In today’s Cup O’ Coffee, we’ll take a look at the Padres minor leagues opening up their respective seasons.
The Opening Day festivities for most of the Padres minor league affiliates took place yesterday with the fun pomp and circumstance the minor leagues bring to baseball. Many top Padres prospects made their respective debuts in new leagues and made their marks much the same as the parent club did on its Opening Day. How did our farm teams fare in their first contests?
Fort Wayne TinCaps
The full season low A affiliate in Indiana kicked off their season with 2018 Padres top draft pick Ryan Weathers on the bump against the Lansing Lugnuts. Despite temperatures in the 40s the 7th overall selection did not disappoint, throwing 5 shutout innings with 9 punches. Agustin Ruiz would record the first RBI of the season for the TinCaps and Xavier Edwards showed off the wheels in a 3-0 TinCaps victory.
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Lake Elsinore Storm
The Padres high-A affiliate also kicked off their season last night though you’ll be hard pressed to find out any info on the game other than the Storm took a 3-2 victory against the Inland Empire 66ers. Really, I could only find a game recap all the way on tucson.com! Luis Campusano hit the deciding run in and Oliver Basabe picked up three total bases behind a Tom Cosgrove effort for the win.
Amarillo Sod Poodles
The newest addition to the Padres minor league ranks (taking over from former AA San Antonio) took their first loss of the season 5-2 against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Padres lefty prospect Adrian Morejon made his AA debut and fanned 4 in 4 innings, getting in and out of trouble before surrendering 3 runs in the fifth (2 off a 2-run shot). Owen Miller collected the first Soddie hit and Brad Zunica the first Soddie (that’s the name on their alt uniforms) home run. Amarillo will open up their new digs in Amarillo next Monday against Midland after wrapping up this 4 game set in Corpus Christi.
El Paso Chihuahuas
El Paso also suffered their first loss in their home opener against the Las Vegas Aviators (formerly the 51s). The 9-8 final score was indeed indicative of a hitfest with Luis Urías (playing shortstop) collecting 2 hits and Esteban Quiroz (2B) launching one hit of the 3-run longball variety. Ty France also contributed a dinger of his own. Jerry Keel made the start and surrendered 3 earned runs on 7 hits. The bullpen wouldn’t fare much better with Tyler Higgins coughing up 3, Brad Wieck taking the loss on 1 earned run, and Eric Yardley giving up 2. Alex Dickerson made his return to baseball after being sidelined since 2016(!) and picked up a walk in his pinch hit appearance.
Short season Tri-City won’t make their debut until June.