MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 5

Peterson last year in Lake Elsinore

El Paso, San Antonio and Lake Elsinore all win while Fort Wayne has a tough night. Some very good starts by Rico Noel, Jace Peterson and Alberth Martiniez in the first three games.

Chihuahuas 2 - Reno Aces 0

Key Statistics: CF Rico Noel 2-4, 2B; RF Travis Buck 2-4; C Adam Moore 2-4 P Jason Lane 1-2, BB; LHP Jason Lane (W, 1-0) 6.0 IP 5 H 0 R 0 ER; RHP Kevin Quackenbush(S,2) 1.0 IP H 2 Ks.

Prospect Watch: Lane may be one of the most interesting stories in the Padres' minors this season. At 37, after a six year career as a major league outfielder, Lane is working his way back through the minors, including stints in the Independent Leagues, as a pitcher and pinch-hitter. A lefty that can start and relieve - and even hit a little- is going to have some value somewhere...CF Rico Noel is off to a very nice start hitting .455 in his first three games.

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

Missions 6 - Springfield Cardinals 3

Key Statistics SS Jace Peterson 2-5; LF Kyle Gaedele 2-4, HR(1); 1B Bridger Hunt 3-4, 2B; RHP Devin Jones (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP 6 H 3 R 2 ER 4 BB K; RHP Johnny Barbato (S, 2) 1.0 IP .

Prospect Watch: For those of you following at home here are Jace Peterson's numbers after the first three games .600/.692/.1000. He had some peaks and valleys in Lake Elsinore last year but Peterson is also a better player than many minor league pundits believe....Gaedele is another premium athlete that is starting to become a much better baseball player....Jones pitched well enough to win, but is going to need to become a little more efficient. All reports indicate, he has a very good fastball.

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

Storm 8 - Lancaster Jethawks 7

Key Statistics CF Alberth Martiniez 3-5 2B; 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-4; 2B Diego Goris 2-5, 2B; LF Luis Domoromo 2-5, 2B; DH Corey Adamson 2-4, 2B; RHP Colin Rea 2.1 IP 6 H 5 R 5 ER 2 BB 3 Ks; RHP Cody Hebner (W, 1-0) 2 BB K; RHP Travis Gott (S, 1)1.0 IP H R.

Prospect Watch: A big win for the Storm coming back from a five run deficit. Quintana's home run put them within one and Adamson's double in the eighth put them over the top...Martiniez has six hits in his first 12 at-bats this season, four of them for extra-bases...A tough outing for Colin Rea, although Lancaster may be one of the worst places to pitch in all of professional baseball.

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

Great Lakes Loons 13 - TinCaps 4

Key Statistics: 2B Fernando Perez 2-4, 2B; C Ryan Miller 2-4; SS Josh Van Meter 1-4, BB; RHP Pete Kelich (L, 0-1) 4.1 IP 7 H 6 R 5 ER 5 Ks.

Prospect Watch Last year Pete Kelich had a great year for the AZL Padres going 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA and notably only walked a single batter against 69 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched. He only had one bad outing where he gave up more than two earned runs. Hopefully this will be his only one for the TinCaps as he blew up in the fifth inning of his Midwest League debut...A nice start by Josh VanMeter over the first three games with a .364 average. VanMeter has the ability to play both short and second...Remember this is a very young team that is going to go through some ups and down, especially in the first month.

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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