Down on the Farm: August 2- Austin Allen Continues Hot Streak

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San Antonio Missions (64-45) Rained Out
The San Antonio Missions were rained out against Corpus Christi on Wednesday night. Cal Quantrill was scheduled to pitch for the Missions.

Lake Elsinore Storm (50-59) Lost 5-4
The Lake Elsinore Storm played a doubleheader after their scheduled game against the Lancaster Jethawks on Tuesday night was rained out. In the first game of the doubleheader, left-hander Thomas Dorminy took the mound for the Storm. Despite having a very successful month of July, Dorminy had lots of struggles in his first August start. After giving up just two hits in the first two innings, Dorminy ran into some trouble in the third inning. Right after a single by Robbie Perkins, Garrett Hampson hit a two run home run to give the Jethawks a 2-1 lead. Following a harmless fourth inning, things really came unraveled for Dorminy in the fifth. Dorminy ended up giving up a leadoff double followed by a sacrifice bunt and then five consecutive singles, putting the Jethawks up 5-2. The Storm came back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Fernando Perez single, but it was too little too late.

In game two, the Storm put up four first inning runs, which proved to be enough in the Storm’s 4-2 victory over the Jethawks.

Fort Wayne TinCaps (51-58) Lost 8-0
It was a fairly quiet night for the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Starter Reggie Lawson didn’t even get out of the second inning, as he gave up two singles, a double, another single, a wild pitch, a triple, a walk, and a single before he was removed from the game. That makes two straight rough starts for Lawson after a string of success in early July. The TinCaps offense was quiet all night, as they only mustered a total of two hits against the West Michigan pitching staff. The Whitecaps added three more later runs for an 8-0 victory.

AZL Padres (16-14) Won 7-2
Despite not scoring after two straight singles to lead off the game, the AZL Padres put up two runs in the top of the second inning and never looked back on their way to a 7-2 victory. A two run home run by Angel Santos provided the first scoring in the second inning before an RBI single by Jordy Barley brought home the Padres third run of the game. Two more runs in the seventh, on a Jonny Homza single, and two more runs in the eighth sealed the victory for the AZL Padres.

AZL Padres 2 (16-13) Won 6-3
Just like their AZL counterparts, the AZL Padres 2 got off to a solid start with a four run first inning, marked by two walks, two errors, and a two run single by Olivier Basabe. The Padres also added two more in the top of the second on a pair of wild pitches. Those six runs proved to be enough as the AZL Padres pitching was fairly dominant in relief, giving up no earned runs over the last six innings of the game.

DSL Padres (16-28) Won 25-11
Not much to say here other than the DSL Padres were absolutely raking at the plate on Wednesday night. In total, they collected 21 hits and 25 runs, including an 11 run fifth inning. The DSl Diamondbacks put up some offense of their own, but it was not nearly enough to keep up with the Padres.

Players of Note

Austin Allen– C, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
3-5, 1 BB, 1 R
At this point, I am not sure what is going to stop Austin Allen. Over the last month or so, pitchers have been unable to get Allen out on a consistent basis. Not only did Allen sport a 190 wRC+ for the month of July, but he also has a 163 wRC+ since June 1. Since May 1, he’s at 141. For the better part of the last three months, Allen has been one of the most dangerous hitters in the entire Cal League. At this point, Allen sits fourth in the entire Cal League with a 134 wRC+ on the season. The defense is still the biggest concern for Allen, but if he can hit like this consistently, the Padres will have to find playing time at the next level for him someday.

Logan Allen– LHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
While Austin Allen continues to be a measure of consistency at the plate, Logan Allen continues to be a measure of consistency on the mound. After starting the year with a 2.13 ERA through 13 starts with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Allen has a 3.72 ERA through his first six starts with the Lake Elsinore Storm. While his walks have stayed around the same level, Allen has seen a dip in his strikeouts since joining High-A. He hasn’t been as overpowering as he was in Low-A, but that’s to be expected.

Fernando Tatis Jr.- SS, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
The TinCaps had a pretty rough night at the plate against the West Michigan WhiteCaps so it’s hard to find a silver lining in their performance. However, Fernando Tatis had another interesting night at the plate, as he struck out twice and walked twice. Tatis has steadily increased his walk rate while decreasing his strikeout rate in every month of the season so far, which shows a much more refined approach for the 18-year-old. Tatis has seemingly gotten better with every game, as he is rocking a 187 wRC+ over the last 30 days. There is still room for refinement in his offensive approach, but it seems like he is just scratching the surface of his offensive potential.

Reggie Lawson– RHP, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
It hasn’t been a solid string of starts for 20-year-old right-hander Reggie Lawson. Despite looking like he was finally putting it together in the beginning and middle of July, Lawson has struggled mightily over his last two starts. Last start, four walks did Lawson in his four innings of work. This time, walks weren’t the most obvious problem, as Lawson gave up hits in bunches in his second inning of work, an inning he failed to get out of. There is still a lot of mechanical and pitching adjustments for Lawson to make, but the starter potential is still there, tantalizing fleeting as it may be.

Jeisson Rosario- CF, Rookie League, AZL Padres
2-4, 2 1B
Speaking of players who are hitting more consistently, 18-year-old international signee Jeisson Rosario has shown a much better approach in recent weeks. Rosario has a great feel for hitting as well as all sorts of athleticism, although he has yet to put together the whole package. Rosario is probably going to be a player who takes a long time to develop, but all the intangibles are there. His lack of power has been a concern to this point, but given he’s so young he has plenty of time to develop that later on.

Luis Patino– RHP, Rookie League, AZL Padres
5 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Olivier Basabe- LF, Rookie League, AZL Padres 2
1-2, 2 RBI
Drafted in the eighth round of this year’s MLB Draft by the Padres, Basabe has bounced around the diamond a bit in the AZL League. Not only has he played shortstop and second base, but he has also gotten five starts in left field so far. He hasn’t been particularly productive at the plate, but he has shown some flashes. Basabe is a smaller guy who is more contact over power, which is evidenced by his two extra base hits over his first 60 plus at bats.

Danny Tovar– CF, DSL Padres
6-7, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
I don’t know much of anything on Danny Tovar, but that’s a hell of a stat line.

Aaron Lezama– LHP, DSL Padres
2.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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Patrick Brewer
Editorial and Prospect Writer for East Village Times. Twenty-five years young, Patrick has lived in San Diego for his entire life and has been a Padres fan nearly as long. Patrick lives for baseball and is always looking to learn new things about the game he loves through advanced stats.

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