The Chihuahuas (22-25): After a winning week that saw them go 4-2, El Paso will make the short trip to Albuquerque to battle the last place Isotopes starting tomorrow.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Missions 0
Key Stats SS CJ Abrams 1-for-4; LHP Aaron Leasher (L, 4-3) 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Joe Beimel IP, K; RF Jack Suwinski 1-for-3, BB
Prospect Watch: The game went from bad to worse for the Missions. Down by one, San Antonio had two on with one out in the eighth with one of the top prospects in professional at the plate. CJ Abrams swung early in the count and grounded into a double play to end the inning. During the next half-inning, a grounder up the middle saw Abrams collide with second baseman Eguy Rosario. Abrams would limp off the field unable to put any weight on his left leg and there has been no further word on the severity of the injury. Earlier in the day, Abrams and El Paso catcher Luis Campusano were selected to represent the organization in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. … 44-year-old southpaw Joe Beimel made his organizational debut and pitched for the first time in a professional game in five years. For context, the last time Beimel pitched in a major or minor league game, Dylan Carlson and Gavin Lux had just graduated high school, while CJ Abrams was dreaming of one day getting his learners permit. Still, Beimel looked good in a perfect inning of work, striking out one. … While Beimel entered the game late, fellow lefty Aaron Leasher made his tenth start of the season. After watching his last few starts, Leasher has a very strong Eric Lauer quality to him. He continually leaves multiple pitches over the plate, but when they do make contact it’s usually weak. He also has an excellent pickoff move, and he picked off two runners during Wednesday’s start. Of course, the biggest reason why Lauer was a top prospect and Leasher is not at the same level is age. Lauer reached San Antonio in his first full season of minor league ball, while Leasher — who was drafted the year after Lauer — is just now reaching it four years later. But, as Beimel has shown, age is just a number.
Great Lakes Loons 8, TinCaps 1
Key Stats: 2B Kelvin Melean 2-for-5, SB (4); 3B Ethan Skender 1-for-3, 3B, RS, BB
Prospect Watch: The system’s luck did not improve in Fort Wayne. The TinCaps allowed 12 hits, nine walks, eight runs, and seven stolen bases in a route. An indication of how bad the night was for Fort Wayne was its 0-for-13 performance with runners in scoring position. The TinCaps’ only run was scored on a two-out error. .. The 2015 international signing class was the first one under new Padres’ GM AJ Preller and some of the signees are in High-A this season. How well a class will play out takes years to evaluate, but some of its successes and misses are becoming clearer six years later. The biggest bonus of the period went to Mexican right-hander Andres Munoz. While Munoz was part of the trade that brought back Austin Nola from the Mariners, three of the players that received significant bonuses make up one-third of the TinCaps starting nine tonight. Kelvin Melean, Reinaldo Illaraza, who is in the top five in the league in stolen bases and walks, and Kelvin Alarcon. Eguy Rosario and Henry Henry were also part of that signing class and have advanced to Double-A. Most are still just 22, or roughly the same age as a college senior, and still can add muscle or improve their game but also with six years of professional baseball under their belt.
Storm 4, Inland Empire 66ers 0
Key Stats: CF Robert Hassell III 0-for-4, K; SS Jordy Barley 1-for-4, HR (7), RBI; 2B Euribiel Angeles 2-for-4, RBI, SB (11); 3B Zack Mathis 2-for-3, 2 RS, HR (2), RBI; RHP Jesus Lugo 3 IP, H, 4 K; LHP Gabriel Morales (W, 2-1) 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K; RHP Duilio Ochoa 2 IP, H, 4 K
Prospect Watch: Another name from the vaunted 2016 international signing class, Jordy Barley, currently leads the league in stolen bases, and while he didn’t steal a base tonight, he managed to give the Storm all the runs they needed with one swing of the bat. While this month was not the best for Barley from a batting average standpoint (.222), he did walk 22 times in 24 June games for a .383 OBP, and his fifth home run of the month gave him a .433 SLG to go along with his 14 June stolen bases. … While Barley ended the month on a high note, the same couldn’t be said for first-round pick Robert Hassell who finished the game hitless and has yet to record a hit for the last two games. The fact that this is noteworthy, shows just how remarkably consistent Hassell has been. A two-game hitless streak ties his career-long Even with this lack of success tonight Hassell still finished the month hitting .286/.346/.439 with 11 stolen bases, seven doubles, 15 runs, and 18 RBI. … Former undrafted free agent Zack Mathis, who we profiled after he signed with San Diego, had a pair of hits, including his second homer of the year. The infielder hasn’t received regular playing time this year but he has been productive when his name has been in the lineup. The former LSU Tiger is hitting a solid .262/.380/.369. … Gabriel Morales piggybacked starter Jesus Lugo and managed to keep Inland Empire off of the scoreboard for four innings, earning his second win of the season. Much like last year, Morales has worked extending outings as the back-end of a piggyback. And like last year, the results have generally been excellent. The southpaw has notched 45 strikeouts in 31 innings. Morales has walked 18 batters this year, a bit on the high side. Overall, he has a 3.69 ERA.