Joey Cantillo Padres prospect pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

Joey Cantillo reached the Cal League as a 19-year-old. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Chihuahuas 3 San Antonio Missions 2

Key Stats: 2B Esteban Quiroz 2-for-3, 2B; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 1-for-4, 2 RBI; LHP Dietrich Enns 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 7 K, 3 BB, WP; RHP Steven Wilson 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Trevor Megill (S, 4), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K

Prospect Watch: El Paso managed only three hits, but made the most of them plating three runs, win their third straight, and move into a tie atop the division. Lefty Dietrich Enns and relievers Steven Wilson and Trevor Megill made the limited offense hold up. Enns had been knocked around for an ERA over nine in his last six starts, but the 28-year-old minor league free agent has continued to take the ball and has eaten 123.2 innings for the Chihuahuas. In parts of four seasons in Triple-A, Enns owns a 4.38 ERA. … Megill picked up his third save in his last eight outings. The big righty, drafted out of Loyola Marymount in 2015, has settled in as a stalwart in the back of the El Paso bullpen as members of the 40-man roster continue to shuttle back-and-forth to the Padres. Megill has a strong 56:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his 41.1 innings in Triple-A and has given up only four homers with the league’s rabbit ball. … Travis Jankowski is mired in a 6-for-37 slump with 14 strikeouts but has drawn eight walks to buoy his on-base percentage. He has struck out in 19% of his Triple-A at-bats this year.

Frisco RoughRiders 6 Sod Poodles 0

Key Stats: RF Edward Olivares 2-for-4, SB (29); RHP Ronald Bolaños 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 K, 3 BB, WP, HBP; RHP Carlos Belen 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER; RHP Evan Miller 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K

Prospect Watch: Taylor Trammell hasn’t been the only Sod Poodle slumping through his first 11 games in the system. Edward Olivares had been limping along with a 6-for-34 line for the month, even though he’d kept his strikeout rate in check. The righthanded batter may have begun to snap out of it Sunday as he collected a pair of hits in four trips to the plate. The 23-year-old also swiped his 29th base of the season. While enthusiasm for his breakout season has to be tempered a bit by his home/road splits, Olivares is showing a combination of power and speed that not many in the Padres’ upper minors can match. … Continuing a roller-coaster season, Ronald Bolaños gave up five runs over five innings after back-to-back strong outings. The righty, who will turn 23 later this month, has a deep repertoire that can get plenty of swings and misses, but he is often hittable in the zone. While his strikeout rate has climbed at each successive level, when his command is off, he has results like Sunday’s.

Inland Empire 66ers 3 Storm 1

Key Stats: 2B Eguy Rosario 1-for-3, 2B, BB; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-for-3; SS Xavier Edwards 0-for-2, BB, SAC, SB (10); LHP Joey Cantillo 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 K, 4 BB

Joey Cantillo Padres prospect pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

Joey Cantillo became the youngest pitcher in the Cal League in 2019 with his debut. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: Lefty Joey Cantillo labored in his California League debut and the Storm offense scuffled as Lake Elsinore wasn’t able to complete the sweep in San Bernardino. Cantillo, promoted after leading the Midwest League in virtually every stat for most of the year, loaded the bases in the bottom of the first but worked out of it by striking out the side. After a leadoff triple in the second, he retired nine of the next 10 hitters, but then gave up a homer, two more hits and a walk in the fifth. The big lefty hadn’t walked four in a game since a start on April 26. Cantillo needed 81 pitches to get through 4.1 innings. The 19-year-old is the youngest pitcher to appear in a Cal League game this year. … Jeisson and Eguy Rosario combined for three of the Storm’s four hits. Jeisson, the younger of the two 19-year-olds by two months, has hit in six straight and has cut his strikeout rate down to 20% in the second half. Eguy, repeating the league, has gotten away from selling out for pull power this year as he continues to make adjustments against considerably older competition.

South Bend Cubs 8 TinCaps 3

Key Stats: DH Michael Curry 2-for-3, BB, 2B; 2B Justin Lopez 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K; LHP Ryan Weathers 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB

Michael Curry Padres prospect batting for Fort Wayne TinCaps

Michael Curry has paced the TinCaps offense since June. (Photo: Jeff Nycz.)

Prospect Watch: The usually reliable TinCaps bullpen melted down to allow seven runs over the final three innings as Fort Wayne dropped the second game of their series Sunday. Ryan Weathers worked five more walk-free innings, extending his streak without a free pass to 16 frames. After giving up a run in the first, last year’s seventh overall pick surrendered doubles in three of the next four innings but was able to strand the runner each time. He struck out just one batter in the game as his velocity and K rate both continue to lag after he was shut down in May. Even with the hiccup, he is on pace to throw just under 100 innings in his first full year of professional work. … Michael Curry had two more hits and pushed his team-leading OPS to .827. After going 2-for-22 in his first seven games — wrapped around a five-week stint in extended spring training — he has been the most consistent performer in the middle of the TinCaps order.

Dust Devils 5 Salem Keizer Volcanoes 2

Key Stats: SS Kelvin Melean 4-for-4, 2B, SB (4); RF Jack Stronach 2-for-3, 2B, SF; RHP Nick Thwaits 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Wen-Hua Sung 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB

Prospect Watch: Infielder Kelvin Melean continued his stellar production for the Dust Devils, going 4-for-4 to push his average up to .355. He’s hit in eight straight games. After struggling to open the year in Lake Elsinore, he went back to extended spring training, and then fared even worse in a month-long stint with Fort Wayne. However, since the 20-year-old reported back to the Northwest League, where he first logged time in his stateside debut in 2017, he’s delivered at the plate while moving around the infield defensively. His .857 OPS tops the team. … Wen-Hua Sung continued his strong season out of the Dust Devils bullpen, striking out four over two scoreless frames. The stout righty has punched out 47 in 31 innings while opponents have hit just .178 against him. Because he was already 19 when he signed out of Taiwan in 2016, Sung could be pushed quickly next year now that he’s shown what he’s capable of when healthy.

AZL Cubs-2 5 AZL Padres-1 3

Key Stats: 3B Yerry Landinez 2-for-4, 2B; 2B Chris Givin 2-for-4; RHP Miguel Rondon 4.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 K, 0 BB; RHP Moises Lugo 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 K, 0 BB

AZL Padres-2 2 AZL Mariners 0

Key Stats: SS Ripken Reyes 2-for-4, SB (14); 1B Luis Almanzar 1-for-3 2B; 3B Jarryd Dale 1-for-2, BB, SB (6); RHP Carlos Guarate 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB; RHP Luis Eusebio 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB

Prospect Watch: Carlos Guarate continued his stellar stateside debut season with five more scoreless innings. The 18-year-old Venezuelan has allowed just one earned run over 24 innings in his last five starts, dropping his season ERA to 1.73. While his ERA ranks second on the circuit, he’s struck out 30 in his 36.1 innings of work – well below the count of any of the six other Padres pitchers in Peoria who has thrown between 35 and 38 innings. … Jarryd Dale singled and drew a walk pushing his on-base percentage up to .357 on the year. The 18-year-old Australian was physically overmatched in the AZL last summer, posting a .485 OPS, but he’s begun to fill out in the last year and is hitting .308. He should continue to grow into power but will be on a slow development path. … Yerry Landinez had a pair of hits, including his fifth double of the year. The massive 18-year-old has reached in six straight games but continues to sport an OPS of just .594.

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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