MadFriars Player of the Week, INF Eguy Rosario
Eguy Rosario had the finest week of his career, flashing a remarkable mix of power and discipline. In his six games, Rosario hit four homers, including a multi-homer performance on Sunday. The 23-year-old infielder hit .429/.571/1.143 overall, adding three doubles and two stolen bases to the ledger. Since June 1, Rosario is hitting .316/.405/.693 with 11 doubles, 10 homers, and a triple. During that span, he’s walked in 11.5% of his plate appearances while striking out in just 17.5% of his trips to the batter’s box. Matthew Batten‘s versatility led to his promotion to San Diego, but Rosario’s continued excellence at the plate puts him in the mix, should a need arise.
MadFriars Pitcher of the Week, RHP Garrett Hawkins
Right-handed pitcher Garrett Hawkins turned in his finest outing of his professional career on Friday night, pitching seven perfect innings to earn the win. Hawkins turned things over to right-hander Alan Mundo and while Mundo allowed a walk and a hit batter in the ninth inning, he was able to preserve the no-hitter – the first no-no in Lake Elsinore Storm history. The 22-year-old righty from British Colombia wasn’t especially overpowering, but he used his 92-94 mph fastball up in the zone and his mid-80s change down in the zone – a combination that kept Inland Empire hitters off-balance all night. Hawkins’ perfect night lowered his ERA to 4.77 – a mark that has been a bit inflated due to some poor luck. 14% of the flyballs Hawkins has allowed this season have been home runs – the highest mark in the Cal League. Conversely, he has the lowest walk-rate (just over two per nine innings pitched) and a 16.2% swinging strike rate that leads qualifying pitchers in the league.
El Paso Chihuahuas (45-34): (Won series against first place Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-2)
Top Performers: Brent Rooker had eight hits and six walks including a grand slam on the Fourth of July. Despite missing a month due to injuries and call-ups to the Padres, Rooker still has El Paso’s home run lead with 14, one more than Rosario. … Robinson Canó connected on his first home run in the organization Sunday and liked it so much he did it again later in the game. He finished the week with 11 hits and hit .370/.414/..630. … Luis Liberato went 6-for-18 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. Last month’s player of the month Taylor Kohlwey collected another 10 hits over the week including four doubles and a home run. He had three walks and struck out only once over the seven game stretch.
Top Prospects and Others of Note: CatcherLuis Campusanogot into one game in the OKC Dodger series going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. He then joined the Padres Taxi Squad in LA as insurance for Jorge Alfaro but returned to El Paso without appearing in uniform. The home run was his first since May 21. … Esteury Ruiz had a hit and stolen base in each of his five games going .304/.448/.348 with eight stolen bases. While he has cooled off since his hot start he is still consistently hitting over .300 while leading professional baseball with 56 stolen bases. … LeftyJose Castilloonly got into two games during the week but had two scoreless outings. In 24 innings this year, Castillo has a 0.75 ERA, but the Padres are still slowly working him back to multi-inning outings and appearances on back-to-back days. … Reiss Knehr appeared in three games out of the bullpen over the week. The right-hander allowed only one baserunner on a walk over the 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. … Ryan Weathers only lasted five innings in his one start, giving up four runs on nine hits with five walks. On the season, batters are hitting .311 off the lefty. … Dinelson Lamet threw 2.1 innings over the week. The righty allowed one run on four hits but did strike out five. It was his first run allowed since joining El Paso last month. (Ben Davey)
San Antonio Missions (Lost series at Midland RockHounds 2-4)
Top Performers: While the Missions dropped the series at Midland, it was time to shine for Jorge Oña, who has found his form nicely after losing 2021 to injury and a brutal start to this year. Oña went 9-for-22 in the series while driving in a pair of runs, helping him finish the month with a .316 average. … Domingo Leyba went 4-for-5 on Friday, slugging two home runs and driving in four runs, part of his eight hits in the series as he’s become a key contributor to San Antonio’s success, including being named Texas League Player of the Week for June 13-19. … Tirso Ornelas hit two doubles in the series and drove in three runs, continuing a trend of showing more pop as the season moves into the summer months. The outfielder from Tijuana is now batting .286 but still has a pedestrian .717 OPS.
Reggie Lawson earned the win in his start in the series, tossing five innings of one-run ball while striking out seven to cap off a phenomenal month of June. … Michel Baez made two scoreless appearances in the series, totaling three innings while striking out six and allowing one walk. … Alek Jacob threw two scoreless innings in his lone appearance in the series, closing out a month of June in which he threw 11.2 scoreless innings while striking out 16 and walking two.
Top Prospects and Others of Note: Fred Schlichtholz continues to turn in solid work in his return to the Missions, allowing one run in 3.1 innings while striking out five and walking two in his two appearances in the series. Schlichtholz began the season in Fort Wayne after also spending 2021 split between the two affiliates. … Henry Henry put up a 2.25 ERA in the series, allowing a run in four innings in his two appearances, walking two and striking out four. This has helped improve Henry’s numbers, though he’s still at a 6.06 ERA after a rough start to the year. (Mark Wilkens)
Fort Wayne TinCaps: (Lost series at West Michigan Whitecaps 2-4)
Top Performers: Cole Cummings, 24, starred for the TinCaps in his Midwest League debut, slashing .364/.423/.591 in his first six games with a pair of doubles and a home run. The left-handed-hitting Cummings signed as an undrafted free agent signee out of the UC Santa Barbara last year. He put up solid numbers to open this season at Lake Elsinore, hitting .262/.416/.468 before his promotion. Although he played third in college, he’ll be at first base or designated hitter going forward. … Max Ferguson, 22, who was also recently promoted, saw time at shortstop, second base, and center field in his first six games. Although his batting average was only .240, he continued to show an ability to get on with a .367 on-base percentage. More importantly, half of his six hits went for extra bases, a double, triple, and home run. In Sunday’s Daily, we discussed the changes that he is making at the plate. This is a significant improvement for Ferguson, who in April and May slugged .292 and .293 with the Storm. … Lefty Robert Gasser, 23, didn’t give up a run in his start this week and struck five against three walks. As we discussed in Saturday’s Daily, he has been dominant in his last five appearances.
Top Prospects and Others of Note: While Robert Hassell III, 20, only managed five hits in 28 plate appearances, he still found a way to get on base with a team-leading six walks for a .393 on-base percentage, and he’s now 10th overall in the league with a .376 mark for the year. One sour note was that he finally got caught stealing – twice – and is now 19 for 21 on the season. … Corey Rosier, 22, was held to a .158 batting average but reached base six times via three singles and three walks and stole three more bases to give him 24 for the year place him fifth in the league. … Noel Vela, 23, didn’t make it out of an inning in his worst start this year after putting together three excellent starts. As we’ve frequently stated here, the left-hander from Mission, Texas, has arguably the best stuff on the staff; occasionally, it’s just a problem with his command. Right-hander Ryan Bergert, 22, struggled in both of his starts this week, giving up a combined 18 hits in 5.1 innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Bergert does have a premium “rising fastball” but has struggled with location this season. … Lefty Jackson Wolf, 23, has some funky mechanics that, when they work, can make it hard to find the ball through the jumble of a 6-foot-7 man coming forward. Still, other times he can catch too much of the plate as he did in his start this week, not much of the strike zone altogether as he only lasted an inning and two-thirds allowing four runs, three earned on four walks; despite not giving up a hit. (John Conniff)
Lake Elsinore Storm: (Won series over the Inland Empire 66ers, 4-2)
Top Performers: The Storm continued their winning ways, beating their Inland Empire rivals yet again. The Storm are 14-7 against the 66ers this season. The two teams still play each other nine more times this season. Got to love the Cal League. … Despite being shutout in the series finale, Lake Elsinore’s offense pounded the 66ers pitching staff for most of the week. No Storm hitter was hotter than infielder Marcos Castañon. The 23-year-old infielder hit .417/.481/.792 with three doubles and two homers and six RBI. The Storm have moved the local product into the middle of the order and the move has paid dividends. He’s not a particularly fast runner but the former UCSB star has plenty of pop and has improved his patience at the plate. … Second baseman Wyatt Hoffman had his finest week as a professional in the series against the 66ers. The 23-year-old infielder is with his third affiliate of the season but he may have found a home with the Storm. Hoffman hit .375/.474/.563 with a double, a triple, and a pair of RBI. His excellent debut in Lake Elsinore included a four-hit game in the Storm’s victory on Friday night. The 23-year-old signed with the Padres last September as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Pacific.
Top Prospects and Others of Note: The James Wood experience was in full effect as the 19-year-old continues to show that he might be the most talented player the Padres have in their system. Wood hit .385/.407/.769, including a pair of homers that went over The Diamond’s big wall in right field. Wood carried a 14-game hitting streak – including three multi-hit games on the week – into Sunday’s series finale but he went 0-for-4 to snap the run. Wood’s impressive brand of power, speed, contact, and defense is one of the reasons why a trip to Lake Elsinore should be on any Padres’ fans agenda while Wood is roaming center field up the I-15. … It seems like we mention Justin Farmer every week but the Storm outfielder continues to do an excellent job at the top of the order. Last week, Farmer hit .333/.517/.476 with a double, a triple, and eight walks. Farmer ranks third in the Cal League with 60 walks and he has a solid .377 on-base percentage. The 23-year-old finished June with a .851 OPS. (Kevin Charity)
ACL Padres: (3-2 on the week)
The offense had a couple of big games as the team played beyond seven innings a bit more frequently. Outfielder Ruben Salinas had a homer and two doubles among his four hits on the week, giving him an odd .222/.300/.500 line over 18 plate appearances. The 19-year-old has had a strong debut season after logging just three at-bats before injuries derailed his 2021 campaign. … Juan Murillo, who signed as part of this year’s international class, went 6-for-15 on the week and swiped a pair of bases. The native of Cuba left the island more than two years ago when he was 17. He’s posted a solid .333/.353/.485 line in his first 34 trips to the plate. … Jarlin Susana had another strong showing, striking out seven and allowing one run on just two hits over four innings. The big righty has quickly asserted himself as having among the highest upsides of any pitcher in the organization. (David Jay)
On Tuesday, the Chihuahuas, TinCaps and Storm were off because the Fourth of July fell on a Monday, their usual day off. However, the Missions and the ACL Padres were in action.