Prospect Watch You would think that the player who not only leads the organization in home runs but has also shown the ability to play pretty much anywhere, would at least be in the discussion for a September call-up? Well, the Anti-Hero would agree with that assessment.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Prospect Watch Two of the biggest prospect questions the Padres will face this offseason is what to do with James Needy and Adys Portillo. Both of them have tremendous stuff and are Rule V eligible. Needy leads the Missions in nearly every stat including wins (10), ERA (2.90), innings (145) and strikeouts (113). Portillo still shows that he has the raw ability to make him a potentially deadly pitcher. He has 65 strikeouts in just 54 innings, batters are hitting just .226 off of him, and he has a career best 2.67 ERA. However he has still walked 38 batters which is incredibly high for a pitcher. He could easily be the next Joakim Soria, or just as easily walk an entire team and never see the majors again. Will the Padres protect either of them?
Storm 1 – San Jose Giants 4
Prospect Watch Mallex Smith set out a goal at the beginning of the year to steal 100 bases. While it doesn’t look like he will reach his goal, he has gotten closer than most thought possible, especially after missing most of a month with an injury. It is really hard to complain when your leadoff hitter steals 88 bases, hits over .320, and has a .900 OPS. The only down side for Smith is that he has struck out 100 times on the year which is quite a bit for a leadoff hitter.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 12– Bowling Green Hot Rods 3
Prospect Watch With a week left in the season, the TinCaps are playing for pride, as well as some personal goals. Fernando Perez collected two more RBI when he hit his 17th HR of the season. Those two RBI bring him up to 91 on the season, three ahead of fellow TinCap Dustin Peterson for the organizational lead. While Trea Turner does not qualify for the full season batting crown he would be leading the league with his .385 batting average. Despite “only” having an .877 OPS in August, he is still boasting a 1.009 OPS on the season in Fort Wayne.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Ems 1 – Vancouver Canadians 3
Prospect Watch Since Marcus Davis got back off the dialed list he is 5-25 with 3 doubles. However, over his last four games that number drops to 1-16. At least in that span he has only struck out twice, also showing that power hitters can also be contact hitters. Davis has struck out just 42 times in 200 at bats.
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
AZL Padres 4 – AZL White Sox 6
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.