CJ Abrams, Padres prospect joing Fort Wayne TinCaps

CJ Abrams got to the TinCaps faster than any Padres high school draftee. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

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Key Stats: 2B Ty France 4-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI; C Austin Allen 2-5, HR (15), 2 R, 3 RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (12), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB; 3B Seth Mejias-Brean 2-4, HR (10), 2 R, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: It was an emotional night as the Chihuahuas held a moment of silence prior to their first game back home since the shooting in their city Saturday. The game turned south quickly as Round Rock scored in every inning. The El Paso offense erupted for four runs in the first thanks to back-to-back home runs by Austin Allen and Aderlin Rodriguez, but couldn’t keep pace as the game wore on.  While many people shrugged off Allen’s performance with the Padres earlier this year, he posted a decent .250/.327/.318 line in 49 plate appearances with the team, which isn’t bad for a young player getting action twice a week.  Back as the primary catcher in El Paso, Allen is once again posting All-Star worthy numbers.  His .299/.364/.588 line isn’t far off from his .291/.352/.475 career line. … Ty France also continues to put up incredible Triple-A numbers after a so-so stint with the Padres.  With four more hits Wednesday, France raised his batting average to .399.  He also amassed enough plate appearances to appear atop official leaderboards. Even in the souped-up offensive environment of the PCL this year, France outpaces his nearest competition in most categories by 15-20%. He has an opportunity to join Erubiel Durazo as the only hitters to hit .400 in the modern era of Triple-A baseball that dates back to 1963.

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Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 7-5) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; CF Taylor Trammell 2-4, R, BB; SS Owen Miller 2-4, RBI; LF Tyler Kohlwey 3-4, HR (4), 2 R

Kyle Lloyd had another strong start. Photo: Grant Wickes.

Prospect Watch: Make it two straight games that Taylor Trammell has reached base three times. The 21-year-old now has a four-game hitting streak as he gets his bearings in a new organization. After starting his career with the Sod Poodles 1-for-12 with five strikeouts, he has reached base in eight of his last 19 plate appearances. … SS Owen Miller connected on two singles to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The Illinois State alum continues to be everything the Padres had hoped.  He is hitting for a high average (.297) while reaching base (.359) and making consistent contact (14% K rate).  Miller might not have the ceiling of many of the other middle infield prospects in the organization, but he has a vastly higher floor and could easily become a consistent big league contributor. Kyle Lloyd, who made his lone major league start for the Padres just over two years ago, turned in seven more solid innings. The righty with a wipeout split-fingered fastball has stabilized the Amarillo rotation through the second half, averaging more than six innings per outing while posting a 3.17 ERA. Away from the homer-happy environment in the Panhandle, Lloyd owns a 2.19 ERA on the year. … David Bednar converted on his fifth straight save opportunity. The righty with a heavy fastball has yielded just one hit over his last six innings while striking out 12.

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Key Stats: RHP Jacob Nix 4.1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 7 K; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 3 IP, 4 H, ER; DH Xavier Edwards 1-4; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4

Prospect Watch: David Jay was in attendance to watch Jacob Nix make his rehab start for the Storm.

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Key Stats: SS CJ Abrams 2-4, R, 2B, BB, SB; 2B Tucupita Marcano 1-4, RBI, SB (11); C Blake Hunt 2-3, 2B, R, BB; DH Michael Curry 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; LHP Omar Cruz 5.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Mason Fox 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K

Prospect Watch: After going hitless in his first Midwest League game, SS CJ Abrams got hits in his first two at-bats Wednesday. In the third inning, he hit a one-out ground-rule double, stole third, and came home on a 5.5 hole single by Tucupita Marcano to give the TinCaps a 1-0 lead.  Not only did he show off on the base paths, he also showed off his arm from shortstop (see below).  … After carrying a 0.95 ERA in 19 innings for Tri-City, RHP Mason Fox has continued the domination in Fort Wayne. Even while allowing his first two hits in three outings Wednesday, he also struck out three more batters. The 22-year-old righty has struck out nine of the 14 batters he’s faced in the Midwest League and has 23 strikeouts in his last 10.1 innings dating back to his Tri-City work. … Starter Omar Cruz came off the injured list after an oblique injury shelved him for two weeks. The 20-year-old quickly got back on track, allowing one run over 5.1 innings and striking out six more.

The Dust Devils finish the All-Star Break and the AZL Padres squads did not play

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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