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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: June 19

We have officially reached the halfway point of the minor league season and several All-Star games will take place tomorrow. While the Cal League and the Midwest League are on a brief hiatus, three teams in the Padres’ system played Monday night. El Paso lost a home run battle in Fresno, while the Missions lost to Corpus Christi. The Dust Devils won their finale against Salem-Keizer.

Fresno Grizzlies 10, Chihuahuas 4

Key Statistics: 3B Ryan Schimpf, 1-for-4, HR (4), RBI, RS; RF Jabari Blash, 2-for-4, HR (13), 2B, 2 RS, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, HR (3) RS, 2 RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 1-5) 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Carter Capps, 2 IP, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: Six homers were hit in scorching-hot Fresno, where it was 106 at 7:10 pm ... Three of the homers were hit by El Paso and infielder Carlos Asuaje socked one of them. Asuaje has swung a hot bat in June, hitting .283/.405/.483 with a pair of homers in June. While the infielder’s overall batting line is unimpressive, he has a 17.9% walk rate, which is twice what it was a season ago and he is striking out a lower clip in ‘17. Despite the improved discipline, Asuaje’s batting average is 80 points lower in his second stint through the PCL ... Manuel Margot went 0-for-4 with a walk in his first rehab appearance for El Paso. Margot has been on the disabled list since late May with a calf injury. He started at DH Monday night ... Speaking of rehabbing big leaguers, RHP Carter Capps had his best outing in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, pitching two perfect innings, with a pair of strikeouts. Capps’ command was exceptional -- he threw 16-of-22 of his pitches for strikes. Capps was optioned to El Paso last week to regain his command.

Corpus Christi Hooks 3, Missions 2

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 2-for-4, RS; 3B Jose Rondon, 1-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB; RHP Chris Huffman, (L, 2-1), 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 8 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions wrapped up the first half with a 41-29 record, which was the best in the Texas League ... Luis Urias started at short and had a pair of hits. June has not been kind to the 20-year-old phenom but he does have two consecutive multi-hit games, showing that he may be ready to break out soon ... Jose Rondon slid over to third and blasted his fourth homer of the year in the Missions’ loss. Rondon has two homers this week and his current .428 slugging percentage is well above his career norm. The 23-year-old’s best bet to find a big league gig is likely in a super-utility role, which is why he has appeared at second, third and shortstop this year ... RHP Chris Huffman took the loss, despite pitching well. The righty tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and walked just one. The former James Madison star has been quite good for the Missions, pitching to a 2.16 ERA in five starts. He is also averaging nearly a strikeout per inning for the Missions in 2017. 

Storm: The Storm have reached the All-Star break. RHP Trevor Frank and LHP Jose Castillo were added to the Cal League South roster today, replacing LHP Joey Lucchesi and RHP Cal Quantrill who pitched this weekend and won’t be able to throw in the All-Star game. Both players still made the trip to Visalia. 

TinCaps: The TinCaps have reached the All-Star break. OF Jorge Oña, SS Fernando Tatis Jr. and LHP Logan Allen will play in the Midwest League game tomorrow night. 

Dust Devils 7, Salem-Keizer 4

Key Statistics: SS Kelvin Melean, 2-for-4, 2B, RS, BB; 3B Boomer White, 1-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB; RF Aldemar Burgos, 2-for-5, RS, RBI; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez (pro debut), 3.1 IP, 2 H, R (unearned), BB, 4 K; RHP Andres Muñoz, (W, 1-0) IP, ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Evan Miller (S, 1) 1.2 IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: Tri-City took four-of-five in their season-opening series ... SS Kelvin Melean had the lone extra-base hit, a double in the Dust Devils’ victory. Melean, 18, was part of Preller’s first J-2 class back in 2015. He is 6-for-16 in his first stateside appearance. He showed a keen eye at the plate in the DSL last season and former DSL manager Jeremy Rodriguez called him the leader of last year’s Dominican squad ... LHP Osvaldo Hernandez made his professional debut, allowing an unearned run in 3.1 innings. The Cuban lefty signed for $2.5 million in March. He had four punchiest and retired seven more via the groundball. 

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