Padres prospect Hudson Potts bats for the Lake Elsinore Storm

Padres prospect Hudson Potts at the plate for Lake Elsinore (Photo credit: Cherished Memories)

El Paso and San Antonio successfully switched starters, but Hudson Potts’ big bat wasn’t enough for the Storm.  Luis Patino experienced growing pains for Fort Wayne and Tri-Cities struggled with defense.

Chihuahuas 3, Sacremento River Cats 1

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 0-4; CF Auston Bousfield 2-4, 2B; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI; RHP Colin Rea (W, 1-0) 6.0 IP 4 H R ER 2 BB 5 K; RHP Trey Wingenter 1.2 IP 3 K.

Prospect Watch: After struggling to a 7.13 ERA in a six start rehab assignment at San Antonio, Colin Rea put together his best outing on the road Saturday in his first outing since getting optioned to Triple-A. The six-foot-five right-hander, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, is one of several players that San Diego will have to make some very tough decisions about protecting on the 40-man roster this winter. … Although he has played the overwhelming majority of his games at second base this year, Luis Urias has played 14 games at shortstop and seven at third base. This month he is hitting .243/.349/.386 after opening with 307/.416/.440 in April. … Trey Wingenter has had a few rough outings, but when he is on, he is still one of the better relievers in the system. He has 37 strikeouts in 31 innings and despite a 4.35 ERA, the PCL is only hitting .193 against him. He is another player who will be a sure-fire Rule 5 selection if the organization does not protect him in the winter.

Missions 2, Midland Rockhounds 0

Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 2-3, 2B, RBI; SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 13, 2B, R SB< BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens (W, 5-1) 6.0 IP 2 H 5 K.

Prospect Watch: When Jesse Scholtens left the Missions in early May he had a 4-1 record with a 2.80 ERA in 35.1 innings. But he struggled to a 1-4 record and 8.38 ERA in El Paso and was returned to San Antonio this week. Saturday, he put together his best outing of the year as he retired the last 16 batters he faced. … Fernando Tatis, Jr.’s aggressive baserunning to stretch a single into a double in the sixth inning put him in scoring position for Austin Allen’s double which broke the ice. Tatis later walked, stole second and advanced to third on an overthrow, and came in on a sacrifice fly. In June he is hitting .304/.389/.456 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts…With all of the attention on Tatis in San Antonio, Austin Allen’s great offensive season shouldn’t be ignored. The catcher/first baseman is leading the league in home runs (15), doubles (24), slugging percentage (.582) and total bases (153).

Missions Notes: Tatis is leading the Texas League in games played, he’s played 74 out of 75 games, and at-bats at 297, so the organization is going to have him sit out the Texas League All-Star Game in Midland for a bit of a break. RHP Cal Quantrill, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday, also won’t make the trip along with injured infielder River Stevens. Hopefully, all of them will find another time to enjoy scenic Midland.

Visalia Rawhide 4, Storm 3

Key Statistics: CF Edward Olivares 2-4; 3B Hudson Potts 2-4, 2B, HR (11), 3 RBI; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 3-5) 4.1 IP 8 H 4 R 4 ER 5 BB 3 K.

Prospect Watch: Third baseman Hudson Potts‘s RBI double in the fourth and two-run home run in the sixth weren’t enough to send the Storm to victory on the road. Potts is having his best month of the season so far hitting .318/.425/.606 with 13 extra-base hits in 18 games. Potts, 19, is one of the youngest players in the Cal League and as we noted in Spring Training, has shown significant improvement in his plate discipline from last year.

West Michigan Whitecaps 3, TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-3, 2B, 2 R; 1B Nick Feight 2-4, 2B; RHP Luis Patino (L, 2-3) 4.0 IP 7 H 3 R 2 ER 0 BB 7 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 2.0 IP H BB 2 K; RHP Caleb Boushley 3.0 IP H 4 K.

Prospect Watch: Luis Patino got seven of his twelve outs by the punchout, but needed 80 pitches to go four innings. Next, to MacKenzie Gore, he might have the most electric stuff on the TinCaps’ staff but at 18 he is still learning how to pitch…After struggling badly in April with an 11.25 ERA, Coronado High School graduate Fred Schlichtholz was sent back to Extended Spring Training to work on his command and it seemed to have done the trick. Since returning to the Summit City on May 31, he has not given up an earned run in three appearances and has seven strikeouts against one walk in 5.2 innings.

Everett AquaSox 8, Dust Devils 4

Prospect Watch: Despite some incorrect data entry from the press box in Everett, nobody is learning ridiculous new positions in Tri-City. We’ll get you a brief recap of the game once we’ve got confirmation on some details.

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Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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