The big news of the night in the system was the successful major league debut of Jake Nix. David Jay was there and you can read his story on Nix, and his interviews with Brett Kennedy and Trey Wingenter, here.
It was a rough night on the Padres farm in many aspects, as the five non-AZL teams combined for three runs, and a pair of starters got roughed up early. Regardless, thanks for joining us for the recap.
Sacramento River Cats 1, Chihuahuas 0
Key Stats: C Francisco Mejia 0-4; 3B Ty France 1-3, K; SS Javy Guerra 0-3, 2 K; 2B River Stevens 1-4; PH Luis Urías 0-1, K; SP Kyle Lloyd 4.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K; RP T.J. Weir 3.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: Starter Kyle Lloyd had his longest start since the beginning of may, though the Padres reportedly think of him more as a long-man out of the bullpen than a future rotation piece. He allowed a lone single and needed just 48 pitches to get through four innings of work. On top of that, he had the Chihuahuas only extra-base hit – a third-inning triple. … The Chihuahuas offense was stymied by Sacramento, with their best chance to score happening in the 8th after a single by Ty France and a walk by Dusty Coleman. Luis Urías was brought in to pinch hit, and was called out on strikes to end the threat. … Francisco Mejia is in a mini-slump, and is 1-for-15 with four strikeouts in his last four games.
Tulsa Drillers 6, Missions 2
Key Stats: CF Buddy Reed 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, K; C Austin Allen 0-4, K; 3B Hudson Potts 0-3, BB, 2 K; LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-4, RBI, K; SP Michel Báez 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K; RP Colby Blueberg 3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K
Prospect Watch: The big story of the night was the Double-A debut of Michel Báez, who we profiled for subscribers yesterday. The big righty had a rude welcome to the Texas League, giving up some big hits (including a 2-run homer and a 2-run double) in the first two innings to put the Missions in an early 6-0 hole. Báez settled down after that, allowing just one single in his last four frames, and finished the day with eight strikeouts. Though the final line doesn’t look great, there was still a lot of positives to take away from his first start against advanced hitters. … Buddy Reed scored both San Antonio runs after reaching on a pair of doubles. It was his first multi-extra base hit game since his promotion from Lake Elsinore, and the Futures Game representative is hitting .186/.248/.227 with a 27.3% strikeout rate in 24 games for the Missions. … Outfielder Taylor Kohlwey is on a hot streak, hitting .414/.500/.603 with two home runs in his last 21 games. … Colby Blueberg‘s seven strikeouts are his most in one appearance as a professional.
Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 0
Key Stats: RF Nate Easley 1-4, 2B, K; 2B Eguy Rosario 0-3, BB, 3 K; CF Edward Olivares 0-4, K; C Luis Torrens 0-4, K; DH Jorge Oña 0-4, 3 K; SP Pedro Avila 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K; RP Carter Capps 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: Coming off a season-high 10-strikeout performance on Sunday, Storm starter Pedro Avila was roughed up for a season-high six runs on Friday night. The 21-year-old Venezuelan has had trouble with consistency much of the year, and though he’s striking out almost a batter an inning this season, opposing hitters also have a .343 OBP against him. … The Storm offense struggled all night, accumulating only six base runners, none of which came in the same inning. … Despite hitless nights by Jorge Oña and Edward Olivares, both of the Lake Elsinore outfielders are hitting .300 in their last ten games.
Lake County Captains 3, TinCaps 1
Key Stats: CF Jeisson Rosario 1-4, R, K; 2B Olivier Basabe 1-4; LF Jack Suwinski 2-4, RBI, K; 3B Gabriel Arias 0-2, 2 BB; SS Owen Miller 1-4, 2 K; DH Esteury Ruiz, 0-4, 3 K; SP Tom Cosgrove 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps missed an opportunity to sweep the Captains but still are in the lead for the Midwest League Eastern Division second-half wild-card race with 23 games remaining…Jack Suwinski, who has had a tough year in his second time around the Midwest League is now hitting .433/.514/.767 in August all of which came when they moved him to hit third in the order…Since being promoted to Fort Wayne, Owen Miller is now 5-13, with two home runs and a walk. He has been playing shortstop for two of his three games but is capable of playing second and third as well.
Hillsboro Hops 1, Dust Devils 0
Key Stats: SS Xavier Edwards 0-4, 2 K; 2B Tucupita Marcano 1-4; CF Grant Little 2-4, K; DH Luis Asuncion 3-4; C Blake Hunt 0-3, BB; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-4, K; SP Omar Cruz 3.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 K;
Prospect Watch: Our very own John Conniff was in Pasco, Washington to observe the Dust Devils first hand. His observations can be found here.
AZL Padres 1 3, AZL Mariners 0
Key Stats: RF Augustin Ruiz 2-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI, K; 3B Luis Almanzar 1-4, SB; 1B Carlos Luis 1-3, BB, K; SS Reinaldo Illarraza 2-3, 2B, K; 2B Lee Solomon 2-4 2 2B; CF Jawuan Harris 0-4; SP Nick Thwaits 4.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K; RP Carlos Belen (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: Starter Nick Thwaits continues to impress after another shutout appearance. After allowing a one-out single in the first, he retired 13 batters in a row until a pair of two-out hits chased him in the fifth. The 15th round pick in the June draft has a 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings and has limited hitters to a .136 batting average. … In his second game since joining the AZL squad, Luis Almanzar, who started the season in Fort Wayne, singled and stole a base. … Infielder-turned-pitcher Carlos Belen has a 1.98 ERA and a 16:7 K: BB ratio in 13.2 AZL innings.
AZL Padres 2 7, AZL Indians 2 0
Key Stats: 2B Sean Guilbe 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB; CF Angel Solarte 2-5, 2B, R, K; DH Luis Roman 4-5, HR, 2 2B, K, 4 RBI; LF Mason House 1-4, R; C Alison Quintero 2-4, K; SS Jordy Barley 1-4, 2B; SP Joey Cantillo 4.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4K
Prospect Watch: The Padres 16th round pick in 2017, Joey Cantillo, continues to impress, posting an 11.7 K/9 rate in 32.1 innings, to go along with a 2.8 BB/9 mark. He cruised through the game until the fourth inning, where he loaded the bases with two outs and was able to induce a grounder to escape with the shutout intact. … In the 13 games since being sent from Tri-City to Arizona, former 3rd round pick Mason House has hit .310/.370/.595, albeit with a .458 BABIP. … DH Luis Roman had the first four-hit game of his professional career. The 23-year-old lefty out of Texas Wesleyan University has an impressive .961 OPS against righties, but a dismal .468 OPS against southpaws. … 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher Alison Quintero is hitting .296 with six doubles in his last 14 games, though he hasn’t drawn a walk during that stretch. …