Walker Lockett became the seventh Padres prospect to make his MLB debut this year, joining Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Franmil Reyes, Adam Cimber, and Javy Guerra. Thanks for joining us as we continue to bring you the latest results from more future Padres.
Sacramento River Cats 8, Chihuahuas 1
Key Stats: PH Luis Urías 0-1, K; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, 2B, 2 K; SS Javy Guerra 1-3, 2B, BB; SP Chris Huffman (L, 2-4) 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR; RP Robert Stock 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K; RP José Castillo 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: After going hitless in four straight games (0-for-15 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts), Luis Urías was out of the starting lineup, but was called upon to pinch-hit in the 7th inning, striking out to lefty Jordan Schafer on a 3-2 breaking ball. His K% currently sits at 17.9%, which would be great for most hitters, but below what we’re accustomed to seeing from him. Remember that he turns 21 on Sunday and hasn’t faced a pitcher younger than him this season. … Since Chris Huffman‘s last win (April 25th), he’s thrown 26 innings in seven starts, allowing 31 runs (10.73 ERA) and posting a 14:19 K:BB rate. The 25-year-old 14th-round pick from the 2014 MLB Draft exhibited more control last year across three levels and boasted a 1.9 BB/9 rate, but that number has more than doubled this year (4.3 BB/9). … Reliever José Castillo continues to impress, adding two more to his strikeout total while allowing just a ground ball single to right. The big Venezuelan who struck out Nolan Arenado and Christian Yelich in the World Baseball Classic is already on the 40 man roster and has allowed just one run in seven outings (1.29 ERA) since being promoted to the Pacific Coast League a few weeks ago. His fastball was running 93-94 MPH with a breaking ball that sat 84.
Missions 5, Springfield Cardinals 3
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 0-4, BB, SB, 2 K; LF Josh Naylor 1-3 BB, RBI; 1B Austin Allen 2-4, HR (11); 3B Ty France 2-4, HR (9), K; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, HR (8); SP Jerry Keel (W, 4-1) 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 K
Prospect Watch: Coming into the game, right-handed batters were posting a .922 OPS off starter Jerry Keel, compared to .510 from left-handed hitters. Against a completely right-handed lineup, Keel limited the damage while scattering nine hits and a walk in six innings. A walk and four singles led to an early 2-0 deficit in the first inning, but the only extra-base hits he allowed (a double and a triple) both came with nobody on base. The outing lowered Keel’s ERA to 5.43 in 11 starts. … Fernando Tatis Jr. was hitless on the night, but walked and stole second base on a ball that was picked out of the dirt by the catcher. It was his sixth steal in eight attempts. He came around to score in the fourth on a liner by Josh Naylor. The ball was played perfectly off the wall in right and Naylor was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. … All three Missions homers came in the sixth inning, with the solo dinger by Austin Allen being the most impressive. Very gone. After a couple of rough-looking swings by Michael Gettys, he got a fat curve down the middle and pulled it over the left field pole. Originally ruled a foul ball, Missions manager Phillip Wellman came out and argued the call, and after the umpiring crew conferred, they awarded him the round-tripper. After going 20 games between his eighth and ninth homer, Allen now has three homers in his last eight games. Gettys has homers in back-to-back nights, but still has a 31.4% K rate.
Storm 8,Inland Empire 66ers 6
Key Stats: LF Buddy Reed 1-3, BB, K; 2B Eguy Rosario 1-4, 2B, K; CF Edward Olivares 0-4; C Luis Torrens 1-3, 2 R; 3B Hudson Potts 2-4, 2 2B; 1B Brad Zunica 1-2, HR (5), 3 RBI, 2 BB; SP Reggie Lawson (W, 4-2) 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: Our own David Jay was on the scene in Lake Elsinore last night, and has notes on the goings on.
TinCaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 6
Key Stats: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-5, K; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, HR (4), 3 RBI; 3B Luis Almanzar 0-3, BB, K; DH Justin Lopez 0-4, K; SS Gabriel Arias 1-3, BB, K; LF Robbie Podorsky 1-3, BB, SB; SP Tom Cosgrove 1.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K; RP Travis Radke (S, 8), 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: After Tom Cosgrove allowed four of the first five Loons hitters to reach base (three via extra base hits) the TinCaps defense was unable to pick him up, as consecutive errors by Gabriel Arias and Esteury Ruiz led to a pair of unearned runs and a quick 5-0 deficit. With runners on first and second, a slow chopper to Arias was bobbled and he had no play, loading the bases. On the next pitch, a grounder was hit to Ruiz, who misplayed it when a Loons player ran in front of him on the way to second. Ruiz would allow another grounder to go beneath his glove in the sixth. Arias was able to atone for his mistake later in the inning by making a strong grab moving to his right and firing off a long throw to first that not many shortstops can make. … Despite trailing early, Fort Wayne responded with a four-run third, spurred on by a three-run homer by Tirso Ornelas. Both he and Jeisson Rosario have raised their batting average by ten points the past week and a half. … 25-year-old closer Travis Radke continues to dominate the Midwest League, and now has a 48:6 K: BB ratio in 30.1 innings. … After a slow start, the TinCaps are 11-7 in their last 18 games.
Roster Notes: Carlos Belen was moved back to extended spring training to begin to make a conversion to pitching. The big-bodied 22-year-old has always struggled to make consistent contact at the plate despite huge raw power, and his offense took a step backward even as he moved back to Low-A after spending last year at Lake Elsinore. He’s graded out with a plus arm at third base over the years and the team has considered making this move in the past. He worked two mop-up innings early in the year. He showed a mid-90s fastball in those contests. Depending on how the experiment goes in the AZL, Belen could be back to the Summit City in a bullpen role.
Nick Feight, a 19th-round pick from the 2017 Draft out of UNC-Wilmington, will join Fort Wayne as a first base option.
VIDEO: @TinCaps outfielder Tirso Ornelas (@TirsoOrnelas) with a 3-run blast tonight vs. Great Lakes, his 4th of the season. Ornelas just turned 18 in March and his hitting .267 for the season. @Padres @PadresProspects @madfriars @EVT_News pic.twitter.com/TJ0kymdi39
— Glenn Marini (@GlennMariniWANE) June 2, 2018
Arias is crazy pic.twitter.com/U8UdzVGswm
— Josh (@purpl3m) June 1, 2018