Padres prospect Brad Zunica homers for Amarillo Sod Poodles

Brad Zunica connects on his ninth homer of the year. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

El Paso rained out

Wilth low ticket sales for the holiday weekend, Fresno took the opportunity to call the game early. The clubs will play a Memorial Day doubleheader.

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Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB (9); SS Ivan Castillo 1-for-4, 3 RBI, SB (4); CF Edward Olivares 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; 2B Owen Miller 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI; DH Brad Zunica 2-for-5, 2B, HR (11), R, 5 RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 2-for-5, R, 2B; 1B Chris Baker 2-for-4, R; RHP Lake Bachar 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2K; Kazuhisa Makita (W, 3-1) 3.1 IP, 2 H, K; LHP Travis Radke 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles once trailed 8-0 in this one, but scored six runs each in both the fifth and six innings to pull away. The victory improved Amarillo’s record for the year to .500. … Centerfielder Edward Olivares doubled, singled and scored two runs in the Amarillo victory. After laboring through a 1-for-19 stretch, the 23-year-old has back-to-back multi-hit games. Overall, Olivares has a 113 wRC+ through the season’s first two months, although he has struggled away from Hodgetown. … Brad Zunica launched his 11th homer of the year, which ties him for the league lead with two other players. While the homers are impressive, Zunica hasn’t struck out in six games, spanning 24 plate appearances. The 2015 15th-rounder has a tendency to be streaky but he is locked in right now. … Kazuhisa Makita earned his third win, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Makita, 34, is making $1.9 million this year to pitch in the Panhandle. The former bigleaguer has a 2.20 ERA in 16.1 innings.

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Key Statistics: 3B Allen Córdoba, 2-for-4; CF Jeisson Rosario, 1-for-4; RHP Caleb Boushley, 6 IP, 5 H, R, 5 K; RHP Hansel Rodriguez, 1.2 IP, H, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: While Fresno called their game early, up US 99, Modesto decided to get their game in despite on-and-off showers throughout the day. After not getting onto the field until shortly before game time and with the rain coming down hard at times, the clubs played a sloppy contest that matched the environment. … Third baseman Allen Córdoba had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to four games. Over that stretch, the former Rule 5 pick is 6-for-17. After getting a start in left field Saturday, the 23-year-old was at third base Sunday where he made a few nice plays despite the choppy conditions.  Córdoba’s OPS  of .641 isn’t awfully impressive but like we noted the other day, this is the first time in a long time that he’s geting consistent at-bats. … The Storm got a very good start from Caleb Boushley, a former 33rd-round pick in 2017. The 25-year-old threw a career-high six innings, allowing just one unearned run while striking out five without a walk. Overall, Boushley has a 1.89 ERA and impressive 38:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a swingman role. A 33rd-round pick out of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, the righty paired a two-seamer in the low-90s with a loopy mid-70s curve and an occasional tighter slider and a change he scattered in. … RHP Hansel Rodriguez worked another clean outing, completing 1.2 scoreless innings. Overall, Rodriguez has struck out nine in 6.2 innings out of the Storm ‘pen. His slider was especially effective Sunday, sitting 8-10 mph below his fastball at 81-83. He got a number of bad swings from Modesto and spun it in for several called strikes. … After a day off for the holiday, the Storm have five games in the next three days. … Gabe Arias was ultimately only charged with one error, but had several rough looks up the middle. He juggled one grounder and then, in his haste to make up for it, airmailed his throw. In the seventh, Modesto’s lone significant prospect, Joe Rizzo, hit a grounder that the home scorers ruled a hit after Arias’s throw went well wide of first. He also struggled at the plate, swinging wildly against side-arming righty Penn Murfee as he struck out twice.

For subscribers, Kevin has a profile on Arias’s development on both sides of the plate.

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Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards 4-for-5, R, 2 RBI; LF Grant Little, 2-for-5, 2 R; SS Justin Lopez, 2-for-5, 2 R, BB, RBI; DH Michael Curry, 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, BB; LHP Ryan Weathers, 3 IP, BB, 3 K; RHP Henry Henry (W, 6-0) 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K; RHP Jose Quezada, 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps cruised to an easy win on the road. … Xavier Edwards had four more hits Sunday, raising his league-leading average to .369. His .425 on-base percentage ranks second and he is currently pacing the circuit with 59 hits. As strong as he’s performed, any decision about a promotion for the 19-year-old will be impacted by the infielders ahead of him in Elsinore in addition to his own performance. … Designated hitter Michael Curry had a pair of doubles and scored three runs in the TinCaps’ victory. Curry, a 16th-rounder last June out of Georgia, was promoted to Fort Wayne for the second time this year earlier in the week. He was a catcher in college but has played in the outfield as a pro. … LHP Ryan Weathers pitched three hitless innings before being lifted. Weathers threw 40 pitches – 27 for strikes – before being lifted. The former first-rounder was visited by the trainers in the third inning but as of now everything seems fine. The organization is being careful with the talented southpaw as he continues to get stretched out after missing some time earlier in May. Overall, Weathers has a 1.79 ERA for the TinCaps in 2019.

Posted by Kevin Charity

Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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  1. Weathers has been consistently excellent as has Gore for the 1st 2 months of the baseball season. Strong recoveries by Logan Allen, Luis Patino and Efrain Contreras, after slow starts, and unexpected production from Joey Cantillo give the Padres great depth in the minors for future starting pitching or valuable trade chips. If Morejon and Baez come back from injury, should be a fun summer to watch all these guys perform!


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