July Pitchers of the Month

Tucson LHP/SP Wade LeBlanc 3-0 2.70 LeBlanc was the pitcher of the month in June and he continues to pitch well while getting the occasional start in San Diego.

With the exception of one bad night in Las Vegas, remember Tucson is one of the "pitcher's parks" compared to some of the others in the Pacific Division of the PCL, three of his starts were shutouts. He had a 23/7 K/BB ratio and only gave up 21 hits in 30 innings pitched as he held PCL batters to a .204 batting average.

Prospect Watch: Closer/RHP Evan Scribner 1-1 3.86 had 10 strikeouts in 9.1 IP against 6 walks and 7 hits. LHP/RP Joe Thatcher pitched well on his way back to the big leagues only giving up 3 hits and one run in 5.2 IP with 7 strikeouts.

Disappointments: The T-Padres had an ERA of 5.67 and after LeBlanc John Van Benschoten had the next best ERA of any starter coming in at 4.67. In all fairness to the Tucson pitchers it is very hard to evaluate anyone's performance, especially someone that depends on the ball to sink, in the conditions that they play in.

San Antonio RHP/RP Nick Vincent 1-0 1.20 ERA

All season long Vincent has been one of the best stories in the Padres system as the Ramona High School product put up strong numbers again this month. In 15 IP he only gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. He had a 16/5 K/BB ratio and Texas League batters hit only .120 against him.

Prospect Watch: LHP Musgrave bounced between starting and relief throwing shutouts in four of his seven outings. Musgrave probably has more of a future in the pen than as a starter and is the ideal candidate for long relief. He had twenty strikeouts in 28.1 innings against only eight walks. RHP/SP Casey Kelly was 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA walking only 7 batters in 5 starts. He can be a little hittable at times, giving up 32 hits in 27 IP but much of it is not hard contact simply because his sinker just moves too much too get good wood of it. RHP/RP Erik Hamren was 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in twelve appearances with 19 K's in 19 IP against only three walks.

Disappointments: Although RHP/SP Simon Castro had a very good K/BB ratio of 35/5 he simply caught too much of the plate giving up 47 hits in 32 IP and allowing 26 earned runs in six starts for a 7.31 ERA.

Lake Elsinore RHP/RP Jason Ray 3-2 0.53 ERA

With Miles Mikolas gone Ray became the Storm's closer and was successful in five of six save opportunities this month. In seventeen innings he gave up only one earned run, a home run, to go with a 22/4 K/BB ratio against ten hits.

Prospect Watch: RHP McBryde after some back injuries has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher and his power two-seamer/slider is a strong as ever with a 23/5 K/BB ratio in 18.1 IP. Cal League batters only managed a paltry .206 batting average against him. LHP/SP Nick Schmidt, the Padres' number one pick in 2007, had one of his better months in a long time with a 2-2 record and 2.73 ERA. Schmidt had 23 strikeouts in 26.1 IP and only gave up 8 earned runs in five starts. Jeff Ibarra, a 6'6" 180 lbs. sidearming lefty, had a 2-0 record with a 3.77 ERA in relief. In 14.1 IP he had a 13/3 K/BB ratio.

Disappointments: RHP/SP Jerry Sullivan struggled with a 6.35 ERA in six starts as Cal League batters hit .345 against him.

Fort Wayne RHP/SP Keyvius Sampson 1-0 1.07 ERA

Sampson's record in July is the best indicator that the "win" stat is much more a function of a team's than an individual's performance. In 25.1 IP Sampson struck out 31 batters against only 11 walks and 14 hits. In five starts he gave up three earned runs as Midwest League hitters hit .156 against him but the TinCaps were still only able to win in one of his five starts.

Prospect Watch: LHP/SP Mark Hardy was 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA with a 15/7 K/BB ratio giving up 18 hits in 24.2 IP. RHP Chris Franklin only gave up two earned runs in 19.1 relief innings for a 0.93 ERA and a 2-0 record. RHP/RP Big Adam Dominick (6'5", 235 lbs.) was 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He had 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings against five walks.

Disappointments: Veteran RHP/RP Deiber Sanchez struggled with an 8.03 ERA in 12.1 IP.

Eugene RHP/RP Kevin Quakenbush 1-0 0.66 ERA

The Padres believed of all the pitchers they selected in this year's draft Quakenbush had the best chance to move up quickly and so far, so good. In 13.1 IP he struck out 22 against only 6 walks and 8 hits as he gave up a single run. Prospect Watch: LHP Jeremy Gigliotti was 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA striking out 24 against 7 walks in 17.1 IP. Gigliotti was a 19th round pick in this year's draft out of East Stroudsburg State in Pennsylvania where he ended his career as the leader in strikeouts. RHP John Barbato only gave up 12 earned runs in six starts to go along with a 22/11 K/BB ratio for a 1-1 record and 4.28 ERA. Another very tall Padres pitcher (6'5"), RHP Colin Rea's 1-2 record may not seem very impressive but his 0.86 ERA is. Read only gave up two earned runs in six starts with a 15/7 K/BB ratio. RHP Greg Gonzalez of Fresno State is being limited to relief after a heavy workload during the college season put up solid numbers for the Ems by only giving up one run in 11 innings for a 0.82 ERA.

Disappointments: RHP/SP Juan Herrera was 1-2 for 3.97 ERA but the bad numbers were walking 20 batters in 22.2 IP.

Arizona League RHP/RP Daniel Crooper 2-1 1.42 ERA

Undrafted free agent Daniel Crooper put up the best numbers for the t-ball Padres this month striking out 21 against three walks in 19 IP. In the lovely mid-day summer heat of Peoria, Arizona he held the opposition to a .213 batting average.

Prospect Watch: Panamanian RHP Jean Corpas was 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA as he only gave up three earned runs in 15.2 relief innings pitched. LHP/RP Robert Eisenbach was 1-1 with a 1.10 ERA and a 14/4 K/BB ratio.

Disappointments: Guatemalan RHP/SP Marlon Claveria was 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA as the opposition hit .360 against him.

July Pitcher of the Month: Keyvius Sampson


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