MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: September 1

Josh VanMeter

The TinCaps win again to reach the playoffs on the back of an unlikely homer, while Cody Decker and Hunter Renfroe go deep in the upper half of the system.

Chihuahuas 10 - Salt Lake City Bees 4

Key Statistics: 3B Jace Peterson 2-3, BB, R; RF Yeison Asencio 3-4, 2B, HR (5), 3 RBI; 1B Cody Decker 1-4, HR (27), 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Decker finishes the year on a tear, blasting 13 homers over the final month of the season. Will the surge be enough to overcome the shortcomings including his 30 percent K rate, or is he destined to follow in Matt Clark’s powerful footsteps? … Asencio finishes a triple short of the cycle, capping a strong cameo appearance in the PCL. With a 40-man roster crunch coming this winter, it will be interesting to watch what the club does with the soon-to-be 25-year-old. … A pair of pitchers capped what can only be deemed a colossally disappointing year with one scoreless frame of mop-up relief each. Keyvius Sampson, struck out a pair and walked one more, finishing the season with 68 free passes in 91.2 innings. Donn Roach, who spent the first two months of 2014 with the big club, doesn’t appear to be getting a return trip for September after an awful 44/40 K/BB ratio in 77 innings for El Paso.

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

San Antonio 4 – Corpus Christi Hooks 8

Key Statistics: LF Hunter Renfroe 1-3, HR (5), BB, 2K, SB;

Prospect Watch: Hunter had a “three true outcomes” day, depositing his first homer since July 27, around a walk and a pair of strikeouts. The 2013 first-rounder finishes his first full campaign with an 812 OPS across two levels and 134 strikeouts in 567 plate appearances. … After giving up only one run in 10 August appearances after a stint on the DL, Adys Portillo walked four hitters in 2/3 of an inning, ultimately getting charged with four runs in the process. Might the big righty make a return trip to the AFL? Will the club protect him from this year’s Rule 5?

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

Storm 2 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 in 10

Key Statistics: CF Mallex Smith 1-3, 2B, Sac; LF Jeremy Baltz 1-4, HR (12); RHP Jose De Paula 7IP, 4H, 2 ER, 8K, 3BB

Prospect Watch: De Paula turned in his most tantalizing start since his system debut, striking out eight Quakes over a season-high seven innings of work. The big Dominican righty finishes his eight game Cal League performance with 41 Ks in 42.2 innings, but an alarming 1.50 WHIP. … Jeremy Baltz, the second-rounder from 2012, at least finished his lost season with a bang. The outfielder hit his third homer in as many days, but even with the last surge he finishes with a 751 OPS. … The Storm open their three-game playoff series against Inland Empire at home on Wednesday.

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

TinCaps 4 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 0

Key Statistics: 2B Josh VanMeter 2-4, HR (3), 4RBI; SS Trea Turner 2-4, 2B, SB (14), HBP; RHP Ronald Herrera 5IP, 2H, 6K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Needing a win to clinch a playoff spot (despite their sub-.500 record), the TinCaps got their third consecutive stellar starting pitching performance. Ronald Herrera allowed only two runners to reach base and finished with six Ks. … The offense did nothing to back the 19-year-old Venezuelan, but Josh VanMeter picked a great time to collect his fourth professional homer, blasting a three-run shot in the seventh inning. The Indiana native showed some solid skills in June and July in particular, but really struggled coming down the stretch. It will be interesting to see what his role is in 2015 – and if he can add some mass over the winter. … The TinCaps head to a three-game series against West Michigan which begins Wednesday.

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

Hillsboro Hops 7 - Emeralds 3

Key Statistics: SS Mitchell Morales 1-3, 2B, RBI; RHP Bryan Verbitsky 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Not with a bang, but a whimper. The Ems managed only three hits en route to a season-ending loss. Mitchell Morales had the club’s only extra-base hit, an RBI double. … For the third time in his last six appearances, erstwhile closer Bryan Verbitsky recorded all three outs via the K. The Hofstra product finishes the year with 42 strikeouts in 27 innings of relief after an uninspired turn in the rotation for Ft. Wayne early in the year.

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

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

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