Prospect Watch: The first applicant to take Stults' rotation spot is Juan Pablo Oramas. The 23 year-old southpaw, has pitched brilliantly in his last two starts. While Oramas might not have the build of a top prospect, he embodies the Chihuahua persona. He is vicious on the mound, comes right after hitters, and generates plenty of swing and misses. Oramas outdueled fellow lefty and former Padre, Randy Wolf. Wolf went six innings allowing four earned runs while striking out seven.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 2 – Tulsa Drillers 1
Prospect Watch: The next two candidates to replace Stults both come from San Antonio. Matt Wisler was MadFriars' top pitching prospect to begin the season and hasn't quite pitched up to the billing. He was once again shaky in the first inning, loading the bases with one out, but escaped the jam and pitched with little trouble the rest of the game. Wisler looks like he is finally recovered from the brutal outing against Cleveland at the end of spring… Jesse Hahn has still not allowed a run this season over 7.2 innings. He is holding right handers to a stellar .133 batting average. He pitched less than eight innings midway through April it will be interesting to see how much longer the Padres keep piggy-backing him with Wisler. Hahn only threw 69 innings last year, but you have to imagine the Padres want to get him at least close to 100… Check out this great grab by Spangenberg.
Storm 5 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0
Prospect Watch: A long shot candidate to replace Stults… 2012 draft pick Zach Eflin. After getting blasted in the hitters haven that is High Desert, Eflin returned to form. On a night when the wind was blowing fiercly out to right field, Eflin was able to keep the ball on the ground or made them hit it to leftfield. During the middle innings Eflin also had struck out five of six batters… Renfroe is a beast. If he makes contact it goes a long way. By adding two more extra base hits tonight, more than fifty percent of Renfroe's hits have gone for extra-bases. The only problem is that it is an if he makes contact, as Renfroe has now struck out a Cal League leading 19th time in 12 games.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 2 – Burlington Bees 4 (7 innings)
Prospect Watch: Unfortunately De Horta is not a candidate to replace Stults, at least not for another few years. However there was one candidate…weather. The game started at a sizzling 41 degrees, and then quickly dropped. By the middle of the game it started snowing, with a windchill factor hovering around zero. Native Indianan Josh VanMeter had two hits, everyone else… not so much. By comparison it was 83 degrees in Franmil Reyes' hometown of San Cristobal. Welcome to the Midwest.
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.