Padres Down on the Farm: May 5 (Martorella 2 homers, 5 RBIs for FW/Snelling dominant for LE/Teheran wins in EP)


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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-2 on Friday. The Missions played a doubleheader.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 7-4) (14-17 on the season)

Alfonso Rivas– (2-for-4) 2B, Run, RBI

Tim Lopes– (1-for-4) HR, Run, 2 RBIs, K

Jose Iglesias– (1-for-2) Run, RBI, BB, K

Julio Teheran– 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K (90 pitches- 54 strikes)


The El Paso Margaritas took the field on Friday night and were victorious against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Julio Teheran, who recently re-signed with the Padres, took the mound, and the veteran pitched well. The right-handed pitcher went five innings, striking out seven batters and allowing two earned runs. Michele Baez pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Ray Kerr earned his second save of the season, pitching the ninth for El Paso.

Tim Lopes continues to hit well, as the veteran infielder went deep in four at-bats and now has six on the season for the Chihuahuas. Jose Iglesias continues to play well in the PCL as the veteran shortstop went 1-for-2 and is hitting .333 on the season. Alfonso Rivas owns a 1.100 OPS in the PCL, and the veteran infielder went 2-for-4 in the win with a double. Rivas is a native of San Diego and could earn a call-up eventually this season with the Padres.


San Antonio Missions

Game-1 (Lost 4-0) (10-13 on the season)

Pedro Castellanos- (1-for-3)

Connor Hollis– (1-for-3) 2 K

Tirso Ornelas– (1-for-3)

Efrain Contreras– 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K (66 pitches- 39 strikes)


The Missions were shut out in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday. The team only managed three hits in the game and struck out ten times in the seven-inning contest. Connor Hollis doubled in three at-bats, but the Missions were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position during the game. Efrain Contreras started and did not pitch badly, allowing one earned run in four innings. Justin Lopez, a converted infielder, gave up two earned runs in one inning of work, but his ERA remains solid at 2.16 for the season.

Game- 2 (Lost 2-1) (10-14 on the season)

Ripken Reyes– (1-for-3)

Jorge Ona– (1-for-2) 2B, Run

Tirso Ornelas- (1-for-3) 2B, K

Nolan Watson– 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER. BB, 2 K (72 pitches- 50 strikes)


Game 2 was no better for the Missions as they lost 2-1 and only managed four hits in the game. Tirso Ornelas and Jorge Ona both doubled, but the Missions could not plate enough runs to earn a victory in the game. Nolan Watson started the game and went 5.1 innings pitched, allowing both earned runs. Watson is a 26-year-old pitcher who is a former #1 pick of the Kansas City Royals. He owns a 1.21 ERA so far this season in six games.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 8-3) (7-17 on the season) 

Jackson Merrill– (2-for-5) 2B, Run, RBI

Nathan Martorella– (2-for-3) 2 HR, 2 Runs, 5 RBIs, BB

Brandon Valenzuela– (1-for-3) HR, 2 Runs, RBI, 2 BB

Jairo Iriarte– 5 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 7 K (79 pitches- 50 strikes)


The TinCaps earned a win on Friday at Lake County. A five-run third inning powered Fort Wayne to the 8-3 win over the Captains. Nathan Martorella homered twice and drove in five runs in the win. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter is off to a .891 OPS to begin the season. He also has five homers. Switch-hitting catcher Brandon Valenzuela homered in three at-bats, and he has a 1.034 OPS in the Midwest League. Jackson Merrill doubled and went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Friday. He is off to a cold start to begin the 2023 campaign but is showing some late life with the bat. It is only a matter of time before he heats up.

Top pitching prospect Jairo Iriarte was excellent in the game as he went five shutout innings, only allowing a single and walking three batters. Iriarte owns a 2.50 ERA to begin the season and is a name to monitor moving forward. Adam Smith got the last five out of the game, striking out three batters in 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball. The 22-year-old right-handed pitcher owns a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP for the TinCaps.

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Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 12-5) (17-7 on the season)

Graham Pauley– (3-for-4) 3 Runs, RBI, BB

Rosman Verdugo– (2-for-3) 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB

Chase Valentine– (2-for-3) 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 BB

Robby Snelling– 5 IP, H, BB, 9 K (73 pitches- 48 strikes)


The Storm stayed hot as the Quakes on Friday night in Lake Elsinore. Wearing their Cadejos jerseys, Lake Elsinore got out to an early lead. The team was leading 12-0 after six innings. Robby Snelling was dominant as the pitcher struck out nine in five innings of work. Snelling is 3-0 now with a 0.86 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in five starts in the Cal League. The 2022 CB-A pick (39th overall) is a tremendous prospect with an upside. Your time to see the 19-year-old left-handed pitcher at Lake Elsinore is now, as he will likely be promoted at some point this season.

Speaking of a prospect who is due for a promotion. Graham Pauley is hitting .378 on the year with a 1.029 OPS in 82 at-bats. The left-handed hitter, who was drafted in the 13th round in 2022 is making a name for himself. The 22-year-old will play in Fort Wayne very soon. Pauley went 3-for-4 in the Storm’s win on Friday. Mexican-born Rosman Verdugo went 2-for-3 in the win and is hitting .237 to start the year. The Storm knocked out 12 hits in the win and only struck out six times as a team.


Saturday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Daniel Camerena (0-0 0.00 ERA) 

Fort Wayne- DH Game 1- Adam Mazur (0-0 4.50 ERA), Game 2- TBD

Lake Elsinore- DH Game 1- TBD. Game 2- TBD

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