Padres Minor League Report: April 30

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Center fielders are the hot topic in the Padres farm system at the moment.

Travis Jankowski with Double-A San Antonio was 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games. That is the longest hitting streak in the Texas League this season and the second longest in Jankowski's career. The lead-off hitter is 26-for-60 (.433) during his 16-game hitting streak with 10 steals to raise his batting average on the season to .371. He ranks fourth in the Texas League in batting average, ranks second in on-base percentage (.474 with 12 walks) and leads the league in steals (10). Jankowski also made a sensational catch in center.

Jankowski, 23, was the 44th overall pick of the 2012 draft in the supplemental round. And Auston Bousfield was 1-for-2

Bousfield, 21, was the Padres' fifth-round pick last June out of the University of Mississippi. After hitting .301 in his pro debut at short-season Single-A last summer, he skipped low Single-A Fort Wayne.

Bousfield is hitting .282 for the Storm with a .393 on-base percentage. He has four doubles, a triple and a home run with six steals, 15 runs scored and eight RBIs.


TRIPLE-A EL PASO (13-7): The Chihuahuas had Thursday off.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (6-13): Frisco 6, MISSIONS 4 - LF Alberth Martinez homered for the second time in five games. He was 1-for-3 with two RBIs on his third homer of the season. 2B Diego Goris (.301) was 2-for-4. Starting RHP Elliot Morris (1-1, 2.66 earned run average) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings. RHP Dennis O'Grady (4.50) struck out two in two perfect innings. RHP Casey Kelly (9.00 ERA) struck out two in a perfect inning.

HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (8-12): INLAND EMPIRE 5, Storm 4 - Inland Empire came from behind in a second straight win over the Storm. C Adolfo Reina was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double. 2B River Stevens was 2-for-4. 1B Marcus Davis was 2-for-5 with a RBI. RHP Kyle Lloyd (2.30 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings in his first start for the Storm. RHP Walker Weickel (5.40 ERA) allowed an unearned run on one hit with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. RHP Genison Reyes (0-1, 4.50 ERA) allowed a solo home run in his two innings to suffer the loss.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (5-12): Dayton 9, TIN CAPS 1 - Dayton won the past two games by identical scores. DH Henry childs (.233) was 3-for-4 with a triple and a double. CF Michael Gettys was 2-for-4 with a double. Starting RHP Walker Lockett (0-3, 7.98 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks in just a third of an inning. RHP Yimmi Brasoban (2.38 ERA) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. LHP Kyle McGrath (2.00 ERA) allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.