Jorge Salgado

MadFriars San Diego Padres Daily Prospect Report: July 31

Carlos Pimentel and Anderson Espinoza don't have much of anything in common, but the two starters both helped their clubs to victories in the Padres system Sunday.

Chihuahuas 4 – Las Vegas 51s 0

Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 6IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 2BB; C Hector Sanchez 2-for-4, HR (10), 2RBI, R; PB; LF Nick Torres 1-for-3, 2B, BB, K;

Prospect Watch: After leading the PCL with a 2.95 ERA for Iowa last season, Carlos Pimentel has struggled through 2016 after signing a minor league deal over the winter. But the 26-year-old righty has had back-to-back stellar outings. Sunday, Pimentel gave up only two hits in six innings, one more than his previous turn in the rotation. Over the last two starts, he's only struck out nine with five walks, but held opponents to just three hits in 12 frames. He finished July with a 2.87 ERA in six starts, two runs better than his previous best month of the year. ... Hector Sanchez's blitz through the Pacific Coast League continued as he blasted his 10th homer in just 28 Chihuahuas games. The switch-hitting former big-leaguer owns a ridiculous 1.310 OPS, more than double what he did in an early-season stint with the White Sox affiliate in Charlotte. Should the Padres succeed in trading Derek Norris on Monday, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see the club promote Sanchez rather than Austin Hedges, who will earn a full season of service time with just 17 more games on the big league roster.

Frisco Rough Riders 4 - Missions 2

Key Stats: RF Nick Schulz 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Seth Simmons 6IP, 10H, 4ER, 3K, 1BB; LHP Jose Torres 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, 0BB, Balk

Prospect Watch: Righty Seth Simmons had his first sub--par outing since he was signed following a release by the Diamondbacks organization in late May, giving up four runs on 10 hits with only three strikeouts. The 28-year-old, who had never started in 240 professional games dating back to 2011, has been a shot in the arm for the Missions rotation, posting a 2.49 ERA across nine starts in which he's averaged better than five innings. He's gone at least six in each of his last five starts. Originally signed as a 40th-rounder out of East Carolina, Simmons is just 5'9", but he's averaged better than a strikeout per inning in the upper minors, though he's seen that fall off a bit in his first crack at the rotation. ... Lefty Jose Torres, the only member of the 40-man roster currently active in San Antonio, worked two more scoreless innings on Sunday, dropping his ERA since a June promotion to 0.73. The other half of the Drew Pomeranz trade with Oakland, Torres, 22, has struck out 23 with a mid-90s fastball and still-inconsistent slider in 24.2 innings for the Missions.

Inland Empire 66ers 8 - Storm 7

Key Stats: 1B Josh Naylor 2-for-5, RBI, SB (1); 3B Ty France 2-for-5, HR (4), 3R; CF Michael Gettys 2-for-4, BB, SB (8), R; RHP Ben Paullus 3.2IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: Ty France continued his assault on the California League, blasting his second homer in as many days and third in a week, but the offensive outburst wasn't enough as the Storm dropped their fifth in six games on a walkoff error by Daniel Bravo. For France, a 34th-round pick out of San Diego State last year, the homer caps a stellar first month in the California League in which he's hit .344/.432/.531. France has gotten on base at well above a .400 clip since he began his professional career, thanks to a fantastic eye and a preternatural ability to get hit by pitches, but he's not tapped into his size for any sort of significant power before now. If the 22-year-old right-handed hitter can get to his raw strength with regularity going forward, he will become an interesting prospect who could be viable at both first and third base. After playing primarily third base for the Aztecs, France moved across to first in Tri-City last year. Playing with Brad Zunica earlier this season in Fort Wayne and now with Josh Naylor, he'll likely be asked to man the hot corner almost exclusively. ... Naylor collected his first two hits in the Padres system, including an RBI single. ... Zech Lemond's nightmare sophomore campaign continued as he was shelled for seven earned runs on 11 hits - six for extra bases - in just 2.1 innings. The 2014 third-rounder posted a 5.54 ERA for the Storm last year, but has managed to backslide from that this year. After being held back in extended until late May, he's been torched for an opponents' average of .358 and ERA 7.60 in 68.2 innings when you include a one-game fill-in assignment in San Antonio.

TinCaps 3 Lansing Lugnuts 2

Key Stats: SS Rudy Giron 3-for-4, 2B, R; LF Tyler Selesky 2-for-4, RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 2-for-3, SF, R, RBI; RHP Anderson Espinoza 5IP, 3H, 0R, 4K, 2BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens 3IP, 3H, 1ER, K, 0BB, WP

Prospect Watch: Righty Anderson Espinoza made his first appearance in Fort Wayne and third for the organization since coming over in the Drew Pomeranz deal with Boston earlier this month, and was at his best yet. The 18-year-old worked five scoreless frames, striking out four while allowing a single and two doubles. Reports from TinCaps broadcaster Mike Monaco had Espinoza sitting 94-96 with his fastball. … For the second time in about 18 hours, the TinCaps walked off with a victory when Tyler Selesky hit an infield single that plated Carlos Belen, who hit the game-winner last night. Selesky, an undrafted free agent out of Florida Gulf Coast University has certainly outperformed his pedigree so far. The 22-year-old outfielder posted an .826 OPS in 22 games in the desert, and now has hit in each of his six games with the TinCaps. The left-handed hitter beat everyone from this year’s draft class to the Midwest League, and is now 12-for-25 in early work with Fort Wayne.

Vancouver Indians 3 – Dust Devils 1

Key Stats: LHP Will Headean 6.1IP, 5H, 3R (2ER), 6K, 3BB, WP; CF Buddy Reed 2-for-4, 2B, R

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils collected 10 hits, but only one was for extra-bases and they went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position as the offense sputtered to the loss on Sunday. Will Headean took the loss despite tossing a quality start. The lefty working into the seventh inning for the first time this year, but was chased after an error, infield single and walk with one out in the frame. The 22-year-old out of Illinois State has outperformed his overall numbers with Tri-City, which are weighted down by a pair of poor outings. With six strikeouts Sunday, he's still averaging one per inning and has solid walk rates and WHIP.

AZL Giants 11 – AZL Padres 3

Key Stats: C Jose Lezama 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; SS Hudson Potts 2-for-5, R

Prospect Watch: It was an all-around loss for the Padres in Peoria on Sunday as they were mostly held in check at the plate, committed three errors and got hit hard by the Giants. Catcher Jose Lezama was one of two players in the lineup to collect multiple hits, nudging his batting average for the year up to .294. The 18-year-old Venezuelan got off to a tepid 4-for-23 start to his stateside debut, but has hit at a .372 clip over the last four weeks. Still growing into his 5'10" frame, Lezama stood out at instructs and this spring for his soft hands behind the dish and for a compact, quick swing from the left side at the plate. He collected just his fourth extra-base hits (all doubles) Sunday, but will grow into some power. He's only struck out seven times - against 11 walks - in 81 plate appearances, in line with his performance in the Dominican last summer. ... Center fielder Jack Suwinski slotted into the leadoff spot for the first time in his young career. The 15th-rounder out of high school in Chicago, who just turned 18 on Friday, went 0-for-4 with a walk, but has the tools to be an offense-minded outfielder going forward, which earned him an outsized six-figure signing bonus. ... The only younger member of the draft class, Hudson Potts collected two more hits today and has an impressive .312 average and .792 OPS so far. He won't turn 18 until October.

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