Chihuahuas 9 – Memphis Redbirds 2
Key Stats: RHP Aaron Northcraft 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K (W, 4-0); 3B Taylor Lindsey 4-4, CYCLE, 2B, 3B, HR (2), 3 RBI; CF Manuel Margot 3-5, 2B, 2 3B, 3 RS; C Austin Hedges 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; 1B Hector Sanchez 2-4, 2B, RS; SS Nick Noonan 3-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: It took the Padres over 45 years before someone hit for the cycle. It took the Chihuahua’s less than three. Out of all the people to hit for the cycle in El Paso, Infielder Taylor Lindsey would not have been one of your first 10 choices. The former Top 100 prospect had bounced between Double-A and Triple-A, and was playing in San Antonio just one week ago. The 4-4 effort raised his stats to .366/.436/.610 (only 14 games). While it might be unlikely that the former first-round pick (comp A) ever regains his elite prospect status from 2014, it should be noted that he is still just 24… Despite missing quite a bit of time over the past week, CF Manuel Margot extended his hitting streak to 11 games (and 18 of 19 games dating back to June 19th). He is hitting over .330 during that span, and more impressively has struck out just seven times over the last month. ... Aaron Northcraft's return to Triple-A went very well. The 26-year-old righty threw six scoreless frames, striking out seven against only one walk. While Northcraft has been largely effective in Double-A over parts of the last four seasons, he's struggled at the highest minor league level for both the Braves and Padres. Tuesday's performance is his best in the PCL since joining the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.
Frisco Roughriders 4 – Missions 2
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 K; LHP Jose Torres IP, 2 K (0.96 ERA); CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, HR (4); RF Nick Schultz 2-4, RBI; C Rocky Gale 1-3, 2B
Prospect Watch: Right-hander Walker Lockett made his first appearance with Double-A San Antonio after starting the season with single A Fort Wayne. Lockett actually cruised through the first four innings, allowing just a couple of two-out singles and a solo home run. However he learned that no matter the hitter you can not groove a fastball right down the middle of the plate and not pay for it. Luis Marte, .185 batting on the year, took that room service fastball and knocked it out for a two-run home run. While Lockett managed to finish the inning, he was extremely shaky and tired in the sixth, giving up another run before being replaced. Lockett has quite a bit of talent, but he learned right away the difference between leagues. Still not a bad first outing as Lockett and others try to remain ahead of the Fort Wayne juggernaut staff as they all make their way towards San Diego… Franchy Cordero led off the game with a home run, it was his second time accomplishing this in the series. His .288/.341/.467 line with 19 2B, 11 3B, 9 HR, and 18 SB across two levels is essentially the type of production they knew he was capable of, and the reason why they kept with him despite all the struggles in Fort Wayne.
Storm 12 – Inland Empire 66ers 5
Key Stats: LHP Thomas Dorminy 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, K; 2B Luis Urias 3-4, 2B, 3 RS, HR (5), 2 RBI, BB; 3B Josh VanMeter 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB; C AJ Kennedy 2-5, 2 RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: When the offseason prospect rankings came out, a few people had 2B Luis Urias ranked extremely high (including myself), while others had him drastically lower (MLB Pipeline) stating that he would never hit for enough power to be more than a good hitting middle infielder. The still just 19-year-old Urias is working to prove them wrong (a big reason he now on the BA Top 10 Padre prospects). He slugged his fifth home run of the season for the Storm (sixth overall), which might not seem like a lot, but considering he had just six extra base hits in all of 2015 (61 games, 6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR), six home runs and 28 extra base hits all together is a HUGE increase, and a step in the right direction. In July he is hitting .396/.476/.660 with only three strikeouts compared to eight extra base hits and 10 walks. Again, he is just 19.
No game for the TinCaps
Anderson Espinoza makes his Padres-system debut when the TinCaps open their series at Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Dust Devils 8 – Everett AquaSox 6
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 K (W, 4-1); DH GK Young 2-5, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI; SS Chris Baker 2-4, 2 2B, RS, RBI, BB, SB (6); RF Taylor Kohlwey 2-5, 2 RS, SB (5)
Prospect Watch: With two relievers from the Dust Devils now in Fort Wayne, the attention at the back end of the bullpen will now fall to other 2016 draft picks. Most notably might be ninth round pick Jesse Scholtens. He threw two scoreless innings today allowing just a scratch single. In doing so he lowered his ERA to 1.04, having allowed only two earned runs in 17.1 innings while striking out 22. Like many collegiate starters, Scholtens has been pitching out of the pen to keep his innings down in his professional debut.
AZL Diamondbacks 16 – AZL Padres 4
Key Stats: RHP Mayky Perez 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, (1 ER), BB, 5 K; RHP Andres Munoz 1.1 IP, 3 K; DH Hudson Potts 0-5, 2 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-5, 2 K; C Bryant Aragon 1-3, RS, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: After surrendering three earned runs in just a third of an inning to begin the season, RHP Andres Munoz has turned it around. Munoz was one of the top 30 international prospects who signed on July 2nd last year. This year saw his first professional appearance, and at the age of 17 he has shown considerable improvement. Over his last four outings Munoz has gone 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K. He has a long way to go, but given his age and ability the Padres are really excited about the Mexican native.