Albuquerque Isotopes 4, Chihuahuas 2
Prospect Watch: Making his Triple-A debut, 26-year-old Nolan Watson was not overwhelmed by the task, striking out five in five innings of work while allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. The former Royals first-rounder did get a “welcome to the PCL” by allowing a home run. In his second season with San Antonio, Watson posted a 3-3 record and 4.08 ERA in 64 innings to go along with 41 strikeouts and 22 walks in 2023 before his promotion to the Chihuahuas. … Tom Cosgrove threw a clean inning in his first rehab appearance for El Paso after beginning his stint at the complex in Peoria. Cosgrove has yet to allow a run in 9.1 innings in El Paso so far this season, and owns a 0.53 ERA in his first 17 innings of work for the Padres. … Another southpaw, Aaron Leasher, made his return to the Chihuahuas, though his trip was via San Antonio. After returning from a knee injury, Leasher allowed one run in 12.1 innings for the Missions before being promoted back to El Paso, where he was 8-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 87.1 innings of work in 2022. … Jantzen Witte has now homered in back-to-back nights as the 33-year-old infielder continues his onslaught against PCL pitching, raising his June OPS to 1.081. Witte has a 1.253 OPS against left-handed pitching in the 2023 season. … After Wednesday’s two-hit outing, Eguy Rosario singled as the infielder looks to heat up on his rehab assignment.
Missions 3, Frisco RoughRiders 2
Key Statistics: LHP Daniel Camarena, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; RHP Blake Cederlind (W, 1-0), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K; 3B Juan Fernandez, 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; SS Ray-Patrick Didder, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: A three-run Missions rally was all the offense they needed thanks to a stellar pitching performance at the Wolff that began with five innings from Daniel Camarena. The veteran lefty allowed only one run in five innings of work, scattering three hits and walking one while striking out four. Camarena lost all his 2022 season to injury and finds himself in San Antonio to begin his efforts to work his way back. He has gone 1-3 with a 7.41 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 37.2 innings to start things off. … Making his Missions debut, Blake Cederlind escaped a jam with a pair of strikeouts to earn the win with a scoreless sixth inning. The 27-year-old righty was a fifth-round pick by the Pirates in 2015, reaching the big leagues in 2020 with Pittsburgh. The hard-throwing reliever then missed the next two seasons dealing with injuries and opened this year on the IL again. After he finished a rehab assignment in Bradenton, the Pirates released Cederlind, who signed with the Padres and made two appearances at the complex before being promoted to San Antonio. … Juan Fernandez had the only Missions extra-base hit of the game, a double, and his single tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, sparking the San Antonio rally. Fernandez is slashing .310/.386/.402 in 184 at-bats for the Missions. … The rally was finished by Ray-Patrick Didder, who drove in a pair of runs with a single. The 28-year-old Didder is batting .220 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 127 at-bats for San Antonio, where he’s played shortstop, third base, and all three outfield positions.
TinCaps 9, Lake County Captains 2
Prospect Watch: The move to High-A was no problem for Austin Krob, who made his TinCaps debut and picked up the win with five solid innings. The 2022 12th-rounder out of TCU struck out five and allowed two runs on five hits as he built on his performance at Lake Elsinore. Krob posted a 2.34 ERA and a 59:22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings of work in his first professional assignment in the Cal League. … Aaron Holliday was a bright spot out of the bullpen, tossing two no-hit innings and striking out four. The six-foot-three righty is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in nine innings in June. … After one game with the TinCaps, Graham Pauley owns a .600/.600/2.000 slash line and 2.600 OPS after going 3-for-5 and slugging a pair of home runs to go with a double. On a productive night for the Fort Wayne offense, Pauley drove in five of their nine runs. … Another part of the outstanding night for the heart of the TinCaps lineup was a three-hit night for Nathan Martorella. A fifth-round pick last summer, the Cal alum is batting .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI for the TinCaps in 2023.
Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 2
Prospect Watch: Other than a four-run second inning extended by an error, Henry Baez was mostly superb, striking out seven batters in five innings. In 53.2 innings pitched in 2023, the 20-year-old righty has struck out 57 batters while walking 28 and owns a 4.02 ERA. … Adding two more scoreless innings tonight, southpaw Andrew Vail has made his season a tale of two months so far. After the 2022 20th-rounder posted a 22.85 ERA in 4.1 innings in May, Vail owns a 1.17 mark in 7.2 innings since the calendar flipped to June. … Samuel Zavala slugged a doubled and drove in a run. The power-hitting outfielder has been consistent from May to June, with a .282/.424/.423 slash line last month, and a .286/.418/.416 line as June wraps up. … One encouraging sign in an otherwise dull night for the Storm was Ethan Salas, who hit his first home run since June 6 in the loss. The catching prospect has a double and a home run in the series as he appears to be heating up after a month that has been full of growing pains. The 17-year-old is batting .209 with two home runs and a .662 OPS in 86 at-bats in his first professional season.
ACL Mariners 11, ACL Padres 1
Prospect Watch: With a single and a pair of walks, Lamar King Jr. reached base three times on an otherwise dry night for the Padres offense. A catcher by trade, the 19-year-old King was in the lineup at DH after missing seven games with continued nagging injuries. The Vancouver, Canada, native who went to high school in the Baltimore area was the Padres’ fourth-round pick last summer. He’s seen action in only eight games so far, but is 10-for-26 with 10 walks in his limited action. … The Padres’ sole extra-base hit was a double off the bat of Alain Camou. The 19-year-old infielder is batting .304 with 9 RBI and a .791 OPS in 69 at-bats so far. … Carlos Rodriguez smacked a single while backstopping the Padres’ efforts as catcher tonight. The switch-hitting 20-year-old from Cumana, Venezuela is in his second season in the desert after debuting in the Dominican Republic in 2021. … Nerwilian Cedeño, on a rehab assignment from Lake Elsinore, led off and went 0-for-2 with two walks before being replaced in the eighth inning. The infielder is working back for a wrist injury in the fifth game of the season.