Padres Minor League Report: May 8

Dickerson, Perez, Torres continue torrid hitting on Padres' farm

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

Two homegrown Padres prospects -- Alex Dickerson and Fernando Perez -- continued their torrid hitting Thursday night for San Diego's Minor League affiliates.

Dickerson, 24, a product of Poway High, was 2-for-4 with a walk Thursday night for Triple-A El Paso. The right fielder has hit safely in five straight games (9-for-20 with a home run and five RBIs) and nine straight starts (15-for-35 with two home runs and eight RBIs). He is now hitting .360 on the season with a .419 on-base percentage. Dickerson is the fifth-leading hitter in the Pacific Coast League.

Perez, 21, from Otay Ranch High, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for Advanced Class A Lake Elsinore. The infielder has hit safely in eight straight games, going 14-for-33 with two homers, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored. The Padres' third-round Draft pick in 2012 has raised his batting average from .182 to .263 during the streak.

Another hitter of note in the Padres' farm system is Class A Fort Wayne left fielder Nick Torres. The 21-year-old was San Diego's fourth-round pick in last summer's Draft out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Torres was 2-for-4 Thursday with a double. He has hit in eight straight games, going 11-for-33 with a home run and four RBIs. Torres is hitting .327 on the season, the eighth-highest mark in the Midwest League.

Around the farm

Triple-A El Paso (17-11): Fresno 8, Chihuahuas 4
El Paso's defense made two errors behind starting LHP Robbie Erlin (4-2, 4.96 ERA), who allowed seven runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. RHP Jay Jackson (0.00 ERA) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. 3B Brett Wallace (.324) was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. C Rocky Gale (.378) was 2-for-4 with a double. CF Jake Goebbert was 2-for-5.

Double-A San Antonio (11-15): Missions 3, Frisco 3 (suspended by rain after seven innings)
Starting RHP Colin Rea (1.29 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings. RHP Casey Kelly (6.00 ERA) allowed an unearned run on a hit in an inning. 1B Luis Domoromo was 2-for-3 with a two-run single. C Jason Hagerty was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Thursday night was the second time in four days that the Missions had a game suspended by rain. When Thursday's game resumes Friday night, San Antonio will have the bases loaded with none out in the top of the eighth.

Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (15-13): Storm 5, San Jose 3
Starting RHP Zechariah Lemond (2-1, 3.58 ERA), the Padres' third-round pick last June, allowed one run on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Over his past three starts, the Rice University product has gone 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA. SS Jose Rondon (.290) backed Perez, going 3-for-5 with his eighth steal and two runs scored.

Class A Fort Wayne (8-17): Lansing 8, TinCaps 5
CF Michael Gettys (.260) was 2-for-5 with a solo homer run and a walk. SS Franchy Cordero was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk. RF Franmil Reyes had a double and a triple in four at-bats. Starting LHP Taylor Cox (0-3, 7.23 ERA) allowed eight runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. RHP Seth Lucio (7.07 ERA) walked one and struck out four in two hitless innings. LHP Kyle McGrath (3.68 ERA) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.