Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 16

The TinCaps young guns once again heat up to demolish Lansing as Logan Allen and Enyel De Los Santos both had strong starts

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 15 - Chihuahuas 11

Key Statistics: RHP Matt Magill 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; “Athlete” Christian Bethancourt 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1, RS; C Tony Cruz 2-5, 2B, RS, 3 RBI; RF Jabari Blash 2-2, RS, 4 RBI, 4 BB  

Prospect Watch: Halfway through the game, the score was 5-0, but over the last 4.5 innings, 21 runs scored.  El Paso managed to score 11 of those runs despite only one double and no other extra-base hits among their 12 total hits. The runs were mainly scored thanks to 11 walks in the game including four by RF Jabari Blash.   While Blash hit just .103 in parts of 14 games with the Padres, he is hitting over .300 with an 1.100 OPS with El Paso.  Over his last seven games with El Paso, Blash has 10 hits, eight runs, 17 RBI, 10 walks, two strikeouts.  This includes walks in six straight games…. While “athlete” Christian Bethancourt still appears to just be chucking the ball as best he can, the results are slowly improving.  He is still walking over a hitter an inning, and way too hittable, but there is improvement, including collecting his first three punch-out game. 

Corpus Christi Hooks 5 - Missions 1

Key Statistics: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; SS Luis Urias 4-5, RS; 1B Ty France 2-4, 2B  

Prospect Watch: After starting the year in dominant fashion, RHP Enyel De Los Santos struggled over his last five starts allowing 19 earned runs 23.2 innings with 11 walks and only 15 strikeouts.  Hopefully, tonight marked the comeback.  De Los Santos tied a career high pitching seven innings, and equaled his season high of seven strikeouts (his career high is eight set on July 24th, 2015 in his first ever Northwest League game).  De Los Santos, 21, was the big piece in the Joaquin Benoit trade in November of 2015.  He was able to get through seven inning needing just 100 pitches, and it was the first time in a long time that he had over a 3:1 GO/FO ratio… When Jose Rondon was on the DL, Luis Urias took over at shortstop.  But with Rondon back, they've split the position fairly evenly, with Rondon making nine starts and Urias eight. Urias did have an error in the game, but looked comfortable playing the field.  He also had his fourth four-hit game of the game - this one coming two weeks after the last.  After a .330/.404/.545  line in April, he's bumped his OBP up to .470 this month, but he only has two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 53 at-bats, leading to a .396 slugging percentage in May. He's still 79 points above his career .410 slugging, but it will be worth keeping tabs on the power drop going forward.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 - Storm 2

Key Statistics: LHP Joey Lucchesi 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K; 3B Ruddy Giron 1-3, RS, BB, 2 SB (5); DH Carlos Belen 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB  

Prospect Watch: After six straight dominating outings that saw Joey Lucchesi take the league lead in most pitching categories, Lucchesi fell back to earth in the last two.  He walked four in just four innings, and needed nearly 90 pitches to struggle through those four innings.  Those four walks were double the number he threw over his last four starts (23 innings, two walks), and more than he walked all of last year (42 innings, three walks).  It’s still hard to fathom that this would cost him a promotion to Double-A…  Sometimes you need to look on the positive side. ... Third baseman Ruddy Giron has struggled to make contact most of the season, hitting just over .200 with an OPS south of .600.  However, he has not struck out in three straight games (a season high, and his best streak since Aug 13-15 of last year), as well as seeing his OBP climb to a season best .279 which is still awful but would be better than both Hedges and Renfroe.  On the down side, similar to Luis Urias, Ruddy has just two doubles this month and has seen his SLG drop nearly 40 points.  ... Both Michael Gettys and Josh Naylor had their hitting streaks come to an end at 12 games, though each drew a walk.

TinCaps 11 – Lansing Lugnuts 4

Key Statistics: LHP Logan Allen 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 3-5, 2 2B, HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; 2B Reinaldo Illaraza 3-4, 2B, RS, RBI, SB (8); 3B Hudson Potts 3-5, 2 2B, HR (2), 2 RS, 3 RBI; DH Eguy Rosario 2-5, RS, RBI, SB (11)

Prospect Watch: On a normal night, six shutout innings by Logan Allen would be the talk of the game.  It was his fifth start (of seven) where he gave up either zero or one run.  The four baserunners allowed also dropped his WHIP below 1, and the six strikeouts kept him in the top 10 in the league.  However the story was once again the young bats heating up.  Since coming off the DL, infielder Hudson Potts is hitting .286, and has seen his OPS climb from .557 to 641. Unlike the middle infielders mentioned above, Potts has four extra-base hits in the last two games alone.  He is also playing above average defense at third, and for being one of the youngest players in the league, is starting to show improved plate discipline…  His infield partner Fernando Tatis, Jr also had a very similar line.  Tatis is currently riding an 11 game hitting streak where he has hit .400 with four doubles, two triples, and two home runs.  During this streak, Tatis also saw his OPS climb from .618 to .798 (second on the team)

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