Padres Prospect Report: August 9, 2009

Will Startup

Aaron Poreda has a rough start in Portland while Chad Huffman continues his tear. Corey Kluber suffers a rough loss. James Darnell hits a game winner in the ninth. Dexter Carter is money in a win. Nick Greenwood in relief means a loss. Will Startup and Jeudy Valdez are back, and Pedro Hernandez is golden while the offense breaks out.

Portland (49-66) lost 6-4 to Round Rock (Astros)

Aaron Poreda took his first loss in the Pacific Coast League, giving up five runs on six hits and five walks with a wild pitch and a hit batsman across 3.1 innings. The left-hander tossed 80 pitches, striking out four. Poreda also committed an error. It is the 10th time across four leagues that Poreda has walked three or more in a game and the third time he has walked five. He has given up five runs in successive starts with the Beavers.

Chad Huffman went yard for the second straight game, hitting his 17th homer in the first inning, a two-run blast. The outfielder had three hits on the night, scoring twice. Huffman has gone deep three times in his last four games and has three multi-hit games over that span, going 9-for-13 with five extra base hits and nine RBI. He is hitting over .250 for the season for just the second time since June 17 when he was hitting .252.

San Antonio (18-26, 57-56) lost 4-2 to Frisco (Rangers)

Craig Cooper went 3-for-4, belting his 27th double and driving in his 73rd run of the season. He is tied for fourth in the circuit in two-baggers and his .404 on-base percentage stands second in the Texas League. He also stands fourth with 128 hits. Cooper has recorded at least six doubles in every month. After hitting .260 during June and .230 during the month of July, Cooper is hitting .324 across eight games during August.

Corey Kluber suffered his second Texas League loss, giving up two runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two across five innings. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five starts but has earned just one win to his credit. Kluber has given up a homer in three straight games – the first time he has suffered that fate across two leagues this year.

Lake Elsinore (21-23, 60-54) won 3-2 over High Desert (Mariners)

Aaron Breit went six innings in a no-decision, allowing two runs on seven hits, a plunked batsman and a walk while striking out three and notching 13 ground ball outs. Breit has allowed two runs or less in four straight games but has not earned a victory in any of those outings. Breit has struck out 100 across 87.1 innings in a mix of relief and starting. He has a 3.11 ERA across nine starts.

James Darnell sent the Storm home happy with a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. He also drew a walk and scored twice. The third baseman has extended his hitting streak to 13 games and his on base streak to 30 games. Darnell has a .437 on-base percentage during the streak with nine homers. He is tied with Matt Clark for the system lead in homers with 18. Darnell has eight extra base hits in his last nine games.

Fort Wayne (32-10, 77-36 won 4-0 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Dexter Carter picked up his first win in the system, tossing scoreless ball across 6.2 innings. He yielded three hits and walked a pair while striking out six and netting nine ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. The right-hander has held left-handed hitters to two hits in 12 at-bats since joining Fort Wayne.

Brayden Drake hit his third homer in Midwest League play, netting a pair of hits and three RBI while scoring a run. The third baseman entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats. Five of his 12 hits this season have gone for extra bases. Drake is hitting .308 with runners on base but has a .095 with the bases empty.

Eugene (21-28) lost 9-7 to Everett (Mariners)

Matt Vern reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He went 3-for-3 with a walk, smacking his third homer, scoring a pair of runs and adding three RBI. Vern also added his fourth outfield assist of the season, gunning down a runner at second base. Vern has notched successive three-hit games and has scored four runs in his last two games with four RBI. He is 8-for-15 over his last four games with two walks.

Nick Greenwood made his first relief appearance of the year in a tie game with two runners on base. One of those inherited runners would score to record a blown, as the southpaw allowed two runs on four hits over an inning of work, giving up a two-run homer in the ninth to take his first loss. The homer was the first he has surrendered all year. Six of the seven extra base hits he has given up have been to right-handed hitters, including the homer.

Ty Wright had a pair of hits in four at-bats, recording his first triple in the Northwest League and adding two RBI out of the nine-hole in the lineup. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has successive multi-hit contests and three during the streak, going 10-for-29 to raise his average from .115 to .236.

AZL Padres (6-6, 19-21) won 16-1 over AZL Rangers

Jeudy Valdez, on a rehab assignment with the AZL Padres after fracturing his wrist while with Fort Wayne, batted leadoff where he went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. The second baseman also stole a bag before being replaced in the sixth. Valdez hit .212 across 49 games with Fort Wayne prior to the injury suffered in early June. He notched 14 extra base hits and scored 25 runs while stealing 11 bases in 14 attempts.

Will Startup was back on the hill for the first time since September 15 while pitching for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. He worked one inning, giving up two hits, including a solo homer, while fanning three. The left-hander allowed one earned run over 12.2 innings in that league, striking out nine after being acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2007 for Royce Ring. Startup went 0-0 with a 4.66 with Triple-A Portland after the trade, allowing 13 hits and 11 walks in 19.1 innings while fanning 16.

Pedro Hernandez blanked the opposition over six innings, yielding four hits, not walking a batter and striking out a season high eight. The left-hander also recorded eight ground ball outs. It marked the first time this season across two leagues that he has worked more than four innings. Hernandez had surrendered at least four runs in all four of his previous starts, coming into the game with an 11.48 ERA as a starter.

Cameron Monger reached base four times to snap a 0-for-10 skid. He went 3-for-4 with a walk, scoring twice and connecting on his fourth triple of the year and second in his last five games. Monger had been in a 4-for-23 skid coming into play before netting his sixth game of the season with three or more hits. Monger also swiped a pair of bases, including a steal of home on a double steal to give him 19 in 22 attempts to take over the Arizona Rookie League lead. Monger was replaced in the eighth inning of the blowout.

DSL Padres (22-38) had a scheduled day off

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