Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 23

All four games were determined by one run, but in the end only the Storm emerge on top with a game-winning hit by their newest and oldest player.

Reno Aces 4, Chihuahuas 3

Today was David Jay’s final game in El Paso.  Also, if you haven’t seen it, read his interview with RHP Dinelson Lamet.

Midland Rockhounds 7, Missions 6  

Key Statistics: LF Alberth Martinez 3-3, 2 2B, BB; C Stephen McGee 3-4, 2B; RF Nick Schulz 1-4, 2B, BB; RHP Jake Esch 5.1 IP 2 H 6 BB 7 K; LHP Brad Wieck 1.0 IP 2 H 3 R ER BB; RHP Rafael De Paula (BS, 1) (L, 2-1) 1.0 IP 4 H 4 R 3 ER BB K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions were up 6-0 going into the bottom of the seventh in Midland when the wheels really did come off. Despite allowing six walks, starter Jake Esch, in his first outing for San Antonio, hadn’t allowed a run. Reliever Brad Wiek, who took over from Trey Wingenter, gave up a pair of hits and a run, but appeared to be on the verge of getting out of the seventh inning when a fielding error by third baseman River Stevens with two outs plated a pair runs. San Antonio was still up by three in the eighth, but Midland scored the deciding four runs in the bottom of the inning and was able to close out the game; which set up a long and unhappy bus ride back to San Antonio...Alberth Martinez, who seems to have been in the Padres’ organization forever, is off to a good start with a .304/.377/.543 slash line along with catcher Stephen McGee, 26, who came over from the Angels and Marlins organization in the off-season, is hitting well at .381/.519/.619…Right now RHP Enyel De Los Santos is the only Missions’ starter with an ERA under four.

Storm 7, Lancaster JetHawks 6

Key Statistics: LF Yuniet Flores 4-5, 2 RBI; 2B Chris Baker 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB; CF Michael Gettys 2-5, HR(2), SB (3), 2 RBI; 3B Ruddy Giron 2-5, 2 2B; LHP Eric Lauer 4.2 IP 7 H 2 R ER 2 BB 5 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (BS,1)(W, 2-1) 2.0 IP 2 H R ER K.

Prospect Watch: Colby Blueberg blew his initial opportunity to get the save but bounced back in the top of the tenth with a one-two-three inning to give his team an opportunity to win and they came through.  Yuniet Flores, who at 31, as Kevin Charity pointed out yesterday, is one of the oldest non-rehabbing players in Storm history, had the game-winning hit in the tenth to top off a four-hit day.  At five-foot-eight and 180 lbs., Flores is a veteran of the Cuban leagues that the Padres signed in the offseason…Michael Gettys sat out yesterday’s game and came back and did Michael Gettys like things: a pair of hits, one of which was a home run, stolen base and a pair of strikeouts.  I’m a big fan of Gettys, but for his tools to play he is going to have cut down on the strikeouts to succeed in Double-A, let alone the big leagues…Ruddy Giron had a walk-off home run the other night and came back with a pair of hits.  Giron has always been a streaky player and is adjusting to his first season at third base.

Great Lakes Loons 5, TinCaps 4

Key Statistics: 1B G.K. Young 2-3, HR (2), 3 RBI, BB; 3B Eguy Rosario 1-3, BB; LHP Will Headean 6.0 IP 7 H 4 R 3 ER 2 BB 5 K HR; RHP Nick Monroe (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP H R ER HR.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost on a walk-off home run with one out in the ninth inning…not a great outing by Will Headean who didn’t have his best stuff, but as compared to last year he battled and kept his team in the game…G.K. Young, or on this team “Grandpa” at 22, had a good day hitting his second home run.  Young, who was a DH for most of his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, also appears to be much more comfortable in the field than he was at Tri-City last year…One of the more interesting prospects in the system is Fernando, Tatis, Jr., the organization’s six-foot-three shortstop.  We asked John Nolan, the TinCaps’ play-by-play announcer what he thought about Tatis' defense so far.  

“I think he’s been impressive defensively at short. He utilizes his length to cover great range, is quick and has a really strong arm too.” 

“I also like how hard he plays; he's certainly not afraid to dive full extension in going after balls. Yesterday, when Austin Smith allowed his first hit of the game in the sixth, Tatis had sprawled for it, but it was out of his reach. He slammed the ground, showing frustration at how he wanted to get it. And it’s subtle, but his intelligence has been on display, too.” 

“I can’t think of a time that he’s made an ill-advised or rushed throw in a situation like trying to turn a double play that either is or isn’t possible.”  

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