Ty France hasn’t had a whole lot to worry about this season in the PCL. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 10 San Antonio Missions 9

Key Statistics: RF Travis Jankowski 1-4, BB; LF Rodrigo Orozco 2-5, RBI; 3B Ty France 4-5, 3 RBI, 2 2B, HR (27); SS Seth Mejias-Brean 3-4, RBI, 3B; CF Boog Powell 2-3, 3B; LHP Dillon Overton (W, 7-5) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, HR; RHP Eric Yardley 1.0 IP, 0 R; LHP Robbie Erlin 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, HR

Prospect Watch: El Paso exploded for seven runs in the second inning and held a 10-4 lead after four innings, but had to hold off a late rally by San Antonio for the win. Ty France once again led the Chihuahuas offense, finishing up the fireworks in the second with a  three-run home run. France came back from an 0-2 count to drive the pitch over the right-center field wall for his 27th homer of the year. He also clubbed a pair of doubles on the night. Each part of his ridiculous .406/.482/.790 slash line leads all of full-season baseball. On the year, France has 55 extra-base hits against 48 strikeouts. … Seth Mejias-Brean, 28, who was in the Mariners organization last year, tripled as part of a three-hit night to push his average to .327, good for eighth in the PCL. In the context of this year’s hitting environment in the PCL, his .847 OPS is only good for a 103 wRC+. While the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Mejias-Brean has filled in admirably at shortstop, he fits better as a third baseman with good range. …El Paso has scored 10 or more runs in all four games of the current homestand.

Frisco RoughRiders 6 Sod Poodles 2

Key Statistics: CF Taylor Trammell 1-4, BB, 3 K; DH Edward Olivares 1-5, 2B; 3B Hudson Potts 1-3, RBI, BB; LF Buddy Reed 1-3, BB, SB (18); RF Tayler Kohlwey 2-4, RBI, SB (5); LHP Nick Margevicius (L, 4-3) 7.0 IP 8 H 6 R 5 ER 7 K HR

Nick Margevicius in action for the Sod Poodles. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles dropped their third straight game on Saturday night in Frisco. … After being a surprise member of the opening day roster coming off a strong 2018 split between Low-A and High-A, Nick Margevicius has now thrown more innings for the Sod Poodles than he did for the big league club. Since going back to the level we expected him to work out this year, the former Rider University star has a 4.12 ERA in 59 innings, but away from the launching pad at Hodgetown, it’s a much more solid 3.09 in 32 innings. Margevicius’ strength has always been exceptional fastball command, despite only touching 91 MPH. Going forward, he is going to have to incorporate a cutter or use a two-seam fastball more to keep more advanced hitters from sitting on the pitch. … Taylor Trammell is off to a tough start in the Padres’ organization. Through his first 10 games – an obviously small sample size – he is hitting .179 with 13 strikeouts in 44 plate appearances. The organization is going to run him out in center field and bat him leadoff for the rest of the season to find out what they  have in the centerpiece of San Diego’s trade deadline deal that sent Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen to the Cleveland Indians.

Xavier Edwards continues to hit in 2019. Photo: Jerry Espinoza

Storm 8 Inland Empire 66ers 3

Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards 2-5, RBI 2 3B; C Luis Campusano 1-3, 2 BB, HR (12); SS Gabriel Arias 3-5, 2 RBI, HR, (12), SB (7); RF Jack Suwinski 1-4, BB, 2 RBI, HR (10); 1B Olivier Basabe 2-3, BB; RHP Mason Thompson 1.0 IP 2 H; RHP Caleb Boushley (W, 5-4) 4.1 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 3 K

Prospect Watch: The Storm won for the third time in four games and are now in a three-way tie atop their four-team division. … When Xavier Edwards left the Midwest League he was hitting .336/.395/.414. Now, 28 games into his California League tenure, Edwards, who turned 20 on August 2, is hitting .345/.386/.378. The Padres’ competitive balance pick last year has nine stolen bases in 10 attempts, but tonight he had only his third and fourth extra-base hits – all of them triples – in 132 plate appearances since his promotion. A big focus for him in the offseason will be working on pulling the ball for more power without sacrificing his exceptional ability to make consistent contact. … Luis Campusano continues to demonstrate why he might be the best catcher in all of minor league baseball. He leads the California League with a .325 batting average, is third in on-base percentage at .394 and fifth in slugging percentage at .504. At 20 years old, he is nearly two and half years younger than the league average. He also has the tools to be a strong defensive backstops. … As scheduled, Caleb Boushley piggybacked Mason Thompson‘s first start for the Storm since he hit the injured list at the start of May. The big Texan threw just one inning after a three-inning relief stint earlier in the week.

Blake Hunt has a .814 OPS in the second half. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

South Bend Cubs 3 TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: C Blake Hunt 3-4, 2B; RHP Adrian Martinez (L, 5-4) 5.2 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER BB 4 K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were held to five hits on the evening and Blake Hunt had three of them. While Campusano has been putting together an outstanding season in High-A, Hunt has been very good with Fort Wayne, especially in the second half with a .303/.380/.434 slash line. The 20-year-old has lowered his strikeout rate from 22.9% last year in Tri-City to 17.9% this year and the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Orange County native has made considerable strides behind the plate. … Right fielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton‘s on-base streak came to an end after 26 games.

Dust Devils 8 Spokane Indians 3

Jack Stronach had the best day of his pro career so far. (Photo: Mike Wilson)

Key Statistics: 3B Kelvin Melean 2-5, 2 RBI, 2B; DH Sean Guilbe 2-4, 2 2B, BB; LF Jack Stronach 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 2B, HR (1); C Alison Quintero 1-2, 2 BB, 2B; RHP Ethan Elliott 4.0 IP H 4 K; Domonic DiSabitino (W, 3-0) 2.0 IP 3 H 3 R ER K; RHP Deacon Medders 2.0 IP 4 K; LHP Dan Dallas 1.0 IP BB K.

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils put up six runs in the second inning on the road in Spokane and never looked back as they broke their two-game losing streak. Helix High and UCLA alum Jack Stronach, 22, was the star of the game with a pair of doubles and his first professional home run. The 21st-round pick this year hit .331/.402/.429 from the left side in his junior year for the Bruins to earn the spot in his hometown team’s system. … Sean Guilbe had a Sean Guilbe-type game with a pair of extra-base hits, two strikeouts, and a walk. As our profile noted yesterday, his main goal this year is to gradually expand his hitting zone without sacrificing his exceptional eye at the plate. He could be the type of player whose numbers go up as he gets to higher levels with better umpires. He is hitting .277/.320/.617 in 50 second-half plate appearances with 11 extra-base hits in 12 games.

AZL Padres-1 8 AZL Reds 0

Key Statistics: SS Chris Givin 2-4, 2 RBI, BB; RF Yordi Franciso 2-4, RBI; 3B Bryan Torres 2-3, BB; 2B Luis Paez 1-3, RBI, BB; RHP Edgar Martinez 5.0 IP 2 H 2 BB 8 K; LHP Andrew Dean 2.0 IP BB 3 K; RHP Seth Mayberry 1.0 IP 3 K

AZL Cubs-2 5 AZL Padres 2 2

Key Statistics: SS Ripken Reyes 2-4; 3B Jaryd Dale 3-4; 1B Luis Almanzar 1-3, 2 RBI,2B, BB; RHP Robert Stock 1.0 IP 2 K; LHP Gabriel Morales 5.0 IP BB 9 K;

Prospect Watch: The AZL-1 Padres had exceptional pitching as their staff got 16 of the 27 outs by strikeout. Eight of the punchouts were by 18-year old Edgar Martinez, another of the organization’s seemingly endless supply of Cuban pitchers. On the season, the undersized righty has a 2.97 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 36.1 innings against only six walks. … Hard-throwing reliever Robert Stock began his rehab assignment with a clean inning with two strikeouts. He hit the IL six weeks ago. … How difficult is it to get out of the short-season leagues? The AZL Padres and Northwest League rosters can each carry 35 players, but there are only 25 spots available for next year’s Fort Wayne TinCaps team in the Midwest League. One place where there will be a lot of competition is in the middle infield, another position of strength for the organization. In the AZL, both Chris Givin, a 19th-round pick out of Xavier with a .364/.417/.514 line, and 30th-rounder Ripken Reyes, who is hitting .315/.422/.436, are making strong cases to be included with next year’s TinCaps. The organization also has 18-year-old shortstop Yeison Santana, hitting .328/.410/.482 along with several good players on the Dust Devils above, including Jordy Barley.

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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