Padres Down on the Farm Report: June 11 (Abrams HR, 5 hits for EP/Hollis 3 hits for SA/Victor Acosta homers in ACL)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went on Saturday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 13-3) (34-25 on the season)

C.J. Abrams– (5-for-6) HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs

Taylor Kohlwey– (3-for-5) 3 RBI, Run, K

Esteury Ruiz– (3-for-4) 2 Runs, BB, SB

Aaron Leasher– 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (66 pitches- 43 strikes)


The Chihuahuas continue to score runs as the Triple-A team is one of the deepest teams around the major leagues in terms of hitters. Robinson Cano was added to the roster this week and went 1-for-5 in the game with a run and an RBI. C.J. Abrams continues to hit well at the Triple-A level as he went 5-for-6 in the game with his fifth Triple-A homer. His OPS is up to .803 on the year in the PCL. At some point in 2022, Abrams will return to the Padres’ major league roster. Esteury Ruiz continues to put on a show as the 23-year-old went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in the game. Ruiz owns a 1.560 OPS to start his career with El Paso.

Lefty Aaron Leasher threw for El Paso, and he was very effective. The left-handed pitcher continues to show some value and could factor for the club at some point in the near future. Leasher is 26 and owns a 3.84 ERA over 384 minor league innings. Jose Castillo threw another scoreless inning and has a 0.60 ERA in 17 games, pitching for a few minor league affiliates this season. At some point, the southpaw will be added to the roster. The Chihuahuas won 13-3 in a laugher on the road in New Mexico.


San Antonio Missions (Won 6-5) (29-25 on the season)

Connor Hollis– (3-for-5) Run, K

Kelvin Alarcon– (2-for-5) Run, RBI, K

Tirso Ornelas– (2-for-5) 2 RBI, K

Dinelson Lamet– 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K (9 pitches- 7 strikes)

Michel Baez held on for the save for the Missions working in his second inning of relief. The right-handed pitcher from Cuba could be useful for the Padres at some point in 2022. Baez allowed one run in two innings of work on Saturday, recording four strikeouts. Baez was taken deep with two out in the ninth but managed to get the last out to preserve the win. Dinelson Lamet made an appearance in the game and threw well for San Antonio. Lamet struck out a batter and allowed one hit in a 9-pitch effort.

Journeyman infielder Connor Hollis led the team offensively with three hits on the night. The 27-year-old scored a run in the game as well. Tirso Ornelas went 2-for-5 and owns a .271 batting average so far this season in the Texas League. 23-year-old Kelvin Alarcon recorded two hits in the win and is off to a hot start in Double-A after starting the year with El Paso.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-0) (22-34 on the season)

Lucas Dunn– (1-for-2) BB

Kelvin Melean– (1-for-3) BB, K

Noel Vela– 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (86 pitches- 60 strikes)

Edwuin Bencomo– 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K (29 pitches- 21 strikes)


The TinCaps were shut out on Saturday as the team only managed two hits. 22-year-old Doug Nikhazy struck out ten batters and went 6.2 innings in the game. Fort Wayne got little going offensively the whole game as only Lucas Dunn (1-for-2) and Kelvin Melean (1-for-3) reached base via a hit. Not all news was bad for the TinCaps as Robert Hassell III was activated from the Covid-IL before the game. He should be in the lineup on Sunday.

Noel Vela pitched well, striking out nine batters in the game. But the lefty allowed four earned runs on his 86 pitches. 23-year-old Edwuin Bencomo continues to pitch well as he went 2.1 shutout innings in relief. Bencomo has a 2.35 ERA in 13 games, and 30.2 innings pitched for the TinCaps this season.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-6) (33-23 on the season)

Charlis Aquino– (2-for-4) HR, 2B, 2 Runs, RBI, 2 K

Cole Cummings– (2-for-2) 2B, Run, RBI, 3 BB

Nerwilian Cedeno– (2-for-4) Run, RBI, BB

Victor Lizarraga– 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (94 pitches- 60 strikes)


Kervin Pichardo‘s soft single with the bases loaded scored the winning run for the Storm as they scored three in the ninth to walk it off at home against the Giants. Keegan Collett was credited with the win as he threw a scoreless ninth for Lake Elsinore. Local product Victor Lizarraga, who spent time in the South Bay growing up, went five innings and struck out four batters. The big right-hander owns a very respectable 3.71 ERA so far in the California League.

Charlis Aquino homered and doubled in the game and is hitting .286 on the season for Lake Elsinore. The Storm batters struck out 12 times in the game, but they did walk ten times as a team allowing for runners to get on base. Lake Elsinore went 4-for-14 in the game with runners on base and got the job done when they needed it.


ACL Padres (Won 6-2) (2-3 on the season) 

Victor Acosta– (2-for-3) HR, Run, 2 RBI

Rosman Verdugo– (2-for-3) 3B

Jake Perez– (2-for-3) Run, K

Javier Chacon– 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K


Young shortstop phenom Victor Acosta homered in the third inning for his first professional home run in the States (he hit five last year in the DSL). Acosta also doubled, and the 19-year-old continues to show strong baseball skills. Rosman Verdugo tripled in three at-bats, and the 17-year-old has also impressed early in the ACL season. Verdugo is an infielder out of Mexico. Jake Perez went 2-for-3 and scored a run in the game on Saturday. Josh Mears went 1-for-2 in the game, and James Wood finished the day 0-for-2 with a walk and a run. Both mammoth outfielders should return to their minor league teams shortly. 19-year-old lefty Javier Chacon was effective, throwing three innings in relief.


DSL Padres (Won 4-3) (4-2 on the season) 

Jose Cordero– (2-for-3) 3B, 2B, 2 Runs

Hugo Sanchez– (1-for-2) HR, 2 RBI, Run, K

Maikoi Munoz-  (1-for-2) 2 Runs

Aldo Leija– 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K


The DSL Padres beat the Diamondbacks DSL team 4-3, as the team scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn the win. Santiago Soto recorded the last three outs of the game as the 21-year-old went 1-2-3 in the ninth, striking out a batter. Aldo Leija started, and the 17-year-old from Mexico struck out six in 3.2 innings of work. Hugo Sanchez homered on the day and drove in two runs for the DSL team. The 19-year-old shortstop from Mexico is in his second season with the DSL team. 19-year-old Dominican outfielder Jose Cordero tripled and doubled in the win.


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Sunday’s probables

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Reggie Lawson (1-4   7.96 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Efrain Contreras (0-2  6.60 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

ACL Padres- TBD

DSL Padres- TBD

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