MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 15

Mallex Smith

Cody Decker is now alone at the top of the organization in home runs as El Paso wins. For once pitching lets down San Antonio. The Storm stage a furious comeback and Fort Wayne breaks a losing streak. Eugene gets a gift and the AZL Padres lose in extra innings.

Chihuahuas 7 - Nashville Sounds 3

Key Statistics:CF Cameron Maybin 0-1, 2 BB; SS Tyler Greene 2-4, BB; 1B/LF Jonathan Galvez 2-5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBI; 3B/1B Cody Decker 2-3, HR (21), 2 RBI; PH/3B Alex Castellanos 2-2; RHP Joe Wieland 6.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 5 Ks; RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (W, 1-0) 1.0 IP 2 H R ER 2 Ks; RHP Hector Ambriz 1.0 IP H BB; LHP Bobby LaFromboise 1.0 IP H.

Prospect Watch:The Chihuahuas split their four game series with the Sounds on the back of a five run seventh inning...Cody Decker hit his twenty-first home run to give him the organizational lead and also played in his second straight game at third base...Somewhat lost in the shuffle Jonathan Galvez has been having a very nice year at .282/.347/.456 shuttling between first, third and left field...Since coming over in the Chris Denorfia trade Kohlscheen has seven strikeouts against only one walk in 5.1 innings...Cameron Maybin had his first game back since his P.E.D. suspension.

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

Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6 - San Antonio 4

Key Statistics:RF Alex Dickerson 1-3, BB; LF Hunter Renfroe 0-2, 2 BB; C Robert Kral 1-3, BB; 2B/CF Cory Spangenberg 1-5, SB (14); 3B/2B Casey McElroy 1-4, HR (8) 3 RBI RHP Leonel Campos 4.1 IP 7 H 5 R 5 ER BB 7 Ks HR; RHP Adys Portillo 2.0 IP K.

Prospect Watch:Usually if the Missions put four on the board they are walking away with a win, but not tonight. They did make a run of it in the eighth inning on Casey McElroy’s three-run home run, but it wasn’t enough...Hunter Renfroe is slumping in August after hitting .299/.360/.481 in July. Still he is much further along than many (including myself) would have predicted at the beginning of the year. An outfield featuring both Rymer Liriano and Renfroe is pretty exciting to Padres’ fans. For the first time in a long time, the Padres’ actually have some corner outfield prospects...Another solid outing by Adys Portillo who has a very big arm in middle relief.

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

Storm 10 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8

Key StatisticsCF Mallex Smith 3-6, 2B; 2B Benji Gonzalez 4-5, HR (3), 4 RBI; LF Luis Domoromo 2-5, 3B; 1B Duanel Jones 3-5, 2B; RHP Matthew Shepherd 4.0 IP 6 H 7 R 7 ER 3 BB 3 Ks; RHP Brandon Alger (W, 4-3) 2.0 IP H 4 Ks.

Prospect Watch:A great road win for the Storm who put up five runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and added two in the next inning to win it. Second baseman Benji Gonzalez hit a three-run home run with two outs to tie it up...While Mallex Smith’s stolen bases are impressive he also has 16 extra-base hits and has the arm to play right field. He might be the top centerfield prospect in the system...RHP Brandon Alger has also put himself on the map this year with a 2.83 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 57.1 innings against only 19 walks and 40 hits.

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

TinCaps -5 Lake County Captains 4

Key Statistics:2B Fernando Perez 2-4, 2B, HR (12), 2 RBI; 1B Jake Bauers 1-2, 2 BB; C John Nester 2-3, BB; LF Henry Charles 2-4, HR (6), 3 RBI; RHP Kyle Lloyd 5.0 IP 7 H 4 R 8 Ks; RHP Nick Mutz 2.0 IP 2 H 2 Ks; RHP Erik Cabrera (W, 4-7) 1.0 IP BB K; RHP Ryan Butler (S,7) 2 H BB 2 Ks.

Prospect WatchThe TinCaps scored in the eighth inning on Fernando Perez’s RBI double to score CF Ronnie Richardson and break their two game losing streak...While Jake Bauers batting average is now straddling .300, which is still good enough for sixth in the Midwest League, his on-base percentage of .378 is good enough for fifth...Kyle Lloyd does not how to miss bats, he now has a 135 on the season which leads the organization and the league...Also keep an eye on Closer Ryan Butler, a seventh round pick out of North Carolina-Charlotte this year. He is seven for seven in save opportunities and has 21 strikeouts in 15.1 innings against only four walks.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

Emeralds 5 - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4 10 innings

Key Statistics:CF Auston Bousfield 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (9); 3B Joseph Epperson 2-3, RBI, BB; LHP Payton Baskette 2.0 IP H 3 Ks; RHP Samuel Holland 2.0 IP 3 Ks; RHP Seth Lucio (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP H 4 Ks.

Prospect WatchJoey Epperson drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the tenth and was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by 2B River Stevens and then advanced to third on a groundout. With SS Franchy Cordero at the plate, the Volcanoes pitcher unleashed a wild pitch to give Eugene the victory...After making three errors earlier in the week, Cordero had a clean game at shortstop. Of Cordero’s 28 errors this year, 16 of them have come in five games where he has three or more errors (he had four in one game)...Bousfield, a fifth round selection out of Ole Miss, is hitting .409/.490/.659 in August.

For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.

AZL Indians 4 - AZL Padres 3 11 innings

Key Statistics:2B/3B Luis Urias 2-3, 2 BB, SB (4); RF Mason Smith 2-4, RBI; DH Rodney Daal 2-4, HR (1), RBI; LHP Alex Constanza 5.0 IP 2 H 2 BB 3 Ks; RHP Max MacNabb (L, 0-4) 1.1 IP 2 H R ER K.

Key Statistics:Big lefty Alex Constanza had his best outing of the year with no runs allowed...Rodney Daal, one of the Padres’ top catching prospects before injuries and a drug suspension hit his first home run in his fifth game back.

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

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