Luis Patino has been dominant for Fort Wayne in 2018. Photo: Jeff Nycz.

Four out of five clubs won tonight, three of the four by a single run.  The Padres’ organization got strong pitching performances from Emmanuel Ramirez in San Antonio and a plethora of arms in Tri-City, but everyone’s attention was focused on an 18-year old from Colombia.

Chihuahuas 4,  Las Vegas 51s 3

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 3-3, 2B, 3B, BB; 3B Ty France 2-4, 2 RBI; C Francisco Mejia 1-4 HR (3), 2 RBI; LF Allen Craig 2-2, 2 BB; RHP Cal Quantrill 5.0 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER BB 3 K; RHP Colten Brewer 1.0 Ip 2 K; RHP Carter Capps (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP 2 H BB 5 K; LHP Brad Wieck 1.0 IP H 2 BB K 

Prospect Watch: Between doing an appearance on 600 ESPN El Paso and gorging on Mexican food at L&J Cafe, Ben Davey found time to take in a Chihuahuas’ game, which you can read about here.

Missions 4, Tulsa Drillers 1

Key Statistics: SS Peter Van Gansen 2-3, BB; 2B Matthew Batten 3-3, RBI, BB; C Austin Allen 1-4 HR (21), 2 RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-4, HR (14) RBI; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (W, 1-1) 7.0 IP 7 H 4 R 2 ER BB 8 K 2 HR; RHP Jason Jester 1.0 IP 3 K; RHP Andres Munoz (S, 6) 1.0 IP 2 K

Austin Allen is leading the Padres’ organization in home runs with 21. Photo: Grant Wickes.

Prospect Watch: Emmanuel Ramirez had one of his best starts of the season and Austin Allen cracked his system-leading 21st home run.  Home runs by Allen and Michael Gettys supplied three of the four runs by the Missions on the day and the bullpen of Jason Jester and Andres Munoz recorded five of the final six outs by strikeout…Allen has been particularly effective against right-handed pitching this season with a .311/.386/.538 slash line….Mexican native Andres Munoz is only 19 and easily touches or surpasses 100 mph in nearly every appearance. He joined the Missions on June 30  and although he needs to develop a better slider and fastball command, he still has 15 punchouts in 15 innings and the Texas League is hitting .176 against him.  Our Marcus Pond will have an interview with him later in the week for our subscribers.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3, Storm 1

Key Statistics: 3B Eguy Rosario 1-3, BB; DH Luis Torrens 1-4, 2B; LHP Eric Lauer 3.0 IP 3 H BB 4 K; LHP Aaron Leasher (L, 1-1) 6.0 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER BB 9 K HR

Luis Torrens has three times the number of plate appearances that he did last year. Photo: Cherished Memories.

Prospect Watch: The good news is that Eric Lauer’s rehab start was much better than what Bryan Mitchell did last night, but we digress.  The Storm were held to four hits on the night, with Luis Torrens having the only extra-base knock…Last year with the Padres big league club, Torrens, 22, had only 139 plate appearances, this year with Lake Elsinore he has 451 and is hitting .286/.324/.421.  In the Yankee organization, he had 254 plate appearances in 2014, missed 2015 because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder and had 214 plate appearances with New York in 2016.  The Padres have tried to control his workload by limiting him to 76 games behind the plate, three at first base and 28 as a designated hitter. 

TinCaps 3, Lansing Lugnuts 1

Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, BB; DH Owen Miller 4-5, 2B; SS Gabriel Arias 2-5; RHP Luis Patino (W, 6-3) 5.2 IP 2 H 3 BB 5 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 1.1 IP H K

Gabriel Arias’ bat is starting to develop. Photo: Jeff Nycz.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored in the second and third innings and rode a dominating pitching staff to victory.  As many in the Padres’ Twittersphere are well aware, Luis Patino took the mound and while not dominant in other outings, didn’t give up an earned run for the seventh time in 16 starts. In fact, in 13 of his 16 starts the Colombian has allowed one earned run or less. The walks are a little high, 23 in 77.1 innings but they are more than offset by the fact that he also has 91 strikeouts, consistently throws in the mid-90s and is only 18…So far Owen Miller, 21, the Padres’ third-round pick in this year’s draft, has proven that he can really hit. In 255 plate appearances this year between Tri-City and Fort Wayne this year he is hitting .339/.394/.440.  Mike McCoy, his manager in Tri-City, raved about his advanced approach and that there still might be more power in him as he moves up the system. There is a very good chance he will be starting at High-A Lake Elsinore next spring…Anyone who watches shortstop Gabriel Arias play in the field is going to come away impressed by his arm, glove, and athleticism.  His bat, especially early in the season, not so much as he hit .217/.285/.286 in the first half.  However, he is also only 18 and is starting to figure it out.  TinCaps’ announcer John Nolan reported in his pre-game notes today, that Arias has a 21-game on-base streak and since July 19 he has posted a slash line of .288/.400/.438 with six doubles, two home runs, and 13 RBI.  For one more cherry on top of the sundae, he was voted as having the “Best Infield Arm” in the Midwest League, the same honor Fernando Tatis, Jr. earned last season.

Dust Devils 2, Everett AcquaSox 1

Key Statistics: SS Xavier Edwards 2-4, 2B, SB; CF Grant Little 2-4, RBI; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 2-2, 3B; LHP Ramon Perez 3.0 IP 2 H R ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Gabe Mosser (W, 2-1) 3.0 IP BB 3 K; RHP Diomar Lopez (S,2) 1.0 IP H 2 K

Xavier Edwards is six-for-six in stolen bases this year for the Dust Devils. Photo: Mike Wilson.

Prospect Watch: Tri-City has now won three straight and tonight the Dust Devils’ pitching staff held the opposition scoreless for the last eight innings of the game after giving up an early run…Xavier Edwards,19, had his third straight two-hit game. The Padres first-round supplemental selection in this year’s draft has hit the ground running since being promoted to Tri-City on August 9.  In ten games in the Northwest League, he has a slash line of .273/.442/.333 with six stolen bases in six attempts from the leadoff spot…Gabe Mosser, 22, who got the win tonight, was drafted by the Padres in round 27 of this year’s draft. So far, the six-foot-four righthander has pitched well 41 strikeouts against seven walks in 30.1 innings.

The AZL Padres-1 and AZL Padres-2 had Saturday night off to enjoy the wild nightlife of scenic Peoria, Arizona.

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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  1. L&J Cafe??!?!?!?! DAMN YOU LUCKY BOI


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