Each month, we take a look at the top performers in the system. As the weather heated up in May, so…
Prospect Watch: Anthony Bass's return to Triple-A isn't exactly going as scheduled. The righty, who was working out of the big league club's bullpen for the first two months of the season, was torched for eight runs over 2.2 innings and now sports a 16.20 ERA across two starts since his demotion. The 25-year-old righty has carried a better ERA in the majors than in Tucson for each of the last two seasons. … John Baker collected his first two hits since his own demotion last week. The left-handed hitting catcher had sat for most of the last week to rest a balky elbow. … Brad Brach turned in two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. The big righty is still trying to find his own footing since returning to Tucson in mid-May.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star
San Antonio Missions 8 Frisco 0
Key Statistics: CF Reymond Fuentes 2-4, BB, R, RBI, SB; RF Yeison Asencio 2-4, 2B, R; 2B Cory Spangenberg 1-3, BB, R, SB; DH Everett Williams 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBI; RHP Matt Andriese 5.1 IP, 7H, 0R, 4K, 1BB
Matt Andriese moved into second place in the Texas League ERA race with 5.1 more scoreless innings, dropping his mark to 2.02. The big righty has given up only two runs over his last four starts, spanning 21.1 innings of work. He threw 78 pitches Friday, in line with his pitch counts over most of the last two months. … Yeison Asencio and Cory Spangenberg picked up where they'd left off in Lake Elsinore during their first Double-A game. Asencio had a double among his two hits and also threw out a runner at home from right field. Spangenberg went 1-for-3 with a walk and swiped a base. … Everett Williams picked up his first extra-base hits in 10 games, doubling twice as part of a 3-for-4 night. It was also the first time in the same span he didn't strike out at least once.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 3 Bakersfield Blaze 2
Prospect Watch: Travis Jankowski reached base four times in the leadoff spot Friday, collecting a pair of singles and double to go with a walk. The left-handed hitter has had five multi-hit games on the week, pushing his season average up to .276. The speedster, who leads the system with 38 stolen bases, was nabbed on the bases twice – nearly doubling his caught stealing total for the year. … Matt Jackson had his third strong start of his last four, giving up only one earned run over six innings of work. The righty hasn't issued a walk over his last 25 innings. The 25-year-old's season numbers are still recovering from four awful starts spread over the first six weeks of the year, but is still a likely promotion target when the organization makes moves with pitchers in the next week.
Ft. Wayne TinCaps 10 Lansing Lugnuts 6
Prospect Watch: Walker Weickel claimed his first professional victory, giving up three runs over five innings of work. Even with the win, the supplemental pick from last year continues to limp through. With two free passes and one K in the contest, he has a rough 28:22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45 innings and opponents are hitting .300 against him for the season. … Mallex Smith continued his recent surge, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. The diminutive 20-year-old speedster also swiped another base and now fifth in the Midwest League with 22.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
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