Chihuahuas 3, Tacoma Rainiers 1
Key Statistics: RHP Andre Rienzo 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Carter Capps IP, BB; CF Rafael Ortega 1-4, HR (4), RBI; DH Christian Villanueva 1-4, HR (7), RBI
Prospect Watch: Tonight was the first game since newly activated Carter Capps has appeared in since being sent down. Note that he was already in Triple-A on rehab. This was his first appearance since April where Capps only allowed one baserunner. Since rejoining El Paso last week Capps has thrown three innings allowing just one run on two hits, but has walked three and struck out one. This coming from the same pitcher who struck out 58 in 31 MLB innings in 2015 before needing Tommy John surgery… Ryan Schimpf has taken over third since his demotion causing Christian Villanueva to move to primary DH. In two games in Triple-A, Schimpf has shown exactly why the Padres loved him and why they sent him down: 1-8, with a home run and five strikeouts.
Missions 8, Corpus Christi Hooks 4
Key Statistics: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, BB, 6 K; LHP Christian Friedrich 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban IP, BB, 3 K; LF Alberth Martinez 2-4, 3B, RS, 2 RBI; 1B Noah Peiro 2-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Welcome back to Double-A, Yimmi Brasoban. The 22 year-old reliever, who throws in the upper 90’s, was seen by many as a lock to be selected in the Rule V draft. However, due to injury he was not taken, and finally made his season debut tonight. He struck out the side around a walk. Adding Brasoban to an already great relief corps might just be the boost San Antonio needs to get the first half championship… Christian Friedrich made his second rehab start. The plan was to go 45-60 pitches, hopefully getting through 3-4 innings, but he was taken out after just two innings. He threw 47 pitches, 30 for strikes. He might have been able to go out for the third, but considering he started the second inning, single, double, hit by pitch, single, he was lucky to escape with just one run allowed. Two of the three next batters both lined the ball sharply, but thankfully right at 2B Jose Rondon and SS Luis Urias. Speaking of Luis Urias the top prospect has struggled mightily in June. After hitting .330 in April and .355 in May, Urias is hitting just .150/.320/.150 with no extra-base hits in 11 games in June. He is still walking at a good rate, but the strikeouts are starting to creep up. He went 0-3 with two walks in tonights' game.
Lancaster JetHwaks 10, Storm 3
Key Statistics: RHP Jerry Keel 5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 6 K; RF Edwin Moreno 2-4, RS, BB; 2B Peter Van Gansen2-4, HR (1), RBI
Prospect Watch: Before the game pitchers Colby Blueberg, Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi, and Cal Quantril, as well as 1B Josh Naylor were selected to the California League All-Star Game. Last night the winds in Lancaster were howling out. Tonight they were “merely” blowing out at 14 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. While this might be death to flyball pitchers, the Storm offense should have a field day, but instead hit just six balls in the air the entire game. Four outs, double, and a home run…. This time last week RHP Jerry Keel had been promoted from Fort Wayne to San Antonio and was enjoying a masterful six innings start allowing just one earned run against Springfield. Now he went down a level and saw what looked like long pop-ups go out of the yard. Keel gave up more runs in one start with Lake Elsinore than he did in three starts with the Missions.
TinCaps 5, Lake County Captains 4
Key Statistics: RHP Adrian De Horta 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 3 IP, H, ER, 5 K; SS Reinaldo Illaraza 2-5, RS, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, HR (5), RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 3-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Its hard to take a casual glance at a prospect like Reinaldo Illaraza’s numbers and get excited. He is batting .193/.248/.266 averaging well over a strikeout a game while hitting for very little power. Digging deeper though you find out that he is on his first “hot streak” all season (.292/.292/.583 over his last seven games). He is also top 10 in the league in stolen bases (12, with only one caught stealing), is showing above average range and a good arm at short (when Tatis isn’t starting) and is doing so while being the youngest player in the MidWest League (with Eguy Rosario gone and is 10 days younger than Tatis). The numbers are still not great, but there is reason for optimism…Hansel Rodriguez tends to be the forgotten top prospect. As he was acquired in the Melvin Upton deal and then struggled in his first half season in the Padres’ organization, many fans have soured on him. However, Rodriguez still possesses one of the best fastballs in the organization (sits 93-94 but with great movement), but has struggled to find consistency with his secondary pitches. Like most young Latin American signings it is not about results as much as it is improvement on his pitches and mechanics. Rodriguez still struggled with command a bit leaving a changeup that flattened out right over the heart of the plate for a home run, but was unfazed not allowing a runner the rest of the game including five strikeouts. Like Thompson and Lawson he has a long way to go but the talent is still there.
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