Mason Thompson could be a bullpen piece for San Diego this summer. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 2, Albuquerque Isotopes 0

Key Statistics: LF Robbie Podorsky 1-2, 2 BB, R, 2 SB; 1B Webster Rivas 1-3, BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens (W, 2-0) 6.2 IP H BB 7 K; RHP Mason Thompson 0.2 IP (S,2)

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas are undefeated at home in 2021, with their third straight home victory in as many games, and have now won five out of their last six. Jesse Scholtens didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning. The 27-year old was a ninth-round draft pick of the Padres in 2016 and was one of the workhorses of the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles in 2018, throwing 125 innings in a very hitter-friendly environment. .. Everybody loves Robbie Podorksy. He’s 5-foot-7, can give anyone in the organization a run for their money in pure speed, and knows exactly what he needs to do for his team offensively; get on base and create havoc. So far, in four games, he has two stolen bases. If you want to know more about Robbie, he was our player of the year for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2018, and you can read a feature article we did with him from Spring Training in 2019. .. Keep an eye on Mason Thompson, who got his second save of the season replacing right-hander Steven Wilson, who left the game with two outs in the ninth inning with an apparent minor injury. The 6-foot-7 Thompson has reinvented himself as a reliever and now comes in throwing nothing but high 90s smoke. There is a good chance he could be in San Diego sometime this summer.

CJ Abrams in action with the Missions. (Photo: Danne’ Braden)

Missions 6, Midland Rockhounds 2

Key Statistics: SS CJ Abrams 2-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Eguy Rosario 3-4, RBI; 3B Olivier Basabe 2-4, 2B; RF Jack Suwinski 2-4, 2 RBI; RHP Reiss Knehr (W, 2-0) 5.0 IP 4 H 2 BB 6 K; RHP Carlos Belen 1.0 IP 3 K

Prospect Watch: The Missions broke their four-game losing streak, and tomorrow they wrap up a two-week opening road trip. … First, let’s get to what everyone wants to read, Abrams is now slashing .295/.380/.455 with five extra-base hits in 11 games and 12 strikeouts. In 2019 in 34 games, and all but two games, with the AZL Padres in Rookie League, he only struck out 14 times in 161 plate appearances; but this is picking at straws. Anyone in baseball would want a 20-year old middle infielder with speed, power, and a .380 on-base percentage. .. One potential candidate for a call-up starter is Reiss Knehr. He’s a former two-way player from Fordham, and concentrating solely on pitching has made him a much better prospect than a 20th-round pick in 2018 would indicate. In our pre-season preview, Padres Senior Director of Player Development stated that Knehr might have a chance to help the big club in the not-so-distant future.”

Dwanya William-Sutton had the big hit last night. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

TinCaps 4, Lake County Captains 3

Key Statistics: CF Agustin Ruiz 2-4; DH Tirso Ornelas 1-3, BB; Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-3, HR (1) RBI; C Jonny Homza 1-4, HR (2), RBI 3 K; RHP Edwuin Bencomo 4.0 IP BB 4 K; RHP Carter Loewen 1.0 IP 2 K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps broke a four-game losing streak and got their first road victory as Dwanya Williams-Sutton’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning gave Fort Wayne the victory in East Lake, Ohio. .. It’s not been a pretty year for Fort Wayne offensively. At the end of the night, six of their nine hitters had a batting average under .200. The biggest disappointment so far has been Tirso Arenas, who is off to a rough start at .097/.176/.161 in his first 34 plate appearances. .. Venezuelan Edwuin Bencomo spent most of 2019 with the TinCaps with a 3.69 ERA in 31.2 innings, helped to keep the TinCaps in the game tonight. .. Nice bounce back by Canadien Carter Loewen, who pitched well after struggling in his last outing. Loewen notched his second save by retiring all three batters he faced, including the last two by strikeout. .. No word yet why right-hander Anderson Espinoza has not pitched again since his last outing a week ago.

Jordy Barley in action with the Storm in 2021. (Photo: Lake Elsinore Storm)

Inland Empire 66ers 9, Storm 3

Key Statistics: RF Robert Hassell III 1-4, 2B, 2 K; 2B Jordy Barley 2-4; RHP Levi Thomas 1.2 IP 4 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB

Prospect Watch:  The Storm dropped their third straight as former Troy University star Levi Thomas struggled after pitching well in his two previous outings. .. As with CJ Abrams in San Antonio, many people come here to read about Robert Hassell III, San Diego’s top selection in the 2020 draft. The 19-year old through his first 11 games of his minor league career, is slashing .279/.436/.581 with eight extra-base hits, 12 walks, and 16 strikeouts in 55 plate appearances. He has mainly seen time in center but also has two games in right field. He has more than enough arm for anywhere in the outfield and was a top-ranked pitching prospect coming out of high school, where he touched 94 MPH off the mound. … Jordy Barley has a world of talent, and this year should go a long way to seeing what they have. He was one of the big signings of San Diego’s 2016 J2 class and will see time this year all around the infield. The talent is there, but also the inconsistency with five errors in his first 11 games.

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.


  1. Tirso has been so big of a disappointment that either he’s changed his name or we’ve lost all respect for him …


    1. Its still very early, so maybe he will turn it around. john


  2. I sent you a tweet, John. Check it out and give me a shout where to send the Report. -Don


    1. Thanks, Don – I just got it this morning. john


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