Prospect Watch: Tucson lost the opener of the first game of their three-city twelve game road trip...Not much to report with RHP Wilfredo Boscan getting the spot start with RHP Anthony Bass being recalled to the majors...Jaff Decker now has as many at-bats in center field as he does in right and is hitting .343/.422/.486 in June...Have to wonder when Dean Anna is going to get his shot on the forty-man roster. The only negative on what has been a very good season for Anna (.338/.415/.523) is that he has struggled against left-handed pitching in 53 plate appearances with a .208/.345/.271 line.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
Missions 3- Midland Rockhounds 0
Key Statistics 3B Jake Blackwood 2-4, 2B, RBI; DH Kirby-Jones 2-3, 2 RBIs; RHP Josh Geer (W, 4-3) 5.1 IP BB, 6 Ks; RHP Jeremy McBryde 1.0 IP BB; LHP Chris Rearick 1.0 IP BB, H, K; RHP Matt Stites (S, 5) 1.0 IP H.
Prospect Watch: While the Missions starting pitching hasn't quite been what was expected coming into the season the bullpen has been better than ever. Matt Stites, since taking over as the closer after Kevin Quakenbush's promotion to Tucson, hasn't given up an earned run since May 18. Lefty Chris Rearick, who came over in the Vince Belnome deal with Tampa, has also been very good with a 1.96 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36.2 innings...2B Cory Spangenberg is off to his typical slow start, .185/.286/.241, had the night off. At every stop, excluding Eugene Spangenberg has started slow before settling in with a big second month...It's nice to see Josh Geer continuing to have a good season as the long man on the Missions' staff. Geer and his sinker have a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings and three starts. One of the better people in the organization, he is someone everyone is pulling for.
Storm 6 - Inland Empire 66ers 1
Prospect Watch: While Dean Anna is having a remarkable season in Tucson, Jace Peterson is the best everyday shortstop prospect in the organization. After a slow start, he is having his best month in June at .388/.456/.642. The former two-sport star at McNeese State was always a good athlete but is looking better and better defensively in his second full season of pro ball...Frank Garces had his second straight good outing where he went six innings and only gave up one earned run. The diminutive lefty, 5'11" on a very good day, is probably more of a prospect as a reliever than a starter.
South Bend Silver Hawks 9- TinCaps 1
Prospect Watch A rough day for the Padres number one pick in 2012. After a very good May he has struggled in June as Midwest League batters are hitting .324 against him in four starts. Fried is still having a good year but its also a reason to not get too high on players, particularly ones just out of high school, after a good month and not try to push them up the ladder too quickly...Keep an eye on Brian Adams, who was 1-3 last night. Right now he is much more of an athlete than a baseball player but the former Kentucky Wildcat wide receiver is having his best month at the plate with a .333/.350/.474 line. If he can start to figure it out, watch out.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Eugene Emeralds 8- Tri-City Dust Devils 1
Prospect Watch: The first few weeks of the season are always interesting in Eugene as players that were not top picks, or holdovers from extended spring, get their chances and try to make the most of the playing time available before the top draft picks sign...Catcher Ryan Miller, a fourteenth round pick out of San Bernardino Valley College (JC) is one of the under the radar types. Miller, who according to Baseball America was one of their top 500 prospects in this year's draft. A six-foot-three 215 lbs. athlete whom the Padres were able to convince him to forgo his commitment to Nebraska and start his pro career. He has a plus arm, and surprisingly for a catcher, can also run. The questions on him are about his bat but he's off to a nice start in his first three games and will be someone to follow...Jeffrey Enloe, a thirty-seventh round pick out of Central Arkansas, got the win in last night's game, is also an interesting prospect. Then again anytime you have a 6'5" lefty who can pitch; they are going to be an interesting prospect.
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard. Beat writer Steve Mims has covered the Emeralds for a long time and is a great resource.
The AZL Padres had the the day off.
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