Luis Campusano might be the Padres top catching prospect going into 2020. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Fresno Grizzlies 5 Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: CF Boog Powell 1-3, RBI, BB; RF Jacob Scavuzzo 1-3, HR (15), RBI; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 4-1) 5.0 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 5 K HR; RHP Robert Stock 1/0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 2 K

Prospect Watch: Thanks to your subscription dollars, we were able to send David Jay to see the Chihuahuas.  As our gift to the city of El Paso, we sent him to see them on the road.  You can read his game story here.

Sod Poodles 7 Frisco RoughRiders 6

Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco 2-5, 2B, RBI; 2B Ivan Castillo 1-4, RBI, 2B, BB; RF Edward Olivares 2-3, RBI; SS Owen Miller 1-4, HR (5) 2 RBI; T.J. Weir 4.1 IP 10 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB 3 K; RHP Michel Baez (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP 2 H 4 K

Padres prospect Owen Miller bats for Amarillo Sod Poodles

Owen Miller is starting to heat up in Double-A. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles won their fourth straight game and Owen Miller, one of the early top performers from last year’s Padres draft class, had another good night with his second home run in as many nights. Miller is hitting .326/.368/.472 in May. …Throughout the year you are always looking for moments when something might click for a player, sometimes it’s there and other times it might be what you want it to be.  In our interview with Sod Poodles’ manager Phillip Wellman, he talked about the importance of getting Buddy Reed to adjust the trajectory of his swing, to hit more line drives or make harder contact and avoid pop-ups to utilize his speed more. In the bottom of the eighth with two outs and the score tied at six, Reed slapped a hard-hit ground ball to the left side for a single and his speed probably forced a hurried throw from the left fielder to second base, which was wide and allowed him to advance to second base.  He then scored on a go-ahead single by Rodrigo Orozco to put the Sod Poodles up.  As anyone who has watched Reed knows, he has immense talent, but has struggled to make enough contact for his skills to play. Saturday’s result maybe something significant, or it could be just another game in late May…Michel Baez is still stretching out, but if he’s on the form he was in 2017 he is really someone to watch. The big righty struck out four over two innings, just as he did in his first appearance of the season earlier in the week. After a leadoff single in his first frame, he whiffed three on nine pitches.

Storm 2 Modesto Nuts 1

Key Statistics: RF Nate Easley 2-4, 3B; CF Jesisson Rosario 2-4, RBI; C Luis Campusano 1-4 HR (5) RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 2-4; LHP Aaron Lesher 6.0 IP 5 H R ER BB 5 K; RHP J.C. Cosme (W, 3-0) 1.0 IP 2 K; RHP Evan Miller (S, 7) 1.0 IP H 2 K

Prospect Watch: Nate Easley’s lead-off triple in the eighth inning with the score tied followed by an RBI single by Jeisson Rosario was the difference as Lake Elsinore claimed their fourth straight win. After a bad outing at Lancaster – hardly a fair place to judge any pitcher – Aaron Leasher has been very good. The lefty has allowed just one earned run over 17.2 innings in his last three starts, giving the rotation much-needed length. … At 20 years old, Luis Campusano is having an impressive Cal League season with a slash-line of .317/.413/.508. The 2017 second round pick is two and a half years younger than the average player he is competing against. He’s always shown above-average raw power, and now he has hit three homers in the last week. … J.C. Cosme has been very good since returning from Tommy John surgery and moving from the rotation to the bullpen.  The righty, who turned 23 this week, has a 1.27 ERA in 21.1 innings to go along with a 29:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Originally acquired for Odrisamer Despaigne, the Puerto Rican hurler will be Rule 5 eligible this winter.

Great Lakes Loons 7 TinCaps 6

Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards 2-4, BB, SB; SS Justin Lopez 3-5, HR (5), 3 RBI; CF Jawuan Harris 1-4 HR (2) RBI; LHP Ramon Perez (L, 1-3) 4.0 IP 6H 5R 5ER BB 5K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps dropped the second game of their four-game set with the Dodgers’ affiliate in Midland, Michigan, as the Loons got the TinCaps down early.  Fort Wayne came back to close the gap and got within one in the ninth. Xavier Edwards led off with a single – his third time reaching base on the night – and stole second base. Justin Lopez drove him home with a two-out single, but DH Dwanya Williams-Sutton struck out to end the game. … Xavier Edwards is leading the Midwest League in batting average (.355) and is third in on-base percentage at .417. This season he has split time between second (19 games) and shortstop (12 games). … Lopez had three hits on the night, including his fifth homer, all of which have come in the last 10 games. The switch-hitting shortstop sports just a .250 OBP this month, but is tapping into his long-levered strength more with a .220 IsoP that is well above any month in his still-young career.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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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