Albuquerque Isotopes 12 – Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 1-for-3, 3B, 2BB, 2SB, 2RBI; LF Nick Buss 1-for-4, 3B, R; RHP Zach Lee 5.1IP, 4H, 5ER, 2K, 2BB;
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas bullpen melted down pretty severely on Sunday, allowing three runs in each of the Isotopes’ final four frames. But as bad as the performance was, it was hardly the most notable development for relievers. After months of getting a consistent message about his delivery being within the rules, Carter Capps was called for two illegal pitches when the PCL umpiring crew decided the fact that his plant foot coming off the rubber was a problem. Two pitches after manager Rod Barajas got tossed from the game for arguing the rulings, Capps himself got tossed when a bounced pitch caught home plate umpire J.J. January and the two had words. Capps has thrown five scoreless frames since being optioned to El Paso, allowing just one hit in that span. Nothing appears to have changed in Capps’ delivery since his appearance on Friday night with the same umpiring crew in town. … Manuel Margot‘s rehab stint took a positive turn as the center fielder had a triple and two walks in five trips to the plate. He had been 2-for-17 in his first four games on assignment as he works his way back from a leg injury that put him on the disabled list a month ago.
Missions 5 – Midland Rock Hounds 1
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Noah Perio 2-for-3, 2B, HR (4), BB, 3RBI; CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2R; RHP Brett Kennedy 7IP, 1H, 0R, 7K, 1BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: Brett Kennedy has quietly been stellar over the last two months, but Sunday was his best effort yet. The 22-year-old righty gave up one lightly-hit single over seven innings of scoreless work, retiring the last 11 hitters he faced in order. He threw exactly 100 pitches, 71 for strikes, carving up the Midland lineup quite effectively. Kennedy struck out seven against just one walk, pushing his strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year to a very impressive 78:18 in 79 innings. After posting an ERA north of nine in April – thanks in large part to a shelling by this same Midland squad – he’s pitched to a 2.09 mark over his 11 starts since, with an even better 63:9 ratio along the way. For all the attention on Kyle Lloyd and Michael Kelly as potential promotees when the club comes out of the All-Star break that starts tomorrow, Kennedy has a strong case to be made to be in the mix for a trip to El Paso as well. … Luis Urias has been through the first extended cold snap of his professional career this month, but the 20-year-old had his fourth multi-hit game of the week Sunday, including just his second extra-base hit since May. Urias is still hitting .316 with an on-base percentage well north of .400. … Whatever happened when Auston Bousfield returned to High-A Lake Elsinore, the Ole Miss product has been producing at a much better clip ever since. After posting an .861 OPS in a limited stint with the Storm, he’s hitting north of .300 since returning to the Texas League.
Storm 8 – Inland Empire 66ers 6
Key Statistics: RF Edwin Moreno 2-for-4, 2B, HR (5), 3RBI; 3B Ruddy Giron 2-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Cal Quantrill 6.2IP, 6H, 2ER, 7K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Cal Quantrill carried a shutout into the seventh inning on Sunday, but gave up a leadoff homer in that frame. While he ultimately yielded two runs, he also went to the seventh for the first time all year and tossed a season-high 99 pitches. The righty struck out seven and, for just the third time this year, did not walk a batter. After issuing more free passes in the early stages of the year than the Stanford alum was happy with, Quantrill has only issued four free passes over his last 20.1 innings of wok in June. … Outfielder Edwin Moreno homered for the second straight night and had a pair of extra-base hits. Since coming back off the disabled list for the second time on May 31, the 23-year-old left-handed slugger has been on-fire, hitting .295/.340/.489. After striking out in well over 40 percent of his plate appearances in April, he’s trimmed that to below 30 percent
TinCaps 8,6 Bowling Green HotRods 2,2
Key Statistics: Fernando Tatis 0-for-2, BB, SB (13); CF Buddy Reed 3-for-8, 2B, HR (1); LF Rod Boykin 2-for-3, 2R; 1B Brad Zunica 2-for-3, 2B, HR (11); RHP Pedro Avila 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 5K, 0BB; LHP Logan Allen 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 10K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: A day after they managed only three hits, the TinCaps offense cruised to a double-header seep, 8-2 and 6-2.Perhaps most encouragingly among position players, Buddy Reed hit his first professional homer and a double while reaching base safely three times overall. The highly athletic outfielder, who was the club’s second round pick last year, had been limited to only 24 games so far this season because of lingering back issues. While his .232/.298/.326 slash line is indicative of some of the problems he’s dealt with in his first full professional year, the performance today is also a reminder of the immense talent which he’s hoping to be able to harness eventually. … Starters Pedro Avila and Logan Allen had mirror high-quality starts, with each working six innings and giving up a pair of runs. Allen struck out 10, continuing his strong run through the Midwest League. The 20-year-old now has 85 Ks in 68.1 innings of work and an opponents’ average of .201. He’s given up more than two runs once in 13 starts this season. Avila turned in his second quality start in a row after a rough first outing when he was demoted to the TinCaps. The 20-year-old righty had solid ancillary numbers in the Cal League, but a 4.98 ERA in 10 outings. After getting knocked around by Lansing in his return to the Midwest League, he’s struck out 17 while allowing 11 baserunners in 13 innings over his last two outings.
Everett AquaSox 5 – Dust Devils 4 (F/14)
Key Statistics: 2B Kelvin Melean 2-for-6, 2B; RHP Jim McDade 6.1IP, 8H, 4R (0ER), 4K, 0BB; RHP Jose Galindo 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Jim McDade has been on a remarkable ride since signing as an undrafted free agent out of tiny Millersville University last year. The 24-year-old owns a 1.50 ERA as a professional in 66 innings of work in every role possible at the lowest levels of the system. Though he doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, he was a stabilizing force for manager Michael Collins on the AZL club last summer, and gave the TinCaps some much-needed long relief innings in the month leading up to the Northwest League. Now, in two starts for the Dust Devils, he’s worked 13.2 innings without allowing an earned run and struck out 14 without issuing a walk. … El Paso native Jose Galindo struck out four in 2.1 innings, his longest professional outing yet. The big righty with a high-90s fastball and wipeout slider has appeared at three levels this year, including a one-outing fill-in role at Elsinore, and has struck out 21 total while allowing five hits and one earned run in 15.2 innings. He’s an interesting arm to keep an eye on as part of the next wave of relievers in the organization.
AZL White Sox 10 – AZL Padres-1 9
Key Statistics: DH Jonny Homza 2-for-5, 3RBI; 3B Denzell Gowdy 2-for-2, 2BB, SB, CS, 2R; RHP Angel Acevedo 3IP, 6H, 7R (6ER), 1K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: A day after the other AZL squad got underway, the Padres-1 club kicked off their campaign with a sloppy loss. The Padres-2 had 10 hits, but all were singles, and even though they had nine walks, they also struck out 13 times. With the shear volume of infield prospects in the organization, Denzell Gowdy can easily get lost in the shuffle. The 20-year-old, selected late on day three of the draft last year out of junior college in Georgia, doesn’t have the same ceiling as many of the players around him, but has a fantastic approach, good physicality, and is one of the first names mentioned by multiple player development staff when talking about the hardest workers in the desert this spring. Playing third base, Gowdy reached base in all four trips to the plate Sunday. … Alaska native Jonny Homza had a pair of singles and three strikeouts in five at-bats. The Padres’ fifth-round pick will likely split his time between catching and third base this year. When he flew out of Anchorage to report to the Peoria Sports Complex last Sunday, it was 58 degrees. You can safely assume Sunday night’s 111 game-time temperature is a new phenomenon for the 18-year-old.
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