DSL Padres Pitcher of the Year

Summary: This year's team featured a lot of raw arms that are still working their way through command issues but present a significant amount of upside, including a potential blue-chipper.

Overview: We used a simple formula for the awards, whichever team the player appeared at the most determined their eligibility. For the top prospect we took into account of not what the players did this year, but their age and ability to improve.

Level: The Dominican Summer League is where many Latin American players get their first taste of professional baseball. Games are played during the day and this year featured realignment within the divisions, adding a bigger rotation of teams.

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Pitcher of the Year:
Jean Corpas
4-4, 2.98 ERA, one save
Right-handed starter

The right-hander has an advanced feel for the game and keeps the ball around the zone. By locating his low-90s fastball and secondary pitches, he forces young Dominican hitters to put the ball in play. The results were evident. Minus one outing, he allowed 15 earned in 54.1 innings for a 2.48 ERA. He is a lock to come to the states next year. He was the only pitcher on the team to toss a complete game shutout.

Tayron Guerrero
3-2, 3.42 ERA, one save
Right-handed starter

Incredibly tough on left-handed hitters, Guerrero had a stretch of poor outings that affected his overall numbers. Near the end of the year, no one was better. He walked too many, especially early in the inning. That is when his demeanor changed and Guerrero became stingy, holding opponents to a .172 average with runners in scoring position.

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Pitcher of the Year:
Jean Corpas

Corpas has outstanding control as evidenced by his 41-to-15 K-to-BB ratio. He catches a little too much of the plate at times with 60 hits in 60.1 innings pitched, but as Denis noted above, 11 of his 60 hits allowed came in one outing.

Uber Paz
2-1, 3.12 ERA
Right-handed starter

The 6-foot-4 Nicaraguan led the team in innings pitched and struck out 52 against 24 walks in 60.2 innings pitched. Paz, 19, allowed fewer hits than innings pitched and allowed just fewer than three runs a start as he held DSL batters to a .237 batting average. Most interesting statistic, with runners on, DSL batters could only manage a .177 batting average against him. Second most interesting: he did not allow a first inning run all season in nine starts.

Others of Note: Vladimir De La Cruz came into his own during the latter half of the year, posting killer numbers against right-handers. He did, however, walk far too many. Bryan Rodriguez had only two bad outings that skewed his numbers and was the most consistent pitcher on the team. Marlon Claveria came back from a terrible start to post solid numbers. The key was finding the strike zone on a more consistent basis.

Manager's Comments: "For me, he is the best ceiling wise. At 6-foot-7, he came to us throwing 86-87 (mph) and by the end of the season was throwing 95." – Evaristo Lantigua on Tayron Guerrero.

Top Prospect: Tayron Guerrero.

The Padres believe they fixed a mechanical issue with Guerrero to allow for improved location of his pitches. He already throws in the low-90s with more room for projection. The right-hander also has a growing confidence in his secondary pitches and should jump to the states next year.

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