While there is a great deal of excitement around the loaded Lake Elsinore pitching staff, don’t overlook the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ rotation that is ripe with young talent. It features four of the organization’s top 30 prospects in Logan Allen, Hansel Rodriguez, Reggie Lawson, and Mason Thompson with the latter two getting their first taste of full season ball after getting promoted Fort Wayne on May 22. Neither of them had an auspicious start until yesterday when Thompson threw five innings of one run ball, striking out six Lake County batters.
Now, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing the whole game for Thompson as he beaned the second guy up to the plate before allowing the Indians number 29 prospect, Connor Capel, to smash a soaring triple to right field for an early lead. He proceeded to walk the next batter but escaped the inning with no more damage as he struck out Jose Medina for his second strikeout of the game. After that, Thompson was lights out as he gave up just one more hit over the duration of the game, facing a mere 13 batters in his last four innings.
Yet, even more impressive than that dominance is how Thompson responded to the veteran leadership of AJ. Kennendy during a mound visit in the second inning with one man on base. Through the first inning and a half, Thompson was anything but efficient, needing over 40 pitches to retire the first four batters, but whatever words of wisdom Kennedy shared must have worked because Thompson adjusted and cruised through the rest of the game on almost ten fewer pitches than he needed to retire those first four hitters.
Thompson’s profession career is still quite young, so of course, he has a long way to to develop, but keep your eye on him as he was a huge steal for Preller and company in third round of last year’s draft. If not for Tommy John Surgery, the towering 6’7” right-hander would likely have been a first round pick, which is why the Padres went under value in the first round to toss a million dollars more than slot value at Thompson to sway him from his commitment to Texas (they also did the same for Reggie Lawson 14 picks earlier).
Padres: Despite jumping out to two nothing lead behind the bats of Yangervis Solarte and Franchy Cordero, the Padres fell to the Diamondbacks with a score of 7-4. The two teams square off for the final game of the series at 12:40 PST as a pair of lefties, Clayton Richard and Patrick Corbin, take the mound.
Chihuahuas: The Chihuahuas battled back from four runs down to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-5; Kyle Lloyd, who was promoted to El Paso to take Dinelson Lamet’s spot in the rotation, coughed up five runs over five innings of play.
Missions: With eight of the nine starters connecting for at least one hit, the Missions won a high scoring game as Midland continued to be Enyel De Los Santos’ kryptonite. He’s stifled the rest of the league to the tune of a 2.54 ERA, but against Midland, he’s allowed a whopping 23 runs in 13.2 innings spread across four starts.