Prospect Watch: Travis Jankowski’s transition to Triple-A continues to go well. The speedy defensive ace added three more hits and a walk in five plate appearances Sunday. He left the game in the 10th inning after getting shaken up on a play at third base, but there’s no word yet on the severity of the situation. His hustle to advance from second on a grounder to shortstop was one of three extra bases he tallied on the basepaths Sunday. … Tim Federowicz’s rehab assignment reached 50 plate appearances when the 27-year-old catcher smashed a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning. After catching a full nine innings for the first time on Saturday, Federowicz was in the DH slot Sunday. … With all the talk of bullpen arms who might be traded from the big league roster, one player who has put himself in a good position to get consideration for a job in San Diego is righty Jay Jackson. The one-time Cubs prospect, who signed a minor league deal in the winter, pitched a perfect inning to record his eighth save in as many chances for the Chihuahuas. The big-armed righty has given up two runs over 22 innings in his last 16 appearances and has 66 strikeouts against 14 walks in 56 innings at two levels this year.
Midland Rockhounds 6 – Missions 5
Prospect Watch: Ronald Herrera’s first Double-A start was a labor for the 20-year-old, but he almost got out relatively unscathed. The righty gave up a run on a double and two singles in the first, but escaped further damage by inducing the first of three double-plays on the day. In the fourth inning, Herrera served up a leadoff homer to three-true-outcomes hero Matt Olson, and loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. He then appeared to get out of the jam with a grounder, but the ball stymied Duanel Jones at third and a pair of unearned runs came around. In all, Herrera needed 93 pitches to get through his first four frames in the Texas League, where he is the second-youngest pitcher on the circuit. … Jones has hit in eight of his last nine games, including a double on Sunday, to lift his OPS from a low-water mark of .593 on July 16 to .667. Much as he had in years past, he’s compounded his offensive troubles in the field for San Antonio, committing 16 errors in 46 contests. When he was on a roll to open the year in Fort Wayne, the right-handed slugger also put up a career-best .913 fielding percentage at the hot corner.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
High Desert Mavericks 6 – Storm 2
Prospect Watch: Nick Torres continues to enjoy a strong first full season. The 22-year-old outfielder had a pair of doubles on Sunday to reach 40 total extra-base hits so far this year. In 13 games since his promotion to the Cal League, the 2014 fourth-rounder is hitting .321 with a strong .509 slugging percentage. His 34 doubles are the highest total in minor league baseball. … The Storm now sit at 7-22 in the second half and are at risk of falling behind Bakersfield for the worst overall record in the Cal League.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 – TinCaps 2
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost on a walkoff homer to open the bottom of the ninth inning, dropping the final game of a disappointing 2-7 road trip. Righty Dinelson Lamet worked another strong five-inning game, yielding just one run while striking out four. The 23-year-old has worked exactly five frames in nine of his last 10 starts, and has a 2.63 ERA and has 47 strikeouts against 13 walks in that span. … It hasn’t reached quite Franchy Cordero levels yet, but Ruddy Giron’s defense remains a work in progress. The 18-year-old shortstop committed his 19th error in 59 contests Sunday to allow the game-tying run to score. Overall, the seven players who’ve lined up at shortstop for the TinCaps this year sport a .901 fielding percentage.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Spokane Indians 6 – Dust Devils 4 in 10
Prospect Watch: Although the Dust Devils gave away the game by allowing Spokane to score three in the ninth, Tri-City did lock up the first-half North Division championship on Sunday when Everett lost. The Dust Devils own a 22-16 record, and are now guaranteed a spot in the playoffs in their first season as a Padres affiliate. Toolsy outfielder Rod Boykin extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of hits and a walk. After getting off to a painfully slow start, the 20 year old from Alabama has now reached base in 22 straight games this month, though he’s still struck out an alarming 32 times in 106 trips to the plate in July. He leads Tri-City with 10 stolen bases.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres 19 – AZL Mariners 7
Key Statistics: 1B Yale Rosen 5-for-6, 3 2B, HR, 3R, 4RBI; LF Josh Magee 3-for-6, 3R, SB (9); CF Aldemar Burgos 3-for-6, 3B, 2R, SB, 2RBI; DH Bryant Aragon 2-for-5, 2B, R, 2RBI, HBP; RHP Austin Smith 2IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 0BB;
Prospect Watch: Second-rounder Austin Smith won’t retire without having allowed an earned run. The right was tagged for two runs on four hits in the top of the first, but came back to work around a one-out double in a scoreless second inning after his teammates sent 13 men to the plate and scored 10 in the bottom of the first. … Yale Rosen’s rehab assignment is likely to be short after Sunday’s offensive explosion. The 22-year-old mashed three doubles and a homer to collect four RBIs. Though the left-handed slugger has struggled to make consistent contact as a professional, he has massive raw power. For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.