Minor League Recap July 18th

Two former first round picks take the mound for two of our clubs while another first rounder scores the GW run on a weird SB/error play.

AAA Tucson

A valiant comeback comes up short as the T-Pads leave the tying run at 2nd as they fall 6-5

John Van Benschoten made his Padres debut tonight, and outside of getting tagged for the loss it was a success. He went 5 innings allowing 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. The former top 10 pick had been playing in the independent league until he was signed by the Padres. The now 31 year old had last pitched in the majors in 2008 when he went 1-3, with a 10.48 ERA. Oddly enough Van Benschoten's name appears on every top draft pick bust lists, right behind former Padre draft pick Matt Bush.

Kyle Blanks had his first multi hit game since July 7th as he went 2-4 with a RS and 2 K. Unfortunately since his multihit game 11 days ago Blanks has gone an anemic 2-23 with 11 K. Even with the 2 hits today (equalling the number of hits he amassed in the last week), Blanks still struck out twice extending his strikeout streak to 8 games in a row. Blanks has also played RF the past 2 days.

AA San Antonio

It took 12 innings, but Andy Parrino came through with a clutch 2 out RBI, walk off single that lifted the Missions to a 7-6 win

Dan Robertson continues to do what he does best. Get on base. The late round, Padre draft pick reached base 5 times as he went 2-2, 3 BB, 2 RS, RBI, and a sac bunt. In doing so he raised his BA to a not so surprising .299. The 3 walks also increased Robertson's already stellar BB/K ratio which now sits at 44 BB to only 34 K. We keep hearing that the RF is not good enough, but he is a great guy in the clubhouse, someone who always gives 110%, and keeps on succeeding. He may not be a top prospect but its hard not to root for him.

Jaff Decker's struggles continue. The LF went 0-6 with a K. He came up in the bottom of the 10th with 2 on and 1 out only to ground into an inning ending DP. Decker is hitting only .116 in July while averaging more than a K a game. He leads the entire organization in both walks and strikeouts. On that note I am not sure whether or not this is a problem with him being too patient as he has taken over Chase Headley's title of "count full count," or if there are more mechanical problems. It seems nearly every AB runs full, but on the full count you see either a walk, K, or a weak grounder.

High A Lake Elsinore

John is covering the game as he (and I) were in Lake Elsinore.

Low A Fort Wayne

No runs were scored until the 7th inning as Keyvius Sampson matched Matt Loosen pitch for pitch. Finally in the 7th the Tin Caps broke free, but as is normally the case the pen blew the lead. Fear not though the Tin Caps would score 2 in a 10th inning that include another mammoth HR by Liriano and the Tin Caps held on 5-3

When isn't Keyvius Sampson fantastic? Oh right, June 28th when he was hit hard for 7 ER in 2+ IP. Outside of that one start Sampson would have a sparkling 2.29 ERA. Sampson went 6 innings allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks and 6 K. Sampson currently resides at 80.2 IP and seeing as how he only pitched 43 innings last year before going down with injury, it will be interesting to see how the Padres handle him over the final 6 weeks of the season.

Cory Spangenberg might still struggle at the plate in Fort Wayne but he makes things happen. Spangenberg led off the 10th by reaching on an error. He then stole 2nd and scored on the same play as the pitcher, who had him picked off, failed on the throw to 1st and allowed Spangenberg to use his wheels to score, easily, on the play. Spangenberg went 1-5, RS, SB (2). He is 2-22 with only 1 BB and 6 K in 6 G for Fort Wayne.

Short Season Eugene

The unthinkable happened. Quackenbush allowed his 1st run of the year and blew his 1st save of the year. 4 innings later Vancouver would win on a walk off, 6-5.

John Barbato did not have command tonight. Both throwing to the plate and to 1B. Barbato went 4 innings allowing 4 R (1 ER) on 5 BB with 2 K. More importantly it was Barbato's error that allowed the 3 runs to score. The 19 year old, who turned 19 a week ago, has now walked 18 batters in just 27 innings this year. Sadly this overshadows the fact that batters are hitting just .216 off of him.

Rookie League Padres

Padre v. Brewer game was PPD for whatever reason.

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