Padres prospect Buddy Reed

Buddy Reed collected his first road homer Tuesday. (Photo: Olivia Rook)

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Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 2-for-5, HR (15), BB, 4 RBI; LF Matthew Batten 3-for-5, 2B; Esteban Quiroz 2-for-5, 2B, HR (12); RF Boog Powell 3-for-5, HR (7); RHP Steven Wilson 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 2 BB; RHP Eric Yardley 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB

Prospect Watch: El Paso clubbed five more homers and drew seven walks while striking out only six times as they stormed back from a 9-5 deficit to top Oklahoma City. Esteban Quiroz doubled and homered, continuing a power spike this month. While the 27-year-old infielder has hit just .255 in June, 10 of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases. The left-handed hitter has been productive in his first campaign with the Padres organization, walking at a 13% clip and producing about 20% above league average at the plate. … The Padres signed Aderlin Rodriguez, 27, in the first days of minor league free agency last November as power depth on the corners for the system. The big slugger’s 155 career homers with the Mets and Orioles organizations had him well positioned to open in Triple-A before a late injury sidelined him for the first two months of the campaign. Rodriguez finally got underway early in June. Tuesday’s two hits, including his second homer in 20 plate appearances, snapped an 0-for-9 skid. …  What’s life like in the PCL these days? Jerry Keel gave up nine runs (seven earned) over five innings and got the win. The big lefty is now 6-2 on the season despite a 6.69 ERA.

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Key Stats: CF Buddy Reed 1-for-2, HR (8), BB; 2B Ivan Castillo 2-for-5, 2B; RF Edward Olivares 2-for-4, BB, SB (15); 1B Kyle Overstreet 3-for-5, SB (1); RHP Ronald Bolaños 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 6 K, 3 BB; RHP Jean Cosme 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, HBP

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles got on the board first as Edward Olivares came home on the front end of a double steal, but the night was mostly quiet for Amarillo at the plate. The bottom five in the lineup combined to go 1-for-16. … After a strong Texas League debut outing, Ronald Bolanos has gotten roughed up by the Naturals in his next two starts. The 22-year-old Cuban, who pitched to a 2.85 ERA in 10 games over his second stint with Lake Elsinore, was charged with three earned runs, but his throwing error also contributed to two unearned runs coming across. While he allowed only two hits over six innings in his first appearance, he’s yielded 14 over his last seven frames. … Buddy Reed hit his first homer of the month off former long-time big league closer Drew Storen. The switch-hitter has struck out less this month than any since he was promoted to Double-A last summer, but has continued to struggle away from Hodgetown. He hadn’t homered in 30 road games until Tuesday night. … Kyle Overstreet collected his fourth multi-hit game in his last six.

Cal League All-Star Game

Esteury Ruiz homered for the only Southern Division run, Luis Campusano doubled, Caleb Boushley worked a clean inning, and Kevin Charity was there with coverage of all of it.

Midwest League All-Star Game

Key Stats: 2B Xavier Edwards 1-for-3, SB; RHP Henry Henry 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K

Prospect Notes: In a weird turn of events, the Midwest League was tied after nine innings, so the League decided to end the game with a home run derby to determine the champion. The TinCaps’ Eastern Division squad earned the win in the unique contest. Xavier Edwards singled and stole a base to open the game offensively for the East, and Henry Henry recorded the last out for the squad from the mound, but in between, there wasn’t a ton of TinCaps news. Ryan Weathers was named to the team, but did not appear.

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Key Stats: 3B/C Jonny Homza 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 SB; SS Jordy Barley 1-for-5, 2 K, SB; RHP Cullen Dana 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1K; LHP Ramon Perez 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 5 BB

Prospect Watch: 2018 draftee Cullen Dana made his system debut, working two scoreless frames as he continues to build back up after Tommy John surgery knocked him out of his junior year at Seton Hall University last spring. The big lefty, who the Padres selected based on a heavy fastball he showed in his first two seasons for the Pirates, will be one to watch as he develops. … Ramon Perez‘s first outing since his demotion from Fort Wayne showcased more of his struggles with command and sequencing. The talented 19-year-old walked five, continuing a troubling trend he’s shown since a strong start to the year. While his six strikeouts also show the promise of what he can do when his pitches are working, the Cuban lefty needs to hit his spots more consistently. … Switch-hitting infielder Reinaldo Ilarraza spent much of the last two seasons in Fort Wayne, but is back in Tri-City in his fourth season in the organization. The 20-year-old Venezuelan reached base three times Tuesday and has drawn five walks in his first 16 plate appearances.

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Key Stats: SS C.J. Abrams 4-for-4, HR (1), BB; RF Josh Mears 2-for-4; DH Victor Nova 2-for-4, SB; 2B Luis Paez 1-for-2, 2 BB; RHP Luarbert Arias 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB

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Key Stats: 2B Ripken Reyes 2-for-5, 2 2B, SB; 1B Kelvin Alarcon 3-for-5, 2B, SB; CF Angel Solarte 1-for-3, 2 BB; LHP Jeferson Garcia 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Luis Eusebio 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: CJ Abrams started his professional career with a bang, as the Padres’ top draft pick homered and reached base five times on the opening night of the Arizona League. Abrams, 18, slashed singles to center in each of his first two at-bats, then yanked a pitch over the wall in right in his third trip to the plate. (Video below courtesy of Kim Contreras, who’s always worth a follow for AZL news at @Cu_As.) The dynamic switch-hitter was the sixth overall pick in the draft two weeks ago and is already widely regarded among the top 100 prospects in the game. … Fellow draftee Josh Mears singled in his first two pro at-bats, getting thrown out trying to stretch a line drive down the left field line into a double. … Luis Paez, one of 16 members of the Padres’ 2017 international signing class set to make their U.S. debuts in the AZL this summer, singled, drew two walks and swiped a base. The middle infielder walked in over 20% of his plate appearances in the Dominican last summer while striking out barely more than half as often. … In Goodyear, the AZL2 squad fell to Cincinatti’s affiliate. Kelvin Alarcon, originally signed as a middle infielder in 2015, has grown into a corner option. The now-20-year-old left-handed hitter went 3-for-5 including a double and swiped a base. While he came into the year with over 550 professional plate appearances, he’s just now starting to show the physical traits that will define his career if he succeeds.


Logan Allen‘s Debut

Ben Davey was on-hand with coverage as Logan Allen made a stellar big league debut. For subscribers, we also looked at the detour Allen took on his way to the big league rotation this spring and at the work Francisco Mejia put in at El Paso to join him at Petco Park.

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Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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