Austin Allen Padres prospect with El Paso Chihuahuas

Austin Allen is having another strong season. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

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Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, SB (2); SS Seth Mejias-Brean 3-for-4, R, BB, RBI; C Austin Allen 3-for-5, R, 2 2B, HR (19), 2 RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 3-for-5, R, 2B, HR (17), 2 RBI; RHP Jacob Nix (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes IP, H, BB, 3 K; RHP Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas used a 15-hit attack to beat up Fresno at home. … Aderlin Rodriguez had three hits, including his 17th homer of the season in the Chihuahuas’ win. Earlier in the day, the slugger was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Over the last ten games, Rodriguez has belted seven homers while hitting .444. Despite only playing in 64 games this season, Rodriguez has 24 doubles, 17 homers, and a 1.047 OPS. With three more homers in the last two weeks of the season, Rodriguez can reach 20 homers for the fourth straight season. … Catcher Austin Allen had three hits as well, including his 19th big fly of 2019. Like Rodriguez, Allen is also hitting .444 over his last ten games, with just four strikeouts in 45 plate appearances. Overall, Allen is hitting a ridiculous .400/.422/.800 in August. … RHP Jacob Nix made his first rehab start at Triple-A and pitched five shutout innings to earn the victory. The righty’s fastball sat in the low 90s but he displayed fantastic command. He walked just one batter and struck out six. Nix has ramped back up with a pair of outings in the AZL and two for Lake Elsinore. He’s struck out 17 over his last 13.2 innings. The 23-year-old could get one more rehab outing before being activated at the end of a 30-day assignment.

Sod Poodles had the night off

Storm also had Monday off

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Key Statistics: SS Tucupita Marcano 1-for-4; DH Michael Curry 2-for-3, R, BB, HR (8), RBI; 3B Justin Lopez 1-for-4, R, 2B; RHP Edwuin Bencomo (L, 1-1) 4 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K; LHP Cody Tyler 2 IP, BB, 3 K; RHP Franklin Van Gurp 2 IP, H, BB, K

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne made a late run but lost at home to Bowling Green. … Designated hitter Michael Curry singled and belted his eighth homer of the year to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The 22-year-old has been red-hot this month and is 16-for-34 over his last 10 games with a homer, four doubles and seven walks. He’s had six multi-hit games in that stretch. Overall, Curry has a .295/.390/.466 in 268 plate appearances. … Justin Lopez doubled as part of a 1-for-4 night, extending his own hitting streak to five games. The 19-year-old is in the midst of his best month as a professional. Lopez is hitting .323/.354/.500, with two homers in the month of August and has brought his strikeout rate down below 25%. The switch-hitting infielder has some pop at the plate and should be a guy to watch in the Cal League next summer. … LHP Cody Tyler fired two shutout innings, walking one and striking out three. The Padres drafted the 24-year-old out of Wichita State in the 32nd round last year. Tyler bounced around some to fill roster needs early in the year, but has found a home in the TinCaps bullpen. In 50.1 Midwest League innings, Tyler has pitched to a 2.68 ERA/3.45 FIP, with 52 strikeouts and nine walks. He has worked multiple innings in each of his last five appearances.

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Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley 2-for-2; C Logan Driscoll 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB; LHP Jason Reynolds (L, 2-4) 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Connor Lehmann 3 IP, H, K; RHP Felix Minjarez 2.2 IP, H, BB, K.

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils allowed five runs in the first, and lost on the road in Hillsboro. … Catcher Logan Driscoll singled, doubled and drew a walk in five plate appearances. The catcher/outfielder has only homered once but has 12 doubles and two triples in 26 games for Tri-City. The former George Mason star has shown a keen approach at the plate, in addition to providing positional flexibility. With his quadriceps injury from June now completely behind him, Driscoll has caught  two of his last three starts. … Shortstop Jordy Barley had a pair of singles before being pulled from the game for an undisclosed reason. The 19-year-old continues to flash some interesting tools but he has been a bit erratic at times. In the field, he has made 22 errors and he’s struck out 78 times in 257 plate appearances. Still, the twitchy athlete is still one of the most interesting guys in the lower levels of the system. … RHP Connor Lehmann pitched three shutout innings out of the Dust Devils’ pen, allowing just one hit while striking out a batter. The seventh-rounder out of Saint Louis has pitched to a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings. He was one of the four straight college seniors the Padres selected to end the second day of the draft.

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Key Statistics: C Brandon Valenzuela 2-for-2, BB; 2B Vladimir Echavarria 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; CF Angel Solarte 1-for-3, BB, RBI; DH Yeison Santana 2-for-4, R, SB (9); C Jared Alvarez-Lopez 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Frank Lopez (L, 0-3) 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R ( 2 ER), BB, 7 K; LHP Dylan Hoffman 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K; RHP Seth Mayberry 1.1 IP, 0 R, BB, 2 K; LHP Bodi Rascon 2 IP, BB, K; LHP Jose Garcia (W, 4-2) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 6 K; RHP Blake Baker (S, 7) IP, K.

Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres-2 won the battle of the Padres’ rookie level teams. They have won three straight and hold a two-game division lead. … Catcher Jared AlvarezLopez had a pair of singles and drove in a run. The 18-year-old from Houston, Texas was the Padres’ 17th-rounder in June. He signed right up against the deadline and made his pro debut in July. Through 50 plate appearances as a pro, Alvarez-Lopez has hit .220/.339/.220. … Infielder Yeison Santana had a pair of hits and scored a run Monday. The 18-year-old infielder has produced in the AZL this season, hitting .333/.418/.479, with a pair of homers. He has also stolen nine bases. He was part of the Padres’ 2017 J-2 class. … LHP Bodi Rascon made his second career start and tossed up a pair of scoreless frames. This year’s 14th-rounder has yet to allow a hit in three innings. The big lefty was born in El Paso and went to high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb Decatur. … RHP Blake Baker worked a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save, which is tied for the AZL league lead. Baker, a 25th-rounder out of junior college in Florida in June, has punched out 30 batters in 20.1 innings. Baker has a 1.74 ERA, with opposing batters hitting just .171 against him.

Posted by Kevin Charity

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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