Padres Instructional League Notebook II

PEORIA, AZ- The San Diego Padres Instructional League squad improved to 8-1-1 over their last 10 games with a 9-3 shellacking of Kansas City. The offense was spread over just about everyone in the lineup with Rymer Liriano and Logan Forsythe leading the way. Michael Watt debuted on the pitching side. Aaron Breit was also particularly effective in his outing.

  • After losing three of their first four games and netting 12 hits over that span, the Padres squad has been on a serious run, notching at least 12 hits in all but one of the last 10.

    The run of wins started the day after Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of scouting and player development, left the team to attend other business. He is scheduled to return on October 9.

  • Rymer Liriano and Logan Forsythe paced the club in hard contacts and quality at-bats.

    Liriano doubled down the left field line in his first at-bat, smacking his hands together with glee when he arrived at second base. He added a sacrifice fly and singled in a run in the ninth, giving him two RBIs while scoring twice.

    The outfielder has some movement in his approach but laid off the tougher breaking balls he was swinging at regularly in the Dominican Summer League.

    Forsythe rocked two balls and executed a beautiful hit-and-run to setup a run. The third baseman smacked a pair of doubles – both hitting just left of dead centerfield. He had an RBI and a run scored.

    "They both had three quality at-bats with hard contact," minor league field coordinator Tom Gamboa said.

  • Matt Clark took a 93 MPH fastball and blasted a towering three-run bomb over the left field wall. The NCAA leader in home runs in 2007, Clark has hit four already in Instructs while playing every other day.

    Blake Tekotte started the scoring with a double deep into the gap left-centerfield, scoring a pair. He also stole third base, scored a run and added an infield single, getting to first base in 4.1, according to a scout's watch.

  • Yefri Carvajal accomplished something on Thursday that he had not done all year. The outfielder drew three walks, flashing a patient approach that has rarely been seen in live action.

    Carvajal has been standing in during pitcher bullpen sessions to work on his pitch recognition skills and it appears it is paying off.

    During the regular season, Carvajal had not drawn more than three walks in any four-game span. He twice notched a pair of walks and ended the year with just 25 in 121 games.

    Carvajal did take a terrible route on a ball hit slightly over his head and to the right. It led to double and the first run of the game but was a play that should have been made.

  • Among the other highlights with the hitters was Allan Dykstra missing a homer by inches, settling for a triple. It was his lone hit in four plate appearances.

    Lance Zawadzki had an infield single, doubled, scored a run and drove in one.

  • Simon Castro got the start and tossed two innings, needing 35 pitches to accomplish the task. He allowed four hits and one run while striking out three.

    While he needed quite a few pitches to get through the action, Castro tossed in a few quality changeups – something missing from many of his starts in Eugene.

    "I threw six or seven," Castro said. "I am working on the changeup a lot."

    His commitment to the pitch showed when he threw two or three for first-pitch strikes to start out that at-bat.

  • Michael Watt had thrown a side session for the Padres but got into the action on Thursday. The left-hander gave up one run on three hits over two innings. He tossed 26 pitches and notched a double play to end his second frame.

    "He has a fastball that is 87 to 89 and can touch 90," pitching consultant Bob Cluck said. "He has a very good changeup and his breaking ball needs work.

    "I was part of the team scouted him in Ogden in anticipation of the Greg Maddux trade."

    True to Cluck's word, Watt surrendered a triple on a curveball that was loopy and up in the zone, leading to the lone run against.

  • Matt Teague breezed through his inning on 13 pitches, allowing a single during a nine-pitch at-bat while retiring the other three batters on four pitches.
  • Aaron Breit worked two innings and tossed 27 pitches, giving up one hit, walking a batter and striking out three.

    The right-hander's velocity was down in the high-80s but his off-speed pitches were very crisp. His curveball was very deceptive and came out of his hand with the same look as his fastball. He was regularly putting the pitch over for strikes with its two-plane look and tight spin. In fact, he struck out one hitter on three pitches – two curveballs and a changeup.

    "That hook is dirty," one Royals player noted.

    Speaking of the slip, Breit looked confident throwing it and buried a few to get strikeouts.

  • Evan Scribner closed out the contest with two innings of one-run ball. His lone mistake was a fastball that came into the wheelhouse of a left-hander and cleared the right field wall.

    Scribner needed 23 pitches and allowed two hits. He has a lot sweeping action on his pitches, as they appear to come out of left field. The problem is left-handers get a very good view of the pitch.

  • Defensively, Adam Zornes and Robert Lara each netted a caught stealing. Lara had a chance for a second but there was a miscommunication between Jonathan Galvez and Zawadzki on who was supposed to cover and no one was at the bag.

    One of the base runners nabbed came with Aaron Breit on the mound – a pitcher that was notoriously slow to the plate.

    Zornes catching of the thief was especially tough since he had to field the pitch off the plate inside to a right-hander – meaning his glove side – and make the transition to his throwing arm while his momentum was carrying him away from that side of his body.

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