Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: Nearing Playoff Time

September 3, 2017

PLAYOFF BOUND: Fort Wayne TinCaps: The Fort Wayne TinCaps, who are 42-27 in the second half of the season, clinched a playoff berth this week as well as home field advantage in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. After going 26-44 in the first half, Fort Wayne’s young ballclub gelled together and has played some brilliant baseball in the last couple of months. Fort Wayne will face the…


Down on the Farm: August 21-Potts Continues Hitting Tear

August 21, 2017

DSL Padres (23-43): 4-0 loss vs DSL Reds AZL Padres (23-23): 5-1 loss vs AZL Royals AZL Padres 2 (26-19): 6-3 loss vs AZL Rangers Tri Ciy Dust Devils (35-29): 1-0 loss vs Spokane Fort Wayne TinCaps (61-66): 5-2 loss vs Great Lakes Lake Elsinore Storm (58-69): OFF San Antonio Missions (71-54): OFF El Paso Chihuahuas (64-65): 9-6 loss @ Tacoma Key Performers: RHP Martin Carrasco (5.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER,…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Review August 14-20- Urias, Avila, Ruiz & Potts

August 20, 2017

Franchy Cordero– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-24, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 12 TB Week after week, Franchy Cordero continues to hit, as this marks the third straight week he has been mentioned in the Weekly Review. However, Cordero also continues to strike out, now at a 29 percent rate for the season. That’s clearly better than his near 45 percent strikeout rate in the big…


TinCaps Batter the Loons 18-5

August 18, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana After four and a half innings of back-and-forth baseball, the TinCaps broke open the game after the midway point, scoring 13 runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings for an eventual 18-5 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, the first three TinCaps batters loaded the bases with two walks and a single. After a visit…


Down on the Farm: August 15- Hudson Potts Has Big Night in Loss

August 15, 2017

  The San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-4 on Tuesday. The AZL 2 team did not play. In El Paso, the Chihuahuas were victorious 4-2, behind right-handed pitcher Chris Huffman. He was able to contain the Albuquerque Isotopes by allowing just one run in five and a third innings pitched. El Paso got out to a quick 3-0 lead after four innings and was able to hold off a late…


Hudson Potts Homers in 6-3 Loss & Michel Baez Shows He is Human

August 13, 2017

  Fort Wayne, Indiana On Sunday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods exposed the TinCaps’ Michel Baez as a mere mortal. Dominating in his first five starts, Baez struggled more than usual in the 6-3 loss. Baez compiled five wins and a 0.74 ERA in his first five starts, but the Hot Rods tagged him for six hits and five runs through five innings of work. Baez also struck out five,…


Down on the Farm: August 10: Reggie Lawson Bounces Back

August 11, 2017

Josh Naylor– 1B, Double-A, San Antonio Missions 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R In a lot of ways, first baseman Josh Naylor is a prototypical first baseman without being a prototypical first baseman. Sure, Naylor has the big build and bat-first nature of what would be considered a common first baseman. However, Naylor’s hit tool is currently more advanced than his power tool, which makes him irregular. Currently, Naylor…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Review July 31-August 6- Baez, Potts, Ruiz & Gore

August 6, 2017

Franchy Cordero– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 5-17, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 8 TB There may be a logjam in the outfield in San Diego, but Franchy Cordero has been doing just about everything in his power to force a call-up back to San Diego. Since being demoted back to the minor leagues following the return of Manuel Margot at the end of June, Cordero has…


Hudson Potts Interview: 18-year-old is Learning Ropes of Pro Ball

July 23, 2017

When you are 18 and getting paid to play baseball, the question of maturity is one on the tip’s of people’s tongues. Such is the case for a young Texan finding his way in pro ball in the upper Midwest. Hudson Potts, a first-round selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (24th overall) out of powerhouse Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, is providing an answer to…


Down on the Farm: July 5

July 6, 2017

Zach Lee– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 6 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K It may be time to admit that Zach Lee is just not going to work out for the San Diego Padres. When the Padres signed him to a minor league contract this last off-season, the hope was that Lee could finally put it all together and perhaps give the team some big league…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Review June 12-19

June 18, 2017

Rafael Ortega- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-23, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 16 TB I know Ortega is a 26-year-old minor league free agent playing in Triple-A, but he has been pretty impressive so far this season. Over the last 10 days, Ortega has collected 15 hits, including two home runs and four doubles. If the Padres experience further injuries in the big league outfield, Ortega seems…