What happened last night?
Well, it was a good day to be a baseball fan, despite the lull in the MLB schedule. The biggest news of the day was that White Sox ace José Quintana was traded to the north side of Chicago. In return, the Cubs shipped off Eloy Jiménez, one of the top prospects of the game, along with Dylan Cease, their best pitching prospect, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. While this doesn’t affect the Padres directly, it’s a pretty high bar to set for the current trade market. After news of the deal came out, it was reported that in the Brad Hand negotiations with Los Angeles, San Diego asked for Alex Verdugo, a top 50 prospect himself. While A.J. Preller certainly isn’t shy, it’ll be interesting to see if the Quintana deal pushes Hand’s trade value higher.
The other big news of the day was Tim Tebow hitting safely in his last 11 games for St. Lucie (Single-A), including a walk-off home run. If he continues this hot streak, the Padres, who have a history with former Heisman Trophy winners (Johnny Manziel) may look to trade with the New York Mets to bring the popular former football player to –
Ah, never mind, I can’t finish typing it. Onto the highlights from last night.
The Missions Keep Rolling
After an 0-fer in his Double-A debut, Josh Naylor got off the schneid and hit a first inning single for the Missions. Though it’d be his only hit of the game, Nick Schulz and Luis Urías would provide plenty of offense, driving in all six runs for San Antonio. After Urías and Noah Perio reached safely to lead off the game, Schulz homered to put the Missions up 3-0. Urías, who looked good at shortstop, went 3-5 with an RBI single and a two-RBI double that was ripped down the third base line.
Aside from the offensive pyrotechnics (Perio, Ty France, and Webster Rivas also had multi-hit games for the Missions), San Antonio starter Brett Kennedy was masterful in seven innings, his only blemish being a solo homerun by Frisco first baseman Royce Bolinger. The 11th round pick from the 2015 draft allowed just three hits and a pair of walks, while striking out 6. His fastball was sitting in the 92 MPH range and his changeup was low 80s, and he mixed them well enough to initiate lots of soft contact. In his last ten starts (59.1 innings), he has a 3.03 ERA with 61 strikeouts against just eight walks.
Lake Elsinore Launches Long Balls, Lancaster Loses
Storm pitcher Adrian De Horta allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings, but Lake Elsinore managed to edge the Lancaster JetHawks 11-7. Rod Boykin, who made his High-A debut the previous game, homered for the second night in a row. Kyle Overstreet, Fernando Perez, and Edwin Moreno added dingers of their own, while Austin Allen continued his hot streak and went 4-5 with a double. While none of the Lancaster pitchers seem to be particularly noteworthy, seeing continued production from Allen (hitting .395 in his last ten games) and Ruddy Giron (hitting .350 in his last ten games) is extremely promising.
After De Horta was knocked around pretty good in his third start for the Storm, the bullpen came in and held the ship together. David Bednar, a recent call up from Single-A Fort Wayne, threw two scoreless innings, striking out three, and Gerardo Reyes came out throwing 99 MPH heat for the last few innings, allowing zero runs on a hit and a strikeout.
Stay Hot, Hudson Potts
TinCaps star Fernando Tatis, Jr. had a rough game, going 0-4 with a walk, two strikeouts, and was caught stealing. Hudson Potts, however, was not struggling. He went 3-4 with a pair of RBI, and is hitting .317 in his last ten games. Nate Easley also hit a triple and a double for Fort Wayne, as they beat the Burlington Bees.
Jim McDade, the 24-year old who started the game for Fort Wayne, was spectacular, going seven shutout innings and allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine. Hansel Rodriguez came on in relief and threw scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
Also Around the Farm:
- Franchy Cordero avoided a hitless night by knocking a 9th inning triple for El Paso, his league leading ninth three-bagger on the year. Jose Rondon was removed mid-game from the Chihuahuas lineup due to injury concerns, but no official release on his health has been made. Zach Lee went 3.2 innings and gave up five runs in the 6-2 loss to the Reno Aces.
- The Tri-City Dust Devils were victims of a combined 1-hitter, with an 8th inning double by Luis Asuncion the only knock on the night. He would later come around to score on an error, as the Everett Aqua Sox took the 5-1 victory. Ben Sheckler took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on ten hits in five innings.
- The AZL Padres 1 bunch had a field day against the AZL Indians, blasting four homers in a 13-3 win. Jordy Barley’s homer was his third in his last four games, and his fourth of the season (he’s played 14 games). He went 3-5 on the night with a double and three RBI. Angel Santos, Dayon Olmo, and Jason Pineda also homered, and Jonny Homza went 2-3. 23–year-old Caleb Boushley, who was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2017 draft, threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out four.
- Jaimito Lebron allowed eight runs on eight hits in one inning for the AZL Padres 2 squad, as they fell to the AZL Giants 11-3. Mason House went 2-5, and Tirso Ornelas went 1-3 with a walk.