MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: May 5

Erlin deals in his return to minors

Kalian Sams had as impressive a debut for the organization as he could have hoped, blasting a pair of homers for San Antonio. In Tucson, Robbie Erlin rolled through five strong innings as he returned to the minors. But there wasn't much else to see anywhere in the system.

Tucson Padres 6 Salt Lake City Bees 1

Key Statistics: LF Travis Buck 2-5, HR, 3RBI; 3B Jonathan Galvez 3-4, R, SB(7), CS(2); LHP Robbie Erlin 5 IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Robbie Erlin turned in his strongest performance of the season as he returned to the Tucson rotation. The lefty worked five shutout innings, giving up only a pair of singles and one hit batter. Erlin, who had two one-inning appearances for the big club, was limited to only 56 pitches as he got back to work in Triple-A. … Lefty reliever Colt Hynes continued his stellar start to the year, working a scoreless frame while recording two more strikeouts. The 27-year-old started the season in San Antonio, but earned a promotion after 10 outings in which he gave up only one run. He's kept things rolling since joining the Tucson staff, tossing 3.1 more scoreless innings. In all, he's struck out 23 hitters and has not issued a walk in his 15.2 innings this spring, and is definitely a candidate to join the big club if they need another lefty bullpen arm. … Jonathan Galvez collected three singles on Sunday. The 22-year-old infielder had been mired in a 3-for-31 slump coming into the contest.

For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star

Corpus Christi Hooks 7 San Antonio Missions 3

Key Statistics: DH Kalian Sams 2-3, 2HR (2), HBP; RHP Keyvius Sampson 4IP, 4H, 3ER, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Welcome to the organization, Kalian Sams! The 26-year-old Dutch slugger was released by the Mariners at the end of spring training after playing in the system for six years. The stocky right-hander has struck out in 36% of his professional plate appearances, but when he hits the ball, it goes a long way. Sams blasted a homer to left center in his first at-bat for the Missions, then came back with a solo shot in the seventh to represent all the Missions' offense. … Keyvius Sampson needed 77 pitches to labor through four innings. Though he only walked one batter, he was consistently deep in counts and continues to struggle with both control and command. The 22-year-old has yet to make it through five innings at either Double-A or Triple-A this year.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News

Inland Empire 66'ers 4 Lake Elsinore Storm 2

Key Statistics: 2B Corey Spangenberg 2-4, 3B(2), HR(2); RHP Matt Wisler 5IP, 6H, 4ER, 5K, 2BB, HBP, Balk

Prospect Watch: Cory Spangenberg slid into the top of the lineup for the first time all year, and apparently enjoyed the experience. The 2011 first-rounder hit a leadoff homer to put the Storm ahead ever-so-briefly, then came back with a triple in the seventh inning that set up Elsinore's only other run. Twenty nine percent of the left-handed swinger's hits have gone for extra bases, a marked improvement from his 20 percent rate last season. … Matt Wisler had his first hiccup on the mound for the year, giving up four runs over his five innings of work. While he still recorded five strikeouts, the hard-throwing righty got the ball up too often on Sunday and was tagged for four extra-base hits. With the performance, he slides to fifth in the Cal League 2ith a 2.03 ERA.

Peoria Chiefs 1 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: DH Jeremy Baltz 2-4; RHP Ruben Mejia 5IP, 4H 1ER, 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were completely shut down by Cardinals prospect Tyrell Jenkins, who needed only 97 pitches for a complete game shutout. Jeremy Baltz had a pair of singles, representing the bulk of the Ft. Wayne offense. … Ruben Mejia was the tough-luck loser, giving up one run in five innings. The 21-year-old Dominican cruised through the first four innings before getting into a bit of trouble in the fifth. After starting the year in the bullpen, Sunday was the first time the righty made it through five.

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

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