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Madfriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 18

El Paso is struggling down the stretch as they lost in Colorado Springs. The Missions got another brilliant outing from Seth Simmons in a victory. The Storm and TinCaps were both shutout while the Dust Devils lost big. The AZL Padres went down in Peoria.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 13, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 3-for-5, R; LF Patrick Kivlehan, 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 4-6) 2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: Despite a 4-13 record in August, El Paso still has a seven-game lead for first after a drubbing at the hands of the Brewers’ top affiliate ... Infielder Carlos Asuaje paced the offensive attack for the Chihuahuas with three hits, all singles. Asuaje has been a consistent performer all season long and leads the PCL with 154 hits ... RHP Bryan Rodriguez was eviscerated in the elevation, as the righty gave up eight earned runs in two innings. The righty also allowed a pair of home runs in his two innings of work. Rodriguez, 25, is an organizational arm who doesn’t miss bats but has eaten innings for El Paso and San Antonio in 2016. Rodriguez has thrown 126.1 innings between San Antonio and El Paso but opposing hitters are batting .313 off of the righty. 

Missions 3, Arkansas Travelers 0 

Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4, RBI. 1B Taylor Lindsey, 1-for-4, HR (8), 2 RBI; RHP Seth Simmons (W, 2-3) 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban (S, 4) IP, BB.

Prospect Watch: Righty Seth Simmons dominated again, earning the victory and lowering his ERA to 1.98. Simmons was signed as a minor league free agent after being released by Arizona. Simmons has been in professional baseball since 2011 but never started before becoming a Padres farmhand. The 28-year-old has to merit consideration for the big league club as the calendar flips to September ... Catcher Rocky Gale had a pair of hits in the Missions victory. The catcher hasn’t hit much for the Missions but between San Antonio and El Paso, the 28-year-old backstop does have a career-high five home runs. 

Inland Empire 66’ers 12, Storm 0

Key Statistics: LF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4; 1B Josh Naylor, 2-for-4; LHP Elier Sanchez (L, 0-2) 2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; LHP Jose Castillo, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: Not much to see here as the Storm managed eight singles and allowed three home runs to the worst team in the Cal League ... 29-year-old Cuban lefty Elier Sanchez started and had a rough night. Sanchez allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings and also allowed two homers. The former Cuban star was signed right before spring training and only recently made his stateside debut. He has an 8.80 ERA in five appearances between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio ... After Sanchez struggled, young lefty Jose Castillo came in and pitched well. Castillo, 20, was acquired by San Diego in the Wil Myers trade and has established himself as a name to watch. While he has battled some injuries this season, Castillo has a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings between three levels, with 42 strikeouts. He has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen but should still get an opportunity to start in the near future. 

Dayton Dragons 2, TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: LF Jose Carlos Urena, 2-for-4; C Hunter Redman, 2-for-3, BB; RHP Jean Cosme (L, 8-7) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Austin Smith, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne’s offense struggled once again and were swept the league’s worst team. Fort Wayne scored two runs in four games against Dayton and were shut out three times ... RHP Jean Cosme pitched well, despite taking the loss Thursday night. The righty went five innings and allowed a pair of runs and struck out four. The righty is approaching 100 innings and figures to get a few more starts before the end of the season ... RHP Austin Smith was activated from the disabled list and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned). Smith’s time on the disabled list was considered more of a precaution than an actual serious injury. Smith’s overall body of work hasn’t been overly impressive but he has shown signs of a plus fastball and a decent curve this season. 

Everett AquaSox 9, Dust Devils 3

Key Statistics: RF Luis Asuncion, 2-for-4, R; DH Chris Mattison, 2-for-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB; LHP Logan Allen (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K; LHP Will Headean, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Walker Weickel, IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB. 

Prospect Watch: Rehabbing starter Logan Allen started and took the loss. The talented lefty allowed a pair of earned runs in 2.1 innings, with four strikeouts ... RHP Walker Weickel appeared in his first game for Tri-City and allowed a pair of earned runs in his inning of work. The former supplemental pick is working his way back from Tommy John surgery ... Right fielder Luis Asuncion had a pair of hits and is 9-for-16 over his last four games. The young slugger has a similar build to Franmil Reyes and he possesses some intriguing raw power. 

AZL Mariners 9 - AZL Padres 6

Key Statistics:  LF Tre Carter 2-4, BB;  C Bryant Aragon 2-4, 2B, HR, (1), BB, 2 RBI, SS Hudson Potts 1-4; RHP Grant Zawadski 1.0 IP 2 K; RHP Chasen Ford 2.0 IP R ER BB 4 K.

Prospect Watch:  David Jay arrived just before game time and viewed his first AZL game.  In the next few days we will have multiple game reports and interviews from a man roasting in the desert.

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