2B Jonathan Galvez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Brandon Kloess 5IP, 2H, 0R, 7K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Brendan Kloess continued his strong run since moving into the rotation. The 28-year-old righty gave up only two hits over his five innings of work and now has 20 strikeouts against four walks in 15.2 innings of work as a starter. Acquired from the White Sox for Blake Tekotte last winter, Kloess had made only five professional starts over four seasons entering the year. … A night after having his nine-game hitting streak ended, Jonathan Galvez collected a single and double. The 21-year-old infielder, who has gotten some time in left field this spring as well, appears to be finding his power stroke, pushing his slugging percentage up nearly 50 points in the last week. When he's on, Galvez has one of the better combinations of in-game speed and power in the system. … After starting his first two games back, infielder Logan Forsythe had the night off. Fellow rehabber Cameron Maybin went 0-for-3 with two walks. He owns a .409 on-base percentage through six games.

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

San Antonio Missions 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Key Statistics: CF Reymond Fuentes 3-5, 2 2B, OF Assist; SS Jeudy Valdez 3-5, HR(2); LHP Jose De Paula 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 1BB

While Rey Fuentes remains the story of the year in terms of a formerly well-regarded prospect breaking out, shortstop Jeudy Valdez is suddenly demonstrating the ability that has impressed Padres execs for years. The 24-year-old shortstop hit a robust 320/353/495 through May and currently has a nine-game hitting streak that includes seven extra-base hits. The Dominican native was 3-for-5 with his second homer of the season on Friday. … Fuentes also added three hits on the night including a pair of doubles. Although he's hit in 12 of his last 14 contests, it was the first time he's had multiple hits in that stretch. Definitely keep an eye on the amount of time he's spending in center field. After playing in right exclusively through the first six weeks of the season, the 22-year-old has been splitting time evenly with Rico Noel in center over the last few weeks.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 3 Inland Empire 66ers 0

Key Statistics: RF Yeison Asencio 2-3, 2B, BB; 1B Robert Kral 2-4, 2B, 3B; LHP Brandon Alger 5.1IP, 5H, 0R, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Brandon Alger turned in his best performance of the year, working 5.1 scoreless innings before a trio of relievers finished off the shutout. The 21-year-old lefty showed good poise in Eugene last year after he was selected in the 26th round, earning a promotion directly to the Cal League this year, but has really struggled against the more advanced hitters. This was just the second time in eight starts he gave up fewer than three runs. … Yeison Asencio extended his hitting streak to 13 games with another double. He now has nine extra-base hits in his last nine contests, pushing his slugging percentage up 50 points in that stretch. Perhaps not surprisingly, he's even managed to draw a pair of walks this week as pitchers start to work more cautiously against him.

West Michigan 7 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 4 SUSPENDED in the 11th inning

Key Statistics: CF Alberth Martinez 2-4, HR(5); DH Diego Goris 1-4, 2B, BB; RHP Walker Weickel 5.1IP, 6H, 4ER, 3K, 3BB, 2HR

Prospect Watch: Walker Weickel's rough year continued as the big righty was tagged for four earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. He issued three more walks against a trio of strikeouts, and now sports an unhealthy 27:20 ratio across 40 innings for the year. After a short burst of stability at the start of the month, the 19-year-old has given up 14 runs, including four homers, in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. … Diego Goris's bat continues to heat up. The 22-year-old minor league Rule 5 selection has hit in seven of his last eight contests, with four doubles along the way. An enigma after spending his first three years in the Dominican and then blasting the ball in his stateside debut last year, Goris will be carried by his bat. Don't believe his listed height (he's shorter than 6'2") or weight (he's well north of 165).

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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