Luis Campusano Padres prospect bats for Lake Elsinore Storm

Luis Campusano’s breakout at the plate has helped him emerge as one of the top catching prospects in the game. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Chihuahuas 9 Fresno Grizzlies 8

Key Stats: RF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 3-5, HR (18), 3 R, 4 RBI; PH/C Austin Allen 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI; LHP Dietrich Enns 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas did everything they could to lose, committing four errors that led to five unearned runs and giving away three different leads. But in the end, Austin Allen delivered the walk-off hit to give El Paso a 9-8 win to remain one game off the division lead.  That makes an eight game hitting streak for Allen, with four straight multi-hit games. The left-handed slugger, who came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, has an OPS of 1.261 for the month. … 1B Aderlin Rodriguez has taken on the Ty France role hitting bombs nearly every game.  The 27 year-old journeyman launched a three run home run in the first giving him 18 on the year and five in the last week.

Tulsa Drillers 4 Sod Poodles 3 (11 innings)

Key Stats: RHP Jesse Scholtens 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Javy Guerra IP, 2 BB, K; RHP David Bednar 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB;  3B Hudson Potts 2-5, 3B, 1 R, 1 RBI

Prospect Watch: Making his first appearance in Double-A, RHP Javy Guerra struggled to find the plate while pumping upper 90s heat.  Guerra needed 28 pitches to escape the inning, throwing just 13 of them for strikes.  The good news, when Tulsa did make contact against Guerra, it was weak, showing that if he can find the plate, his two pitch mix can be highly effective. … Make it three straight multi-hit games for Hudson Potts.  Potts hit his first triple of the year and has added nearly 20 points to his slugging percentage over the last week. The Sod Poodles could really stand to have Potts, who was expected to be one of their biggest offensive weapons, get on track in time for the playoffs. … David Bednar worked two more frames without allowing a run and extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings. The righty has struck out 22 while allowing just five runners over that stretch.

Storm 5 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2

Key Stats: RHP Gabe Mosser 4 IP, 2 H, BB, K; C Luis Campusano 2-5, HR (14), 3 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 1-4, HR (16), RBI; LF Jack Suwinski 3-4; CF Jeisson Rosario 1-1, R, 2 BB, 2 SB (10)

Prospect Watch: The California League named catcher Luis Campusano the 2019 co-MVP Wednesday morning.  A few hours later, he showed exactly why. With the score tied and two outs in the ninth, the 20-year-old receiver hit a towering blast to end the game.  Campusano is rewarding the Padres’ belief in his bat by getting to his power above average raw power in games mores consistently this year. The club’s second round pick in 2017 has jumped from three home runs last season in Fort Wayne to 14 so far this year. Combined with his advanced approach and improving receiving technique, Campusano has emerged as one of the top catching prospects in the game. … While Campusano is in line to win the batting title (Gabriel Arias has snuck up to third in the league), there is one stat that he doesn’t come close to leading the league in… walks.  That honor belongs to Jeisson Rosario.  The defensively gifted centerfielder leads the league with 75 walks in 108 games, pushing his on-base percentage up to .362 despite a .238 average. The eye and his defense have always been among the best in the system, but his lack of current strength continues to limit his offensive production even with his strong approach. He remains one of the youngest players in the Cal League and has time to grow, and a jump to even average in-game power could help him jump into the upper echelon of Padres prospects. … After getting a boost with a series in Lancaster as he returned to the Cal League, Tirso Ornelas has gone 1-for-14 over his last four games. Encouragingly, the 19-year-old outfielder has struck out just three times in 30 plate appearances since rejoining the club.

Dayton Dragons 6 TinCaps 4

Key Stats: RHP Efraín Contreras 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 2B Ripken Reyes 2-4, HR (1), 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Ethan Skender 1-5, 2 RBI; SS Justin Lopez 2-5, 2B, R

Prospect Watch:  Ripken Reyes, the Padres’ 30th-round pick out of USD in June, continued his stellar pro debut. The infielder hit his first home run with Fort Wayne, and came a few feet away from being the hero.  In the seventh inning, Ripken ripped a double down the line. While the game-tying run scored, Ethan Skender was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.  If he was safe, there’s a good chance the TInCaps win the game. Reyes is hitting a combined .318/.418/.458 across two levels, with 17 extra base-hits, 17 walks, 15 stolen bases and only 23 strikeouts in 47 games. … SS Justin Lopez extended his hitting streak to seven games.  While his season average still sits at just .233, he is hitting, .329 in August with added power and reduced strikeouts. The switch-hitter won’t turn 20 until next May.

Vancouver Canadians 1 Dust Devils 0

Key Stats: RHP Angel Acevedo 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K; RHP Starlin Cordero 3 IP 6 K; 3B Sean Guilbe 2-4

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devil offense managed just six singles in a 10 inning loss.  After getting hit hard in his previous four starts, RHP Angel Acevedo turned in five scoreless innings Wednesday with a season-high eight strikeout. The 20-year-old has averaged over a strikeout per inning in both Fort Wayne and Tri-City, but with just average velocity, he has struggled when the batters make contact.  Opponents are hitting .294 this year which makes it difficult for him to sustain any success. … Big right-hander Starlin Cordero also had a dominant outing, striking out six in three perfect innings. While his 12.81 K/9 leads the club, Castro continues to struggle to find home plate. The lanky hurler, who can reach triple digits, has allowed 19 walks and hit six batters in just 29 innings. At at least his listed 6-foot-7 height, the 21-year-old’s mechanics remain a work in progress.

AZL Padres-1 6 AZL Dodgers-Mota 5

Key Stats: LHP Tom Cosgrove IP, BB, K; SS Bryan Torres 3-5, 2 RBI, 2B; RF Joshua Mears 2-3, HR (6), RBI; CF Payton Smith 3-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI

AZL Padres-2 5 AZL Cubs 2

Key Stats: RHP Moises Lugo 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K; C Gilberto Vizcarra 2-4, 2 R, RBI; 1B Emmanuel Guerra 2-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB; 3B Anthony Nunez 2-3, BB

Prospect Watch:  With the AZL regular season ending this weekend, the AZL Padres-2 have a 3 game lead in the “central” division created to accommodate the explosion of second entry AZL teams.  The AZL Padres-1, sit 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the geographically-accurate western division. … After throwing two innings a week ago and appearing to be on track to head out to Lake Elsinore, LHP Tom Cosgrove threw only one inning Wednesday. No word yet if it was planned in light of a gametime temp of 110, or if he had a setback. … RF Joshua Mears hit his club-leading sixth home run for the AZL-1 club. While the Padres’ second-rounder has struggled to adjust to more advanced pitching, striking out in a third of his plate appearances, the giant teenager offers plenty of loud tools to like. … Payton Smith turned in his second-straight three-hit game, collecting his second professional homer. The Padres knew the athletic outfielder would be a project when they drafted him out of a small South Carolina high school last year, but the 19-year-old is showing some of his underlying skills. While his 30% strikeout rate this year is still daunting, it’s down from over 40 in his debut campaign.

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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