Chihuahuas 5 Las Vegas Aviators 3
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 1-5, HR (25), RBI, 2 K; LF Travis Jankowski 2-5, R, 2B; 3B Ty France 2-4, HR (22), 3 RBI; 2B Estaban Quiroz 1-3, HR (17), RBI, BB; RHP Trey Wingenter 1.1 IP, 3 K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas added another three home runs off rehabbing big-leaguer Sean Manaea to their record-breaking total, including team- and league-leader Michael Gettys‘s 25th. While his power, speed, and defense remain tantalizing, his swinging strike rate is the fifth-highest in the PCL. Despite the career-high in homers, his overall offensive production this season has decreased as his BABIP has slid drastically. … Ty France added to his ridiculous Triple-A slash line with another multi-hit contest. The former Aztec has now hit 22 home runs in 58 games. Ty has been “slumping” this month (statistically his worst month by far), only hitting .358/.456/.582 and walking more than he has struck out.
Springfield Cardinals 12 Sod Poodles 1
Key Stats: LHP Ronald Bolaños 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K; RF Edward Olivares 2-4, 2B; 1B Brad Zunica 1-3, HR (13), RBI; CF Buddy Reed 1-3, 2B, 2 K
Prospect Watch: It was a rough game all around for Amarillo. Ivan Castillo, whose batting average leads the Texas League by over 20 points, went hitless for the first time since July 1 and snapped a five game RBI streak. … Another streaking Sod Poodle, Edward Olivares had another multi-hit game and has now reached base in 11 straight. He is hitting .388/.446/.663 in July. His .391 wOBA trails only Seth Beer among currently active Texas League players. … After hitting 11 home runs in his first 40 games, 1B Brad Zunica has just two in the next 46 after Wednesday night’s blast. Zunica, who had a .575 SLG in May, is trying to rebound from a truly awful June that saw him post a .581 OPS. Encouragingly, he’s striking out at his lowest clip of the season this month.
Lancaster JetHawks 4 Storm 3
Key Stats: 2B Xavier Edwards 1-5, R; C Luis Campusano 3-4, HR (10), 2 RBI, 2B; CF Jeisson Rosario 1-3, R, BB; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 2 IP, BB, 3 K; RHP Javy Guerra IP, K
Prospect Watch: Welcome back Hansel Rodriguez. The former closer of the TinCaps has been injured for most of the last two years. He got into 9 games for the Storm in May before reinjuring himself. He clearly has shaken off the rust throwing two scoreless innings. In limited work Rodriguez has 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings with a 0.87 WHIP. … RHP Javy Guerra also made his presence known. Guerra has looked great in seven of his last eight appearances, and is continuing to get better with his location. Being able to add another upper-90s arm to the future Padres pen would be another big boost. … C Luis Campusano was recently credited by Kyle Glaser of BA as being the best offensive prospect on a team with Xavier Edwards, Gabriel Arias, and Esteury Ruiz. Considering Edwards is already a top 100 prospect and Arias is close to it especially given his recent offensive surge (.358/.395/.481 last month as a 19 year-old and defensive wizard at short), Campusano has to be thought of in that range as well. He is leading the league in hitting, hitting for power, solid defensively, and is only 20. There is a lot to like from the talented backstop.
Luis Campusano drives a two-run single through the left side to make it 8-3 Lake Elsinore. He's 3-for-4 today and has his average back over .320.
Of the position players, he's the guy on this Lake Elsinore team folks
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) July 23, 2019
Bowling Green Hot Rods 6 TinCaps 5
Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K; 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-5, R, 2 SB (9); LF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB (8); SS Justin Lopez 1-3, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: The two top prep lefties from last year’s draft faced off against each other and the TinCaps’ Ryan Weathers outperformed Bowling Green’s Matthew Liberatore. Early on it looked like Liberatore had the advantage as Weathers allowed multiple baserunners in each of the first two innings. But the second runner Weathers permitted in the second was the last to reach base against the 19-year-old. He retired the side in the next three innings (10 in a row total), while Liberatore allowed three straight two out runs in the third inning. That rally included Tucupita Marcano taking home on the front half of a double steal. Liberatore allowed another run in the fifth, while Weathers struck out the last two batters he faced. Weathers has now gone three straight starts of at least five innings allowing two or fewer runs.
For Subscribers: We’ve got an interview with Tucupita Marcano, who’s surging again for Fort Wayne.
Dust Devils 6 Spokane Indians 1
Key Stats: LHP Jason Blanchard 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K; DH Logan Driscoll 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Tre Carter 0-3, BB, 2 R; RF Matthew Acosta 0-3, BB, 2 R
Prospect Watch: John Conniff has coverage from the night in Pasco.
AZL Padres-1 9 AZL Indians-Red 7
Key Stats: LHP Jose Castillo 1 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K; RHP Mason Thompson IP; SS CJ Abrams 2-5, 3B, HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI; LF Joshua Mears 1-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-4, SB (2); DH Yordi Francisco 3-5, R, 3B, 2 SB (11)
AZL Padres-2 15 AZL Reds 1
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Guarate 5 IP, 4 H, BB, K; LF Luis Almanzar 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB; 2B Ripken Reyes 2-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB; CF Angel Solarte 1-5, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI; SS Yeison Santana 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B; RF Christian Heredia 3-6, R, RBI
Prospect Watch: There were many interesting storylines in the desert Wednesday as both clubs won. Jose Castillo got into his first game since being pulled off of his rehab stint in Triple-A on June 15. The big lefty gave up a single and RBI double to the first batters he faced, then struck out the side. … RHP Mason Thompson made his first live appearance since April 30, tossing an easy one-two-three inning. … Joshua Mears has homered in three straight games, raising his slugging percentage 100 points in the process. … AZL Padres-1 came back from a 7-1 deficit to win, thanks in large part to a three-run home run from first round pick CJ Abrams. While Abrams lost his hitting streak last week, he now has a 10 game run scored streak, and has scored 37 times in 26 games. … Yordi Francisco is making a case for himself as a late bloomer. He has already set career highs in steals (11), home runs (five), and triples (four). Now 22, the left-handed hitting corner outfield is slugging 200 points higher than ever before. … RHP Carlos Guarate, signed in 2017, has thrown back-to-back scoreless five inning outings. While the 18-year-old’s underlying numbers aren’t quite as stellar, his 2.42 ERA is an accomplishment in the AZL. … Outfielder Luis Almanzar picked up his first RBI since being demoted from Fort Wayne to the AZL. … Yeison Santana, another 18-year-old from the 2017 international class, continues to lead the Padres-2 squad with a .330 average. While he’s putting the ball in play, hehasn’t shown much power or speed yet. He has some room to grow still. … Christian Heredia, a Dominican citizen who was born in Spain, tied his career high with three hits. One the many to get the Padres’ top allowed $300,000 bonus in 2017, he has walked in nearly 20% of plate appearances, giving him a nice .393 OBP.