Chihuahuas 7 Albuquerque Isotopes 0
Key Statistics: RF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Ty France 3-4, 2B, RBI; PH-SS Matt Batten 2-2, 2B; 2B Esteban Quiroz 1-3, HR (15), RBI; 3B Jason Vosler 1-3, HR (15) 4 RBI; LHP Dillon Overton (W, 4-4) 5.0 IP 3 H 2 BB 4 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd 2.0 IP 2 H 2 K; LHP Brad Wieck 2.0 IP 5 K
Prospect Watch: El Paso broke out of their mini-slump and won for the first time since the Triple-A All-Star break. ..Ty France celebrated his 25th birthday with a big day at the plate and his overall numbers are beginning to move past the realm of the phrase “small sample size.” On the season he is hitting .376/.464/.780 and has been particularly lethal at home with a .439/.512/.739 slash line. His away line is .291/.400/.519 and he has 36 extra-base hits in 49 games. He is a good defender at both first and third base and can play left field and serve as a third catcher. He’s not going to be in the minors for much longer. …Brad Wiek faced six batters, including former Padre Yonder Alonso, and struck out five of them including Alonso. In 10.2 innings this year in El Paso, Wieck has 22 strikeouts against only three walks.
Chihuahuas Notes: Our subscribers can read Kevin’s interview with El Paso reliever Steven Wilson when he was in Lake Elsinore. A good story about a player who is outperforming his draft slot.
Sod Poodles 9 Frisco RoughRiders 0
Prospect Watch: Some great offensive performances but the story of the night was MacKenzie Gore, who had his “C” game according to his manager Phillip Wellman. Marcus has the story about the top Padres’ prospect’s debut in Double-A and Grant Wickes has some great photos.
Visalia Oaks 5 Storm 3
Prospect Watch: The Storm’s modest two-game winning streak ended, but let’s get to the important stuff, Luis Patiño had another solid outing. After an April where he struggled with his command with 13 walks in 14 innings, Patiño has seen his numbers trend upward. This season in the Cal League at 19, he has held the opposition to a .191 batting average and has 89 strikeouts in 67. innings against 31 walks. Tonight he threw 95 pitches, 66 were for strikes. What everyone saw in the Future’s Game is very real. …We’ve mentioned this in the past few Dailies, but if you want an under the radar performer, Allen Córdoba might be your man (despite losing his “official” prospect status). The former Rule 5 pick is still only 23, has played multiple positions, is hitting .368/.429/.474 in the second half and is a premium athlete.
Clinton Lumber Kings 5 TinCaps 4
Prospect Watch: Clinton’s three runs in the seventh inning sent the TinCaps down on the road for the opener. …Losing Xavier Edwards to High-A Lake Elsinore is going to be difficult for the offense, and they will need increased offensive contributions from Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Grant Little and especially infielder Justin Lopez. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Lopez has some of the best tools, particularly his hands, in the organization, but has struggled this year in the Summit City hitting .204/.258/.342 with 79 strikeouts in 71 games. He is still just 19 and has flashed some power with 19 extra-base hits (including eight home runs), but he’s also in his second go-around in the Midwest League and should be a little better.
Spokane Indians 4 Dust Devils 0
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils were held to three hits on the night, all singles as they fell to 14-15 on the season. …A Dust Devil to keep an eye on is Jordy Barley. When we send David Jay off to the AZL in the summertime, the player whose athleticism he always comes back raving about is Jordy Barley, who may be as good an athlete as anyone the Padres signed from their much heralded 2016 International Draft class. As with most of these guys, he is very young, still only 19 and hitting .254/.328/.386 with seven stolen bases in 12 attempts. With C.J. Abrams tearing it up in the AZL it will be interesting to see if the organization moves him off of shortstop to make room for the top pick in the 2019 draft.
The AZL kids had a night off to enjoy the air conditioning.
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