MadFriars' Pitchers of the Month: June

With many of the big name prospects on the disabled list several of the more unheralded pitchers have stepped up. Keep an eye on Burch Smith of Lake Elsinore and Matt Wisler of Fort Wayne both of whom should make top prospect lists in 2013.

Tucson RHP/Relief Pitcher Erik Hamren 0-0 1.69 ERA

When the team has a collective ERA of 5.96 it's not a fun assignment to pick who was the best. Hamren struck out 14 batters in 10.2 innings against three walks. Hamren, who spent a good amount of 2011 with the Padres, pitched well but still the opposition hit .293 against him in eleven relief appearances.

Prospect Watch: With a starting rotation of Bear Bay, Colt Hynes, Matt Palmer, Kip Wells and Jorge Reyes this isn't exactly the prospect laden starting rotation that many Padres' fans had expected from an organization that was ranked among the best going into the season.

Reyes, a 17th round draft pick out of Oregon State in 2009, does have some upside. The right-hander had the best ERA of any starter with the T-Padres at 4.30 with a 19/8 K/BB ratio but the opposition still hit .311 against him, which also was the best of any starter in Tucson.

RHP/RP Miles Mikolas pitched well this month with a 2.70 ERA and a 12/5 K/BB ratio only giving up three earned runs in Pacific Coast League funhouse parks.

Disappointments: In four starts for the T-Padres LHP Colt Hynes had a 10.73 ERA giving up 51 hits in 24.1 innings pitched.

San Antonio LHP Andrew Werner 1-2 2.57 ERA

Werner, 25, threw for two seasons in the Independent Leagues before finally being given a shot with a major league affiliate. The lefty is not going to light up any speed guns but he keeps the ball down and can force a lot of bad contact.

In five starts he gave up 8 earned runs with a 20/3 K/BB ratio. He's going to get hit as his 30/28 hits to innings pitched ratio indicate but none of them flew out of the park. Werner is a classic case of how a pitcher's secondary statistics are much more indicative of the type of season that he's had than his won-loss record.

Sampson struggled in June

Prospect Watch: RHP/RP Nick Vincent got back on track in San Antonio with a 1.86 ERA and a 15/1 K/BB ratio which is one of the reasons he was sent up to the big leagues. RHP/SP Hayden Beard threw well with a 2.48 ERA despite not having a great 20/15 K/BB ratio but he still was able to hold Texas League batters to a .221 batting average. RHP/RP Josh Geer, yes that is a blast from the past, went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA striking out 19 against only 5 walks. Big Jeremy McBryde was three for three in save opportunities with a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched as he struck out 17 while walking only one.

Sidebar: In three starts with the Missions before going back to San Diego Andrew Cashner was 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 22/3 K/BB ratio as most Texas Leaguers were not that familiar with a pitcher that threw in the triple digits.

Disappointments: RHP/RP Keyvius Sampson had a 7.06 ERA and a1-3 record but most of his problems came down to one problem; fastball command. Keyvius walked 17 batters in 21.2 innings against 24 strikeouts. The opposition still only hit .207 against him and with his new mechanics starting to take hold he has seen improvement in his past few starts.

Lake Elsinore RHP Burch Smith 3-1 2.51 ERA

Drafted in the 14th round out of the University of Oklahoma in the 2011 draft and signed for an above slot bonus, the Padres have always believed that Smith has the talent to be a quality major league starter.

This month Smith had a 32/4 K/BB ratio in five starts as the Cal League hit .192 against him.

Smith struck out 32 batters in 28.2 IP.

Prospect Watch: RHP Matt Andriese was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a 26.6 K/BB ratio in five starts. Andriese was considered one of the more polished pitchers the organization took in the 2011 draft and the former UC-Riverside star is able to command three pitches for strikes.

RHP Donn Roach, who came over in the Ernesto Frieri trade, continued to perform well for the Storm with a 1.53 ERA in three starts before being promoted to San Antonio. Out of the bullpen RHP Ryan Quigley had the type of month that gets everyone's attention with a 20/1 K/BB ratio in 17.2 innings. Closer RHP Kevin Quackenbush didn't allow a run in eight appearances even though his K/BB ratio wasn't that great at 11/6.

Disappointments: RHP Matt Jackson had a tough month with a 5.53 ERA in five starts as he gave up a team high 35 hits in 27.2 innings.

Fort Wayne RHP Matt Wisler 1-1 2.25 ERA

While RHP Joe Ross got most of the publicity in the off-season and during spring Matt Wisler has quietly been the best young pitcher in Fort Wayne this season.

This month he struck out over a batter an inning with 24 punchouts in 20.0 innings pitched against only 3 walks. In four starts he gave up five earned runs and no home runs.

Wisler has what the organization looks for in a young pitcher the ability to command a solid fastball and keep the ball in the yard.

Portillo is still rolling in Fort Wayne.

Prospect Watch: RHP Adys Portillo wasn't quite as good as he's been in other months but still is much better than he was last year. Portillo went 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA striking out 21 against 10 walks. RHP Colin Rea is another important cog in what is easily the best rotation in the Padres' system with a 2-1 record and 2.88 ERA. Big James Needy, the former Santee High School star, finally appears to be settled down in one spot and pitched very well out of the bullpen with a 0.98 ERA in 18.1 innings pitched.

Disappointments: The staff had an overall ERA of 3.28 so its hard to pick anyone that was disappointing.

We will have full rundowns of Eugene and the Padres' Arizona League affiliate when they play a full month.

Pitcher of the Month: Burch Smith

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