MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: August 28

Cody Decker

Despite having a losing record, Fort Wayne is now tied for the final playoff spot with a four games remaining in the regular season. The bigger story though, everyone won.

El Paso Chihuahuas 8 - Salt Lake Bees 7

Key Statistics: LHP Robbie Erlin 6 IP, 7 H,4 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks; 2B Jace Peterson 3-4, RS, 2 RBI; LF Yeison Asencio 2-5, HR (13), 2 RBI; 1B Cody Decker 1-3, HR (26), 2 RS.

Prospect Watch Make it five home runs in his last seven games for Cody Decker. It has gotten to the point that Old Man (Bill) Center, formerly of the San Diego Union and now a writer for the official Padres blog, is finally taking notice, noting on Twitter that maybe he spoke too soon about Decker getting a call-up. He still doesn’t think he will be promoted on Monday, but at least Decker is doing his best to make it a very tough decision.

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

San Antonio Missions 2 – Midland Rockhounds 1

Key Statistics: RHP Justin Hancock 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks; RF Alex Dickerson 1-3, 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch In possibly his last start of 2014, Justin Hancock made it one to remember. It was the first time all year that Hancock had gone at least six innings without allowing a run. Hancock finishes the year allowing two runs or less in five of his last six starts.

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

Storm 8 – San Jose Giants 5

Key Statistics: RHP Elliot Morris 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 Ks; CF Alberth Martinez 2-5, RS, 2B; DH Dane Phillips 3-5, RS, 3 RBI; 1B Duanel Jones 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch Having already locked up their playoff bid, beating the Giants is just icing on the cake. Dane Phillips continues to rule High A with an on-base percentage of over .350 and a slugging percentage of over .500. He is still a work in progress defensively but if you could somehow combine him with Hedges you have a Top 10 prospect in all of baseball.

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

TinCaps 2– West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Key Statistics: RHP Ronal Herrera 5 IP,3 H, ER, BB, 3 Ks; DH Franmil Reyes 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB; 1B Jake Bauers 1-4, RBI; CF Ronnie Richardson 1-3, HR (4) 4 RBI, BB.

Prospect Watch Not sure how but the TInCaps now find themselves tied for the final playoff spot in the Midwest League with a 60-75 record, but it is happening. How did it happen? The light (power) hitting Ronnie Richardson nailed a grand slam off of rehabbing major leaguer Luke Potkonen in the seventh. Ryan Butler struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save. Butler has a 0.92 ERA on the season.

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

Ems 4 – Vancouver Canadians 2

Key Statistics: RHP Walker Weickel 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; RF Nick Torres 2-4, RS, RBI; LF Yale Rosen 3-4, 2 2B, HR (6), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch The last time that Weickel made it through six innings and allowed two earned runs or less was back on June 9th. It was only the third time all year he accomplished that feat. So hard to see so much talent in someone like Weickel, who still shows reasons why he was a first round pick. Unfortunately, the results have been so inconsistent it is painful.

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

AZL Padres 6 – AZL Rangers 4

Key Statistics: RHP Manuel Gonzalez 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, K; CF Rod Boykin 2-4, 2 2B, RS, RBI; C Ricardo Valenzuela 2-3, 3B,2 RS.

Prospect Watch: Rod Boykin, a twelfth round prep pick out of Alabama last year, battled injuries at the beginning of the year and has only played in 21 games hitting .266/.300./391 with five stolen bases in six attempts. But if he can get healthy and put on some weight in the off-season he could show flashes of when he hit .397/.486/.429 last July.

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

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