El Paso Chihuahuas
Dinelson Lamet 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Fresh off a 13-strikeout performance in just 5.1 IP, Lamet outdid himself. Lamet only struck out nine on Tuesday night, but a four hit, seven inning shutout got the job done. Lamet has now given up just one earned run over his first 20 innings, good for a 0.45 ERA. Lamet is striking out just under 35 percent of batters while walking only 11 percent. There are not enough superlatives to describe how good Lamet has been this season. If this continues, he could find his way to San Diego very soon.
Another night of sheer domination on the mound for DINELSON LAMET:
— Eric O’Brien (@OBrienCBS4) April 26, 2017
Jamie Romak 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R
Another day, another home run for Jamie Romak– his seventh in the last nine games. It seems like every year there is at least one player that goes on an amazing hot streak at El Paso. Last year was Austin Hedges, this year is Romak. It remains to be seen whether Romak can turn this hot streak into a big league job, but he has certainly been impressive.
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) April 26, 2017
San Antonio Missions
Enyel De Los Santos 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
After two strong six-inning outings to begin the season for the Missions, De Los Santos has struggled over his last two outings. He has only thrown 7.2 innings over those last two outings and given up five earned runs. While these starts don’t look too bad on paper, the biggest issue for De Los Santos has been pitch count. In his last start before Tuesday, he threw 77 pitches in only three innings. Last night, he threw 91 pitches and couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. It’s still early in the season, but De Los Santos needs to show more consistency if he wants to make the eventual move to Triple-A and someday become a big league starter.
Brad Wieck 2 IP, 0 BB, 3 K
After a great year split between the Storm and Missions last year, Wieck has built off that strong performance with a solid start to this season with the Missions. If Wieck continues to put on a strong performance in Double-A, then he could see a big league opportunity sooner rather than later.
Lake Elsinore Storm
Joey Lucchesi 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Another start, another strong outing for Storm left-hander, Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi has now thrown 21 innings and given up only two earned runs. Over his last three starts, Lucchesi has given up just eight hits and he has struck out 21 batters. However, Lucchesi has walked eight batters on the season, which makes his start last night even more encouraging. After a strong start to his professional career last season, with a 1.35 ERA over 40 innings in short season ball, Lucchesi is proving himself at Lake Elsinore.
Zech Lemond 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
After struggling through two straight years at Lake Elsinore and struggling in a short stint with the San Antonio Missions last year, Lemond has looked much improved back at Lake Elsinore. With how many strong pitching prospects the Storm have on the roster, Lemond has been moved to the bullpen to start this year. So far, he has shown strong improvements. He has thrown 9.2 innings on the year and has given up only two earned runs while striking out 16. The bullpen may just be where Lemond fits long-term.
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Jesse Scholtens 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
After a strong start to his season, Scholtens had some struggles on Tuesday night. After giving up just four earned runs over his first 18 innings, Scholtens doubled up his earned run total on Tuesday night. However, the start is more of a blip on the radar than anything else, and he should be able to bounce back his next time out.