Quantrill, Northcraft, Lockett pace pitchers

Brandon Morrow joins Triple-A El Paso

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

Top June draft pick Cal Quantrill made his third professional start Thursday night and right-handers Aaron Northcraft (Double-A) and Walker Lockett (Class A Advanced) each allowed one earned run on four hits over seven innings in the Padres' system Thursday night.

Quantrill, the eighth overall pick of the 2016 Draft, allowed a run on three hits with four strikeouts in three innings for the Arizona Rookie Padres.

Northcraft allowed one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in San Antonio's 3-1 win over Midland. He improved to 2-2 while lowering his ERA to 2.88.

Lockett (4-3, 2.98 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in his seven-inning outing in Lake Elsinore's 8-2 win over Visalia.

There were a number of moves Thursday, including the re-activation of outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe and second baseman to the Triple-A El Paso roster. Also, right-handed starter Brandon Morrow was activated from the Chihuahua's seven-day disabled list.

Right-handed starter Michael Kelly was moved from El Paso to San Antonio and right-hander T.J. Weir was placed on the Missions' seven-day disabled list with a forearm strain. Infielder Chase Jensen was activated from San Antonio's disabled list and infielder Felipe Blanco was moved from San Antonio to Lake Elsinore.

AROUND THE FARM:

TRIPLE-A EL PASO (53-38): Nashville 13, CHIHUAHUAS 3 -- Asuaje (.326) was 2-for-3 with a run scored. SS Nick Noonan (.315) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. 3B Diego Goris (.310) was 2-for-4. Starting RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-3, 4.63 ERA) allowed five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in four innings. RHP Eric Yardley (4.33 ERA) allowed six runs on five hits and a walk in an inning. LHP Keith Hessler (3.75 ERA) had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. RHP Derek Eitel (2.96 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in two innings.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (9-11, 31-59): MISSIONS 3, Midland 1 -- LHP Kyle McGrath (1.20 ERA) followed Northcraft and allowed two hits with a strikeout in a scoreless inning. RHP Jason Jester (2.45 ERA) allowed a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth to get his 12th save. CF Franchy Cordero (.339) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to see his 13-game hitting streak end. 2B Nelson Ward (.233) had a double in four at-bats with his 24th steal, a walk and an RBI.

CLASS A ADVANCED LAKE ELSINORE (21-9, 44-47): STORM 8, Visalia 2 -- 1B Trae Santos (.220) was 2-for-3 with his sixth homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. 2B Luis Urias (.327) was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. 3B Ty France (.316) was 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. RF Franmil Reyes (.244) was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. CF Michael Gettys (.318) had a double in three at-bats with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. RHP Trey Wingenter (3.44 ERA) allowed a walk with a strikeout in an otherwise perfect inning. LHP Brandon Alger (5.51 ERA) allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.

CLASS A FORT WAYNE (9-12, 45-46): Quad Cities 4, TIN CAPS 2 -- SS Ruddy Giron (.204) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. 1B Brad Zunica (.260) had a double in four at-bats with an RBI and a run scored. C Austin Allen (.306) was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Starting LHP Thomas Dorminy (2-3. 3.36 ERA) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP J.C. Cosme (3.03 ERA) gave up no runs on four hits with three strikeouts over two innings. LHP Jose Castillo (3.00 ERA) gave up a run on two hits with three strikeouts in two innings.

CLASS A SHORT SEASON TRI-CITY (15-12): Eugene 4, DUST DEVILS 2 -- 1B G.K. Young (.571) was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Starting RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (3-1, 2.48 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings. RHP Dalton Erb (2.08 ERA) gave up an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings. RHP Will Stillman (0.93 ERA) allowed a walk in an otherwise perfect inning.

ARIZONA ROOKIE PADRES (10-9): Mariners 4, PADRES 1 -- 2B Denzell Gowdy (.214) had an RBI double in three at-bats. RHP Adrian De Horta (0.00 ERA) followed Quantrill and allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in two innings. RHP Andres Munoz (6.48 ERA) walked two with two strikeouts in two hitless/scoreless innings. RHP Grant Zawadzki (3.48 ERA) issued a walk in an otherwise perfect inning. LHP Ben Scheckler (0-1, 3.60 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits with a strikeout in an inning to take the loss.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE PADRES (13-21): PADRES 13, Reds 3 -- CF Edward Burgos (.397) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. RF Jaffe Garcia (.278) had a double and triple in three at-bats with two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored. 2B Kelvin Alarcon (.256) was 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. C Juan Fernandez (.400) was 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. 3B Elvis Sabala (.207) was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. LF Carlos Taveras (.260) was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Starting LHP Jose Cabrera (2.86 ERA) allowed a run on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. RHP Jose Hernandez (3-0, 4.24 ERA) allowed two unearned runs on a hit and three walks with a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. RHP Oliber Guzman (3.52 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.