Padres Down on the Farm: Aug 1 (Merrill HR for SA/Snelling & Pauley stay hot for FW/Head shows off speed for ACL Padres/Espinoza dominant for EP)

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Daily Transactions

  • San Diego has traded RHP Henry Williams (Padres #10 prospect) and RHP Jesus Rios to Kansas City in exchange for RHP Scott Barlow.
  • San Diego has traded LHP Ryan Weathers to Miami for 1B Garrett Cooper and RHP Sean Reynolds (Marlins #21 prospect).
  • San Diego has traded LHP Jackson Wolf (Padres #16 prospect), 1B Alfonso Rivas, and OF Estuar Suero.
  • UTL Brandon Dixon and OF Preston Tucker have been designated for assignment.
  • RHP Michel Baez has been sent on a rehab assignment to ACL Padres.
  • RHPs Tyler Morgan, Joan Gonzalez, and Eric Yost have been assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps.


The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 4-3 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Defeated Salt Lake Bees 6-1) (46-57 on the season)

Anderson Espinoza: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K (100 pitches, 64 strikes)

Jose Azocar: (1-for-4), R, HR, RBI

Ben Gamel: (3-for-4), R, 2B, RBI

Tim Lopes: (2-for-5), R, SB

Fresh off of a six-game winning streak, El Paso was hot in the first inning. Base hits from Tim Lopes set up Oscar Mercado, who singled to center, giving the Chihuahuas a 2-0 lead. Anderson Espinoza responded with a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Azocar led off the second with a home run to right field, his fifth of the year. Taylor Kohlwey, Austin Nola (double), and Max Shrock followed with base hits to score another run. Tim Lopes followed with a grounder to short, but Bees shortstop Jack Lopez couldn’t come up with the ball as Nola scored, making it 5-0.

Espinoza was solid all day. He did allow a leadoff walk in the third to Brett Phillips. Later in the inning, former Padre Brandon Drury (rehab) singled to right. A double steal and an error led to a run, but that was all Salt Lake would get. Despite only two strikeouts, Espinoza allowed just four hits.

Eguy Rosario led off the seventh with a double and promptly scored on a sharp line drive to right from Ben Gamel. Nick Hernandez came in during the eighth for El Paso and shut the door with a pair of scoreless frames, striking out three. The win made it seven in a row for the Chihuahuas. Gamel, in particular, has been excellent. In 11 games with the team, the outfielder is hitting .357 with a 1.130 OPS.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated Arkansas Travelers 6-3) (48-49 on the season)

Jared Kollar: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (79 pitches, 49 strikes)

Jackson Merrill: (1-for-4), R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Juan Fernandez: (2-for-5), R, 2 RBI

Ripken Reyes: (0-for-1), R, 3 BB, HBP, SB

A scoreless game till the fourth inning, San Antonio led off the frame with back-to-back walks from Michael De La Cruz and Daniel Johnson. Marcos Castanon singled to left to load the bases for Juan Fernandez, who ducked a single into left field, scoring two. The Missions put runners in scoring position again in the sixth. Cole Cummings responded with a two-run single to center.

Jared Kollar was excellent for his part. The right-hander from Rutgers picked up his first win since being promoted to Double-A, allowing a mere single in six shutout innings. Jackson Merrill added on with a two-run home run in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Arkansas added on three late runs, but Justin Lopez held the fort down in the ninth, striking out a pair as he picked up the save. Merrill is now hitting .319 with a .835 OPS with San Antonio.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Defeated the Great Lakes Loons 10-5) (50-47 on the season)

Robby Snelling: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (89 pitches, 57 strikes)

Graham Pauley: (2-for-4), 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI,

Anthony Vilar: (2-for-4), R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Kervin Pichardo: (2-for-3), 2 R, RBI, BB

Robby Snelling took the mound Tuesday, coming off his best start since joining Fort Wayne, and he impressed yet again. The young left-hander struck out seven while limiting the Loons to four baserunners. The only run he allowed came on a solo home run by Kenneth Betancourt in the fourth inning. In 16 starts this season, Snelling is 8-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 75.1 innings pitched.

Fort Wayne took the lead in the fifth on a home run from Anthony Vilar. Kai Murphy followed with an infield single. Another single and two hit-by-pitches made it 3-1, TinCaps. Graham Pauley followed with a double, scoring two more. Fort Wayne would score two more in the frame to make it 7-1. Pauley added on a home run later in the game as he raised his OPS to .908 on the season with his 14th long ball of the year.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to Modesto Nuts 6-1) (47-47 on the season)

Fernando Sanchez: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K (89 pitches, 55 strikes)

Ethan Salas: (1-for-4), 2B

Nick Vogt: (1-for-4), R, HR, RBI

Things seemed to be going well for Lake Elsinore in the first inning Tuesday in Modesto when Nick Vogt hit a ball over the centerfield fence. Ethan Salas followed with a double but was left stranded. The 17-year-old catcher now has a .908 OPS on the season.

The bottom half of the inning brought bad news, though, for the Storm and starter Fernando Sanchez, who was tagged for four runs, including a two-run double from Ben Williamson. An RBI single in the third inning made it 5-1. Sanchez only lasted four innings despite throwing 89 pitches.


DSL Padres Brown (Lost to DSL White Sox 5-4) (13-28 on the season)

Wilmer Ramirez: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Jason Hernandez: (2-for-3), R, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Nestor Chevalier: (1-for-2), R, HR, RBI, BB

Moises Valdez: (1-for-1), R, 2 BB

The White Sox got the benefit of a very wild Rafael Nava on Tuesday morning in the Dominican Republic. The Padres starter only faced six batters but hit two of them and walked another pair as he allowed three first-inning runs. He was replaced by Wilmer Ramirez, who struck out five in four innings.

The Padres managed to take a lead in the fourth inning on the back of home runs from Nestor Chevalier and Jason Hernandez (three-run). The White Sox tied the game in the fifth with an RBI double from Adrian Gil. He would single in the go-ahead run in the fifth as Padres Brown squad fell to 13-28.


DSL Padres Gold (Defeated DSL Orioles Black 16-3) (26-15 on the season)

Adan Moreno: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K

Hugo Sanchez: (1-for-4), R, 2B, 5 RBI, BB

Ismael Javier: (3-for-5), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, HBP

Emil Turbi: (1-for-2), 2 R, 2B, RBI, 3 BB

Luis De Leon: (1-for-2), 3 R, 3B, RBI, 4 BB

Padres starter Adan Moreno gave up two runs in the first inning Tuesday against the Orioles. Despite getting through the next two innings, it seemed like the Padres were down and out. A few innings later and the Padres were still scoreless heading into the sixth inning.

Team Gold finally got things together, scoring seven runs, including a three-run double from designated hitter Hugo Sanchez (.947 OPS in 112 AB). The Padres would score five more times in the eighth and four more in the ninth, for 16 total runs in the final four innings.

Despite only nine hits, the Padres had five players record an extra-base hit. The Padres also reached base 17 times via walk or hit by pitch. Jimmy Reyes picked up the win in 2.2 scoreless innings.


ACL Padres (Lost to ACL Royals 7-4) (22-19 on the season)

Michel Baez: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Dillon Head: (1-for-3), R, 3B, BB, SB

Daniel Montesino: (2-for-4), R

Jacob Campbell: (1-for-3), 2 R, 2 SB

Michel Baez pitched one inning in a rehab assignment from San Antonio on Tuesday night. After getting the leadoff hitter to ground out, the right-hander allowed a double followed by a line drive to right field, where Juan Murillo made a throw home to get the runner out at the plate. Baez recovered to strike out the next batter. In the bottom half of the frame, Padres 2023 first-rounder Dillon Head tripled. He would end up scoring on a sacrifice fly from Romeo Sanabria to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.

The Royals would score three runs in the third inning, including two infield singles. The Padres had opportunities throughout the game thanks to five stolen bases but were unable to capitalize enough to keep up with the Royals. Kansas City outfielder Carson Roccaforte went 4-for-4 with a run scored, four stolen bases, and two runs batted in.


Wednesday’s Probables:

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Gabe Mosser (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 2 K)

Fort Wayne: Henry Henry (2-1, 3.71 ERA, 12 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: OFF


ACL Padres: OFF

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