Chihuahuas 9 – Fresno Grizzlies 5
Key Stats: RHP Seth Simmons 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; CF Forrestt Allday 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; 2B Luis Urias 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB; 3B Carlos Asuaje 2-5, 2 R, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB; LF Shane Peterson 3-4, 2B, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI;
Prospect Watch: When the key stats section reads like the entire box score, you know it was a good game. Five different Chihuahuas had multi-hit efforts as the club pounded out 13 hits and four walks on their way to their way to a seventh straight win. Since being demoted, Carlos Asuaje has done nothing but hit. After a slow first week, Asuaje has gone on to hit .373/.430/.578 over his last four weeks, including hits in nine of his last ten games… Speaking of performing after a demotion, Franmil Reyes has reached base safely in all six games since rejoining El Paso. Even spending a month in the majors, Reyes is still leads the team and is second in the organization’s minors in home runs. Including his six homers for the Padres, he has a system-best 20 in 70 games.
Texas South All-Star 2 – Texas North All-Star 2
Key Stats: LF Josh Naylor 1-2 HR (1); C Austin Allen 1-1, BB; DH Ty France 1-3; CF Michael Gettys 0-1; LHP Jerry Keel IP, 2 H, ER; RHP Rowan Wick IP, H
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Prospect Watch: LF Josh Naylor had the big hit of the game. A solo shot in the third tied the game at one, and was a feather in the cap for the big 1B/LF. While Naylor’s power has slowed down considerably – he has homered only three times in the last 49 games after hitting seven in the first 24 – he has already equaled his home run total from last year. Naylor, who turned 21 last week, was the second-youngest position player to make the All-Star game.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 – Storm 0
Key Stats: RHP Angel Acevedo (0-1) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; CF Edward Olivares 2-4; DH Allen Cordoba 1-3, CS
Prospect Watch: Lefty Adrian Morejon was scratched from the start. The early word is that he’ll just be skipped once in the rotation, but we’ll work on a further update. In his place, the organization jumped 19-year-old Angel Acevedo from Tri-City, where he had been the scheduled starter. He allowed one run through five solid innings before he hit a batter and gave up a home run to end his night… The Storm managed just seven singles and no walks in the game. Edward Olivares had two of the hits, but both times he was erased on a double play by Luis Torrens… Allen Cordoba has been with the Storm for two weeks as he recovers from a concussion. He has struck out 17 times in 36 at bats, but hopefully things are starting to get better as he has a hit in three straight games as he is slowly shaking off the rust. His 20-day rehab assignment will end after Sunday, when the club will presumably have to activate him from the 60-day disabled list and option him out.
TinCaps 3 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Key Stats: LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 4-3) 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K; LF Robbie Podorsky 2-4, R; 2B Esteury Ruiz 2-3, 2B; DH Justin Lopez 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 2-3, R
Prospect Watch: After being the back end of a piggyback three starts in a row, Aaron Leasher got his first non-All-Star Game start this month. As he has all year, the left-hander threw a gem. Leasher has allowed fewer than two runs in seven of his last eight appearances dating back to May 5th. In his last 19 innings he has allowed just two earned runs while striking out 23. Leasher’s 2.66 ERA currently ranks 5th in the league… After two slow months, top prospect Gabriel Arias, has heated up in June. He has reached base safely in seven of his last eight games and has hit .281/.329/.375 for the month after posting a .508 OPS in May.
Vancouver Canadians 7 – Dust Devils 1
Key Stats: RHP Nick Kuzia (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Carter Capps 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Andres Muñoz 1.1 IP, BB, K; DH Luis Asuncion 2-3, 2B, R, BB; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-4, SB (1)
Prospect Watch: With Acevedo making the spot start for the Storm, 22 year-old Nick Kuzia led a bullpen day for Tri-City, and was hit hard early on. In 6.1 innings since the short-season league opened, Kuzia has walked seven and given up nine runs, though only five have been earned. … After giving up a run on four hits in his first outing, Carter Capps and his new, legal delivery have allowed just two baserunners over his last five innings while striking out six. Tuesday was his first multi-inning appearance. … Fellow big-name reliever Andres Muñoz pitched another four outs for the Dust Devils. In 5.2 innings, Munoz has yet to allow a hit, and has struck out nine against two walks. Both Capps and Muñoz will likely move up to more appropriate levels shortly.
AZL Brewers 3 – AZL Padres-1 0
Key Stats: SS Xavier Edwards 1-4, SB (6); RF Agustin Ruiz 1-3, 2B, BB; RHP Frank Lopez 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
AZL Padres2 5 – AZL Mariners 2
Key Stats: DH Ruddy Giron 0-2; SS Tucupita Marcano 1-2, RS, RBI, BB; 1B Jason Pineda 1-4, 2B, RBI; LHP Joey Cantillo 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K; RHP Jefferson Garcia 4 IP, H, BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The highlight of the AZL season thus far has been Xavier Edwards. Even on days like Tuesday when he only gets one hit, he still manages to steal a base and play great defense. … The story of the night was the teenage starting pitching. The Padres skipped 17-year-old Frank Lopez over the DSL to start his career stateside. He had problems finding the plate in his first start, but settled down and made a great second impression only walking one while striking out six. The Venezuelan righty received the maximum $300,000 bonus the club could offer in last year’s international signing period. On the other side 18-year-old Joey Cantillo also pitched well in his second professional start. The 16th-round pick out of Hawaii hasn’t allowed an earned run yet this season and has struck out 11 in just 9.1 innings. He has better raw stuff than Cole Bellinger, another late-round signee from day three of last year’s draft, but was left back to work on control and strike zone command.
For subscribers, Travis Barnett caught back up with Mason Thompson to check in at the midway point of his strong 2018 campaign. If you’ve been on the fence about subscribing, now’s a good time to do it as we crank through content from Fort Wayne and the AZL before upcoming trips to Tri-City and back to San Antonio.