It wasn’t a stellar day on the field for the organization, but the Padres made noise off of it with an aggressive, pitching-heavy focus on day one of the draft. We’ll have more on the draft as it continues today and tomorrow.

Round Rock Express 7, Chihuahuas 4

Key Stats: RF Brent Rooker 1-for-4, HR (18), 2 K; LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-2, 2BB; 2B C.J. Hinojosa 2-for-4, HR (9); RHP Matt Waldron 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5 K, 0 BB; RHP Reiss Knehr 1 IP, 2 K; LHP Jose Castillo 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: John has his last day of coverage from the Borderlands as another big homer from Brent Rooker wasn’t enough to keep their winning streak alive.

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Yorman Rodriguez continues to fuel the Missions offense. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Missions 6, Amarillo Sod Poodles 5

Key Stats: 3B Connor Hollis 3-for-4; RF Ripken Reyes 2-for-3, 2B, SAC, OF Assist; RHP Moises Lugo 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K; RHP Angel Felipe (S, 10) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: As they have through much of the first three and a half months of the season, the Missions cobbled together a win with just enough pitching in a bullpen day and offensive contributions across the lineup. Yorman Rodriguez‘s solo homer in the seventh inning turned out to be the game-winning run. …  Connor Hollis had three more hits out of the leadoff spot Sunday in his fifth straight multi-hit effort. The 27-year-old minor league free agent signee is now up to a .316/.423/.442 line across 362 plate appearances, by far his highest season total since coming out of college as an undrafted player in 2018. …  San Antonio cycled through six pitchers, with starter Brandon Komar and Moises Lugo each working a pair of innings. Lugo struck out a pair without issuing a walk and now sports a 58:27 ratio in 41.2 innings this year. … Closer Angel Felipe worked 1.2 scoreless frames to pick up his 10th save of the year. The big righty, signed away from the Rays organization as a free agent last winter, walked the first two batters he faced, but came back and recorded three more strikeouts on the day. His struggles with command have pushed his WHIP up to 1.56 on the year.

Lansing Lugnuts 3, TinCaps 2

Corey Rosier has walked more than he’s struck out this month. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Key Stats: CF Corey Rosier 2-for-4, 2B; 1B Cole Cummings 1-for-3, HR (3), BB; LHP Noel Vela 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 7 K, 3 BB; RHP Seth Mayberry 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Ethan Routzahn 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne put the tying run on base in each of the last three innings, but were unable to cash in any of their opportunities as they lost heading into the break. Corey Rosier had two of the team’s five hits, including a double. The 22-year-old outfielder is in the midst of his strongest month of the year, hitting .277/.397/.447 with 10 walks against only eight strikeouts in 59 trips to the plate. … Cole Cummings connected on his third homer in 17 games since joining the TinCaps. The lefty-hitting first baseman has a strong .828 OPS despite striking out 21 times in 66 plate appearances. … Lefty Noel Vela‘s up-and-down season continued as he walked three and labored, but struck out seven more batters over five innings. The 23-year-old starter has whiffed 83 over 70.2 innings as he fast approaches a career-high workload, but 41 walks have hamstrung him a bit even as he holds opponents to a .225 average.

Modesto Nuts 9, Storm 5

Key Stats: DH Wil Myers 1-for-3, BB; 2B Nerwilian Cedeño 1-for-5, 2B, SB (12); CF James Wood 1-for-5, HR (7); RF Justin Farmer 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Alan Mundo 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K

Prospect Watch: Wil Myers continued his rehab with another 1-for-3 game and a walk out of the DH slot. The Padres outfielder is making plenty of solid contact and has struck out in just three of 20 plate appearances so far. … James Wood headed into the break with a homer in his final at-bat, putting an exclamation point on a stellar debut so far. While he’s missed time with a wrist injury, when he’s been on the field, he’s been an absolute monster, hitting .307/.431/.523 with an impressive 41:36 strikeout-to-walk ratio. With continued health, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in High-A well before his 20th birthday. … Right fielder Justin Farmer had a double and a walk Sunday, pushing his line for the month to .279/.475/.372. He’s also continued to drop his strikeout rate, which is now at 25% for the month. The undrafted free agent has a nice mix of tools and is getting more out of them as his first full season in the organization continues.

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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