MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 5

Frank Garces stepped up in his Cal League debut

Going into the year this year, the MadFriars consensus was that pitching is a strength at each level. For the second night in a row, starters at each level turned in impressive performances with Frank Garces leading the way in Elsinore.

Salt Lake City Bees 2 Tucson Padres 1

Key Statistics: 1B Blanks 1-4, 2B, RBI, 3K; 2B Galvez 0-3, BB, R, 2K; RF J Decker 1-3, BB, K; RHP O'Sullivan 5IP 2H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB;

Prospect Watch: With the big league rotation scuffling early, Sean O'Sullivan turned in a solid performance in the hitter's haven that is Salt Lake City. The righty struck out five and gave up just two hits over five innings. …Kyle Blanks gave the T-Pads a 1-0 lead with a booming double to center in the first, which plated Jonathan Galvez. The big slugger then struck out in each of his next three plate appearances, including a 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning.

Tulsa Drillers 2 San Antonio Missions 1

Key Statistics: LHP Jose De Paula 5IP, 5H, 0R, 3K, 0BB; RF Reymond Fuentes 3-6, RBI 2 2B, 2 SB; LF Everett Williams 0-2, 3BB

Prospect Watch: Jose De Paula, making his first official appearance in the US since 2011, worked five scoreless innings. The 23-year-old lefty allowed five hits while striking out three. …Leadoff man Reymond Fuentes, playing right field in deference to Rico Noel's defense, collected a pair of opposite-field doubles. The "other" piece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal has been too pull-happy in the past. More nights like this would mark an important change for a guy who is still just 22 years old. …Matt Stites struck out a pair in his inning of work and, after a somewhat choppy ninth inning, Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the 10th. Missions fans can expect a lot of that over the 2013 season.

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

Lake Elsinore Storm 6 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2

Key Statistics: 2B Cory Spangenberg 3-4, BB, 2B, 4SB; LF Kyle Gadaele 2-4, 2HR; RF Yeison Asencio 2-5, HR; LHP Garces 5IP, 3H, 2ER, 9K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: For the second night in a row, 2011 first round pick Cory Spangenberg did exactly what the club hoped for. The lefty-hitting second baseman sprayed the ball around at the plate, collecting three hits, and then caused havoc on the bases. The 22-year-old swiped four bags, including taking third base two different occasions. ...Kyle Gaedele was a popular pick among the player development staff for a breakout this year. The big outfielder reworked his swing at instructs last fall and was mashing the ball in camp this spring. ...Frank Garces led the DSL in strikeouts in 2011, but did not show the same ability to close hitters out in Fort Wayne last year. That makes his nine strikeout – with no walks – performance to open his Cal League campaign all the more impressive. ...Cody Hebner's debut as a closer wound up being a non-save situation because the Storm pushed across an extra run in the ninth inning. But the righty still turned in a perfect frame to finish out his first game.

Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6 Great Lakes Loons 2

Key Statistics: LF Alberth Martinez 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB; DH Jeremy Baltz 2-4, RBI; C Rodney Daal 2-4; LHP Fried 4IP, 1H, 1ER, 5K, 4BB, WP; RHP Mejia 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Max Fried's full-season debut got off to a slightly wild start as the club's first-round pick last season walked three, uncorked a wild pitch and gave up a single in the first inning. But with the bases loaded and one out, he gathered himself, struck out a pair, and then rolled from there. The lefty gave up just one walk after the first, and promptly picked off fellow first-rounder Corey Seager to undo the damage. …Alberth Martinez, trying to bounce back from a brutal 2012, hit a two-run triple as part of the TinCaps' six run ninth inning. The 22-year-old Venezuelan managed just a .399 OPS in the Midwest League before he headed back to extended spring training in 2012.

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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