Sacramento River Cats 11, Chihuahuas 3
Key Stats: RHP Trevor Cahill 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Christian Bethancourt IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB; 3B Ryan Schimpf 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB; 2B Diego Goris 3-4; SS Jose Rondon 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: Before the game LF Nick Buss was named to the Triple-A All Star Game. He leads the organization with a .378 batting average. Rehabbing RHP Trevor Cahill pitched three shutout innings before failing to retire a batter in the fourth. The first three batters all got hits and he was removed. While Cahill only walked one batter on the day, he battled constantly throughout, tossing 61 pitches, but only 36 of which were strikes. For context normally you want at least a 2:1 ratio if not higher, Cahill had 36 strikes and 25 balls… With the score 11-1, back up catcher Rocky Gale came on to get the final out. He retired the one batter he faced, then proceeded to double and score in the bottom of the inning.
No game for the Missions
Storm 2, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0
Key Stats: RHP Jacob Nix 9 IP, 2 H, 11 K; RF Edwin Moreno 1-3, RBI; SS Javier Guerra 1-3, RS, 2B; 1B Josh Naylor 1-4, 3B
Prospect Watch: RF Edwin Moreno singled up the middle with two outs in the first, driving home CF Michael Gettys and that was the game. The star of the show was Jacob Nix. Nix allowed only two hits, while striking out 11, but that doesn’t begin to tell how dominant he was. Nix had a perfect game going into the sixth. He allowed two hits on the day with one runner caught stealing, and another tagged out trying to advance to third. Nix would have faced the minimum had it not been for a wild pitch strikeout with two outs in the ninth. Not convinced of his dominance yet? With one out in the first, Nix had a full count against Dodgers #5 prospect Yusniel Diaz before getting him to ground out. That was the last three ball count Nix had all game. (Diaz went 0-3 in the game with a strikeout). Nix, the Padres #5 prospect, needed only 108 pitches, 75 strikes, to get through the game. It was the first complete game in his Padres’ career, and the first time even pitching into the eighth.
TinCaps 7, South Bend Cubs 2
Key Stats: RHP Adrian De Horta 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K; CF Buddy Reed 2-4, 3B, RS; 1B Brad Zunica 2-4, 2 HR (13), 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: Brad Zunica clubbed two-run home runs in each of his first two at bats, giving the TinCaps a 4-0 lead. His 13 home runs on the season push him ahead of Tatis for the club lead. This season Zunica has managed to walk more (29 walks this year verse 25 all of last year), striking out slightly less (35.9% verse 36.6%), and one home run shy of equaling last years total in half the games. Zunica has nearly a .240 point OPS increase year to year, and is now third in the MWL with a .933 OPS… RHP Hansel Rodriguez earned his first career save tossing 3.1 scoreless innings. The Padres #30 prospect (for now on MLB Pipeline) has had a tough season with the TinCaps including being removed from the rotation. He still has the good stuff that got him ranked so high, but similar to Austin Smith, location and preventing balls from leaking over the plate is what continues to get the 20 year old Dominican into trouble.
Spokane Indians 6, Dust Devils 1
Key Stats: RHP Adrian Morejon 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 K; RF Luis Asuncion 2-4, 2B; LF Josh Magee 0-2, 2 BB, SB (3)
Prospect Watch: Adrian Morejon probably had his best outing of the young season. He struck out five over five frames, walking none. He allowed a two-run shot in the fourth for the only two runs he allowed all game. The defense behind him didn’t help either as two errors and a few misplayed balls led to more pitches for the Cuban. Per reports, Morejon was sitting 94-95 on his fastball and showed much better movement with his pitches… Another multi-hit game for Luis Asuncion, the 20 year-old right fielder has had five multi-hit games in his past 11 games. He already has more home runs, triples, and stolen bases than he did in 56 games for Tri-Cities last year.
AZL Royals 7, AZL Padres 5
Key Stats: RHP Adrian Martinez 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, K; RHP Luis Patino 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K; C Blake Hunt 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; SS Jordy Barley 0-3, RS, BB
Prospect Watch: Not to be outdone by his fellow second round selection, C Blake Hunt had his first career multi-hit game. Hunt is viewed as a defense-first backstop but has already hit two doubles in three games.. 17 year-old Luis Patino is another prospect from the long list of Padres’ J2 signings from last year. Unlike the likes of Almanzar and Rosario, Patino started the year pithing in the Dominican Summer League. In fact he was pitching in the DSL five days ago before hopping on a plane for Peoria. Patino looks like a stick but was getting rave reviews in the DSL. He did walk four in this outing, but had walked just two over 16 innings in the DSL.
AZL Rangers 16, AZL Padres 2 6
Key Stats: RHP Jake Esch 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 7 K; C Luis Campusano 2-4, RS, RBI, BB; 2B Eguy Rosario 2-4, 3B, RS, 3 RBI; CF Mason House 3-5, 2 2B, RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: Rehabbing Missions starter Jake Esch took the mound for the Padres. He dominated, striking out seven over four innings. Most importantly he only walked one. He had walked 10 in his previous two starts with the Missions (late April). He also walked the only two batters he faced when he was called up to San Diego… When Eguy Rosario was sent down from Fort Wayne it was assumed he was only going to go down one level to Tri-Cities. Instead he ended up back in Peoria. While his line in Fort Wayne (.206/.296/.278) wasn’t too impressive it was somewhat surprising. Luckily he has responded well with five hits in his first three games.