Nashville Sounds 7 Chihuahuas 6
Key Stats: RHP Gerardo Reyes IP, H, 2 K; DH Josh Naylor 1-4, RS, BB; C Austin Allen 1-3, RBI, BB; 2B Esteban Quiroz 3-4, 2 R, 2B; SS Seth Mejias-Brown 2-3, HR (9), 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: With scheduled starter, Logan Allen officially traded earlier in the day, El Paso had to scramble for Wednesday. They didn’t produce many positives to highlight. CF Michael Gettys showed why, despite his plus tools and leading the team in home runs, he’s absent from top prospect lists. He went 0-for-5 striking out two more times and committing an error that led to two unearned runs. He leads the PCL with 136 strikeouts. … The quartet of position players with 2019 big league service time — Josh Naylor, Austin Allen, Travis Jankowski, and Ty France — went a combined 3-for-15 with two walks. While some questioned the significance of Jankowski and Naylor both playing in Nashville after Franmil Reyes was traded, the Padres left a roster spot open and one or the other will have plenty of flight options to Los Angeles Thursday morning. … Gerardo Reyes‘s electric stuff can make him one of the best relief arms in the system. His lack of control and inconsistent mechanics can make him one of the worst pitchers in the system. After back-to-back games of bad Gerardo Reyes, Wednesday we got the good version. The slingshot righty struck out two and was in the zone with 12 of his 16 pitches.
Sod Poodles night off
The Padres unsurprisingly announced that Taylor Trammell will report to the club when they open their homestand Thursday. You can get our analysis of the deal that landed the dynamic outfielder here.
Storm 5 San Jose Giants 0
Key Stats: RHP Luis Patino 8.1 IP, 3 H, 9 K; RHP Javy Guerra 0.2 IP, 2 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 4-5, 2 R, SB (7); C Luis Campusano 3-5, 2 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 2-5, RBI
Prospect Watch: News flash: Luis Patiño is very good. The righty turned in the organization’s best pitching performance of the year. The top prospect was perfect through five, struck out eight and allowed just three hits over 8.1 shutout innings. He did it all quickly, constantly pitching ahead in the count and making the Giant hitters swing early and often. Patiño started to lose his command a bit in the eighth but still finished throwing only 22 balls on the night. This was his first start all year without allowing a walk and tied his career-high with nine strikeouts. Patiño will finish July with a 1.19 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, .152 BAA, and 11.5 K/9. … Rather than let Patiño face the top two prospects in the Giants system for a fourth time (they were 0-for-6 against him) after 94 pitches, Tony Tarasco turned to Javy Guerra. The flame-throwing former shortstop was a bit wild but struck out both batters easily. Guerra is averaging 13.9 K/9. Encouragingly, he’s walked just one over his last eight innings. … After being put on the inactive list on Sunday, Luis Campusano returned to collect three hits. Campy continues to be one of the top offensive players in the Cal League. … Four days ago, Xavier Edwards had one of his worst days as a pro, striking out twice on seven pitches. Since then, he has gone 8-for-15 with five runs scored. His four-hit night was the second – and sixth multi-hit game – in his last eight.
Great Lakes Loons 8 TinCaps 2
Key Stats: RHP Sam Keating (L, 3-8) 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; C Juan Fernandez 2-4, R; SS Justin Lopez 1-3, 2B, BB;
Prospect Watch: Another tough game for the TInCaps. Former fourth-round pick Sam Keating was knocked around for the entirety of his start. Since throwing a seven inning shutout on July 4, Keating has allowed 26 earned runs in 14.2 innings. He now boasts a troubling 6.51 career ERA in 132 innings. The Padres gave him a big bonus on the basis of a spike in velocity his senior year, but the 20-year-old has regressed since and was working in the upper-80s Wednesday. … After being arguably the Northwest League’s most dominant pitcher, RHP Mason Fox was promoted to Fort Wayne and struck out two in a perfect inning for the TinCaps. The 2018 draft pick has allowed two runs in 20 innings this year while striking out 34.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10 Dust Devils 0
Key Stats: RHP Dan Dallas IP, 2 BB, 2 K; RF Matthew Acosta 1-4; 1B Jason Pineda 1-3
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils managed two hits, both singles, and no walks in the game. They dropped their third straight and fell into a tie for a league-worst 19-28 record. Every pitcher got knocked around. Even Dan Dallas, who had to escape after loading the bases, and Wen-Hua Sung, who came in with a WHIP of 0.84 but allowed six baserunners in two frames struggled.
AZL Padres-1 4 AZL Royals 3
Key Stats: SS CJ Abrams 2-4, RBI, 3B; RHP Jacob Nix 3 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 K; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-3, RBI, BB, SB (4); LF Payton Smith 2-3, 2B, 2 R
AZL Padres-2 9 AZL Rangers 3
Key Stats: RHP Mason Thompson 3 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 2 K; 2B Ripken Reyes 2-4, RS; SS Yeison Santana 1-4, 3B, 3 RBI; DH Christian Heredia 1-4, HR (4), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Besides seeing all the international signings and draft picks play, the best part of the AZL is seeing pitchers return to action. After Pedro Avila made his second rehab start Tuesday, Jacob Nix and Mason Thompson both made their second appearances Wednesday. For Nix, after walking two in his first rehab appearance it was a good sight to see him throw three innings without allowing a walk. Nix is on the 40-man. He will likely be back in San Diego before the end of the season. Thompson has the raw stuff to dominate, but between injuries and inconsistency, he has never come close to reaching his ceiling. Getting back to Lake Elsinore for the end of the year would be a good sign. … While CJ Abrams might not remain in the desert much longer, he currently leads the league in average, is second in slugging, and is in the top 10 in both on-base percentage and stolen bases. Bat, power, eye, speed… explains why he is already a top 50 prospect. … The AZL-2 squad is primarily made up of 2017 international signings, with a mix of 2019 draftees scattered in. Of the nine starters today, seven of them are teenagers, and yet six of the regulars are hitting at least .299, while a different combination of six have an OPS over .800.