Padres Final Fall League Report

The Arizona Fall League has ended and Friday Alan Webb was already home in Las Vegas. Some much needed R&R for the six Padres who ended their stint playing ball for the San Diego Padres organization in Peoria.

On Monday, nothing went right for the San Diego Padres prospects, past or present. Jake Gautreau went 0-3 with a walk and one strikeout.

Alan Webb had his worst outing of the year – and we mean all year. Webb started the seventh inning and needed help to get out of it. He pitched just two-thirds of an inning and allowed seven earned runs on five hits and three walks. He also hit a batter. Clifford Bartosh relieved Webb to get the final out of the inning, but, in the good news department, he gave up six earned runs on eight hits, five singles in a row, in the eighth inning.

Matt Hampton finished the game off allowing one run on two hits, striking out one.

On Tuesday, JJ Furmaniak was the table setter and did his job, getting on base three times and scoring twice from the leadoff spot. He went 2-3 with a single, double, and a walk.

Gautreau doubled in Furmaniak and was silent the rest of the way going 1-4. The double was his fifth of the season. Gautreau, in his effort to cut down his strikeouts, kept the ball in play not whiffing once.

Jon Knott continues his up and down streak. One day he has three hits, the next he has none. Today was his time to go hitless. Knott went 0-4 with a strikeout on the day.

Wednesday's games were rained out.

On Thursday, Rico Washington, not getting the chance to play Wednesday, went 0-2 after pinch hitting for David Wright and playing at third.

Jon Knott, batting seventh, went 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Matt Hampton pitched an inning of one hit ball. He pitched the sixth, striking out one, but not figuring into the decision.

Alan Webb pitched to two batters in the ninth and retired Donald Kelly (DET) for the final out to pick up his first save of the season. Webb officially ended the Peoria Saguaros season.

On Friday, Webb sounded tired and drained. "It was a long season. It's nice to be home," he said. Rather than press him about baseball we gave him the weekend off to relax and reconnect with his family and friends.

Final Batting stats:
Furmaniak, J.J. 19 59 6 14 16 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 7 0 10 2 1 1 .237 .328 .271
Gautreau, Jake 18 66 5 17 25 5 0 1 9 0 1 1 7 0 10 0 1 2 .258 .333 .379
Knott, Jon 24 89 11 21 37 4 0 4 15 0 0 1 7 0 18 2 3 2 .236 .299 .416
Washington, Rico 11 41 6 12 14 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 1 2 .293 .318 .341

Furmaniak batted leadoff much more towards the end of the fall league and started to have success as a table setter. Unfortunately, he did not respond with much power this fall – only two of his 14 hits went for extra bases.

Gautreau worked on getting comfortable again in the batter's box and cutting down on his strikeouts. He is happy with his progress and his strikeouts definitely dipped from his season in Mobile. Despite 17 hits, six going for extra bases, he only scored five runs.

Knott showed the same power he has displayed everywhere he has gone in the Padres system. Eight of his 21 hits went for extra bases (four doubles, four homers) and he was tied for third on the team with 15 RBI's. Knott needs to show a little more patience at the plate as he struck out 18 times and walked only seven times.

Washington played twice a week as a member of the taxi squad and hit for average, a .293 clip. In 11 games he knocked in six and scored six. Admittedly, Washington needs to show a little more patience at the plate. He puts the ball in play, not striking out exceedingly, but he does not take a walk very easily. He also only had one extra base hit.

Final Pitching stats:
Hampton, Matt 1- 0 1 2.84 13 0 0 0 7 84 87 19.0 26 9 6 2 0 22 2 1 0
Webb, Alan 1- 1 0 11.68 10 0 0 0 3 48 66 12.1 19 16 16 12 0 6 0 3 1

Hampton showed promise as a reliever and may get a shot with the big club this spring or in the middle of the season as a callup if he continues to do well. He struck out better than a runner an inning and kept the ball in play, walking only two.

Webb has been looked at as a lefty specialist by the Padres. They were hoping to see that Webb could continue his success of getting lefties out in the Fall League. His fall was not stellar up until this week and Monday he was simply crushed. Webb actually took a step backwards.

Clifford Bartosh started the fall season as a member of the Padres organization and ended it as a Detroit Tiger.

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