Las Vegas Aviators 4, Chihuahuas 2

Ryan Weathers has had an up and down season. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Key Statistics: LHP Ryan Weathers, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K; RHP Moises Lugo (H, 7), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K; SS Tim Lopes, 2-for-3, 2B, BB; RF Luis Liberato, 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: It’s a rare feat in the Pacific Coast League to hurl six innings of one-run ball and come away with a no-decision, but Ryan Weathers was the recipient of some hard luck on Thursday evening. The 23-year-old southpaw demonstrated his ability in striking out 10 and walking one, showing the quality of delivery the Padres want their 2018 first-rounder to find more consistently. It’s been a wildly up-and-down story for Weathers since his demotion last month. Thursday was the second time in four starts he’s hit double-digits strikeouts and given up just one earned run in six innings. In the other two outings, however, he’s been shelled for 11 runs over nine combined innings, including a six-walk game in his first appearance. In both of his quality starts, he used his sweeper more than his changeup. … With a scoreless inning and his seventh hold of the season, Moises Lugo continues his positive trend into July. After a 6.43 in April and a 7.56 mark in May, the 24-year-old righty made five scoreless appearances in June and has yet to allow a run two appearances into July, reducing his overall ERA to 4.50. … Tim Lopes provided a spark at the top of the order, lacing a double and working his 40th walk of the season. The 29-year-old infielder is slashing .301/.381/.478 in 312 at-bats for El Paso, his fifth season of Triple-A ball. … Luis Liberato provided all the run production for the Chihuahuas, slugging his ninth home run of the season in the third inning. In his second season with El Paso, Liberato is slashing .261/.360/.462 in 199 at-bats, with a .891 OPS against right-handed pitching.

Missions 6, Corpus Christi Hooks 2 F/10

Daniel Johnson has been a contributor in his first season with San Antonio. (Vashaun Newman)

Key Statistics: RHP Jared Kollar, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; RHP Raul Brito (W, 1-0), 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K; PH-DH Cole Cummings, 1-for-1, HR, R, RBI; 3B Juan Fernandez, 2-for-4, RBI, BB; CF Daniel Johnson, 2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI

Prospect Watch: While a four-run 10th inning sealed the win for the Missions, they got there thanks in large part to Jared Kollar, who threw six innings of two-run ball to keep San Antonio in the game before the offense could do the rest. The 24-year-old Kollar has followed up a sublime start to the season in Fort Wayne with two solid starts in his Double-A debut. In 10.2 innings, the Rutgers product has struck out seven while walking three and posting a 3.38 ERA. … Raul Brito took the ball in the ninth and delivering two scoreless innings, striking out five to earn the win and close things out for San Antonio. The 26-year-old righty, signed as a free agent in the offseason, recorded his first victory as a member of the Missions in his third appearance since being promoted from Fort Wayne, where he was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 28 innings of work. … There would be no Missions rally if not for Cole Cummingswho hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning to tie the game. The round-tripper was the UC Santa Barbara product’s first of July, and his first homer since June 15. … The Missions went ahead for good thanks to Juan Fernandez, whose second hit of the game drove in the winning run in the 10th inning. The 24-year-old Fernandez is slashing .308/.382/.409 in 208 at-bats for San Antonio in 2023, seeing time at catcher, DH, and the infield corners as well as two mop-up innings on the mound. … Daniel Johnson added an exclamation point to the victory with a three-run homer in the 10th. Johnson, a native of Vallejo, California, has five home runs and 32 RBIs to go along with a .650 OPS in 245 at-bats for San Antonio in 2023.

TinCaps 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Adam Mazur in action with Fort Wayne. (Photo: Wyatt Richardson)

Key Statistics: RHP Adam Mazur (W, 4-1), 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; RHP Ethan Routzahn (S, 1), 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K; CF Jakob Marsee, 2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBIs; 3B Marcos Castañon, 2-for-3, 2 2B, R; C Colton Bender, 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI

Prospect Watch: Solid performances up and down the lineup backed Adam Mazur‘s latest excellent start for the TinCaps in a complete victory for the club. With a 2.02 ERA and 10 walks in 58 innings to begin his pro career, Mazur has showcased the command that made him the 53rd overall pick in the 2022 draft. … Ethan Routzahn followed Mazur out of the bullpen and went the distance to pick up his first save of the season. The St. John’s product turned in a perfect three-inning effort while inducing seven grounders. … Jakob Marsee slugged his seventh home run of the season as part of a two-hit effort for the center fielder. The 22-year-old Central Michigan product is putting up a .286/.423/.476 slash-line in 21 at-bats to begin July after bringing a .375 slugging percentage into the month. … On a big night for former Gauchos, Marcos Castañon smacked a pair of doubles and scored two runs. The 24-year-old third baseman has followed up last year’s .882 OPS in 421 at-bats for Lake Elsinore with an .802 mark so far in 276 at-bats for Fort Wayne in 2023. … Colton Bender hit his second home run of the season, and 10th of his professional career as part of a two-hit evening for the catcher. Selected in the 10th round in 2021 out of Quinnipiac, he is the second member of the organization to represent the 2023 NCAA hockey champions, joining Matthew Batten.

Storm 16, Visalia Rawhide 9

Ethan Salas shows off his defense for the Storm. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Key Statistics: RHP Henry Baez (W, 4-2), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; C Ethan Salas, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB; 3B Rosman Verdugo, 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB; 1B Griffin Doersching, 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: While it wasn’t Henry Baez‘s finest work in a Storm uniform, the righty had plenty of margin of error to work with, and still managed to strike out seven batters in six innings to collect his fourth win of the season. The 20-year-old Baez is 4-2 with a 4.22 ERA and has struck out 64 batters in 59.2 innings in 2023. … Did you know Ethan Salas is 17 years old? If you didn’t, welcome to MadFriars. As with any prospect, it’s important to remember the slumps don’t make one a bust, and the hot streaks don’t make one ready for the bright lights of Petco Park, but that doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy it. After a .190/.311/.321 slash line in 84 at-bats in June, Salas has flipped the script along with the calendar page, producing a .375/.474/1.188 line in his first 16 at-bats of July. With two home runs Thursday, the Lake Elsinore backstop has hit four round-trippers in three games and raised his OPS for the season to .855 in 105 at-bats. … Another young position player prospect to keep an eye on is Rosman Verdugo, whose three-hit outing tonight included a pair of doubles. The 18-year-old infielder has been on fire to begin July, posting a .375/.474/.750 slash line in 16 at-bats to begin the month, with four of his six hits going for extra bases, including three doubles and a home run. … Another Lake Elsinore bat enjoying a fiery start to the month is Griffin Doersching, who recorded three hits, including a home run, to raise his July slash line to .412/.565/1.000 in 17 at-bats after a tepid June. Drafted in the eighth round out of Oklahoma State last summer, Doersching has eight home runs but a .789 OPS in 223 at-bats for Lake Elsinore in 2023 as his 77 strikeouts remain an opportunity for improvement.

ACL Padres 6, ACL White Sox 5

Estuar Suero cuts an imposing figure in the box. (Photo: David Jay)

Key Statistics: RHP Jose Luis Reyes, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; C Luis Campusano, 0-for-2, BB, RBI; RF-CF Estuar Suero, 3-for-4, R; LF Juan Murillo, 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Prospect Watch: The Complex League Padres eked out a narrow victory at Camelback Ranch thanks largely to six solid innings from Jose Luis Reyeswho allowed three runs in a rare extended start in the league. Reyes, a 20-year-old Mexicali native, is in his second season in the desert after throwing 4.1 innings for the club in 2022. .. In rehab news, Luis Campusano caught five innings, going 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a run batted in, while throwing out a would-be base stealer and logging a throwing error behind the dish. We should anticipate a full game of action from Campusano in the coming days before the Padres determine the next step in his rehab assignment. … Following up a two-hit outing in his last game played on Monday, Estuar Suero recorded his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4. The 17-year-old outfielder is making his stateside debut after the San Pedro de Macoris native played in his native Dominican Republic in 2022, batting .250 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 152 at-bats. … Juan Murillo slugged his first home run of the season as the 20-year-old Cuban continues to hit in the desert, slashing .292/.364/.500 in 48 at-bats in his second season in the ACL after 104 at-bats in the circuit in 2022.

Posted by Mark Wilkens

Born in San Diego and raised in Escondido, Mark now calls Phoenix home. Prior to MadFriars, Mark had multiple articles featured on Bleacher Report and covering the Padres, Angels and Clippers.

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  1. […] Top Performers: It’s been a rough two weeks for El Paso as they have lost 11 of their last 13 games, but still, there were some performances that stood out this week. Most notably, Brett Sullivan, 29, hit .529 in 20 plate appearances to go along with a .765 slugging percentage. Primarily a catcher, Sullivan also made his second appearance this season at third base in the field. He is having one of the best seasons of his minor league career with a slash line of .329/.410/.540, and the left-handed hitter is making a strong case to rejoin the big club after going to the major leagues for the first time earlier this season. … Another player who might be on track to rejoin the big club is Ryan Weathers. The lefty went six innings and only gave up a run as he struck out ten against one walk. Weathers, 23, has been up and down since returning to Triple-A, but in both of his quality starts, he has relied on his sweeper more than his changeup. […]


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