Torres, Van Gansen prospering in Padres' system

Torres leads Single-A Lake Elsinore to 7-6 win

Torres, Van Gansen prospering in Padres' system

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Two of the Padres' hottest young prospects, outfielder Nick Torres and shortstop Peter Van Gansen, were drafted by the Padres out of the same college: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Van Gansen, 21, the Padres 12th-round pick in June, is hitting .313 for Tri-City, and Tuesday night he hit a walk-off single to give the Northwest League a win over the Pioneer League in the short-season Single-A All-Star game.

Torres, 22, the Padres fourth-round pick in 2014, is hitting .329 with a .370 on-base percentage this season between low Single-A Fort Wayne and high Single-A Lake Elsinore this season with 39 doubles, three triples, three homers, 57 RBIs and 56 runs scored. Nick Torres was 2-for-5 with two RBIs Tuesday night as high Single-A Lake Elsinore won 7-6 at Inland Empire to snap a seven-game losing streak. The two hits raised Torres' batting average with the Storm to .337.

Shortstop Felipe Blanco (.250) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Left fielder Nick Schulz (.241) was 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

Right-handed starter Matthew Shepherd (3-7, 5.75 ERA) allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings to get the win.

Right-hander Genison Reyes (4.02 ERA) struck out three in two perfect innings. Right-hander Bryan Verbitsky (3.71) walked one with three strikeouts in two otherwise perfect innings to get his first save at high Single-A.

AROUND THE FARM

TRIPLE-A EL PASO (57-54): ALBUQUERQUE 6, Chihuahuas 4 -- 1B Jason Hagerty (.358) was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. 3B Jason Middlebrooks (.333) was 2-for-5 with a run scored. 2B Casey McElroy (.279) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Starting LHP Robbie Erlin (6.14 ERA) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. RHP Aaron Northcraft (6.68) allowed two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. LHP Chris Rearick allowed two hits and two walks with a strikeout in two scoreless innings. RHP Jerry Sullivan (5-2, 3.64) allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit with a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. RHP Leonel Campos, who rejoined the Chihuahuas earlier in the day after being optioned from the Padres, allowed two hits in one-third of an inning.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (47-63): Corpus Christi 6, MISSIONS 4 (11 innings) -- Starting RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4.48) allowed one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings. LHP Eury De La Rosa (2.08) blew the save, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning. RHP Tayron Guerrero (2.76) allowed a hit with a strikeout in two scoreless innings. RHP Cody Hebner (0-1, 2.25) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss. LF Tyson Gillies (.259) was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. CF Alberth Martinez (.275) hit his sixth homer with two runs scored in five at-bats. 2B Taylor Lindsey (.195) was 2-for-4.

LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (55-52): BURLINGTON 5, TinCaps 0 -- Starting LHP Travis Radke (1-1, 3.94 ERA) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings as Fort Wayne's seven-game road winning streak ended. RHP Nick Monroe (2.25) allowed a walk with three strikeouts over three hitless, scoreless innings for the Midwest League East Division leaders.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A TRI-CITY (26-19): The Dust Devils were off for the Northwest League's All-Star break.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (16-20): ATHLETICS 6, Padres 3 -- LF Jhonatan Pena (.292) was 4-for-4 with his fourth homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. C Kyle Overstreet (.188) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Starting RHP Joel Linares (3-2, 3.63 ERA) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. RHP Genison Reyes (3.68) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (25-32): Blue Jays 10, PADRES 6 -- C Ricardo Rodriguez (.246) was 2-for-3 with a RBI. 2B Dayon Olmo (.269) was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. LF Jose Sotillo (.244) hit his first homer in four at-bats. SS Luis Guzman (.138) was 1-for-2 with two walks, two steals and two runs scored. Starting RHP Jordis Ramos (6.23 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. LHP Eisler Cordova (1-6, 7.61) gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. RHP Diomar Lopez (0.82) gave up a run on a hit and a walk with a strikeout in two innings.