Tacoma Rainiers 5 - Chihuahuas 1
Prospect Watch Welcome back Travis Jankowski. After missing two games after a hard collision at third base, Jankowski showed no ill effects of the injury by starting off the game with a double and was on base three times. He has hit safetly in every game with El Paso, and has reached base at least three times in three straight games… Colin Rea only pitched three innings because of an hour long rain delay. Despite the earned run, it was his best strikeout performance in AAA.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 7 - Missions 6
Prospect Watch Stat of the night; Hunter Renfroe hit his thirteenth home run this season and his tenth since June 21st. That number ranks him third in all of baseball in home runs over that time frame. If this isn’t impressive enough remember the Renfroe is in the pitcher friendly Double-A Texas League, compared to other players playing in tee ball parks in the PCL and Cal Leagues. Could you imagine if he had hit like this all year?
Inland Empire 66ers 5 - Storm 3
Prospect Watch Ernesto Montas made his first start in High-A and didn’t have the greatest evening. While he only gave up two earned runs, the three unearned runs all scored because of his own error. Montas went 9-6 with a 3.28 ERA in Fort Wayne before his promotion. However, pitching has never really been the Storms biggest problem…the good news is Nick Torres is now hitting .323/.343/.508 in 16 games with the Storm.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 14 – Dayton Dragons 1
Key Statistics: RHP Chris Huffman (W, 5-6) 7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 3 K; CF Michael Gettys 1-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; 2B Luis Urias 4-5, 2 RS, 2 RBI; SS Rudy Giron 2-5, 2 RS; RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, HR (6), 5 RBI; 1B Trae Santos 5-5, 2 2B, HR (8), 2 RS, 3 RBI.
Prospect Watch At what point does a “small sample size,” become viewed as more than a hot streak? Luis Urias added another four hits today and with so passed 90 at-bats with Fort Wayne during which he has managed to hit .393/.452/.417. The right handed hitter is hitting .357 against left handers and .411 against righties! Most of us thought it was unrealistic for Urias to continue to hit after a hot start, but he is showing he has the talent, especially as the youngest player in the league, to be a star.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 4 – Hillsboro Hops 5
Prospect Watch Walker Lockett has been with the Padres since 2012 and is still only 21, which is about the average age for players in the NorthWest League. However he is still in the NWL because this is the first year, since he was drafted, that he has been healthy. His 58 innings pitched this year are nearly double what he pitched in the last three years combined (31.1 innings entering 2015). Lockett has walked just seven batters in 43.1 innings in Tri-City, which would lead the league at roughly 1.4 walks per nine innings.
AZL Padres 7 -AZL Indians 2
Key Statistics: RHP Joel Linares 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K (W, 3-1); RF Allen Garcia 2-4, RS, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch The Padres were not sure if they would be able to sign their 19th round pick this year Alan Garcia. He was a high recruit set to go to Arizona State. Luckily San Diego was able to persuade him to sign. Since signing Allen Garcia has hit .393/.450/.500, as per usual with the short-season players it is an extremely small sample size (nine games), but the Padres should be pretty excited to have him in the organization.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.