Chihuahuas 11 – Albuquerque Isotopes 4
Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (1-3, RS at the plate); 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-5, HR (5), 3 RBI, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-6, 2B, 3 K, RBI; 1B Hector Sanchez 3-4, 2 RS; CF Auston Bousfield 3-4, 2 2B, RS, 3 RBI. PH Edwin Jackson PH 1-1, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch: Tonight was supposed to be a pitchers duel. Breakout pitcher of the year Michael Kelly against one of the top pitchers in all of baseball in Jeff Hoffman (ranked #24 by BP). While Kelly’s numbers don’t look good they are A LOT better than Hoffman’s (4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). A lot of it had to do with a hot night at elevation, which made the ball just fly off the bat. So much so that OF Auston Bousfield who had just 13 extra base hits in Double A, smacked two doubles and had a sac fly. Light hitting 2B Carlos Asuaje even hit a home run (only #5 on the year).
Speaking of top prospects for the other team, David Dahl (ranked #31 by BP) was just promoted to Triple A. After being one of the league leaders in stolen bases in Double A he thought it would be more of the same in Triple A…. Triple A doesn’t have Austin Hedges. Dahl got a nice jump off of Kelly, but a great throw by Hedges nailed Dahl, CS in his first attempt. Hedges went 1-5, in a rare “off day” for him.
Springfield Cardinals 5 – Missions 4 (12 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K; CF Franchy Cordero 2-6, 2B, RS, SB (14); RF Nick Schultz 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; Rondon and Torres 2-6 each
Prospect Watch: After a string of bad outing, Kyle Lloyd has hopefully righted the ship. Today marked his third start in a row of allowing one earned run or less. His seven strikeouts were also a season high. Lloyd’s funky delivery allows him to get a lot of off balanced swings (and strikeouts) but it also leads to a lot of hard hit balls. Lloyd showed today how valuable he can be to a team… Relievers need some love too. Even though Jason Jester blew the save the four earned runs still only raises his ERA to 2.70. It broke a streak of allowing only one earned run in his last 19 appearances. Three other relievers that through scoreless innings Adam Cimber (1.91 ERA, 1.03 WHIP), Yimmi Brasoban (27.2 IP, 0.98 ERA, 34 K, 0.69 WHIP), and Kyle McGrath (43.1 IP, 0.83 ERA, 56 K, 0.78 WHIP) all deserve some attention. That’s not even counting Jose Torres who has a 1.42 in 12.2 IP in the TL or Lake Elsinore All-Star Brad Weick that was just promoted to Double A. These guys might not make prospect lists but the Padres can never have too many relievers.
Stockton Ports 6 – Storm 3
Key Stats: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, K; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B; LF Daniel Bravo 3-3, RS, 2 RBI; SS Javier Guerra 1-4, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch: The line was rough for De Los Santos. Sadly he retired two of the first three batters of the game before walking a batter and giving up three straight home runs. Ouch! CF Michael Gettys had a bad Sunday going hitless for the first time in the Cal League. By Tuesday he was back to business with another multihit game. It is his 9th multihit game in 13 Cal League games.
Tin Caps 3 – South Bend Cubs 1
Key Stats: RHP Austin Smith 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K (W, 2-5); RHP Jose Castillo 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K; SS Peter Van Gansen 2-4; RF Jhonatan Pena 2-4, 2B, HR (6), 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: Make it three good starts in a row for Austin Smith. He has allowed just two earned runs in his last 14 innings allowing only eight hits while striking out eight. Despite those starts he earned his first win in a month (June 4th)… RHP Jose Castillo made his Fort Wayne season debut cruising through three innings. Castillo was called up to Fort Wayne last May demoted in June and promoted again in August. Many thought he would begin the year in Fort Wayne but was sideline by injuries. After throwing 79 innings last year he shouldn’t be on an innings limit this year.
Dust Devils 9 – Hillsboro Hops 0
Key Stats: RHP Jordan Guerrero 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 2-1); 2B Nate Easley 1-3, 2 RS, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB; CF Buddy Reed 1-5; C Kyle Overstreet 3-5, 2B, 3B, RS, RBI; LF Josh Magee 2-4, RS
Prospect Watch: Buddy Reed collected his first professional hit… 2B Nate Easley has been the most consistent hitter in the Dust Devil lineup. As a leadoff hitter he has reached base in 10 of his last 11 games and currently has an OBP over .400. The 23rd round pick has moved around the diamond making room for Boomer White, but wherever he plays he has produced thus far… Jordan Guerrero has now had back to back starts without allowing a run. The lengthy 19 year old is still having control problems (five walks in last 10 innings), there is clear year to year improvements from the sixth round pick.
AZL Indians 8 – AZL Padres 5
Key Stats: RHP Andres Munoz 2 IP, 3 K; DH Hudson Potts 2-4, RS, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Fernando Tatis 3-4, 2B, RS, RBI, C Bryant Aragon 1-3, RS
Prospect Watch: As has been a reoccurring trend in the AZL it is Potts and Tatis and not much else. The two combined for 5 hits, two doubles, two runs, and three RBI. The rest of the team combined to go 3-25. This is the downside of drafting almost all pitchers in the first 9 rounds of the draft. Speaking of draft picks Cal Quantril last pitched a week ago, only tossing two innings. While many thought both him and fellow college first round pick Eric Lauer would be fast tracked at least up to Fort Wayne, it has been nearly a month and Quantril has pitched in one game, and Laurer not at all.