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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: June 16

Adrian Morejon gets underway with the Dust Devils, while a trio of pitchers who've been producing all year take the mound higher up in the system.

Chihuahuas 9 - Tacoma Rainiers 3

Key Statistics: C Tony Cruz 2-for-4, 2HR (3); 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-for-3, 3B, 2BB; 1B Christian Villanueva 1-for-3, HR (8), 2BB; RHP Matt Magill 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K, 4BB

Prospect Watch: For years, Tony Cruz's calling card has been his defensive work behind the plate. But the Florida native has been strong in his first year in the organization. Friday was an especially impressive showing as the 30-year-old slugged a pair of homers to drive in four. He now sports an OPS over .800, well north of the .735 mark he owns across nearly 2100 career plate appearances. ... Speaking of overperforming offensively, Christian Villanueva hit his eighth homer of the year and drew two walks to nudge his OPS over .900. For the third time this week, the Mexican native got the start at first base,a position he played for the first time in a limited role in 2015. The one-time Top 100 prospect has been on fire in June, posting a .333/.419/.611 line in 14 contests. ... For the first time, Christian Bethancourt had a perfect outing and has now turned in back-to-back scoreless outings. The converting catcher got two groundouts and a liner in the sixth. In 13.2 innings, he's allowed 36 baserunners while striking out five.

Frisco Rough Riders 4 - Missions 2

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 1-for-3, HR (3), SF; RF Franmil Reyes 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Michael Kelly 4.2IP, 6H, 4ER, 5K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: While Missions hitters were being held in check by a rehabbing Cole Hamels, Michael Kelly had a rare rough outing. The 24-year-old hurler gave up four earned runs in just 4.2 innings, needing 97 pitches to get through the night. He was tagged for a pair of homers and three other extra-base hits among the six he surrendered. Even with the so-so showing, Kelly still owns a 2.86 ERA over 14 innings. The Floridian hadn't given up a homer in his last six starts, and also saw a stretch of 11 games of working at least five innings get snapped. ... Jose Rondon continued his recent hot streak with a ninth inning solo homer. The 23-year-old is half way to matching last year's career-high six homers.

Storm 3 - Stockton Ports 0

Key Statistics: C Kyle Overstreet 2-for-4, 2B, 3RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-for-4; LHP Eric Lauer 5IP, 6H, 0R, 6K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Eric Lauer, Zech Lemond and Trevor Frank combined on an eight-hit shutout to lead the Storm to their second straight victory after a sweep by Lancaster cost them a shot at the first-half division championship. For Lauer, working five frames and allowed him to drop his league-best ERA to 2.15 and to move into seventh in strikeouts. One of three Storm pitchers on the All-Star roster for next Tuesday, it's possible tonight's game was the last start he'll make in a Lake Elsinore roster. ... Lemond and Frank each worked two frames, giving up one hit and striking out one each. Frank, a minor league Rule 5 selection out of the Indians' system last winter, hasn't given up a run in 14 innings over his last 11 appearances, and now owns a 2.30 ERA in the Cal League. The 25-year-old from El Cajon is putting up better numbers across the board than he had in the more pitcher-friendly Carolina League last year. ... The strong pitching would have gone for naught if not for a three-run double by Kyle Overstreet in the eighth inning. The back-up catcher has now played - and collected at least one hit - in three straight games. After a slow start when he joined the Storm, he now sports a .310 average, though his solid raw power has yet to make its way into games.

Dayton Dragons 4 - TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: 3B Hudson Potts 1-for-3, 3B, R; LHP Logan Allen 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 5K, 1BB, HBP; RHP David Bednar 1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were held to two hits and struck out 16 times as they fell to Dayton 4-1 despite a solid final start by Logan Allen before he heads out for the All-Star break. After the first 13 hitters went down in order for Fort Wayne, Hudson Potts hit a triple to center field to break up the perfect game, and then came around to score on a G.K. Young groundout. While Potts is hitting only .196 for the month, he has shown some signs of improvement at the plate with a reduced strikeout rate and an isolated power rate of .197. ... The team's only other runner was Brad Zunica, who reached on an infield single with two outs in the seventh. ... For the fifth time in his 12 starts this year, Allen worked exactly five innings, though his 80 pitches matched his lowest total since his first outing of the year. Allen heads into the break with the fourth-best ERA on the circuit at 2.02 and 75 strikeouts, which is good for third.

Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes 8 - Dust Devils 6

Key Statistics: CF Tre Carter 2-for-4, 3B, HR (1), BB; DH Boomer White 1-for-4, 2B, BB; LHP Adrian Morejon 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 1K, 0BB, 1HR

Prospect Watch: Making perhaps the most anticipated system debut for the Padres in the last decade, Adrian Morejon gave up a leadoff homer before settling in for a solid three-inning stint. The 18-year-old Cuban, who signed for $11M last July, got three ground outs, a pair of pop outs and one strikeout on the night. After being slightly delayed this spring by shoulder soreness, the high-profile prospect will be eased into his first professional season of work. ... After impressing through extended spring training, Tre Carter is continuing his production with the Dust Devils. The 20-year-old, who was a priority sign as an 11th-round pick out of high school last year, had a triple and an opposite field home run, and for the second night in a row, drew a walk. The uber-athletic outfielder, who was also a standout wide receiver in high school, only appeared in 12 games for the AZL squad last summer, but has showed a tantalizing blend of power and speed in his work since joining the organization. ... It was a rough season debut for hard-throwing righties Andres Munoz
and Emmanuel Clase. Munoz, only a month older than Morejon, gave up a run in his inning of work, matching a pair of walks with two strikeouts. While he has a high-octane fastball, the Sinaloa, Mexico, native has walked 18 in his first 20.2 professional innings. Clase, who turned 19 in March, was tagged for nine hits, including five for extra bases, and five earned runs in 3.1 frames to take the loss.

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