Oklahoma City Dodgers 7, Chihuahuas 2
Prospect Watch: Matt Waldron took the loss in his Triple-A debut after the wheels came off in the fifth inning. The knuckleballer ran into a spot of trouble in the second inning, allowing two runs, but got into a groove before hitting the wall, allowing another pair of runs and having another one clocked in after he left the game. Waldron earned his promotion after posting a 2-1 record and 2.84 ERA for San Antonio. … Third baseman Eguy Rosario capped off June with a game-tying home run, his 11th of the season. In only 277 at-bats, he is one away from his career-best 12 home runs, achieved in 2021 with the Missions. Rosario finishes a strong month with a .288/.368/.625 slash line and eight home runs in 104 at-bats. … Esteury Ruiz swiped another bag Thursday and after 20 games with El Paso, has now stolen 16 bases. In 69 games between the Chihuahuas and Double-A San Antonio, Ruiz has 53 stolen bases. For context, the Padres single-season record is Alan Wiggins‘ 70 steals in 1984.
Roster Moves: The Chihuahuas lost infielder Matthew Batten, who made his big-league debut in the Padres vs. Dodgers game Thursday night. Yesterday, David wrote about his journed from a late-round draft pick to the big leagues. Luis Campusano is also with the big league team as a taxi squad member. Catcher/first baseman Michael Cantu was sent up to El Paso and infielder Reinaldo Ilarraza was re-summoned from the fire of the ACL to give El Paso another capable infielder.
Missions 3, Midland RockHounds 2
Prospect Watch: One of the better stories of June in the Padres organization has to be the resurgence of Reggie Lawson. The 71st overall pick in the 2016 draft, Lawson last played a full season in 2018, and, after the lost season of 2020, came into this year having only made 10 appearances combined in 2019 and 2021. It would be an incredible understatement to say Lawson had rust to shake off in his return, and it showed, with a 14.54 ERA in two April starts to go along with an 8.10 ERA in five starts in May. But June has been a revelation for Lawson: after tonight’s stellar start, the Victorville native closed out the month 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five starts, striking out 27 and walking 11 in 26.1 innings. … Angel Felipe closed out his career-high ninth save of 2022, surpassing his 2021 total from two Single-A levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. At 24 years old, Felipe remains an intriguing free-agent pickup for the Padres, as he’s now 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 26 innings of work for San Antonio. … Jorge Oña closed out his month on a high note, smacking a trio of singles to finish June with a .316/.350/.474 slash line. His excellent production this month resulted in his batting average creeping above the Mendoza Line; it stands at .214. … Connor Hollis slugged his sixth home run of the year and now sits one shy of his professional career high, achieved in rookie ball in 2018 when he hit seven. Hollis’ OPS stands at .873 this season.
Roster Move: With Michael Cantu going back to El Paso, the Missions received 20-year-old outfielder Edwin Rojas from the ACL squad.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, TinCaps 4
Key Stats: LHP Noel Vela 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB; RHP Seth Mayberry, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; 1B Cole Cummings, 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI; LF Corey Rosier, 1-for-3, 2 R, SB; DH Agustin Ruiz, 1-for-3, RBI
Prospect Watch: After Noel Vela’s worst start of the year, Fort Wayne needed some long relief to stay in this game, and Seth Mayberry did just the trick, providing three innings of one-hit work, allowing an unearned run in the process. Mayberry, drafted in the 39th round in 2018, has a 5.47 ERA in 17 appearances for the TinCaps, striking out 37 and walking 16 in 24.2 innings. … Cole Cummings hit his first High-A homer and is now batting .545 with a pair of extra-base hits and four RBI in his first three games since being promoted from Lake Elsinore. Cummings signed with the Padres after the 2021 draft following a collegiate career at UC Santa Barbara. … Corey Rosier caused more chaos on the basepaths, stealing his 22nd base of the year and scoring a pair of runs, giving him a league-leading 54 on the season. His run total is especially impressive, considering that Fort Wayne is tied for dead-last in the Midwest League in runs scored. … With a hit in his second consecutive game, Agustin Ruiz finished the month of June with a .200 batting average. While it’s not the .277 mark he finished April with, it’s a far cry from his May average of .077.
Inland Empire 66ers 16, Storm 5
Prospect Watch: The home team lost a laugher at the Diamond as the 66ers put up football numbers on the Storm, although Lake Elsinore didn’t have a bad evening at the plate. Justin Farmer whacked his first triple of the year to go along with a walk and a run scored. June has been the best month of the season so far for Farmer, who finishes with a .230/.391/.460 slash line and five home runs on the month. … Carlos Luis smacked his 16th double of the season, adding to his impressive .315 batting average and .852 OPS on the season as Luis continues to have a career year in Lake Elsinore. … It was an excellent night at the plate for former Gauchos; first Cummings, now Marcos Castañon went deep for his eighth home run of the year. Selected in the 12th round last year, Castañon hit to the tune of a .920 OPS in June. … By far the most unique highlight of the night was Kervin Pichardo not only tallying a single at the plate but also pitching the only scoreless inning of the night for the Storm. It was the second mop-up appearance of the season for Pichardo, who cuts his ERA to 18.00.
ACL Brewers Blue 11, ACL Padres 9
Prospect Watch: Getting the start in center field, Joshua Mears continued his tune-up in the desert with a double, run, and RBI. In 13 games for the ACL club, Mears is batting .220 with two home runs, four doubles, a triple, and six RBIs. … Ruben Salinas continues to assert himself as a prospect to watch in his return trip to the desert. The Baja California native hit his second home run of the season Thursday, and has 11 RBI in 45 at-bats. … While Victor Acosta‘s .619 OPS to start the season may not be the tribute San Diego Padres fans were hoping for, five of his 11 hits came in the last three games of the month, suggesting the 18-year-old shortstop from El Limon in the Dominican Republic is gaining his footing. … Rosman Verdugo hit a single for the second game in a row, continuing a consistent start to the season in which the 17-year-old is batting .296 with a .869 OPS, two home runs and 10 RBI in 54 at-bats to finish out June. … Jackson Merrill missed his second straight game after leaving Monday’s contest with a mild hamstring strain. The Padres’ top pick in 2021 was in the desert rehabbing from a broken wrist and on the verge of returning to Lake Elsinore before the set-back.