Chihuahuas 6 – Albuquerque Isotopes 4
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 5.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K (W, 9-4); 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-5, 2 RS; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, 2B, RS RBI; C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; LF Jabari Blash 2-4, 2 2B.
Prospect Watch: Padre manager Andy Green was on the radio today praising Austin Hedges and how impressive his numbers are in Triple-A. The one thing that fans seem to forget is that numbers are not always indicative of big league success. Rather the Padres want to see struggles and how players adapt to pitchers exploiting the hitters weaknesses. Although Manuel Margot is “only” hitting .298 doesn’t mean that his prospect status has dipped at all. Despite Green's remarks, seeing Renfroe has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (including 11 in a row) while maintaining around .600 slugging percentage with nearly 400 PA into the season is still incredibly impressive.
Tulsa Drillers 6 – Missions 5
Key Stats: RHP Seth Simmons 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Brad Wieck 1.1 IP, 4 K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, 2B, SB; 1B Gabriel Quintana 1-4, HR (9), 3 RBI.
Prospect Watch: Last night I plugged the San Antonio relievers as a bright spot in an otherwise desolate season. Tonight further showed that proof as starter Seth Simmons struggled through 5.2 innings, he made way for newly promoted Brad Wieck and Wieck proceeded to strike out all four batters he faced… 1B Gabriel Quintana was an organizational All-Star in both 2013 and 2014 before running into a buzzsaw that is Double-A. Quintana has struggled throughout the year and more recently has rode the bench the last three games. His home run put the team ahead but he compounded that with three strike outs. His home run was against former Brave CF Jordan Schaffer, who is now a reliever in Double-A, had a 1.5 ERA before giving up the three-run shot to Quintan).
Storm 7 - Stockton Ports 1
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-3, HR (4), 2 RS, RBI, 2 BB; RF Franmil Reyes 3-5, HR (8), 2 RS, 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: After not hitting the ball over the fence in nearly 700 professional plate appearances, 2B Luis Urias has hit three home runs in the past two weeks. Thanks to this sudden power Urias has raised his OPS over .400 for the first time in his career. He is still just 19, and continuing to show the strong contact skills that had most of us excited about him last year. Add in even some power, and he shoots up even further on the prospect list… RHP Brett Kennedy has had an interesting Cal League season. First time through the order Kennedy is nearly unhittable. From the 4th inning on his ERA shoots up well past 9.00. To make up for it, when Kennedy survived the fourth even after walking just two, he was removed. Only his second scoreless start since joining the Storm.
South Bend Cubs 12 – Tin Caps 2
Key Stats: RHP Jacob Nix 4 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, K; RHP Jean Cosme IP, 5 H, 4 ER, K; 3B Carlos Belen 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: It has been a tale of two seasons so far for Jacob Nix. In the first half, he was an All-Star, with hitters batting just .257 off of him to go along with a 3.50 ERA. Second half…0-1, 7.43 ERA, .370 BAA. Ouch! Like most of the Tin Cap pitchers, the Padres are more concerned with him staying healthy and getting his innings in. A few bad starts will not change anyones minds as to what type of prospect Nix is… After posting a 1.143 OPS in April, Austin Alen has fallen back to earth… hard. In the second half of the year Allen is posting a .224/.240/.306 line, and has been moved around the order to try and get him back on track. He is just 3-21 with no extra base hits and no walks in July.
Hillsboro Hops 9 – Dust Devils 1
Key Stats: LHP Joey Lucchesi 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K; RHP Jesse Scholtens 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K; 2B Nate Easley 2-4; 3B Boomer White 1-5; CF Buddy Reed 0-3, 2 BB.
Prospect Watch: Making his first start for Tri-City was the NCAA strikeout king Joey Lucchesi, although it was his fourth appearance with Tri-City. He picked up right where he left off striking out four in just two innings… Fellow 2016 draft pick Jesse Scholtens also continued to be effective for Tri-City. The 9th round pick has now thrown 9.1 innings allowing just one earned run while striking out 16. Like all Preller drafted pitchers, Scholtens is a big guy at 6’4”, 230 lbs. He has done well thus far going right after the hitters and they have responded by looking horrible at the plate. Not a bad first impression.
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