It was a busy night in the system as seven games took place. A few prospects shined, including Fernando Tatis Jr.
Chihuahuas 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 1
Key Statistics: CF Forrestt Allday, 2-for-4, R, 2 SB (3); 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-4, BB, R; 3B Diego Goris, 3-for-4, 2 R, HR (6), 3 RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 3-4) 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso rode a solid start from Chris Huffman and a few timely hits for their third straight victory. The win moved El Paso into first place, a half-game ahead of second place Salt Lake. … Luis Urias singled and drew a walk Monday night. The 21-year-old has picked things up lately and is hitting .333 over his last 11 games. Urias is still striking out way more than he is accustomed to, which has to be a bit of a concern. He has at least one strikeout in each of his last 10 games. He did wrap up June with a .381 on-base percentage, picking up after a rough May. … Huffman returned to the rotation and notched the victory, throwing five solid innings. After the righty spent a couple of weeks on the disabled list in June, he made a pair of relief outings and got shelled in one. Huffman, who throws a low 90’s fastball, has not fared well in his second stint in the PCL. His walk rate has doubled, his strikeout rate has decreased and he is allowing a lot more hard contact.
Arkansas Travelers 8, Missions 3
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 1-for-4, R, HR (15), 3 RBI, BB, SB (14); DH Matthew Batten, 2-for-4, R; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 6-4) 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Andres Munoz, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions allowed four runs in the first and went down on the road. … Righty Cal Quantrill got roughed up Monday, allowing a grand slam in the first inning. The runs were unearned, thanks to a Fernando Tatis Jr. fielding error, but Quantrill allowed four more in the fourth inning. Quantrill threw seven innings of one-run ball on June 14th but has struggled since. The 2016 first-rounder has allowed 16 runs (12 earned) over his last 14 innings. Quantrill’s command has gotten better but he has left pitches out over the heart of the plate and that has led to a rough stretch. He has continued to struggle to finish hitters with two strikes and innings with two outs. … Tatis hit his 15th homer and stole his 14th base of the year in the Missions’ loss. The homer was an absolute moonshot off the scoreboard in right field, a spot only a handful of players have reached in the ballpark’s 22 seasons. The 19-year-old looks like a sure bet for another 20-20 season, as his stock continues to rise. The dinger tied him with Austin Allen for the team lead and he is just one behind the Texas League leader.
Storm 10, Modesto Nuts 5
Key Statistics: CF Edward Olivares, 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 3B, 3 RBI; 2B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4, 2 HR (7, 8); LF Buddy Reed, 2-for-5, RBI; SS Chris Baker, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Carter Capps, 1.2 IP, H, ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm bats are starting to heat up, as the squad won their second straight in Modesto. Infielder Eguy Rosario had his second multi-homer game of the year, blasting his seventh and eighth in the Storm win. Rosario, 18, has flashed some power in High-A this year and has worked at driving the ball to the opposite field. Rosario’s 20 doubles are in the top-ten in the Cal League. … Outfielder Edward Olivares had two triples and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. While the outfielder hasn’t shown the power he flashed a season ago in the Toronto system, he has broken out over the last few weeks. Surely, the Padres would like to see some more power out of the 22-year-old, as he is eligible for the Rule 5 draft should the Padres choose not to protect him.
Roster Notes: Emmanuel Ramirez came off the disabled list to make the start and Carter Capps made his first appearance since joining the club from Tri-City. Adrian Morejon was quietly placed on the disabled list last week. We’ll work on getting more information.
TinCaps 11, Great Lakes Loons 3
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario, 1-for-4, BB, R; LF Robbie Podorsky, 3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; C Luis Campusano, 2-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI; 2B Esteury Ruiz, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB (25, 26), 2 RBI; DH Juan Fernandez, 3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 5-3) 5.1 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 5 K; RHP Caleb Boushley, 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps are rolling out of the break, as they have won 8 of their last 12. … Left fielder Robbie Podorsky has been one of the reasons for the TinCaps’ excellent play in the second half, and the club’s 25th-round pick last year added three hits to the ledger Monday night. While Podorsky doesn’t possess much power, he makes consistent contact and is a legitimate 80-grade runner. Podorsky is hitting .352/.396/.472 since joining the TinCaps in mid-May. … Batting in the clean-up spot for the second time this season, Esteury Ruiz had a single and double, and stole a pair of bases. His 26 steals rank fourth in the Midwest League. … LHP Aaron Leasher won his fifth game of the year Monday night. The former Morehead State starter pitched around seven hits and allowed just a single earned run. Leasher has only allowed three earned runs over his last 24.1 innings, while averaging a strikeout per inning. Like Nick Margevicius, the southpaw seems to be biding time until a rotation spot opens in Lake Elsinore.
Boise Hawks 4, Dust Devils 2
Key Statistics: SS Owen Miller, 1-for-4, 2B, R; CF Grant Little, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Angel Acevedo (L, 1-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Korey Anderson, 2.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils offense was quiet at home and they lost to Boise. … Outfielder Grant Little had a double in his second professional game. He is 3-for-8 with a walk to start his career as a pro. He turns 21 on July 8. … Shortstop Owen Miller had a hit to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The third-rounder is off to a .315/.359/.452 start in Tri-City. … RHP Korey Anderson came out of the bullpen and struck out five batters in 2.2 innings of work. Anderson signed last year as an undrafted free agent out of Western Carolina and has been somewhat of a vagabond this season, as he has pitched for four teams in the system. In nine games, Anderson has a 3-0 record, with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings, while averaging a strikeout per inning.
AZL Dodgers 6, AZL Padres-1 5
Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; RF Agustin Ruiz, 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Greg Lambert, 2-for-5; RHP Jean Cosme (L, 0-1) IP, 4 H, 3 ER; RHP Frank Lopez, 4 IP, H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 3 K; LHP Omar Fernandez, 2 IP, H, 2 K.
AZL Padres-2 10, AZL Giants Black 3
Key Statistics: SS Tucupita Marcano, 2-for-4, R, 3B, 3 RBI; C Alison Quintero, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB; 2B Jordy Barley, 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B; LHP Joey Cantillo, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 K; RHP Jeferson Garcia (W, 1-0) 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The AZL squads split decisions on Monday. … LHP Joey Cantillo threw 4.1 more innings of shutout ball, striking out four without walking a batter. The 18-year-old from Hawaii was drafted in the 16th round last year and saw very limited action. So far in his second stint in the AZL, Cantillo has not allowed an earned run in 13.2 innings, walking just three while striking out 15. … J.C. Cosme started for the AZL-1 club and took the loss in his first outing since having Tommy John surgery. The righty, who was acquired for Odrisamer Despaigne, had surgery last May. Cosme allowed four hits and three runs. Cosme will likely be in the desert for a while, as he builds up innings. … Shortstop Tucupita Marcano had a pair of hits, including a triple and drove in three in the victory. Marcano, 18, played in the DSL last year and didn’t hit much but he has been hot in his stateside debut. Marcano has a .381/.500/.476 slash line to start the year, with 11 walks and just five strikeouts in 53 plate appearances. … Jordy Barley got off to an ice cold start, but after two doubles Monday, he has five hits – four for extra bases – and a walk in his last 16 trips to the plate. The 18-year-old premium athlete will alternate around the diamond with Marcano.
Organizational News: The new international signing period launched Monday. While the Padres are in their second (and final) penalty year for their historic splurge in the 2016-17 year, they are once again pursuing the market aggressively. The club can’t give any bonuses of more than $300,000, but Ben Badler reports that they’ve already inked at least nine players to that amount one day one. While some other organizations under the penalty rules have chosen to trade away bonus pool space, the Padres spent every dollar of their 2017 pool, and are likely to spend the full $5,504,500 they can this year as well. We’ll have coverage of the group as the summer progresses.
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