MadFriars' Daily Rundown April 3rd

Spring springs eternal as the minor leagues open. El Paso starts their franchise off with a win, while Fort Wayne struggles to even make contact.

Chihuahuas 7 – Reno Aces 5

Key Stats: LF Reymond Fuentes 3-6, 2 2B, 2 RS, 1B; Kyle Blanks 1-3, RS, BB, RBI.

Prospect Watch: Both Rico Noel and Reymond Fuentes are plus defensive center fielders but Noel will get the nod in most games with Fuentes in left. Each got off to a good start with three hit games for El Paso's first win.

For further reading on the Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.

Missions 7 – Springfield Cardinals 4

Key Stats: RHP Matt Wisler 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 Ks; RHP Jesse Hahn 3 IP, 3 BB, 2 Ks; SS Jace Peterson 3-4, HR(1), 3RS, 3RBIs; C Austin Hedges 3-4, 2B, RBI.

Prospect Watch: After missing all of 2013, Rymer Liriano made his triumphant return to the minors. In his first at bat he clubbed an RBI double to give the Missions a lead in the top of the first. He finished the day 1-4 with two strikeouts.

For further reading on the Missions, see theSan Antonio Express.

Storm 2 – Lancaster Jethawks 8

Key Stats: RHP Joe Ross 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; CF Alberth Martinez 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-3, BB.

Prospect Watch: Welcome to the Cal League Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe made his High-A debut and it was a night for him to forget. The 2013 first round pick not only went 0-4 at the plate with three strikeouts but also made an error in the field. It is hard for fans to not jump to conclusions but remember this time last year Renfroe was using an aluminum bat and is now facing pitchers with 2-4 years of professional experience.

For further reading on the Storm see the Press Enterprise.

TinCaps 0 – Great Lakes Loons 9

Key Stats: Walker Weickel 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; Dustin Peterson 1-4, 2B.

Prospect Watch: On a night when every member of the TinCaps struck out at least once, Franchy Cordero wore the sombrero. Cordero went 0-4 in the game with four strikeouts, along with an error in the field. What was worse was that Cordero looked completely lost at the plate. He swung through fastball after fastball, and the few times he did make contact, it was a weak foul ball.

We know there would be a learning curve especially with the Dominican players skipping Eugene for Fort Wayne and it is only one game. So everyone lets wait a few weeks, and really a few months before jumping off of the bandwagon.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Journal Gazette.

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

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