Kiley brings us more thoughts on how he evaluates. This time he drills down on the difference…
Key Statistics RHP Burch Smith 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (L 2-1, 2.25 ERA); RHP Brad Brach 1 IP, 1 K; 2B Dean Anna 3-4 < p> Prospect Watch: Burch Smith made one mistake, a solo HR to Grizzlies' CF Gary Brown, on what was otherwise a fantastic start. Smith was wild early and struggled to locate the fastball. However the wildness might have worked to his advantage as hitters were chasing after fastballs that started on the outside corner before tailing off the plate. This resulted in plenty of swing and misses and weak flyouts. While Burch has improved he still has areas he can improve upon before he can rejoin the Padres. Namely, learning from Andrew Cashner, and sacrificing a mile or two for better movement and control. As Smith found out in San Diego and even tonight, when the FB is thrown too hard it often flattens out, and professional ballplayers don't often miss a flat pitch, no matter how hard it is thrown. This start should be viewed as an improvement. He is not there yet, but he is getting there, and Smith still has the potential to become a top big league starter.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star
Prospect Watch: Game was suspended due to rain
Prospect Watch: Storm win again. Every player in the Lake Elsinore lineup got at least one hit. CF Travis Jankowski stole two more bases to give him 42 on the season and twelve already in the month of June… In addition to a third straight multi hit game for Austin Hedges he also threw out the only runner that attempted a stolen base. Hedges was also one of only two Storm not to strike out at least once in the game. He now has only struck out 17 times in 120 PA this season.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network
Prospect Watch: RHP Walker Weickel had his best start of his young career. It was Weickel's career high in strikeouts (5), career lowest WHIP (0.6), and the second time he has not allowed a run or a walk. After going two months without a win, Weickel has won back to back starts. Hopefully this is Weickel finding his groove and living up to the lofty hype he was given after the draft.
For further reading on the TinCaps' please see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
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