Agustin Ruiz, Padres prospect bats for Fort Wayne TinCaps

Agustin Ruiz has made more consistent contact through the second half. (Photo: Brad Hand)

Sacramento River Cats 5 Chihuahuas 0

Key Stats: LF Rodrigo Orozco 1-for-4; PH Pete Van Gansen 1-for-1; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB; LHP Travis Radke 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB; RHP Evan Miller 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas officially fell out of the playoffs as they were shutout Sunday evening. They will miss the postseason for the first time since 2014. The league’s top slugging and home run-hitting team managed just four singles in the loss. Starter Dietrich Enns, who has been a rotation stalwart eating up 137 innings on the year, couldn’t get out of the fourth Sunday. The lefty walked the bases loaded and then issued a pair of singles to end his season. He’ll return to the minor league free agent market this winter, a year after signing with the Padres. … Emmanuel Ramirez, Travis Radke, and Evan Miller worked 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Radke’s outing dropped his ERA in the offense-dominated PCL to 2.97 in 30.1 innings. Overall, the 26-year-old lefty has posted a 2.64 ERA across three levels this season as he got his first significant exposure in the upper minors. The organization has one more year of control of the 2014 draftee.

Arkansas Travelers 10 Sod Poodles 7

Key Stats: CF Taylor Trammell 1-for-3, HR (4), HBP, OF Assist; 3B Owen Miller 1-for-4, HR (13); 2B Hudson Potts 1-for-4, HR (16); 1B Brad Zunica 1-for-3, HR (16); RHP Jesse Scholtens 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 BB, WP; RHP Trey Wingenter 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP; RHP Jordan Guerrero 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles took a three-run lead into the ninth, but watched it slip away as big-leaguer Trey Wingenter and newly-promoted fireballer Jordan Guerrero had a rough night. The club’s second loss in a row has them one behind Midland for the second half division title, though they locked up a playoff spot in the first half. Wingenter, making his first Double-A appearance since 2017 as he waits out his 10 day assignment to the minors, gave up a three-run homer to top prospect Jarred Kelenic to surrender the lead. Guerrero, who spent the year overpowering Cal League hitters from the back of the Storm bullpen, gave up a walk, double and single to the three batters he faced. Luis Torrens made an astute play to backpick the runner at first as the final run came across to end the inning without even more damage. … Four of Amarillo’s six hits on the night went for solo homers as Hodgetown continues to play as an extreme homerun park. The Sod Poodles and their opponents combined for 93 homers in 70 games elsewhere in the Texas League. At home, the club has 90 by themselves in 67 contests and the pitching staff has allowed a mind-blowing 113.

Lancaster JetHawks 5 Storm 2

Key Stats: 2B Xavier Edwards 2-for-4; SS Gabriel Arias 2-for-4; CF Allen Córdoba 2-for-3; RHP Reiss Knehr 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB; RHP Felix Minjarez 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 K, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: The Storm collected nine hits on the night but struggled to string them together and fell 5-2. Gabriel Arias continued his stellar second half, picking up a pair of hits on the night. The teenaged shortstop has shaved off a third of his strikeouts and pushed up his OPS by more than 200 points since the break thanks to an improved approach and better pitch recognition. … Luis Campusano, who got five days off after the Padres announced he’d join the AFL this year, returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. The receiver, who turns 21 later this month, had a single to extend his hitting streak to five and on-base streak to 13 games.

Lansing Lugnuts 7 TinCaps 5

Key Stats: CF Jawuan Harris 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR (8); RF Agustin Ruiz 2-for-4, 2 2B; LHP Omar Cruz 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps fell behind early and while they closed the gap twice, they couldn’t get over the top. Juwaun Harris connected on his eighth homer of the year and fifth of the second half. The 22-year-old has been doing more damage on contact over the last month, posting a .180 IsoP rate in August. Unlike many of the hitters in the system, though, his strikeout rate has remained sky-high later in the year. While the contact issues are to be expected for a guy in his first year fully dedicated to baseball, he’ll need to find a way to cut down on his swing-and-miss in the Cal League next year. … Agustin Ruiz added a pair of doubles to his team-high total of 26 Sunday. The 19-year-old outfielder has been a prime example of the system’s improved strikeout rates over the second half, though it has yet to translate into significantly better production. Ruiz whiffed 63 times in his first 195 plate appearances this year. In 312 trips to the plate since, he’s struck out 64 times. He’s trimmed the rate even further since August 1, going down on strikes in just 14% of his plate appearances.

Spokane Indians 10 Dust Devils 3

Key Notes: LF Sean Guilbe 2-for-3, 3B, BB; DH Nick Gatewood 2-for-3, BB; LHP Gabriel Morales 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2K, 3 BB, HBP, WP; RHP Seth Mayberry 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 BB; RHP Martin Carrasco 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB; RHP Chris Lincoln 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: Recently-promoted hurlers Gabriel Morales and Seth Mayberry had rough outings on Sunday, giving up six runs over the first four innings. Morales, 20, who has spent two full summers in the Arizona League flashing strikeout stuff but inconsistent command, walked three, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. Mayberry, signed for the day three max bonus out of high school in Virginia last summer, allowed four of the first five batters he hit to reach safely by walk or single. He did settle in when he came back to the mound in the fourth inning. The physically mature righty held Arizona League opponents to a .193 average in limited exposure this summer. … Sean Guilbe drove in all three of the Tri-City runs, getting a gift single on a pop-up and then ripping a two-run triple in the ninth inning. The 19-year-old has made loud contact when he’s connected this year, with 23 of his 45 hits going for extra-bases, but his K rate has stubbornly hung above 30% in his second professional campaign.

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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