Prospect Watch: 1B Brandon Allen, a refugee from the White Sox and Diamondbacks organization is having an interesting year at .274/.363/.478 but the left-handed hitting Allen is limited to first and left field. With Yonder Alonso, Carlos Quentin and Kyle Blanks a call-up is probably not likely. It's even worse for Rene Rivera, who is one of the organization's leaders in batting at .328/.371/.451 - there is no place for him to move up on the big league roster with Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley at catcher for the Padres. The thirty-year year old Rivera is in his thirteenth year of minor league baseball with a few limited appearances in the big leagues. He has an out in his contract and can probably play somewhere but that hasn't appeared yet.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the A rizona Daily Star
Missions 3- Springfield Cardinals 3
Prospect Watch: Chris Bisson's pinch-hit two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference as the Missions were able to turn the ninth over to closer Matt Stites for the win...Cory Spangenberg continued his modest hitting five game hitting streak and his batting average has moved up from .190 to .243 to go along with sixth stolen base in AA.
Storm 6 - Inland Empire 66ers 6
Key Statistics LF Jeremy Baltz 2-3, HR(3), 4 RBIs, BB; SS Jace Peterson 1-3, BB; Duanel Jones 1-3 2 RBIs, BB; LHP Frank Garces 3.2 IP 7 H 5 R 4 ER 4 BB K HR; Luis De La Cruz (W, 4-4) 1.0 IP K; RHP Johnny Barbato (S, 14) 1.0 IP BB, K.
Prospect Watch: As with a few players last year, Jeremy Baltz was putting up some good but not great numbers in the Midwest League but has been on fire since being promoted to Lake Elsinore hitting .405/.436/.705 in his first nine games with three home runs and 11 RBI's...The Padres may have some interesting organizational decisions to make on how much longer they will keep Jace Peterson in High-A. Peterson is twenty-four and seems to have passed Jeudy Valdez, the incumbent in San Antonio...A tough outing for Frank Garces but he still has 83 strikeouts in 71.1 innings pitched against only twenty-five walks this season...3B Duanel Jones has a world of potential but right now has only a .290 slugging percentage with only nine extra-base hits in 302 plate appearances.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 5- Lake Country Captains 0
Prospect Watch After having one of his worst outings of the year in his last start, Max Fried returned with vengeance on Saturday night as he shut out the Captains over five innings. So far this year Fried has been good with 58 punch-outs in 64.2 innings but is still walking a few too many batters with 34 free passes. But then again he isn't going to turn twenty until January...A nice day by center fielder Mallex Smith who has been struggling in June...Roman Madrid didn't get the save but the closer may be the next relief arm that is discussed in the Padres' organization as Midwest League batters are hitting only .178 against him this year.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Boise Hawks 8- Emeralds 6
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
The AZL Padres had the the day off.
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