Prospect Watch: Michael Nix, 31, was signed two weeks ago by the Padres as an emergency starter. Since then he has shown his worth. He is 2-0 in two starts, going 13 innings allowing just three runs. He might not be considered much of a prospect, but what he has done through a pair of starts is give the Chihuahuas stability in their rotation.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 3 – NW Arkansas Naturals 0
Prospect Watch: For the first time all season Jesse Hahn was able to go five innings. He was virtually un-hittable. He had a no hitter going into the fourth, and when he did finally allow a hit, which was a groundball in the 5.5 hole, he immediately started a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning. Not only did a runner not score, but a runner never made it as far as second against Hahn. He finished with an 8-1 GO/FO ratio, and outside of the second inning the outfielders could have just stayed in the dugout.
Storm 3– Lancaster Jethawks 5
Prospect Watch: Not many players have been traded multiple times before even making it A ball. Diego Goris was traded from Pittsburgh to Kansas City. He then hit .333/.348/.594 in short-season ball, but was than claimed by the Padres in the Rule V draft. Since than he has been a great acquisition for the Padres. He hit his eighth home run tonight which is already more than he hit all of last year. His batting average is higher, OPS is higher, the only down side he as now struck out more than he did all of last year.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 3 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Prospect Watch: I try not to write about Jake Bauers because I know he is one of John's favorite people to write about. But every so often, he needs to be written about. Bauers was one of the few players to be drafted at 17. He couldn't vote, but he could hit AZL pitching. Now as the youngest player in the MWL, he is tearing up the league's pitching. Over the last two weeks he has hit safely in all but one game. That one game, he still walked and scored a run. If you watch a TinCap game you would think Bauers was really Adrian Gonzales in disguise. His weakness? None yet. As a left-handed batter you would think maybe a southpaw could get him out. Well thus far against LHP, Bauer's is hitting .400/.531/.640 with only 3 strikeouts in 30 PA. Maybe he lacks getting the big hit in the clutch? With runners in scoring position Bauer's is hitting .424/.444/.758 in 35 PA. If that wasn't enough he even hit his second triple of the year this evening. He might not have made the PadresTop 20 prospect list during the offseason, but he would definitely be included on a any mid-season list.
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.