Padres prospect Junior Perez bats in the AZL

Junior Perez is hitting for power in the AZL. (Photo: Joseph Coblitz/BRBaseball)

Chihuahuas off day

El Paso had Monday night off. They open a series in Nashville Tuesday with a one-game division lead.

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Key Statistics: 2B Ivan Castillo 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; SS Owen Miller 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, 2 RBI; C Luis Torrens 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI; DH Kyle Overstreet 1-for-5, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; 3B Pete Van Gansen 2-for-5, 2 HR (6, 7), 2 RBI; LHP Nick Margevicius (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; RHP Carlos Belen IP, H, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles scored in eight different innings to cruise to a win against the Royals’ Double-A affiliate. … Ivan Castillo broke out of a mini-slump with three singles and an RBI. Coming into Monday’s game, Castillo was 2-for-17 over his previous four starts. His .335 batting average still leads the Texas League. … Catcher Luis Torrens had a pair of doubles and tied a season-high with four RBI. Torrens, 23, has been an offensive force all year while continuing to make strides defensively. He is hitting a solid .293/.366/.483 for Amarillo this season. … Infielder Peter Van Gansen belted two homers — his first multi-homer game as a professional. Van Gansen, 25, has been a useful infielder who plays a solid shortstop but has seen time at second and third. Between El Paso and Amarillo, the former Cal Poly Mustang has a career-high 10 homers. … LHP Nick Margevicius worked six innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits, striking out a season-high eight batters. The southpaw has been quite good on the road since being sent to Double-A. In three road starts, Margevicius has allowed hitters to bat just .145 in 18 innings. He hasn’t allowed a homer away from HODGETOWN.

Storm off day

Elsinore starts a road trip in San Jose Tuesday night with rehabbing big-leaguer Garrett Richards on the mound.

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Key Statistics: C Blake Hunt 1-for-3, R, RBI; CF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-for-3, R, HR (5), RBI; 3B Ethan Skender 1-for-4, 2 RBI; LHP Joey Cantillo (W, 8-3) 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K; LHP Cody Tyler 2 IP, 3 K.

Padres prospect Joey Cantillo pitches for Fort Wayne TinCaps

Joey Cantillo gets on top of his pitch for Fort Wayne. (Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps battled some rainy weather to get a win at home. … Dwanya Williams-Sutton hit his fifth homer as the 2018 fifth-round pick made his first professional start in center field. The former East Carolina star has reached base in 16 straight games. His .408 on-base percentage leads the Midwest League. … LHP Joey Cantillo earned his eighth win of the year, pitching six innings in the Fort Wayne victory. The southpaw allowed just one run on four hits notching six strikeouts. Cantillo, 19, has been one of the best pitchers in the system this year and perhaps in all of Minor League Baseball. He has a 2.07 ERA in 90 innings and opposing hitters are batting just .181 off of the Hawaiian, who got an overslot bonus to sign as a 16th-rounder as one of the youngest players in the 2017 draft.

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Key Statistics: DH Carlos Luis 1-for-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI; 3B Jonny Homza 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; RHP Connor Lehmann 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER; RHP Jason Reynolds (L, 1-3) 1.2 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K: RHP Jake Sims 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils got blown out in Salem. … Designated hitter Carlos Luis connected on his first homer of the year. The 19-year-old has played mostly first for Tri-City, however he has seen a little time at third. Overall, he is hitting .246/.313/.347. … Jonny Homza started at third and doubled and drew a walk in four plate appearances. The 20-year-old has filled out over the past few years although he hasn’t flashed much power yet. In 30 games with Tri-City, Homza is hitting .245/.336/.327. … RHP Jake Sims pitched a pair of innings, allowing a run while walking one and striking out three. Sims, a 31st-rounder last June, played at Division II St. Leo University in Florida. Sims was a position player in college but has converted to the mound as a pro. While command has been an issue for him (he’s walked 23) he does have 27 strikeouts in 16 innings.

For Subscribers: John has an interview with Logan Driscoll, the Padres’ competitive balance pick who splits his time between catching and the outfield.

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Key Statistics: LF Yordi Francisco 2-for-4, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-for-3, BB; CF Payton Smith 2-for-3, BB; RHP Edgar Martinez (L, 2-2) 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 K; RHP Chris Lincoln IP, H, K.

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Key Statistics: DH Cristian Heredia 3-for-4, 2 HR (2, 3), 6 RBI; RF Junior Perez 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, HR (7), 3 RBI; 2B Ripken Reyes 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (1), RBI, BB, SB (12); LHP Gabriel Morales 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP Oliber Guzman (W, 2-2) 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, K.

Prospect Watch: The AZL teams split a pair of games Monday afternoon. … While C.J. Abrams and Hudson Head have understandably drawn most of the attention in the desert, Junior Perez is absolutely someone who has put himself on the radar. The outfielder drew a walk, singled and hit his seventh homer of the year. Perez, 18, has homered six times in his last 10 games and is hitting .310/.393/.589 overall in the desert. The teenager signed with the Padres in 2017. … Cristian Heredia homered twice Monday, as part of a three-hit night. Heredia, 18, was born in Spain but signed out of the Dominican Republic, where the Padres signed him in 2017. Overall, Heredia is hitting .286/.387/.429 in his first season stateside. …LHP Gabriel Morales pitches four shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. The 20-year-old lefty is spending his second summer in the Arizona League after making his pro debut in the DSL in 2017. This year he has a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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