Chihuahuas 4 – Salt Lake Bees 2
Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCutchen 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K (W, 8-3); CF Hunter Renfroe 1-3, HR (17), 2 RBI; C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2B, HR (6), RBI; RF Jabari Blash 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K; SS Nick Noonan 2-3, 2B RS
Prospect Watch: Jabari Blash continues to show that he is a man of three outcomes. Walk, strikeout, or extra base hit. Today Blash walked twice and struck out twice… With Manuel Margot getting the day off, Hunter Renfroe showed he was versatile and moved over to center. It clearly didn’t hurt his offense as he climbed into first place in the PCL with his 17th home run… If another injury happens to the pitching staff for the big league club, look for the Padres to bring up Daniel McCutchen. He has been the only consistent pitcher the Chihuahuas have had all year. Since a blow out against Round Rock on May 22nd, McCutchen has allowed just six earned runs over 38 innings (1.42 ERA). Although he is 33, not considered a prospect, and does not generate the swings and misses you would like to see in a pitcher, he is able to live low in the zones and hit the corners, generating a lot of ground ball outs and easy double plays.
Missions 2 - Corpus Christi Hooks 1 (13 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K; SS Jose Rondon 1-3, HR (5), RBI, 2 BB; C Miguel Del Castillo 2-4, 2B
Prospect Watch: Adam Cimber, Jose Torres, Jason Jester, Kyle McGrath, and Yimmi Brasoban combined for eight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Each one of the five now have a Double-A ERA of less than 2. In the two weeks since being promoted, Jose Torres has allowed just four hits in nine innings. The 22-year-old pitcher is on the 40 man roster, so under a bit more pressure to produce as the Padres have to continue to decide if he is worth a 40 man spot. Since joining the Padres in the Drew Pomeranz-Yonder Alonso trade, Torres has a 2.86 ERA averaging nearly a strikeout an inning across Lake Elsinore and now San Antonio
Storm and TinCaps had the day off in preparation for the second half
Dust Devils 3 - Spokane Indians 2
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, K; CF Josh Magee 1-2, RS, BB; 3B Boomer White 1-4, RS
Prospect Watch: While Jose Castillo is the only player on the roster who appeared on the MadFriars’ preseason top 20, there are some interesting hold-overs from the 2015 draft class, and new draftees and international arrivals who are beginning to give us a sense of what they can offer. Offensively, the team today managed just seven singles with no batter collecting a multi-hit game. RHP Emmanuel Ramirez was up earlier in the season with the TinCaps where he struggled with location walking 10 in just 17.2 innings. Thus far in Tri-Cities he has allowed just one run in nine innings, but has walked three. Ramirez was signed by the Padres in 2012 but didn’t get over to the AZL until last year. He threw 73 innings last year so he should be allowed to go deeper into games as the season wears on.
AZL Padres 9 – AZL Dodgers 4
Key Stats: RHP Lake Bachar 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; DH Hudson Potts 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, 2 BB, 2 SB (2); 3B Tyler Selesky 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB; LF Dayon Olmo 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: 17-year-old Hudson Sanchez/Potts led off the game, reached base four times, stole two bases, and scored two runs. Obviously it is one game but if he continues that, I don’t think anyone would be complaining about the Padres taking him at 24… Fernando Tatis made his organization debut at shortstop. He went 0-5 at the plate with two strikeouts. Interesting that the Padres would start him at short when everyone said they would immediately move him to third… Less than two weeks ago, Tyler Selesky was waiting by the phone, hoping to get the call that he was drafted. It never came. But the Padres did call him the next day and signed him as a minor league free agent. The 22 year-old Florida Gulf Coast alum didn’t disappoint in his first game. He hit third and ended up just a homerun shy of the cycle in his debut.