Prospect Watch: Travis Jankowski extended his hitting streak to all eight of his Triple-A games, nine games since he returned from the Pan-Am Games and 12 overall. The speedy center fielder drew a walk as well and is now sitting at a cool .500 average with a 1.229 OPS. … Speaking of hot starts at Triple-A, Jason Hagerty had a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Since joining the Chihuahuas on June 20, the 27-year-old catcher/first baseman is now hitting .369 with as many extra-base hits as he had in twice the plate appearances in Double-A. His performance Friday edged his OPS over 1.000 through 20 contests. … Bryan Rodriguez’s adjustment has been, shall we say, less successful. The big-armed righty made his third outing for El Paso Friday and was once again shelled. The 24-year-old gave up 10 more hits and five earned runs, pushing his totals to 24 and 13 in only 12 Triple-A innings. He has only four strikeouts, to go with four walks, in that span. … Catcher Tim Federowicz completed his rehab assignment period with a 1-for-4 night. In Triple-A, he had a .191/.240/.383 slash line across 50 plate appearances. He did not throw out any of the six base-stealers he faced. FedEx must be activated from his assignment at this point.
Missions 9 – Frisco RoughRiders 5
Prospect Watch: The Missions continued their recent offensive resurgence as six different batters each had a pair of hits and Ronald Herrera earned his first Double-A start even though he wasn’t at his best. Luis Domoromo extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single and his second homer in five days. The talented left-handed hitter was brutal through the first half of the season (.200/.232/.233) but over the last month, he’s reduced his strikeout rate by more than 50 percent, nearly doubled his walk rate and, having moved into the leadoff role, generally brought a much better approach to the plate. … Speaking of guys on the rebound, Duanel Jones (pictured above) extended his hitting streak to eight games with his fifth multi-hit effort in that stretch. In some ways, this rebound after an ugly June might be even more important for the 22-year-old’s development than his fast start in Fort Wayne this spring. … Making his second start for the Missions, Herrera got knocked around a bit, but still held on for the win. The slight 20-year-old yielded five runs on nine hits, with the two loudest ones coming off the bat of the lone remaining prospect in the Riders’ lineup Nomar Mazara. Herrera isn’t a big velocity guy, so he’s going to have a learning curve at the Double-A level.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 – Storm 2
Prospect Watch: The Storm committed six errors on their way to their fourth straight loss to wrap up a dreadful 7-22 month of July. Both their offense and their pitching now rank second-worst on the circuit for the season. Marcus Davis had the only multi-hit performance on Friday, adding a single and double. … The winning pitcher in the contest was former Padres draftee A.J. Vanegas, who owns a 1.86 ERA in 38.2 innings across 23 appearances for the Quakes. Vanegas was the insurance selection in 2010 when the club selected Karsten Whitsen first overall, but they were subsequently unable to sign either.
TinCaps 2 – West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Prospect Watch: For the third time this year, the TinCaps walked off on a bunt play, capping off an impressive pitchers’ duel. After leaving nine men on base through the first eight scoreless innings, Fort Wayne manager Francisco Morales called for a one-out, bases-loaded bunt which forced the pitcher into an error as he rushed to field it. With the win, the TinCaps moved over .500 for the year, and claimed first place in the division for the second half. Ruddy Giron was one of three batters in the middle of the TinCaps lineup with a pair of hits on Sunday. After scuffling for a while following his stunning initial pace, he’s been hitting the ball hard for the last two weeks. The 18-year-old has hit in five straight games and has moved his OPS back over 800. There are still plenty of ways the young Dominican is figuring out how to translate his immense physical gifts into on-field success, especially on the basepaths. He was caught trying to steal second on Friday and now has only a 56 percent success rate. … Lefty Thomas Dorminy has been on quite a roll himself. The 23-year-old worked seven innings, good to equal his career high, giving up only one run on three hits. Over his last four starts, the Alabaman has surrendered two earned runs on 13 hits in 25 innings.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 9 – Hillsboro Hops 0
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils cruised to a laugher on Friday behind a balanced offense and Angel Mejia’s most effective game yet. The 20-year-old Dominican worked past the fifth inning for the first time this year, dealing out six scoreless innings. … San Diego State product Ty France continues to rake in his professional debut, collecting his third straight multi-hit night as he extended his hitting streak to five overall. So far, he owns a .323/.442/.406 line as a professional which, while certainly odd for a corner infielder, represents quite a strong debut showing. … With his single and runs scored, Rod Boykin has hit in 12 straight and reached base every game in July.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres were rained out. They play again Sunday night
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.