Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 9

Several top 20 Padres prospects shined on Sunday.

Chihuahuas 7 - Las Vegas 51s 2

Key Statistics: 1B Jamie Romak 2-for-3, 2B, HR (3), BB,SB; 3B Cory Spangenberg 1-for-4, HR (1), 2R; RHP Dinelson Lamet 5.1IP, 5H, 0R, 6K, 1B, WP

Prospect Watch: Two years ago this month, Dinelson Lamet was a 22-year-old with no U.S. experience and  the Padres were trying to figure out what their wildcard might turn out to be. Now, Lamet is on the cusp of being ready for the big leagues, capable of throwing in the mid-90s and showing emerging feel and command for his change-up. The big Dominican righty got 2017 underway in impressive fashion, holding a potent 51s lineup scoreless over five and a third. In addition to the six strikeouts, he got nine groundball outs (one was a double play). After struggling with command sometimes last year, Lamet issued only one walk and threw 57 of his 85 pitches for Strikes on Sunday. ...  Cory Spangenberg hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning, the first of three runs the Chihuahuas scored in the frame to put the game out of reach. After failing to make the big league roster, Spangenberg is off to a strong start in the early going, playing every inning for El Paso at third base. ... With his third homer in four games, Jamie Romak now has 76 career PCL homes in parts of five seasons.

Arkansas Travelers 8 - Missions 2

Key Statistics: 2B Noah Perio 1-for-4, HR (1); CF Alberth Martinez 2-for-3; RHP Brett Kennedy 4IP, 6H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions opened the game with a pair of runs before they'd recorded an out, but never plated another on the day. Only Alberth Martinez, who missed almost all of last year, recorded multiple hits on the day. The right-handed hitting center fielder had a pair of singles in the number nine slot in the lineup. Now 26 years old, Martinez once seemed to be a potential up-and-down guy as a strong defending fourth outfielder is now trying to reassert himself after re-signing with the Padres on a minor league contract this winter. ... Fernando Perez, who has yet to play in 120 games in any season since the Padres drafted him out of junior college in the third round of the 2012 draft, had a triple on the day. The left-handed hitter, who has gotten the nod at first base in each of the Missions' first four games despite only 16 professional starts at the position coming into the year, seems to be settling into his role. ... With Jose Rondon out of the lineup after he left last night's game with an injury, Luis Urias was back at shortstop again. Noah Perio, whose two-run homer constituted the Missions offense for the day, stepped in at second base. Rondon has been placed on the disabled list, with Felipe Blanco joining the club to provide infield depth. ... Brett Kennedy labored a bit in his first start of the year. The Fordham product, who we discussed as a key contributor with Sam Geaney heading into the season, only allowed a pair of runs over four innings, and he did record six strikeouts. However, he needed 79 pitches to get through the short assignment and he had to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.

Modesto Nuts  6 - Storm 2

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-for-4, 3B, R, RBI; RHP J.C. Cosme 4IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: While the Padres have a ton of interesting infielders in the mix throughout the system, the list of outfielders currently playing in the system is much shorter. That makes Michael Gettys's fast start all the more important to the organization. The 21-year-old former second-rounder has hit in each of the Storm's first four games showing an impressive combination of speed and power, while continuing to play top-notch defense in center. Gettys had three hits, including a triple, on Sunday. After three strikeouts looking in the opener, he's reduced his K total by one in each subsequent game. It's obviously early, and he can't keep striking out in thirty percent of his trips to the plate, but with Manuel Margot and Franchy Cordero each having jumped a level to open the year, there is certainly nothing keeping Gettys from moving up quickly if he performs this spring. ... After talking up his performance all spring, the Padres were hoping Javier Guerra would get off to a strong start and give himself something to build on quickly. While he's looked more comfortable in the field, the 21-year-old has only two singles through his first 17 at-bats at the Diamond, and he's struck out five times. In a lost season last year, he especially struggled on the road. ... Jean Cosme took the loss even though he only gave up one run over four frames. After only going more than five innings four times in his full-season debut last year, the wiry righty will look to build up his workload for the Storm this year, but he needed 74 pitches through his relatively short stint on Sunday. Cosme is one of two Puerto Ricans currently on the roster for manager Edwin Rodriguez, who led the Puerto Rican team to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.

TinCaps 3 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Key Statistics: DH Fernando Tatis, Jr 1-for-3, HR (1), SB (1), BB; LF Rod Boykin 1-for-2, 2B, BB, R, SB (1); LHP Jerry Keel 6.1IP, 4H, 2R (1ER), 8K, 0BB; LHP Ben Sheckler 2.2IP, 0H, 0R, 7K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: For the first time on the young season, Fernando Tatis wasn't at shortstop for the TinCaps, instead getting the nod at designated hitter. And in that role, he gave a sneak peek at the skillset that has the organization so excited about his offensive ceiling. He opened the scoring with a mammoth homer to dead center in the first, then added a walk and stolen base later in the game. You can rest assured that the Padres were looking for exactly this sort of highlight to be floating around when they decided to have the TinCaps were Padres uniforms on Sundays this season. ... Last year, Jerry Keel didn't make a roster out of spring training, but through consistent performance, wound up finishing the year as a solid contributor in San Antonio. This year, he opens back in Low-A,but is again looking to let his performance force the issue to move up in a crowded system. The big lefty from the California high desert became the first starter in the system to work into the seventh inning this year, carrying a two-hit shutout through six innings. He left after giving up a double and a one-out, run-scoring single, but was in control throughout the game. ... It's not often the Keel is the small guy in any setting, but he was relieved by fellow southpaw Ben Sheckler, who has a couple of inches on him at 6'8". Sheckler recorded the final eight outs of the game, seven coming by strikeout. An eighth-round pick out of tiny Cornerstone University last year, the big man has struck out 12 of the 18 hitters he's faced in five innings so far this year.

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