Salt Lake Bees 4 – Chihuahuas 2
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 3 K; LF Nick Torres 1-3, HR (4), RBI; 1B Diego Goris 1-3, HR (7), RBI.
Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett started the year in Fort Wayne, and appears likely to end the year pitching in the playoffs for El Paso. With tonight's start, Lockett crossed the 150 innings mark, which is more than the 118 innings he had combined over his first 3.5 seasons since being drafted. Contrary to what certain former San Diego Union-Tribune reporters keep saying about Lockett, the lack of innings was more due to repeated injuries than struggles on the mound. When he was injury-free last year in Tri-Cities he showed he could pitch. The Padres do not seem at all worried about his innings limit as he has gone over six innings in seven of his last 10 starts (5-2, 1.67 ERA during that stretch)… Diego Goris and Nick Torres hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth to break up the shutout… The top of the order, Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges went 0-14 at the plate with six strikeouts. Margot, Renfroe and Hedges are all hitting under .200 over the past two weeks, and the one hitter who was succeeding, Asuaje, is now in a 1-11 slump.
Missions 6 – Frisco RoughRiders 0
Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCutchen 7 IP, 2 H, 3 K; C Rocky Gale 2-4, RS; 3B Josh VanMeter 3-4, 2B, 2 RS; DH Gabriel Quintana 3-3, 2B, HR (20), 6 RBI.
Prospect Watch: Have yourself a week Gabriel Quintana. The 3B/LF/DH/1B continued his torrid second half hitting a two RBI double in the first and then a grand slam in the third. Over 57 second half games, Quintana is hitting .265/.310/.531 with 13 home rus and 13 doubles… Last year, Daniel McCutchen was one of the surprise pitchers in the PCL with a 3.60 ERA. This year he has been hammered with a 6.48 ERA, and was demoted to Double-A, but made the most of his demotion with seven outstanding innings… While not having a great season, second baseman Nelson Ward is quietly leading the team, and Top Five in the league in stolen bases with 29. This number is more than he has stolen lifetime as a minor leaguer coming into the year (24 lifetime in 182 games in 2014-15).
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 - Storm 4
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; 2B Luis Urias 1-3, RS; DH Ty France 3-4, 2B, HR (8), 2 RS, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 1-4, 2 RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 1-3, HR (1), RBI, BB.
Prospect Watch: Brett Kennedy allowed three runs over the first two innings and then slammed the door shut, allowing just three singles over the next five innings, and at one point retiring 10 hitters in a row... Jose Castillo looked sharp in a one-two-three eighth inning but gave up a leadoff double and a groundout in the ninth to bring the tying run 90 feet away. The Storm then brought in top prospect Phil Maton to close the door, but instead he allowed a double and a single to instead end the game in walk-off fashion. It was Maton’s second blown game over his last four appearance, the last one coming on August 13th. Maton has now pitched in eight games in August. In six of them 9.1 IP, 0 H, BB, 17 K, in the other two… 0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, K.
Great Lakes Loons 9 – Tin Caps 2
Key Stats: RHP Jean Cosme 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Will Stillman 3 IP, BB, 4 K; LF Tyler Selesky 2-3, RS, BB; RF Jose Urena 1-4, HR (3), RBI.
Prospect Watch: The good news: right fielder Jose Urena hit his third home run of the year and has an OPS 70 points higher compared to the last time he was in Fort Wayne. The bad news: He still has just a .600 OPS and has nearly an 8:1 K/BB ratio. While Urena has showed signs of improvement this year, he is still striking out in nearly 40% of his at bats and finding it hard to square up off-speed pitches. Even in Class A, when a scouting report identifies a weakness they will keep throwing it until the batter can make the adjustment… RHP Jean Cosme crossed the 100 inning mark with this start. Going into this year he had just 72 total innings as a professional (2014-15). The Padres have been watching his innings closely having him go only about two to three innings per start in July. With Fort Wayne not playoff bound, Cosme will probably have only one more start this year.
Dust Devils 13 – Salem Keizer Volcanoes 2
Key Stats: LHP Will Headen 6 IP, 5 H, 7 K; RHP Walker Weickel 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K 2B Nate Easley 2-4, 2 2B, 3 RS, 2 RBI; BB; CF Buddy Reed 3-4, 3B, 4 RS, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (13); SS Fernando Tatis Jr 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; LF Josh Magee 2-5, 2 RS.
Prospect Watch: The reason for optimism is there with Buddy Reed. On days like today it is evident why the Padres selected him in the second round. Reed went 3-4 at the plate, but turned what looked like a double in the gap to a triple, he easily stole two bases, was a constant pest on the base paths leading to great pitches for those that followed to hit. In the outfield he showed good route running and speed making what looked like difficult plays turn into an easy outs. Unfortunately, he is still hitting just .237, but if he can ever hit close to what he did at Florida in 2015 and he evolve into one of the organization's top outfield prospects…shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr has reached base safely in three of his first five games with the Dust Devils. Over that time he is 6-20 with two doubles, no walks and five strikeouts. Fellow AZL standout Hudson Potts is 5-18, with three walks and four strikeouts.
AZL Padres 6 – AZL D*Backs 2
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; LF Dayon Olmo 4-5, 2B, RS, RBI; SS Westhers Magdaleno 2-4, RBI; DH Denzell Gowdy 1-3, 3B, 2 RS.
Prospect Watch: In his last start RHP Reggie Lawson threw a perfect first before getting hit hard in the second. In this start, Lawson breezed through the first two perfect innings, but In the third he wasn’t so effective. After a strikeout to begin the inning, four of the next five batters reached base and the night ended early for him. With the season ending next week this may very well be his last start. If so, he will finish the season with 6.2 innings, seven hits, four runs, one walk and six strikeouts. The Padres are not worried about his results as much as they are his health and getting his mechanics back under control. David Jay has a profile on him that you can read here....After 10 hits in the first five games, outfielder Tre Carter has just one hit in his last 16 at bats. The good news, even during this most recent stretch Carter is still making great contact striking out just once per seven at bats.
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