Padres prospect CJ Abrams bats in the AZL

CJ Abrams locked in early as a professional. (Photo: Joseph Coblitz/BurningRiverBaseball)

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Key Stats: RHP Miguel Diaz 2 IP, H, K; RHP Andres Muñoz (W, 3-2) IP, H, ER; RHP Gerardo Reyes (S, 3) IP, H, R, K; CF Michael Gettys 3-4, 2 RS, RBI, BB; SS Seth Mejias-Brown 3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; LF Matthew Batten 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; 2B Esteban Quiroz 5-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas are baseball’s home run leaders, and yet on a night when they scored 12 runs, they didn’t hit a single ball out of the park.  They did, however, manage 20 hits, five of which INF Esteban Quiroz contributed. Quiroz, acquired from Boston in the offseason as the Padres juggled 40-man roster flexibility, raised his OPS to .926, which gives him the highest OPS of any Chihuahua not to have worn a Padre uniform this year. … RHP Andres Muñoz pitched another inning, giving up a run but earning the win. While many are anxiously awaiting Muñoz’s debut to bolster the big-league bullpen, the 20-year-old still has not appeared in back-to-back games and has yet to get more than four outs in any Triple-A game.  His 29.1 inning workload is already a career high. While opponents are making more frequent contact against him in the PCL, he also has cut his walk rate in half from his work in Double-A.

Texas League All-Star Game

All five Sod Poodles batters on the roster got the start in Tulsa Tuesday night as their South Division team rolled to victory. Owen Miller‘s double was one of four extra-base hits in the game. Edward Olivares singled, walked and stole a base, while Kyle Overstreet drew a pair of walks. Emmanuel Ramirez opened the game on the mound, allowing one hit in his scoreless frame. Travis Radke turned in a clean inning and David Bednar came on to rescue former Padres farmhand Walker Weickel, who allowed the North’s only run.

Amarillo resumes play Thursday night.

Storm 4 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3 (12 innings)

Key Stats:  RHP Caleb Boushley 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 11 K; DH Luis Campusano 2-5, HR (8), RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 2-4, 2B, RS, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, BB;

Prospect Watch: It is difficult to win a game when you go 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and yet somehow the Storm did it.  After the Storm failed to advance their placed runner in either the 10th or 11th, Jalen Washington raced around to score on a game-ending wild pitch. … RF Tirso Ornelas had just his second multi-hit game of the month but is still hitting just .164/.292/.197 in June.  Ornelas has still shown the components that had him on many watch lists last winter but has struggled mightily this year putting together consistent at-bats.  His strikeout rate has drastically increased from 19.2% last year to 26.6% this year. … RHP Caleb Boushley set a career high with 11 strikeouts.  Boushley was used primarily as a reliever in full-season ball before injuries forced him into the rotation last month.  He has made the most of his opportunities averaging 12.3 K/9.

South Bend Cubs 10 TinCaps 4

Key Stats: RHP Gabe Mosser (L, 4-4) 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; SS Tucupita Marcano 2-4, 2B, RBI; DH Michael Curry 2-4, HR (4), 2 RBI; 3B Luis Almanzar 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI

Prospect Watch: A month ago, RHP Gabe Mosser had arguably his best start of the year against South Bend.  He went six scoreless innings allowing only three baserunners while striking out six. Tuesday, the Cubs got their revenge.  Mosser allowed 14 baserunners in 5.1 innings and struck out a season-low three batters. … SS Tucupita Marcano was slow to bounce back when he came off the Injured List, going 2-for-23 with only one walk in his first five games. Since then, he has reached base in seven of eight games hitting a slightly better .257/.278/.314, but the left-handed hitting infielder still hasn’t found the same stroke that carried him to a hot start. … Michael Curry connected for his third homer in 10 games to get the TinCaps on the board in the eighth inning. The 21-year-old slugger has an OPS of .865 since rejoining the club from a stint in Extended Spring Training in May.

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Padres prospect Matthew Acosta bats for Tri-City Dust Devils

USC product Matt Acosta has jumped out of the gate fast for Tri-City. (Photo Mike Wilson)

Key Stats: LHP Ethan Elliott 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K; RHP Felix Minjarez (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K; CF Matthew Acosta 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils haven’t had much to be excited about offensively this year, putting up a team line of .212/.326/.278 – only that on-base percentage ranks above the league median. Outfielder Matthew Acosta has been the one constant contributor.  The 12th round pick out of USC has hit safely in all 10 professional games.  For the first time in his career, he reached base four times Tuesday, showing the patience to walk six times in his last three games. … Senior sign Ethan Elliott has had a successful pro debut as he eases into a professional workload.  The 10th round pick has struck out five in his first three innings with no walks. … Infielder Sean Guilbe has played to his scouting report so far in Tri-City. While four of his five hits, including a double Tuesday, have gone for extra bases, he’s also struck out in 11 of 33 plate appearances.

AZL Padres-1 15 AZL Royals 1

Key Stats: SS CJ Abrams 3-5, 4 R, BB, 2 SB (3); DH Hudson Potts 2-2, RBI; CF Hudson Head 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB (1), BB; C Chandler Seagle 1-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI; PH/DH Ivan Nova 2-3, 3B; LHP Jesus Gonzalez 4 IP, 4 H,, ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Moises Lugo 4 IP, 3 H, 3 K

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Key Stats: 2B Ethan Skender 3-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI; 1B Kelvin Alarcon 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, SB (4); SS Yeison Santana 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 3B, BB; RF Christian Heredia 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB

Prospect Watch:  After a week with no Hudsons, the AZL Padres suddenly had two.  Top prospect Hudson Potts, who hadn’t appeared in a game since May 31, got the rehab start at DH.  He got a hit in both at-bats before being removed. The Padres will likely give Potts, who struggled mightily through the first two months of the year, a few extra games to try and get his swing back. … The other Hudson, Hudson Head, was last seen signing a record contract for a third-round pick.  Tuesday, he got into his first game.  After striking out in his first two at-bats, Head laced a single through the right side for his first hit, and quickly stole second and scored on a Joshua Mears single.  He then doubled and walked in his final two at-bats.  Not a bad start. … Speaking of good starts, first round pick CJ Abrams continued his tear with another three-hit night and two stolen bases.  Not only has Abrams hit safely in all seven games so far, but four of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases. He sports a .485/.514/.697 early line. … Across the valley, Kelvin Alarcon paced a 16-hit attack with four more knocks Tuesday. He’s 10 for his first 19 with just one strikeout in his fourth season stateside. … Spanish-born outfielder Cristian Heredia, one of the headliners of the Padres’ bonus-limited 2017 international free agent class, drew three walks to go with a single and double on a busy night. The 18-year-old right-handed hitter owns a 1.060 OPS through his first 25 plate appearances.

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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