Chihuahuas 3 – Fresno Grizzlies 0
Key Stats: SS Luis Urías 0-3, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 1-4, 2 R; C Austin Hedges 2-3, 2B, BB, K, 2 RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, K, RBI; SP Luis Perdomo (W, 5-2) 6.0 IP; 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K; RP Robert Stock (S, 7) 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: After a horrid beginning of the year with the big league club resulted in a 8.36 ERA in four starts, Luis Perdomo has experienced sustained success in El Paso. He’s held opponents in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League to a .227 batting average. Even better, he’s allowed just 16 walks in 63.2 innings (2.1 BB/9). … Luis Urías upped his walk rate to 13.8% on the season by drawing one free pass in four trips to the plate. Though his batting average is more than 30 points lower than it was in 2017, he’s shown that he can still draw a walk with the best of them. … Austin Hedges is 10-for-19 in five games since moving up to El Paso to finish up his rehab assignment. He’s walked twice and struck out five times in that time. He is expected to be activated in very short order. … Robert Stock recorded his seventh save, lowering his ERA to 1.93. He’s still walking more batters than you’d like to see (3.9 K/9), but the K rate is strong (8.9 K/9).
Missions 3 – Midland RockHounds 0
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 3-4, HR (12), K, 2 R; 1B Josh Naylor 2-4, RBI; C Austin Allen 2-4, K; CF Michael Gettys 0-3, 3K; SP Jerry Keel (W, 6-2) 7.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K; RP Brad Wieck (S, 10) 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Prospect Watch: In the longest outing of the season by a Missions pitcher, Jerry Keel shut down Midland for 7.1 innings. He and two relievers combined on the eighth team shutout of the season. The six-foot-six lefty entered the game with an impressive .542 OPS allowed against other lefties, but righties had posted an .864 OPS against him. Friday, the six right-handed hitters in the RockHounds lineup combined to go 2-for-19 against him. Keel needed just 90 pitches to get into the eighth, though he was lifted with two outs to go and a runner on second. … Fernando Tatis Jr.‘s solo shot in the third was his 12th of the season, but just the second of the month. After OPSing a cool 1.054 in May, his mark in June is .831. While his walk rate has jumped to 11.6% this month, his strikeout rate has also crept back up to 27.9% and his .447 slugging percentage, while respectable, is nearly 200 points off from his mark in May. … After getting on base in all but two games this month, Austin Allen now sports a .371 OBP and a league-leading .577 SLG, both career highs. … SDSU alum Ty France got hit by a pitch for the 22nd time this season. His set his career high of 28 when he played for Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore in 2016.
Storm 5 – Visalia Rawhide 3
Key Stats: LF Buddy Reed 2-5, K; 2B Eguy Rosario 1-4, 3B, BB, 2 K; 3B Hudson Potts 2-3, R, RBI, BB; RHP Ronald Bolaños 8.2IP, 6H, 3R (2ER), 7K, 0BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: Ronald Bolaños came within an out of recording the system’s second complete game of the season, but gave up two two-out singles in the ninth before giving way to Dauris Valdez. The 21-year-old righty has shaved more than two runs off his ERA over the last six starts as he has filled the strike zone more and spotted up to better locations in the zone. He has walked just three hitters in his last 20.2 innings. … Buddy Reed just continues to pour it on in his breakout season. Reed added two more singles to take over the Cal League lead with a .333 average, and swiped his 32nd base of the year – nine more than anyone else on the circuit – in his 37th attempt. He also threw out his fifth baserunner of the year from left. … With a pair of doubles on the night, Hudson Potts took the Cal League lead with 24. His .494 SLG is 8th highest in the league. Potts’ 26 walks through the first 67 games of High-A ball have already surpassed the 23 walks he had in 125 games in Single-A last year. His walk rate this year is 9.2%, after being just 4.4% in Fort Wayne.
West Michigan WhiteCaps 5 – TinCaps 3
Key Stats: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, 2B, R; DH Esteury Ruiz 1-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, K; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-4; C Luis Campusano 2-4; 2B Justin Lopez 1-4, K; LF Robbie Podorsky 1-3, HR; LHP MacKenzie Gore (L, 0-2) 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: With A.J. Preller and company in attendance to announce the extension of the player development contract with Fort Wayne through 2020, Osvaldo Hernandez was sharp, improving his K/9 rate to 8.4, and Robbie Podorsky hit his first round-tripper of the season. Our own Travis Barnett was on hand and wrote up the game here.
If you’re a subscriber and missed Travis’s profile on Luis Patiño yesterday, you should go read it right now. If you’re not a subscriber, you should fix that – and then go read it right now! You’ll be up to speed when Patiño starts for the TinCaps tonight.
Dust Devils 5 – Spokane Indians 3
Key Stats: RF Aldemar Burgos 1-3, RBI, K, CS; SS Owen Miller 2-3, 3 R; 1B Luis Asuncion 1-4, 2 K; DH Blake Hunt 2-3, BB, RBI; LF Michael Curry 1-4, 2 RBI, 3 K; RHP Adrian Martinez 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K; LHP Dan Dallas 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Prospect Watch: Shortstop Owen Miller continues to rake in Tri-City, adding a pair of hits on the night and raising his batting average to .310 (9-for-29). The 3rd round pick from the draft this month out of Illinois State has struck out just twice in the first eight games of his professional career. … Catcher Blake Hunt extended his on-base streak, having reached base in every game he’s played this season. The competitive balance pick from the 2017 draft has a 2:6 K:BB rate this season, though he’s yet to record an extra base hit. … Having dealt with injuries since he was drafted in the 7th round in 2016, Dan Dallas has pitched every third day for the Dust Devils, and has struck out 12 hitters in eight total innings, allowing just one run. … The Padres 27th round pick in this year out of Shippensburg University (PA) has struck out five hitters in his first two professional innings. … A bases-loaded single by Michael Curry in the sixth inning tied the game at 3-3. A sac fly by Aldemar Burgos in the seventh and a bases-loaded HBP by Olivier Basabe in the eighth put the Dust Devils on top for good.
AZL Rangers 7 – AZL Padres-1 6
Key Stats: SS Xavier Edwards 4-for-5, 2 SB (4); DH Nick Gatewood 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (1); RHP Luarbert Arias 3IP, 5H, 3 ER, 0K, 0BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: The AZL-1 squad trekked out Bell Road to Surprise for their first game away from the Peoria Sports Complex. Luarbert Arias made his professional debut, giving up three runs over three innings. The 17-year-old from Venezuela signed for the maximum $300,000 bonus the Padres could offer last July, and has already added some weight to his frame. … Xavier Edwards continued the hot start his professional career, collecting three infield hits among his four singles on the night. The switch-hitter from South Florida has used his plus speed to disrupt low-level fielders in the AZL effectively, swiping four bases in his first four games. He was thrown out trying to score from second on a single to end the fifth. … Eleventh-rounder Nick Gatewood clubbed two doubles and a homer and is slugging a cool .667 with only two strikeouts through his first 20 plate appearances. The Padres’ 11th-round pick out of Georgia State, has fast hands from the left side of the plate. … Carlos Belen made his first appearance on the mound, giving up one run in his inning of work. The 22-year-old is making the conversion after five years of working as a corner infielder.
AZL Padres-2 11 – AZL Dodgers 5
Key Stats: CF Angel Solarte 1-for-5, 2 SB, R; 2B Jordy Barley 1-for-4, HR (1), HBP; 1B Jason Pineda 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Noel Vela 3IP, 5H, 1R (0ER), 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Lefty Noel Vela drafted out of a small high school in lightly-scouted South Texas last year, is beginning to grow into his role. The lefty, who has grown a bit and added good weight across his body since I saw him last summer, worked three solid innings Friday. The 19-year-old’s fastball sat 90-93 in the early going, though it did fade a bit as he got deeper into games, and he also showed feel for a change and a curve, deploying both confidently ahead or behind in the count. His curved topped out at about 2,600 RPMs, but had good shape to it. … Jordy Barley is one of the top athletes in the organization, but will move relatively slowly in an organization that is often hyper-aggressive. The 18-year-old infielder, who is about 15 pounds of muscle heavier than his listed weight, flew around to score on a Jason Pineda single in the first inning and later jumped a 93 MPH fastball that he put over the fence in left-center. He also used a great drop-step to get back on a flare pop up and put it away easily in the eighth. … It is hard to overstate how little box scores mean in the AZL. Weird winds, tough skies and bad lighting, concrete-hard fields that lead to odd bounces, and official scoring that is often courteous to shaky defense all lead to box score lines that aren’t especially representative. Pineda’s double, for example, was a lazy pop fly that none of the four players to the left of second base ever saw. Likewise, while Angel Solarte was credited with two stolen bases on the night, one came as he was picked off and caught dead to rights in a situation when he was obviously going to run on a 1-0 count with a lefty on the mound. But he managed to make the Dodgers infielders throw the ball four times before Hunter Jarmon was able to break from third and score, allowing Solarte to steal second. Solarte smoked a line-drive single to center in his first trip to the plate, then grounded out in his other at-bats of the night.