Down on the Farm: 4-23 (Michel Baez Makes 2018 Debut)

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It was a great day for Padres minor league baseball, as all four teams had games televised on MiLB TV.

Michel Baez made his debut at the High Single-A level and Luis Perdomo made his first start for the Chihuahuas.

There was plenty of action at each level as the affiliates went 3-1 on the night.

Here is a rundown on Monday, with some video as well:

El Paso Chihuahuas (14-5) Won 6-3

Luis Perdomo made his first start of the 2018 season in the minor leagues and was pretty successful. The right-handed pitcher scattered four hits and three walks in his seven innings, only allowing two earned runs to score. He gave up a solo homer run to 51s second baseman Ty Kelly in the seventh or his numbers would have looked even better. Travis Jankowski had a great night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and a homer. The center fielder is hitting .303 on the season now for El Paso.

Luis Perdomo- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (93 pitches- 58 strikes)

Travis Jankowski– (3-3) HR, 2b, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, BB

Javier Guerra- (1-4) HR, RBI, Run

Brett Nicholas– (1-4) 2b, K

Trey Wingenter– 1 IP, H, ER (14 pitches- 7 strikes)

San Antonio Missions (10-7) Won 2-0

The Missions are starting to get strong pitching once again from their bullpen. After having one of the strongest bullpens of the Texas League last year, the team is getting dominant performances once again from the relief corps. On Monday, Miguel Diaz started the game for San Antonio and was relieved by Erik Johnson (who got the win), Matt Strahm, Rowan Wick, and Brad Wieck (who earned the save). The only offense on the night for San Antonio was two solo home runs off the bats of Kyle Overstreet and Michael Gettys. Fernando Tatis had a tough game as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The RoughRiders even issued an intentional walk to Josh Naylor to pitch to Tatis with two men out (he grounded out to second in the at-bat). Tatis will improve. Keep the faith.

Miguel Diaz– 4 IP, 1 H, 5 K (50 pitches-36 strikes)

Matt Strahm– 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB (14 pitches-7 strikes)

Kyle Overstreet– (1-3) HR, RBI, Run

Michael Gettys– (1-3) HR, RBI, Run

Fernando Tatis– (0-4) 3 K

Lake Elsinore Storm (8-11) Lost 2-0

Michel Baez made his 2018 debut for the Storm and looked good on the mound. His velocity was at 92-93 with the fastball, which was a little lower than his norm, but he was making his debut in 2018 after battling some nagging injuries during the spring. The big right-hander was able to showcase most of his pitches, and the velocity should increase in time. Lake Bachar relieved Baez and pitched well, going three innings and only allowing one run to score. Hector Olivares was the hitting star as the center fielder went 2-for-4 with a double. The Storm batters struck out 11 times on the night as Hudson Potts and Buddy Reed each had multiple K’s.

Michel Baez- 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (83 pitches- 46 strikes)

Lake Bachar– 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB. 1 K (44 pitches- 28 strikes)

Hudson Potts–  (0-4) 4 K

Hector Olivares- (2-4) 2b, 1 K

Kelvin Melean– (1-1) 2 BB

Fort Wayne TinCaps (7-11) Won 3-1

The TinCaps were victorious 3-1 in Michigan against Great Lakes. Nick Margevicius was on the mound and was unusually wild. I watched most of the game and he was being squeezed a little bit by the home plate umpire, so don’t look too much into the five free passes. The TinCaps were able to scratch together three runs on five hits. Luis Campusano and Tirso Ornelas were the hitting stars for the TinCaps. Caleb Boushley was very effective in relief of Margevicius as he went 3.2 scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.31. Travis Radke earned the save using plenty of deception and spin on the ball. The 25-year-old is an elder statesman in the Mid West League, so it is pleasant seeing him reach a certain amount of success.

Luis Campusano– (2-4) 2b, 2 RBI

Tirso Ornelas– (1-4) 2b

Caleb Boushley– 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K (42 pitches- 31 strikes)

Nick Margevicius- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K (91 pitches- 55 strikes)

Gabriel Arias– (1-4) K

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4 years ago

re: “Nick Margevicius was on the mound and was unusually wild” … I hope he learns from this outing … let’s see how he responds to “the squeeze” … he’s a very intriguing prospect …

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