Padres’ Minor League Round Up For July 31
By Dave Chalk
The Major League trade deadline came and went and the only last minute deal the Padres made was trading Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners. While I understand the reason for trading the soon to be free agent outfielder, I am still sad to see him leave. He is one of those rare players that always gives 110% and truly fit the mantra of being a “gamer.” The last Padre that I think fit this category was David Eckstein. Denorfia or “Dino” will be missed, but I wish him the best of luck throughout the rest of his career. Now let’s take a look down on the farm to see how the future Padres are doing.
The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Las Vegas 51s 2-0.
The Chihuahuas offense forgot to show up as they were held to 6 hits. Jake Goebbert, although hitless, reached base the most with 2 walks. Goebbert is currently in a slump; in his last 4 games he has gone 2-for-15.
Tonight Chihuahuas’ Matt Wisler (6-4, .62 ERA) will face the 51s and top prospect Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 5.16 ERA). First pitch is at 10:05 pm ET.
The San Antonio Missions defeated the Frisco RoughRiders 6-3.
Joe Ross won his second game in three starts since being promoted from Single-A Lake Elsinore. Ross pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 5. In 19 innings at the Double-A level, Ross has struck out 18 while only walking 1. That is great command that even recent Hall of Famer Greg Maddux would be envious of.
Tonight the Missions send Bryce Morrow (3-3, 2.50 ERA) to the mound to face Jerad Eickhoff (3-3, 2.50 ERA). First pitch is at 8:05 pm ET.
The Lake Elsinore Storm lost to the Lancaster JetHawks 13-9.
Storm 3B Gabriel Quintana lead the team going 3-for-5 on the night. Quintana owns a triple slash line of .273/.313/.444 on the season with 14 home runs, 68 RBI, and 3 stolen bases on the season.
Tonight the Storm will face Lancaster’s starter Matt Heidenreich (2-3, 4.58 ERA). As of the publishing of this article Lake Elsinore has yet to name a starter. First pitch is at 9:30 pm ET.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps lost to the Great Lakes Loon 5-4.
The TinCaps lost a nail biter that lasted 13 innings. Fort Wayne lost on a walk-off wild pitch by Jason Jester. TinCap SS Trea Turner 3-for-6 led the offensive charge for the TinCaps. Turner has absolutely killed it since being promoted to Fort Wayne. At this level, Turner owns a triple slash line of .476/.544/.652 with home run and 8 stolen bases. Turner has so far lived up to the billing of being the Padres 2014 first round pick.
Tonight the TinCaps will face West Michigan’s Austin Kubitza (9-1, .59 ERA). As of the publishing of this article Fort Wayne has yet to name a starter. First pitch is at 7:00 pm ET.
Class-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds defeated the Everett AquaSox 10-9.
Emerald starter Michael Kelly kept his team in the game. Kelly pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Emerald reliever Bryan Verbitsky pitched the last out of the game to earn his 7 save on the season.
Tonight the Emeralds will send Zechariah Lemond (1-1, 4.61 ERA) against the Everett AquaSox. As of the publishing of this article the AquaSox have yet to name a starter. First pitch is at 10:05 pm ET.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres lost to the DSL Reds 6-0.
The Padres DH Aurelio Perez had half of the team’s hits going 2-for-4 on the night. The other two hits were by SS Westhers Magdaleno and LF Ronaldo Contreras with one a piece.
Today the DSL Padres will face the DSL Diamondbacks. As of the publishing of this article neither team has named a starter. First pitch is at 10:30 am ET.
Rookie: Arizona Fall League
The AZL Padres lost to the AZL Mariners 4-3.
Padres DH Luis Urias went 3-for-5 on the night with a double and run scored. Joining the offensive party, 1B Jonas Lantigua went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI on the night.
Tonight the AZL Padres will face the AZL Mariners. As of the publishing of this article neither team has named a starter. First start is at 10:00 pm ET.
Keep the Faith