Padres Down on the Farm: August 2 (2023 draftees debut with FW/Mercado HR for EP/SA wins third in a row)


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Daily Transactions

  • LHP Ray Kerr has been promoted to the San Diego Padres.
  • RHP Sean Reynolds has been assigned to the El Paso Chihuahuas.
  • C Brett Sullivan has been optioned to the El Paso Chihuahuas.
  • The Fort Wayne TinCaps have activated 2B Lucas Dunn from the 7-day injured list.


The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 1-3 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to Salt Lake Bees 5-4) (46-58 on the season)

Aaron Brooks: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K (36 pitches, 24 strikes)

Oscar Mercado: (2-for-4), R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Ray-Patrick Didder: (3-for-4), R, 2B, RBI

When The Padres traded Ryan Weathers early Tuesday afternoon, it meant Anderson Espinoza was pushed forward a day. The fallback meant it would be a bullpen game on Wednesday for El Paso. Opener Aaron Brooks was able to get David Fletcher and Brandon Drury but gave up a pair of singles to Trey Cabbage and Daniel Murphy before Jack Lopez left the yard for a three-run home run.

El Paso managed to score a run in the third inning, but offense was limited otherwise. Cabbage singled in a run in the fifth inning to make it 4-1. Ray-Patrick Didder doubled to right in the seventh. Oscar Mercado then brought him with a two-run no-doubter over the left-field wall. The scoring continued with a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to tie the game.

Recently acquired Sean Reynolds made his El Paso debut on Wednesday night. The right-hander walked one but struck out three in a scoreless seventh inning. The 6’8″ Reynolds saw his fastball hover in the mid-to-upper 90’s. Domingo Tapia came in the eighth inning and walked Daniel Murphy. The veteran infielder was replaced by a pinch-runner, Jared Oliva, who stole second. A pair of ground outs would score Oliva to take the lead. The Chihuahuas went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, ending the seven-game winning streak.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated Arkansas Travelers 3-2) (49-49 on the season)

Gabe Mosser: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K (68 pitches, 37 strikes)

Daniel Johnson: (2-for-4), R, HR, 3 RBI, HBP, SB

Ripken Reyes: (3-for-4), R, 2 2B, BB

After getting nothing going through the first two innings, Ripken Reyes singled to lead off the third. A walk to Michael set up Daniel Johnson for a three-run laser over the right field wall. Gabe Mosser, who pitched three scoreless, gave up a solo shot to Isiah Gilliam to get Arkansas on the board. Mosser would get two outs before turning it over to the bullpen.

On a day when San Antonio didn’t get much going offensively, the ‘pen came up huge. Bobby Milacki struck out a pair in 2.1 innings. Efrain Contreras did give up one run but avoided further two damage in a pair of frames. 2021 third rounder Kevin Kopps came in to shut the door down in the ninth for his fifth save of the season while lowering his ERA to 2.96. San Antonio is now back at .500, thanks to a three-game winning streak.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost to Great Lakes Loons 5-2) (50-48 on the season)

Tyler Morgan: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (37 pitches, 18 strikes)

Joan Gonzalez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (18 pitches, 19 strikes)

Kai Murphy: (1-for-4), R, 2B

Joshua Mears: (1-for-3), R, 2B

Henry Henry opened the game in a bullpen day for the TinCaps on Wednesday. The right-hander gave up a solo home run to Taylor Young on the second pitch of the game as the Loons busted out to an early lead. The real story of the day was a trio of Padres prospects making their professional.

Tyler Morgan, a 14th-rounder out of Abilene Christian a few weeks ago, worked a pair of scoreless frames in the second and third innings. Undrafted free agent Joan Gonzalez from Bethune-Cookman followed by going six up, six down. 17th-rounder Eric Yost, a 17th-round selection via Northeastern, pitched a perfect sixth.

Joshua Mears led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to right field. Jakob Marsee followed with a line drive to center to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, Nathan Martorella grounded out to first, but Mears was able to come across to tie the game on Martorella’s Midwest League-leading 69th RBI. Martorella singled earlier in the game to extend his 18-game on-base streak.

Alex Freeland homered off of Yost in the seventh inning as part of a three-run frame as Great Lakes took a 4-1 lead. Kervin Pichardo cut the deficit in half with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame. Loons first baseman Griffin Lockwood-Powell made it 5-2 with a ninth-inning blast.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to Modesto Nuts 6-1) (47-48 on the season)

Jose Luis Reyes: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 3 K (86 pitches, 55 strikes)

Jay Beshears: (2-for-4), 2B

Nick Vogt: (2-for-3), R, HR, RBI, BB

Modesto scored two runs in the first inning off the heels of a walk, two errors, and a passed ball. Nick Vogt got the Storm on the board in the third inning with his seventh home run of the year. Brock Rodden homered in the bottom half of the inning to make it 3-1. The Nuts added on three more in the fourth, thanks to more sloppy play from Lake Elsinore. The Storm had four errors in total. Offensively, Lake Elsinore was limited to just five hits.


DSL Padres Brown (Off today) (13-28 on the season)

Play DSL Padres Gold Thursday at 8:00 am PT.


DSL Padres Gold (Off today) (26-15 on the season)

Play DSL Padres Brown Thursday at 8:00 am PT.


ACL Padres (Off today) (22-19 on the season)

Play ACL Angels Thursday at 6:00 pm PT.


Thursday’s Probables:

El Paso: Matt Waldron (2-7, 7.05 ERA, 84 K)

San Antonio: Bobby Milacki (4-3, 3.42 ERA, 60 K)

Fort Wayne: Edwuin Bencomo (2-1, 5.91 ERA, 26 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: TBD


ACL Padres: TBD

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