Padres - Arizona Fall League Report

<b>*Updated 10-20-03*</b> The San Diego Padres have sent a couple of their top tier prospects to Peoria of the Arizona Fall League. Some were sent to improve a game that floundered in 2003, while others were sent to build upon exceptional seasons.

The San Diego Padres prospects provided all of the lumber on Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

Jon Knott has continued his hard hitting from a season in mobile with a late call-up to Portland, going 1-3 with 2 RBI's on Monday.

Jake Gautreau added the other run with a RBI double, pushing his average up to .352 to pace the Saguaros to a 3-2 victory. Gautreau more than anyone needs a strong season after disappointing at the plate in 2003.

JJ Furmaniak, meanwhile, went 0-3 and is hitting .053 thus far, with just one hit in 19 at bats. He is following up a mediocre campaign at Mobile.

On Wednesday:

Jake dropped his average to .318 after a 1-5 outing, with a run scored after hitting his second double of the season.

Rico Washington burst onto the scene with a 2-4 day, including a triple to drive in a run. He is hitting .308 after play today. Washington showed some nice power in Mobile, but needs seasoning at the plate.

Knott had a double to drive in a run and scored when Washington singled in the eighth inning.

Furmaniak raised his average to .095 with a 1-2 day.

Clifford Bartosh meanwhile continues to get smacked around after an impressive debut where he allowed no runs in two innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work to raise his ERA to 5.19. He also threw a wild pitch. He is following up a subpar season in Portland. In 2002, Bartosh smoked the competition as a closer for Mobile. He is looking to regain that form against better competition.

On Thursday:

Knott went 0-4 and left two runners on base, striking out twice.

On Friday:

In one inning of work, Bartosh allowed one run on two hits. His ERA now stands at 5.59.

Gautreau went 0-4 and is now hitting .269

Furmaniak continues to struggle with an 0-3 offering and he also committed an error. He is hitting .083.

Stats to date:

Furmaniak: 2-24 with 3 walks. Batting .083

Washington: 4-13 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Batting .308

Gautreau: 7-26 with 3 doubles, one homer and two RBI's. He has walked twice and been hit by a pitch. Batting .269

Knott: 9-35 with one double, one homer, three walks and six RBI's. Batting .257

Bartosh has a record of 1-1 with one save. His ERA stands at 5.59, having allowed six earned runs in nine innings of work. He has walked four, struck out six and allowed two home runs.

Alan Webb has allowed one run on two hits and two walks over the span of three appearances. His ERA sits at 2.70.

Matt Hampton, a southpaw, has been one of the best pitchers in the Az. Fall League. He has given up two runs over nine innings for an ERA of 2.00 and has struck out 11 while walking only one. All of his appearances, 5, have come in relief.

Other Notes:

Wonder why there is four hitters and only three pitchers on the Peoria squad? Rob Deer, the hitting coach for Portland, is a coach for Peoria. We should have Deer tracked down for an interview in the coming weeks.

Scouting reports will continue to come with insight from those who have seen our minor leaguers play firsthand...

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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