Albuquerque Isotopes 12 Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: 2B Ty France 2-4, RBI, BB; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 3-4; LHP Dietrich Enns (L, 9-6) 4.0 10 H 7 R 7 ER 2 BB 3 K 3 HR; RHP Trevor Megill 2.0 IP 2 H 3 K

Prospect Watch: The visiting Isotopes exploded for five home runs as the Chihuahuas lost their third game out of the last four since the Triple-A All-Star break. … Ty France made his seventh start of the season at second base, and like most things, it had little effect on his offense as he rapped out a pair of singles.  His manager Edwin Rodriguez sees France as being someone that can play second, but whose best position is still first or third base.  The Padres love his bat and there is a good chance he could be out in left field or even catch a game; a position he played in high school in order to increase his versatility for a major league utility role. … Aderlin Rodriguez is a big right-handed first baseman that the Padres signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason. He had been with Double-A Bowie in the Eastern League with the Baltimore Orioles organization last year and is putting together a nice season in limited playing time. In July he has hit .364/.447/697 in only 36 plate appearances as his manager attempts to juggle playing time for a lot of bats. … Trevor Megill, all 6-foot-8 of him, continues to do the job out of the bullpen.  In 25.1 innings pitched he has 33 strikeouts against only 10 walks.

Soddies third baseman Hudson Potts had a three-hit game, including his 8th homer, as Amarillo swept Frisco. Photo: Grant Wickes.

Sod Poodles 10 Frisco RoughRiders 6

Key Statistics: DH Owen Miller 2-4, 2B, BB; CF Buddy Reed 2-4 2 HR (11), 4 RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 3-5, HR (8) 3 RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 3-5; RHP Jesse Scholtens 5.0 IP 8 H 6 R 5 ER 2 BB 2 K HR; RHP Evan Miller (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP H K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles won their fourth straight, sweeping Frisco as the offense exploded for three home runs, two by Buddy Reed.  Reed whose 6-foot-4 athleticism, defense, and speed has captured the imagination of every Padres’ fan, unfortunately, the numbers haven’t been there for Reed this year, but his tools are so far off the charts he is always going to be given a lot of patience. In the past ten games, he has a .333 batting average so maybe things are starting to click. … Hudson Potts was the organization’s highest-ranked prospect to start the year in the Panhandle and like Reed, has also struggled with making consistent contact.  A big separator is that Potts is 20 and Reed is 24. Potts has hit in five of his past seven games and his biggest challenge will be to cut down on 91 strikeouts in 63 games. …A continued bright spot for all of the season has been Owen Miller.  The Wisconsin native, as it is with most of the Sod Poodles offense, really hits when playing at Hodgetown but for a player that was just beginning his pro career after three years at Illinois State, he has more than held his own in Double-A and is in the top ten in batting average and on-base percentage. He has been equally effective at both second and third base defensively this year.

Sod Poodles Notes:  At the close of last night’s game, Phillip Wellman, the Sod Poodles’ manager, said the outfielder Jorge Oña had shoulder surgery and will be out for the remainder of the year. Oña, who last played on May 3, was easily having his best season in the Padres organization, hitting .348/.417/.539 in 100 plate appearances.

Storm 8 Visalia Oaks 1

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 2-4; SS Gabriel Arias 2-4, RBI, 3B; DH Allen Córdoba 2-4 2 HR (2) 4 RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 2-4, RBI; RHP Caleb Boushley (W, 4-2) 7.0 IP 5 H R ER 5 K; RHP Nick Kuzia 2.0 IP H BB K

Prospect Watch: Allen Córdoba provided all of the offense the Storm needed in Visalia as he crushed a pair of home runs to lead Lake Elsinore to their third victory in four games. …Yesterday, we wrote about Córdoba’s resurgence in the Padres organization. This year he has seen the majority of his time at third base but is also comfortable in the middle infield, left and center.  He’s 23 and is hitting .307/.365/.437 and his numbers have been trending upward.  His walk rate is not great at 5.1%, but he doesn’t strike out much either (17.3%). A promotion to Double-A would not only be a more age-appropriate level for him, but also a better indicator of what his future may be. …  Boushley had his second consecutive strong start and in his past two outings has only given up two earned runs in 12.2 innings pitched.  He was the 33rd round pick in last year’s draft by the Padres and like many players is getting an opportunity to show what he can do.  On the season he has 79 strikeouts in 71.2 innings for a 3.01 ERA in the Cal League.

Clinton Lumber Kings 8 TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: LF Grant Little 2-4, 2B; 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-3; RF-LF Michael Curry 2-5, SB; DH Ethan Skender 1-2, BB, HBP; RHP Brandon Komar (L, 0-1) 4.0 IP 5 H 4 R 4 ER BB 5 K

Prospect Watch: The home town Lumber Kings got up 4-0 and it was downhill after that. …Not a great day for the TinCaps’ offense as Little’s double was the only extra-base hit out of ten for Fort Wayne. … Ethan Skender, who was an overslot sign by the Padres’ in 2016 out the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota (JC), the same as current Sod Poodle first baseman Brad Zunica, nearly had his career ended before it started. The Padres gave him $465,000 to not go to Arizona State, but leg injuries nearly ended his career before it began. After two years on the sideline, the  22-year old finally got back on the field and still showed he could hit with a slash line of .385/.439/.673 in the AZL.  At the Instructs in 2016, we were unsure of where he would play, but he always hit the ball hard.  He was the designated hitter today, but look for him to get work at second and third base.

For our subscribers:  Read John’s Q&A with former Texas Tech star Grant Little on how the Red Raider is adjusting to his second year of pro ball.

Vancouver Canadiens 2 Dust Devils 1

Key Statistics: 1B Carlos Luis 3-3; LHP Ethan Elliott (L, 1-2) 3.0 IP 3 H BB 2 K; Jake Sims 1.0 IP H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB K; LHP Dan Dallas 1.0 IP 2 K

Carlos Luis had a three-hit game for Tri-City. Photo: Mike Wilson

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils outhit by the Canadians six to five, but Vancouver got the hits when they needed them to squeak out a victory.  All of the Dust Devils hits on the night were singles. … Dan Dallas was a Northwest League All-Star last year but struggled in Fort Wayne with a 5.74 ERA in 15.2 innings.  His main problem seemed to be his command, but he appears to be back on track with 20 strikeouts against six walks in 13.2 innings.  He should be a candidate to move back up to the Midwest League. … Another potential promotion candidate could be center fielder Matthew Acosta, 21, a twelfth round selection out of USC from this year’s draft.  Acosta is hitting .296/.397/.367 in 113 plate appearances. … 19-year-old Carlos Luis had just one hit in his first five games of the season, but in the 15 games since has a .321/.406/.411 slash line

AZL Padres-1 8 AZL Reds 7

Key Statistics: SS CJ Abrams 2-4, 2 2B 2 RBI; CF Hudson Head 2-4, SB; 2B Bryan Torres 2-4;  RHP Martin Carrasco 3.0 IP 3 H 2 R ER 6 K

AZL Indians Blue 7  AZL Padres-2 2

Key Statistics: CF Angel Solarte 2-4, 2B; LF Taylor Lomack 2-3

Prospect Watch:  If you have been reading this column on a daily basis by now you are well aware that CJ Abrams is off to a very good start with a .446/.470/.712 slash line.  Even though he’s still under 100 plate appearances, he’s at 98 now, it’s hard to not see the organization promoting him forward to Tri-City.  The only real blemish is six errors in 17 games is something to keep an eye on. … Hudson Head, who got the second biggest bonus in this year’s draft, has also been off to a hot start hitting .368/.478/.605 in his first ten games.  It was thought that Head might initially struggle more because he has not played against the same level of competition that Abrams had, particularly leading up to his senior year of high school, but so far he hasn’t experienced a hiccup. Head has seven extra-base hits in his first 46 plate appearances.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com 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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