Minor League Camp Report: March 14

San Diego Padres minor leaguers got their first game action of the spring on Thursday as the organization staged two "camp games" in preparation for inter-organization matchups against the Royals on Friday. With the Major League club preparing for a night game, General Manager Josh Byrnes and many of the senior front office people spent the morning getting first-hand looks at some of the future.

With more than 50 players still in major league camp, level assignments on the back fields typically run one classification high. So, in the matchup between the Triple-A and Double-A squads, lefty Jose De Paula took the ball for Tucson and righty Matt Wisler got the nod for San Antonio.

Wisler, who turned in a fantastic debut season as a teenager in Fort Wayne last season, got everyone's attention striking out four hitters in two innings of work. The righty's fastball sat comfortably 94-95 MPH, and popped higher several times in the first inning. He recorded three of the strikeouts with his breaking ball which was around 85 with good two-plane movement.

De Paula, ticketed for San Antonio after having to stay in the Dominican with visa problems in 2012, was spotty in his third throwing session of the spring. The 23-year-old lefty's fastball sat 90-91, but he struggled to get tight action on his curve ball.

Across the way, Joe Ross matched up against Max Fried in a showcase of two of the organization's many young, high-profile arms. Ross started off impressively, hitting the outside corner with a 97 MPH fastball to record a strikeout early, but got elevated later in his first frame. He looks to have simplified his mechanics over the offseason.

Fried unveiled a change up during the club's mini-camp earlier this month. He worked with it effectively today, as the pitch flashed plus. He was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and looked poised in his two innings.

Walker Weickel, who is likely to join Ross and Fried as part of a six-man starting rotation in Ft. Wayne to open the year, showed a nasty change as well as he followed Fried. The big righty got kudos from both Randy Smith and pitching coordinator Mike Cather for his mental game as well.

Deeper in the game, 18-year-old Dominican righty Yimmi Brasoban showed nasty a slider and cutter, leaving the guys charting behind the plate scrambling to figure out what he was throwing. After shining in the Dominican during the summer in 2012, he came stateside but was quickly shut down with tendonitis. It would not be a complete shock to see him get some action in full-season ball before the year is out.

Seen and heard Yeison Asencio drew a walk in his first plate appearance of the day. The 23-year-old only drew a free pass in four percent of his trips to the plate for the TinCaps last season.

Alan Jaeger, who gained notoriety because of his star pupil Trevor Bauer, was in camp to watch Weickel, an adherent of his long-toss philosophy.

Rodney Daal got a few plate appearances in before heading over to join the major league club for the night's contest against his native Netherlands. The catcher spent the winter training with his nation's U18 club, but was not selected for the WBC roster.

Chris Fetter, who stands 6'8" and Zach Herr, who is generously listed at 5'9" made for a fun-to-watch pair in warm-up throwing.

Lefty Juan Oramas, coming off Tommy John surgery, was in uniform and doing drills in the morning, but isn't ready to throw from a mound yet.


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