Jurikson Profar hits his first home run in Triple-A this year. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 9, Round Rock Express 5

Key Statistics: LF Jurickson Profar, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (1), 4 RBI, BB; DH Ji-Man Choi, 2-for-3, 2B, BB; 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4, R, RBI; C Chandler Seagle, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI; RHP Anderson Espinoza (W, 7-7) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 K; LHP Jared Koenig, IP, 2 H, K; RHP Kevin Kopps, IP, BB, 2 K

Chandler Seagle went deep for his first time with El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas rode a pair of homers and got great work from the bullpen to defeat Round Rock as they opened a 12-game homestand Tuesday night.. … Left fielder Jurickson Profar had a multi-night, including his first homer as a Chihuahua and first in the minor league since connecting on one as a member of the Express on August 17, 2017. After a poor showing with the Colorado Rockies this year, Profar will look to restore his stock before hitting the free-agent market again this off-season. … Ji-Man Choi made a rehab appearance and reached base three times. The veteran slugger singled, doubled, and drew a walk.Colin Deaver of KTSM TV in El Paso, reported that Choi left the game after fouling a ball off of his leg in the eighth inning. Hopefully, his exit was just precautionary. … Chandler Seagle singled and connected on his first-ever Triple-A homer in the win Tuesday. The Appalachian State product doesn’t typically bring much to the plate offensively, but he is a fantastic receiver and is lauded in the organization for his ability to handle the staff. He’s managed just a .559 OPS in his career, but he’s thrown out an incredible 45% of attempted base stealers. … Anderson Espinoza managed to win his seventh game of the season by working five innings. The former top prospect allowed four earned runs on eight hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Espinoza has a 6.51 ERA in 114.2 innings for El Paso this year. 

Missions 12, Midland RockHounds 2

Cole Cummings continues to produce for San Antonio. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 2-for-6, R, 2B; 3B Graham Pauley, 3-for-5, R, BB, RBI; 1B Nathan Martorella, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (2), 3 RBI; DH Cole Cummings, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (9), 4 RBI; LF Ripken Reyes, 2-for-4, R, SB (29), 2 RBI; RHP Gabe Mosser (W, 1-3) 5 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 K; RHP Justin Lopez, 2 IP, K

Prospect Watch: The Missions’ bats were red-hot Tuesday night, as the team scored 12 runs on 15 hits to win a laugher against Midland. … In a lineup featuring several of the Padres’ top prospects, Cole Cummings may not have the pedigree, but he has continued to swing a hot bat. The former UC Santa Barbara star connected on a home run for the third time in four games, his ninth of the year. He also drove in four runs and scored a pair. Over his last five games, the 25-year-old is 8-for-17 with two doubles, three homers, and nine RBI. He has 13 total bases in the last two games. … Third baseman Graham Pauley singled three times and drew a walk in the San Antonio victory. The left-handed hitting Pauley hasn’t hit for the same power he did in Fort Wayne, but he continues to put up lofty numbers. In 11 games for the Missions, Pauley is hitting .340/.392/.511 with just five strikeouts in 51 plate appearances. … Nathan Martorella had two hits, including his second Double-A homer. After hitting 16 homers with the TinCaps, Martorella has a chance to clear 20 homers in his first full season as a professional. In 12 games with the Missions, the former Cal Bear has a .740 OPS. … Gabe Mosser earned his first win of the season, tossing five shutout innings for San Antonio. He allowed five hits and walked one to go with seven strikeouts. In nine outings (eight starts) for the Missions, Mosser has a 4.41 ERA in 34.2 innings. 

Dayton Dragons 10, TinCaps 4

Nerwilian Cedeño his his sixth home run. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Key Statistics: LF Tyler Robertson, 2-for-4, R, HR (2), RBI; 2B Nerwilian Cedeño, 1-for-4, R, HR (6), RBI; SS Kervin Pichardo, 1-for-2, R, HR (6), 2 RBI, BB; RHP Edwuin Bencomo (L, 2-4) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 K; RHP Tyler Morgan, IP, H, ER, 2 K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps opened the week controlling their playoff destiny with a half-game lead over West Michigan. The TinCaps got blown out on the road in Dayton, but West Michigan also lost, so the TinCaps will maintain their slim lead for another day. … The club managed just four hits, but three of them were homers. … Outfielder Tyler Robertson singled and connected on his second home run since his promotion to the Midwest League. Robertson is off to a scorching start in September, something the TinCaps sorely need on their march to a playoff berth. In three games this month, Robertson is 6-for-12 with two homers and three RBI. In 12 games with the TinCaps, the Alabama native has delivered a .865 OPS. … Kervin Pichardo walked and socked his sixth homer in the win. The 21-year-old has been a bit of an organizational player this year after starting the season in extended spring training. However, since finding a home with the TinCaps, he’s developed into a key contributor. In 18 games in August, the former Phillies farmhand delivered a .933 OPS, and he’s homered four times in his last 20 games. Coming into Tuesday’s action, Pichardo was sporting a solid wRC+ of 110. … Speaking of power surges, infielder Nerwilian Cedeño has had one of his own. The 21-year-old infielder hit his sixth homer in the TinCaps loss. Over his last seven games, the switch-hitting infielder has homered three times, doubling the power production he had in the first 50 games of the season. Cedeño ended the season strong last season with the Storm and appears to be doing the same this season. 

Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 2

Jose Sanabria was a quiet contributor in the desert this year. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Key Statistics: CF Dillon Head, 1-for-4; 1B Romeo Sanabria, 1-for-3, BB, 2B; 3B Jose Sanabria, 2-for-3, 2 RBI; RHP Miguel Mendez, 1.2 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Alejandro Lugo (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB; RHP Sam Whiting, 1.1 IP, 2 H, BB, K

Prospect Watch: The Storm lost on the road and fell two games behind the 66ers with five left to play. … Romeo Sanabria doubled and drew a walk in the loss. The left-handed swinging Sanabria hasn’t homered since joining the Storm, but he’s done a great job of essentially replacing Griffin Doersching’s bat in the lineup. In 12 games with the Storm, the Miami native is hitting .286/.423/.429. … Jose Sanabria (no relation to Romeo) chipped in with a pair of singles, and drove in the only two runs for the Storm. The 21-year-old spent the last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside in 2023. In 40 games in the desert this season, he produced a .757 OPS. He is hitting .300 since joining the Storm. … Righty Miguel Mendez made the start and was pulled with two outs in the second inning. Mendez walked three batters and allowed a pair of runs. This outing will close the regular season on the 21-year-old righty, in 15 outings for the Storm. Mendez has a 5.96 ERA in 54.1 innings. … Righty Sam Whiting recorded four outs without allowing a run. He allowed two hits, one walk, and notched a strikeout. The 16th-rounder in 2023 is one of several former UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the organization. He has a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 innings this season.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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