Prospect Watch: Burch Smith continued to pitch well in Triple-A. Smith pitched into the sixth allowing only one run at the time of his departure. Smith left the game with two on in the sixth, and proceeded to see watch Tommy Layne allow an RBI single before retiring the final two batters… The story of the game was just-promoted reliever Kevin Quackenbush The Double-A closer threw two scoreless innings and earned the win for Tucson. Two of the first three batters reached base against Quack, and he started with a bad 10/8 strike to ball ratio. However he rebounded nicely retiring the final four batters throwing 12 strikes to only one ball.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres please see the Arizona Daily Star
Prospect Watch:Since May 22nd, shortstop Jeudy Valdez is tied for first in the Texas League in extra-base hits (15) and second in slugging percentage(.551) all while batting .321. Valdez added two more extra-base hits tonight including his third home run of the season. After posting an OPS of .534 in April, Valdez has posted an .846 OPS over the past 51 games… With five scoreless innings, All Star Matt Andriese is now tied for first in the Texas League with a 1.99 ERA. His eight wins also rank second in the league. Andriese also ranks in the top 10 in strikeouts(60), WHIP (1.11), and walks (13).
Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne are both off for their respective All Star Breaks
Carolina All Stars 12 Cal League All Stars 2 p> Key Stats: C Robert Kral 1-1, HR (1), RBI, BB
MWL East All Stars 6 MWL West All Stars 5
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network
. For further reading on the TinCaps, please see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
. Eugene Emeralds 2 Hillsboro Hops 0
Prospect Watch: When the Padres selected Bryan Verbitsky in the third round a few weeks ago, most fans were left scratching their heads. Verbitsky was a reliever in college and ranked outside of BA's top 500. Padres justified it saying he has a big arm and he would be a starter. Verbitsky took the first step in proving everyone wrong today. The righty cruised through the first two innings striking out four while allowing one hit. In the third he walked two while striking out one, and it was evident that he started losing command with his secondary pitches. It will take awhile for Verbitsky to move from reliever to starter, but tonight was a good start in what will hopefully be a good career.
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