As of now most Padres' fans are aware that Grandal may be one of San Diego's better prospects in a long time. The switch-hitting catcher out of the University of Miami who came over in the Mat Latos trade had a big month in what should be his last trip through the minors.
Grandal has power but the most impressive part of his game is his ability to put the ball in play. This month he had 27 hits in 22 games with a very good 16/8 K/BB ratio. He's a little more consistent from the left side (.357) than the right (.275) but there isn't a whole lot to pick on.
|Grandal hit .335 in Tucson for the season.|
Prospect Watch: Next man up to the big club is going to be 2B/3B Jedd Gyorko who had another solid month at .368/.424/.605 with 17 extra-base hits in 27 games. Although Tucson is a great place to hit Gyorko is actually hitting better on the road than he is at home. Like Grandal, Gyorko is a disciplined hitter with an 11/20 BB/K ratio that excels at making hard contact to all fields.
1B Matt Clark continues to show everyone that somewhere someone needs to give him an opportunity to play in the majors after hitting .333/.405/.500. The left-handed hitting LSU graduate had 32 hits in 26 games but right now it's tough to see where he is going to fit in for San Diego with Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso.
OF Dan Robertson has seen time at all three outfield positions and continues to do what he does best, play all facets of the game and find a way to help his team win with a .306/.367/.417 line. He stole 9 bases in 11 attempts and scored 13 runs in the 18 games he played.
Disappointments: 1B/OF Cody Decker was having a tough time in the PCL before being sent back to San Antonio with a .176/.244/.311 line in 23 games.
San Antonio Utility Dean Anna .295/.397/.411
With the return of 2B Jonathan Galvez off of the disabled list Dean Anna was going to have to find some place new everyday to play in the line-up and not let it affect his offense; so far, no problem. Anna rapped out 28 hits and drew 17 walks in the 26 games he appeared in which was a big reason why he led the team with 18 runs scored and the Texas League in on-base percentage. Defensively he saw time at second, short, third, DH and left field with only a single error.
Prospect Watch: OF Jake Blackwood was a big part of the Missions' turnaround this month hitting .290/.318/.450 with 9 extra-base hits. With catcher Jason Hagerty on the disabled list Ali Solis made the most of his opportunity with a team leading 12 extra-base hits and a .309/.323/.389 line. Nate Freiman's overall numbers are down, .266/.351/.383, but he still had a team leading 21 RBIs in 26 games.
|Anna has been a big surprise for the Padres this year.|
The Missions' Dominican connection of Edison Rincon, .316/.353/.389, and Jonathan Galvez,.333/.397/.533, both hit well with Galvez particularly showing some pop. The bad news is Rincon is still struggling with the leather with 8 errors in 19 games at third base.
Disappointments: CF Reymond Fuentes continues to have problems against Texas League pitching hitting .198/.284/.292.
Lake Elsinore DH/1B Tommy Medica .400/.471/.667
While Tommy Medica still hasn't been able to get behind the plate yet, this season his bat is showing that it needs to find a place to be in the line-up every day. Medica simply crushed Cal League pitching with 19 extra-base hits in 26 games with a team leading 29 RBIs. The Santa Clara grad has been particularly tough on left-handed pitching hitting .526/.571/.1,079.
Prospect Watch: The Storm hit .306/.368/.452 as a team this month so there are lots of honors to go around. SS Chris Bisson hit .330/.394/.364 with 13 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Utility man Justin Miller has shown that regardless of where you put him in the field his bat is playing everywhere with a .387/.459/.604 line. Casey McElroy, who like Miller is another player that plays all over the infield, bats left-handed and doesn't quite clear 5'9", had a huge month after being called up from Fort Wayne with a .513/.587/.846 line in 10 games.
|Noel has 58 stolen bases on the season.|
Rico Noel hit .283 and stole 17 bases in 22 attempts to give him 58 for the season.
Rymer Liriano showed why he was ready to depart from Lake Elsinore with .348/.396/.543 line. Liriano is a truly talented player and one of the best raw tools prospects that organization has ever had. The key for Rymer's development will be how well he lays off the off-speed and breaking balls in the Texas League where if the past is prologue he has a tendency to press when he goes into a new situation.
Disappointments: OF Everett Williams had another tough month hitting .177/.214/.253 in the very hitter friendly Cal League.
Fort Wayne OF Yeison Asencio .297/.318/.515
Maybe he's not the age he says he was or even using the right name but Yeison Asencio (the hitter formerly known as Yoan Alcantara) can hit and hit with power. Ten of his thirty hits were for extra-bases and six went over the fence. If he can become a little more selective, four walks in 105 plate appearances, he could have a chance. He's only 22 – and yes, that is his real age – and certainly has the talent.
Prospect Watch: Travis Whitmore is another one of the seemingly endless supply of left-handed hitting infielders that can play all over the field and hit. This month the former Pitt grad hit .296/.367/.437. In ten games with the TinCaps OF Mike Gallic hit .385/.467/.423. The Marist College grad who was picked in the 18th round in the 2011 draft is a physical specimen at 6'3" 210 lbs. and if he can put something together could be someone to watch.
|Will the move to the west coast help Tate?|
Disappointments: Before deciding that a change of scenery might be best for him, Donavan Tate was hitting .172/.293/.266 for Fort Wayne.
We will have full rundowns of Eugene and the Padres' Arizona League affiliate when they play a full month.
Player of the Month: Yasmani Grandal