MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 24

Blanks hits the ball and it goes far. When El Paso opens up their new ballpark on Monday, they will have a player that is in the top 10 in the PCL in home runs (6), slugging (.679), OPS (1.061), and is thankfully nowhere near the Top 10 in strikeouts.

Chihuahuas 5 – Sacramento River Cats 1

Key Statistics 1B Kyle Blanks 2-3, HR (6), 2 RBI; CF Cameron Maybin 1-3, RBI, BB; RF Rico Noel 3-4, RS, 2 RBI, 4 SB (7); RHP Brandon Kloess 5.1 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Kyle Blanks ties Hunter Renfroe for system homerun leader. It is no surprise that his .679 SLG would easily lead any Padre and is one of the best in the PCL. Now if only Blanks could play third… After starting out 1-12, Cameron Maybin has now gone 7-21 with a double, triple, home run, 3 RBI and a pair of walks.

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

Missions 0 – Frisco RoughRiders 2

Key Statistics DH Jason Hagerty 2-4, RHP James Needy 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (L, 0-2); RHP Johnny Barbato 1 IP, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: How different one series makes. Four days ago we were singing the praises of Rymer Liriano, saying that he was looking better. Well, Liriano went 2-15 against Frisco including seven strikeouts. The right-hand hitter now has a slash line of .133/.278/.267 against lefties this year.

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

Storm 1 – Stockton Ports 5

Key Statistics RF Hunter Renfroe 0-4, 3 K; 2B Diego Goris 1-3, 2B, RS; RHP Joe Ross 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

Prospect Watch: Over his last four starts Joe Ross has allowed three earned runs in 21.1 innings (1.27 ERA), with 21 strikeouts, and five walks. Overall right-handed batters are hitting just .190 off of him. With Max Fried hopefully returning to the mound soon, Lake Elsinore will have a great #1 through #3 again.

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

TinCaps 2 – Great Lakes Loons 1 (11 innings)

Key Statistics CF Mallex Smith 0-2, 3 BB, RS, SB (15); 3B Dustin Peterson 1-5, 2B, RBI; RHP Pete Kelich 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 9 K.

Prospect Watch: Pete Kelich had his best start as a TinCap. Kelich's nine strikeouts was a season high and it was his first start allowing fewer than two runs. The only disappointing part of the outing is Kelich did walk a batter. This is only noteworthy as it was his second walk of the year, which is more than he walked in 58 innings last year. Kelich still has a 25:2 strikeout to walk ratio in 20 innings.

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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