Las Vegas 51s 3 – Chihuahuas 1
Key Stats: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 2 IP, K; SS Nick Noonan 2-4, 2B, RS; C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI; 1B Hector Sanchez 1-4, 2B, RBI.
Prospect Watch: As has been previously reported, CF Manuel Margot has been receiving extra rest as is currently dealing with a foot injury. He played through it for six straight games before receiving the last two days off… Austin Hedges has cooled off since his blistering hot month of June, he has still been a very productive. Hedges had a .920 OPS in the month of July, and while he is hovering around a .700 OPS since the All-Star Break, a lot of that has to do with one bad four game stretch where he went 1-18. Since then he has started to rebound collecting a hit in each of his last four starts. Even with his recent slump Hedges still is major league ready. The most telling stat being he has struck out just 31 times in over 220 plate appearances. While he is major league ready, the organization is also probably not ready to start his clock yet. Bringing him up now would cost San Diego a year of control since he already has 152 days of major league time from an ill-advised promotion last year.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4 – Missions 2
Key Stats: RHP Elier Sanchez 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Brad Wieck 2 IP, H, 2 K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Josh VanMeter hit his first home run with a shot to right field. Earlier in the game he had his first hit at the Double-A level...with Luis Santos returned to the Marlins, Sanchez got the emergency start..1B Trae Santos made his Double-A debut and was 0-4...VanMeter has now hit 13 home runs for the year, after previously just having three in three years with the organization. A big part of it has been a significant weight/strength increase and he may be emerging at the Padres' top third base prospect... Brad Wieck has an ERA of 0.66 and despite being 6'9", he has been much better in relief that he was last year as a starter.
Storm 10 - Lancaster JetHawks 9 (12 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Chris Huffman 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Phil Maton 2.1 IP, 5 K; RF Franmil Reyes 4-6, 2B, HR (11), 3 RS, 6 RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 2-6, 2 RBI; LF Edwin Moreno 2-6, RS
Prospect Watch: RF Franmil Reyes made a prediction at the beginning of the season to the Storm staff. He said he would break his best home run total (11) and get at least 80 RBI. Two months into the season that seemed like a dream as Reyes was at two home runs and 19 RBI. Since then he has been a different player. Over his last two plus months he has played 54 G, 9 HR, 51 RBI making it conceivable that he could meet his lofty goals. Since the All-Star break Reyes is hitting .296/.360/.493 averaging a home run every six games and nearly an RBI per game. Also of note, Reyes just turned 21 in July, so even though he has been with the organization for the last four years is still just the same age as most college draft picks this year… Just because the stat needs to be thrown out there, with another 2.1 perfect innings Phil Maton now has 57 strikeouts in 40 innings across three levels (12.8 K/9), and boasts in ERA of 1.4. This from a 20th round pick from last years draft, who missed part of the season battling an injury.
Tin Caps 6 – Lansing Lugnuts 3
Key Stats: RHP Jean Cosme 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Elvin Liriano 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K; SS Ruddy Giron 3-4, 2 2B, RS; C Austin Allen 2-3, RS, 3 RBI; 1B Nick Vitter 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: While we have been saying it for the last week, Ruddy Giron is trying to change his season. After falling flat the first few months, Giron has rebounded hitting .303/.352/.402 in July, .350 over his last 10 games, and .433 during his current seven game hit streak. Even with it his line is still .227/.286/.300 but if he can raise his OPS back over .600 it will go back to being respectable and he can possible climb back into the Top 15 prospects… Speaking of top prospects, C Austin Allen had the exact opposite start hitting .460 in April, but then fell back to Earth hitting just .222 in May. However, Allen hit nearly .300 in each of the last two months, and is currently riding a 17 game hitting streak. He raised his average back to .315 and has struck out just six times during this stretch. The one surprising thing is that over his last 15 games of this hit streak Allen has hit zero extra base hits; all twenty-one of his hits in the last 15 games have been singles.
Dust Devils are off for the NWL All- Star Break
AZL Padres 8 – AZL Mariners 7
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Clase 4 IP, H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 6 K; DH Fernando Tatis Jr. 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; SS Hudson Potts 2-5, 3 RS, 2 RBI, 2 SB (7); LF Denzell Gowdy 2-3, RS, RBI, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: Outside of the pitchers, the big names on the AZL Padres club continues to be Tatis, Jr and Potts. While Tatis has struggled recently, hitting .095 over his last two weeks before tonight, Potts continues to rake, reaching base safely in his last 10 games and hitting .364 during that stretch and his season line is now up to .319/.348/.444. Considering he is just 17, if he continues to hit well he will be in the Top 30. It is a big jump to the Midwest League (Fort Wayne), but right now he is showing that he is ready for the opportunity.