Prospect Watch: Burch Smith continued to get solid results despite having to labor. The righty gave up a pair of runs over 6.2 innings with five strikeouts, but needed 110 pitches to do it and surrendered at least one extra-base hit in each of the first five innings. Through his five Triple-A starts, Smith has a strong 2.57 ERA, but is putting nearly 60 percent more runners on base than he did in his stint at Double-A. … Mike Wilson had a night to remember, clubbing a pair of homers and a double to collect six RBIs. The right-handed slugger, another strikeout-heavy former Mariner prospect who signed with the Padres this spring, owns a career .476 slugging percentage over 3,800 professional plate appearances, but has earned only eight games in the majors. … After Dean Anna reached base in four of his five plate appearances, he is back in the top 10 in all three triple-slash categories.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
Midland Rock Hounds 14 San Antonio Missions 3
For the second time in three nights, the Missions were blown out by the Rock Hounds. Starter Matt Andriese had his roughest start of the year, giving up four runs over only 3.2 innings. The big righty walked a season-high four hitters. After issuing 10 free passes in his first 67.1 innings of work, he has allowed seven in 8.2 innings over the last two games. He needed a season-high 91 pitches even though he failed to work through the fourth inning for the only time this year. …Keyvius Sampson, coming off his best start of the year, appeared out of the bullpen for the first time this year, working a quiet 1-2-3 inning. With the Texas League headed into the All-Star Break, Sampson wasn't in line to make another start until late in the week. … Rico Noel finished the first half in San Antonio with a .336 slugging percentage, up 31 points from his Cal League total in 2012. A natural right-hander, Noel is still struggling from the left side, but has a strong 342/395/421 line from the right side.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Lake Elsinore Storm 6 Inland Empire 66ers 2
Prospect Watch: Justin Hancock picked up in the Cal League where he left off in the Midwest League. The 22-year-old righty, who earned a promotion after a strong first half, gave up two runs over five innings in his Cal League debut, striking out three. The righty walked a pair and hit a batter, continuing a trend he's had over the last month. … Jace Peterson extended his hitting streak to 10, and has hit in 22 of 24 contests to raise his average to .298, the highest it's been since the end of April. For June, the 23-year-old former two-sport athlete has a stellar 388/456/642 line. He's also swiped nine bases without getting caught this month.
West Michigan Whitecaps 12 Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6
Prospect Watch: Bryan Rodriguez's return from the DL didn't go any better than the one that put him on the shelf. The righty gave up five runs (two earned) in only 4.1 innings. In 26.1 innings this year, he's been tagged for nine unearned runs. The 21-year-old fire-balling Tommy John survivor didn't actually miss a turn in the rotation over the all-star break, but may be headed back to the bullpen if he continues to labor as a starter. …Diego Goris continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4. The minor league Rule 5 pick is hitting .319 in June. His OPS has improved each month of the season, up to a solid 792 for the month. The utility infielder also put in an inning of mop-up work on the mound when the game was out of control. Although he walked two, he didn't allow a run and did get one strikeout.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Eugene Emeralds 6 Tri-City Dust Devils 0
Prospect Watch: Third-rounder Bryan Verbitsky has gotten himself off to a great pro start. The righty from Hofstra, who was a two-way player until last summer, tossed four scoreless innings Sunday, and has now worked seven shutout innings with only three hits allowed since signing a below-slot deal. … If Guzman's name doesn't ring a bell, you can be forgiven. Originally signed as Alvaro Aristy in 2008, Guzman was later found to be nearly two years older than he purported, and was also suspended for use of a performance-enhancing drug. After three awful years as a no-hit, no-field shortstop, Guzman moved to the mound in the Dominican last year and put up decent but not spectacular numbers. Through four appearances for Eugene, Guzman – who turns 24 next month – has worked five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against only two hits. … Center fielder Ronnie Richardson had a pair of doubles and a walk in four plate appearances. The mighty-mite leadoff man hit only .233 in Eugene last year after signing as a 16th-round pick.
AZL Padres 5 AZL Rangers 3
Prospect Watch: Third baseman Fernando Perez continues to make good contact as he works his way back from hand surgery. The 19-year-old Chula Vista native clubbed a double in his five plate appearances and now has one RBI in each of his four games. The left-handed hitter hit 273/298/455 in the AZL last summer. … Shortstop Franchy Cordero, who will turn 19 after the season, had three singles and has hit in all four games so far. The tall, rangy shortstop is 8-for-19 in the early going. After striking out in more than 25 percent of his plate appearances in the DSL last year, he has only one strikeout thus far. … From the "small victories" file, Tayron Guerrero made his first appearance since going on the DL following a five-walk performance in April. The flamethrowing righty pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts, though he did hit one batter and uncork a wild pitch.
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