Prospect Watch 25 home runs now for Cody Decker. That alone should deserve a callup on Monday.,, Jace Peterson played almost solely shortstop from the time he was drafted until his first promotion earlier this season. Since then he has played mainly second and third, with very little time at short and now comes the news they will try him in the outfield. Are the Padres trying to make him a super utility player? Why do they believe he can't stay at short after telling us for years that he could?
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Prospect Watch Another one run loss, so another off-season question. Dick Enberg continually discusses the arrival of Austin Hedges as “sooner rather than later.” However, he is just hitting .228 in AA (1-4 today with 3 Ks). His OPS is a stellar .598. Yes, he is rated as the top defensive catcher in the minors, and yes, he is only 22. But after hitting .270 last year in Lake Elsinore and a .253/.313/.385 career line, the Padres had to have hoped for better numbers. Since the All Star break Hedges is hitting just .204/.238/.245 with only five extra-base hits in 51 games. Despite the defensive talent it is hard to think that Hedges will be wearing a Padre uniform for most of the 2015 season.
Storm 0 – San Jose Giants 13
Key Statistics: RHP Rafael De Paula 5 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; C Dane Philips 1-2, BB.
Prospect Watch Only two hits, both singles for the Storm. The Padres really like De Paula whom they got back in the Chase Headley trade. While he does show above average stuff especially his fastball that tops out “around” 100 (depending on your sources), he is having a very tough time in the Cal League. In 17 starts with Tampa (High A in the FSL) he allowed just five home runs. In six starts with the Padres he has allowed seven!
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 2– West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Prospect Watch The beauty of minor league baseball does not lie in the first round picks that play like you had hoped. Rather it lies in the late round picks who at least for a few months can look like a diamond in the rough. In this case it belongs to 24th round selection Colby Blueberg. After going 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA in Eugene (32.2 IP, 37 K) he was promoted to Fort Wayne to help in their “playoff chase” (yes despite being 16 games under .500 are just one game back of the wild card with five games left). With the game tied tonight he through a great 1.2 innings allowing no hits while striking out two. The former University of Nevada star is sure making his case for a bigger role next year.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Ems 3 – Vancouver Canadians 14
Key Statistics: 1B Marcus Davis 1-4, RBI; DH Miguel Del Castillo 1-3, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch With only a few games left it doesn’t look like we will be seeing SS/DH Franchy Cordero the rest of the season. OF Edwin Moreno was a player the Padres really liked coming out of the Dominican facility. However, since 2012 where he hit .298/.319/.461 with AZL, he hasn’t found the same success. Last year he hit just .182/.203/.250 in Eugene, this year he has had slightly better results hitting .250/.273/.357 but still not enough, unfortunately, to justify the hype
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
AZL Padres 6 – AZL D-backs 0
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.