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Morning Report: Padres fall short by four field goals

On these Fridays I’ll try to just post all of the links I’ve found from the week for Padre baseball and their minor league affiliates.

Big League Banter

-San Diego lost a 15-3 nailbiter Thursday in Arizona in a game in which noted non-pitcher Erick Aybar was the team’s best pitcher in the game. Just another day following Padre baseball!

Darklighter from Gaslamp Ball had some thoughts:

“When it’s done right, baseball is a majestic game, filled with moments that pierce through decades of hazy memories that age like a fine wine. When it’s done wrong, like the Padres did today, those moments age about as well as a binge drinking frat party.”

-Are the Padres really in the mix to sign Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Otani when he becomes available? The Union-Tribune’s Dennis Lin follows up on Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan’s article about the teams vying for Otani and Lin says the Padres “should be considered unlikely to be in the final mix for the world’s most coveted perhaps-soon-to-be free agent.”

-From Monday, ESPN’s MLB power rankings through 9 weeks:

ESPN saw San Diego’s five-game winning streak last week and moved the Padres from dead last all the way up to…second-to-last! Christina Kahrl noted the team had a nine-game stretch recently with a record of 7-2 and pitching staff ERA of 3.12 and wondered if the sweep of the Cubs will end up being the highlight of the season. Spoiler alert: probably!

Friars on the Farm

-AAA El Paso came back from a 4-2 deficit with a run on a Christian Villanueva homer in the 8th and two in the 9th via RBI singles by River Stevens and Rafael Ortega to win 5-4. Bryan Rodriguez had a quality start with 3 earned in 6 innings, Keith Hessler picked up the win with 1 run in 2 innings, and Phil Maton got his 13th save of the season with a scoreless 9th.

-AA San Antonio had MLB rehabber Christian Friedrich on the mound and he was spotted to a 4-0 lead through 2 innings but then gave it all back plus one with a 5-run 3rd inning. Maybe a good time to plug my article On Tanking? The Missions tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd, but a run in the 5th was the difference in a 6-5 loss. Jerry Keel gave up that last run but was solid in a 5-inning, 1-run mop-up duty appearance and has a 1.02 ERA through his first 17.2 innings at AA. 3B Ty France and SS Jose Rondon were the only Missions with multi-hit games.

-High-A Lake Elsinore’s pitching was typically stellar with Jacob Nix pitching 7 innings of 1-run ball with 7 K’s and no walks, followed by two scoreless innings by the bullpen. The Storm scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th, with RF Edwin Moreno’s 2-run triple making the difference in a 3-1 win.

-The Lake Elsinore Storm’s annual “GEEKend” started last night with Cosplay Night, continues tonight with Superhero Night and culminates Saturday night with Star Wars Night, featuring a “Dark Lord” Storm hat giveaway. If you come to Lake Elsinore this weekend for some quality minor league baseball and bring and old video games, consoles or accessories, you’ll leave with some free Storm tickets.

-Low-A Fort Wayne put up a 6-spot in the fourth inning on its way to a 7-3 win. RF and top 2016 Cuban position player signee Jorge Ona had the lone multi-hit performance in the game. Hansel Rodriguez got the win on the mound in a 5-inning, 3-run effort.

-Fangraphs’ lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen checked in Wednesday on Lake Elsinore’s RHP Cal Quantrill:

Longenhagen describes the Padres’ 2016 first-rounder as having a fastball in the “mid-90s with a plus changeup and fringey breaking ball that projects to average and should play at a higher level than that once his command totally matures.”

-Baseball Prospectus’ Steve Givarz wrote (subscription required) Wednesday about Double-A RHP Michael Kelly:

After a 6-inning, 1-run, 8-K start, Givarz writes about Kelly’s work with P3 Performance in St. Louis to regain lost velocity.

-Baseball America named Lake Elsinore CF Michael Gettys to its weekly Prospect Hot Sheet of top performers in the minor leagues thanks to his four-homer week, including three in one game.

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