MadFriars Player of the Week – INF Eguy Rosario, El Paso.

With all of the movement in the Padres’ farm system, infielder Eguy Rosario has a case as the number one prospect in the system. Rosario took apart the competition all week, hitting an absurd .565/.593/.957 with three doubles, two homers, and seven RBI. He only struck out twice in 25 plate appearances. The big week from Rosario moved him into the top-ten in the PCL with 18 homers. Overall, he is currently sporting a career-high .914 OPS, though most of his damage has come at home, where the ball has been flying even by PCL standards this season. He has a respectable K-rate of 20% to go with the increase in power.

Eguy Rosario had another big week. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

MadFriars Pitcher of the Week – RHP Nolan Watson, San Antonio

As the season has progressed, Nolan Watson has established himself as the Missions’ new ace. The righty allowed just one earned run in 11 innings pitched across two games against Wichita. He opened the week with a six-inning start in which he allowed just one earned run on three hits. Watson did not allow a walk and struck out eight. On Sunday, he kept Wichita off the scoreboard for five innings, allowing just four hits to go with five strikeouts. The former Royals’ first-rounder got off to a slow start after signing as a minor league free agent, but he has improved greatly over the past month or so. He’s allowed just two earned runs over his last 15 innings.

Luis Campusano got back on track after the trade deadline. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

El Paso Chihuahuas (Swept Albuquerque 5-0)

Top Performers: El Paso comes back home and the offense resumes its explosion, scoring 47 runs in their five-game series (with Sunday’s game canceled due to rain).  After a brutal July in which he hit .217/.289/.348, Luis Campusano rebounded nicely, hitting .381/.440/.810 in his first week of August.  He already has more RBI (9) and extra-base hits (5) in August than he did in all of July. …  Rehabbing Matt Beaty appeared in four games for El Paso and hit .444/.474/.611 with a double, triple, and five RBI. While his rehab assignment has gone in fits and starts, he’ll need to be activated from the 60-day IL in the coming week.

Top Prospects and Others of Note: After a pair of strong outings,Ryan Weathers gave up six runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings in his only start this week. … Despite missing some time to make an appearance in San Diego,  Michel Baez worked two scoreless outings allowing only one hit in 1.2 scoreless.  Jose Castillo got into three games and allowed one run on three hits in 3.1 innings.  The one run came in the one appearance where he was asked to go more than an inning.  He pitched in back-to-back games for the first time since coming back from surgery and told us its the best he’s felt in a long time. … Big lefty Jay Groome made his system debut and allowed two runs in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts.  He also walked four continuing with his trend of walking more than 4.5 batters per nine innings. …  Both Connor Hollis and Tommy Milone were promoted to Triple-A after the trade deadline and each had a multi-hit game in their first game before going hitless on Saturday. (Ben Davey)

San Antonio Missions (Lost series to Wichita, 2-4)

Top Performers: With a series of callups to El Paso after the trade deadline, the Missions’ top performers contains some new faces. Nobody was on Juan Fernandez‘s level as the catcher who’s been serving as the club’s starting third baseman went 10-for-23 (.435) in the series, with a double, triple, and five runs batted in. The 23-year-old had a strong May, but had been in a prolonged slump until breaking out this week. … Tirso Ornelas hit .280 with a pair of doubles, tying for the team lead in the series for two-baggers. … Thomas Milone notably went 4-for-8 with a triple and four RBIs in the two games before he was promoted to the Chihuahuas.Brandon Komar threw six shutout innings in his lone start of the week, allowing three hits and striking out five.  

 Top Prospects and Others of Note: Henry Henry delivered four scoreless innings in a spot start. … Kevin Kopps allowed a run in 2.1 innings in his two appearances, good for a 3.86 ERA. After walking 20 in his first 23.2 innings this year, the righty has cut it to four – against 15 strikeouts – over his last 15 frames… Reggie Lawson lasted an inning and two-thirds in his start, walking five and striking out three, as command issues from July have carried over into the start of August. … Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0-for-5 with a pair of walks in his first two rehab games with the Missions, starting Saturday in the DH spot, and making his shortstop debut on Sunday. Tatis will continue with the Missions on their road trip to Frisco.  (Mark Wilkens)

Fort Wayne TinCaps Week in Review: (Split series with South Bend Cubs, 3-3)

Joshua Mears hit .286/.318/.476 this week. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Top Performers: The TinCaps lost three of their top position players and left-hander Robert Gasser at the trade deadline. … Joshua Mears, 21, who returned from the Arizona Complex League in mid-July, had a solid week. The powerful outfielder had six hits, including a double and a home run along with a walk, but did strike out nine more times. With Robert Hassell III moving on, he played five of the six games in center. … Cole Cummings, 24, reached base 10 times in six games for .263/.417/.474 line, and the left-handed hitter from UCSB, also had a home run and double. He has hit .261/.377/.417 since joining the TinCaps last month. … Lucas Dunn, 23, had nearly an identical line with five hits, all singles, and four walks. In 54 games with the TinCaps since being promoted from Lake Elsinore, he has a .359 on-base percentage. … Jackson Wolf, 23, had his best outing of his year, tossing six shutout innings and only giving up a pair of singles and picking off two runners in the same game. The 6-foot-7 former West Virginia Mountaineer star sits in the low-90s but is a jumble of arms and legs when delivering the ball, making it difficult for the batter to pick up. … Jose Espada, 25, made the most of his opportunity to start with the trade of Gasser. While the righty didn’t get the win in either of his starts, he struck out 15 in nine innings without allowing a walk. The Padres signed the former Toronto Blue Jay from the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association, and so far, he’s produced a 3.44 ERA in 18.1 innings. … Cuban right-handed reliever Luis Madrazo,24, had one of his better weeks after struggling between San Antonio/Fort Wayne this year, with five strikeouts in two innings in his one appearance this week.

Jackson Wolf has his best outing of the year. (Photo: Jeff Nycz).

Top Prospects of Note: Brandon Valenzuela, 21, had a tough week at the plate as the catcher managed only a single in 16 plate appearances but was still able to draw four walks. … Carlos Luis, 22, got his first hits in High-A after being promoted from Lake Elsinore. The left-handed hitter has only played first and designated hitter since joining the TinCaps after getting some exposure at third and serving as an emergency fill-in in right for the Storm. … Seth Mayberry,22, threw clean innings in both of his appearances and continues to build his season resume with 53 strikeouts in 36.1 innings for a 3.96 ERA. The Virginia native is coming off of a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 July innings.

Roster Moves: The Padres promoted Luis, Albert Fabian and relievers Alan Mundo, 22, and Keegan Collett, 23, from Lake Elsinore. Mundo struck out 68 batters against 20 walks in 48.1 innings for the Storm for a 2.23 ERA and a 5-1 record. Collett can absolutely overwhelm hitters with his nasty slider, racking up 82 strikeouts in 45 innings, but often fights command and walked 31 in his return to the Cal League. The organization released right-hander Sam Keating to make room on Monday, who had a 6.00 ERA and 33 walks in 39 innings with only 27 strikeouts. Keating, 23, was drafted in the fourth round of 2017 as a prep out of Florida and never really found his groove with a 6.88 ERA in five seasons with San Diego. (John Conniff)

Lake Elsinore Storm Week in Review (Defeated Visalia Rawhide, 4-2).

Top Performers: The Storm won the final three games of the series to win the series in Visalia. It will be their last road series in Visalia this season. … Marcos Castañon’s week exemplified why one shouldn’t look too deeply into into batting average. The 23-year-old hit just .200 last week for the Storm but he led the club with a .948 OPS. Castañon blasted two homers and drew nine walks to finish with a .200/.448/.500 slash-line. He leads the Storm in homers with 15, a total that ranks fifth in the league. Assuming he finishes the season in Lake Elsinore, he seems like a good bet to reach 20 homers. The last Storm hitter to reach the 20-homer plateau was Austin Allen, who hit 22 homers as a member of the 2017 squad. … The Storm brought up 18-year-old Samuel Zavala to take the place of James Wood, who was traded as part of the Juan Soto deal last week. While no one expects Zavala to replicate the success that Wood had, he performed quite capably. He went 4-for-17 with his first Low-A homer. He drew four walks and struck out in less than 15% of his plate appearances. The youngster had a nice year in the DSL a year ago and should receive plenty of playing time down the stretch. … On the pitching side of things, the Storm received plenty of good work from their staff. Left-handed reliever Ben Miller worked 4.1 scoreless innings in the series. He worked 2.1 innings last Tuesday in a Storm win and followed up with a pair of scoreless frames on Sunday. The 22-year-old Miller has thrown 43.2 innings out of the Storm bullpen this year. Overall, his ERA is 3.50 but he has a 1.56 WHIP, so he’s experienced some good luck this year. He’s still has value as a reliever that can cover multiple innings.

Top Prospects and Others of Note: Right-hander Garrett Hawkins took his usual turn on Friday night and once again, he dominated Cal League hitters. The 22-year-old righty allowed two unearned runs in 5.1 innings of work. He walked a pair and struck out eight batters to earn the victory. Hawkins leads the Cal League with 108 strikeouts. He’s third in the Cal League in K% with a 33.6% mark (min. 50 innings). The right-hander had some bad luck with balls in play in May and June but over the last weeks those results have stabilized and Hawkins has established himself as one of the best pitchers in the Cal League. … 18-year-old Victor Lizarraga started on Saturday and pitched five no-hit innings before getting touched up a bit in the sixth. Overall, he completed six innings and allowed a run on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Over his last eight starts, Lizarraga has a 5-1 record with a 2.79 ERA. (Kevin Charity)

ACL Padres Week in Review (4-1 on the week)

ACL Padres 11, ACL Royal 9

Key Stats: OF Jakob Marsee 2-for-5, 2B, 3 R; LF Juan Murillo 3-for-4, SB (9); SS Rosman Verdugo 1-for-4, 3B; 3B/2B Graham Pauley 2-for-5, 2B, 3B; LHP Javier Chacon 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 8 K, 1 BB; RHP Justin Lopez 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K

Juan Murillo is hitting .330/.372/.477 in the ACL at 19. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: The Padres sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim their fourth victory in the last five games and move to two games above .500. A total of 15 position players appeared for the club as the system continues to integrate newly-drafted and signed players into the active roster. Sixth-rounder Jakob Marsee had a pair of hits including a double out of the leadoff spot. The 21-year-old corner outfielder from Central Michigan has reached base at a .458 clip through his first seven professional games, drawing seven walks in 24 plate appearances. … Graham Pauley, the club’s 13th-rounder, collected a double and triple and drove in four. With four of his first eight hits going for extra-bases, the Duke product has a  1.032 OPS in his first seven professional games. The Georgia native fits the system’s affinity for left-handed hitting infielders. … Lefty Javier Chacon tossed five innings for the first time this year, striking out eight and allowing a pair of runs. The 19-year-old from Cuba, who made only one appearance in the DSL after signing before last season, has posted a 2.41 ERA across a team-high 37.1 frames with a stellar 56:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Top Prospects and Others of Note: Lefty Luis Gutierrez, the last of the 2019 international free agents to earn a seven-figure bonus still with the organization, delivered four shutout innings. The Venezuela native has struggled mightily with control since joining the organization, walking 30 in the 39.1 total innings he’s worked, but seems to be finding his footing a bit in his first taste of stateside competition. … Converted infielder Justin Lopez, who worked two innings Monday night, struck out six over four innings on the week. The 22-year-old has eight strikeouts across his first three outings on the mound. … Outfielder Juan Murillo continued his torrid professional debut, going 5-for-8 on the week with his third homer and ninth stolen base. The 19-year-old’s hyper-aggressive approach has yielded a 19:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 94 plate appearances, but he’s also posted an .849 OPS and has yet to be thrown out on the basepaths. … Center fielder Eddy Beltre and infielder Rosman Verdugo had a team-high 14 at-bats on the week as the club has focused on rotating multiple new signees and rehabbing players through the line-up a few plate appearances at a time. Beltre, 18, is 7-for-18 since missing most of July with an injury. Verdugo continues to show impressive power as the youngest player in the ACL. The 17-year-old from Ensenada connected on his sixth homer of the year this week, double the second-highest total of any player still on the club. (David Jay)

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.

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