Padres Instructional League Notebook III

PEORIA, AZ- Cory Luebke is a different pitcher these days while Logan Forsythe is the same hitter as the previous day, as the Padres won 5-2 over the Royals. Matt Latos also took the hill for the first time while Brian Joynt continued his pace and Danny Payne looked healthier than ever.

  • Cory Luebke was solid on Friday morning, working through three scoreless innings while facing the minimum.

    The southpaw allowed one single but that runner was thrown out trying to steal. On the stolen base attempt, Emmanuel Quiles bounced a ball to Jeudy Valdez who made a great pick and tag to nab the runner.

    Luebke mixed his pitches well, spotting up his fastball on more of a downhill plane than in the past and inducing five groundball outs. The biggest thing he concentrated on during his 36-pitch effort was the changeup.

    "The changeup felt good in that last inning," Luebke said. "The first inning and a half I was trying to put the fastball on the inside black instead of middle-in. I was throwing 2-2 and 3-2 changeups – stuff you do with men on base that you may not do in the regular season. That is why we are here – to work on stuff."

  • Matt Latos tossed 30 pitches over two innings. After a 1-2-3 inning, which included three ground ball outs, the right-hander opened up his second frame by allowing a triple.

    Whiffing the first batter after the three-bagger, Latos plugged one into the ground and the backstop to allow the run to score. He went on two strikeout the final two batters.

  • Jose DePaula had the toughest time of any of the pitchers. His first frame was riddled with deep counts, resulting in a walk and two singles when he was behind in the count. He also allowed triple and was on the hook for two runs.

    DePaula was helped out by his defense and specifically the work of Mitch Canham behind the dish. With runners on first and third, Canham tossed a snap throw behind the runner at first to get him by two steps. The man up eventually tripled, although Yefri Carvajal made a bad read on the ball and could not get a beat on catching a ball that many outfielders would have corralled.

  • Zach Herr and Anthony Bass finished out the game. Herr needed just 11 pitched to mow through his three hitters while Bass needed 15 and allowed a pair of singles before picking up the save in a 5-2 game.
  • The Padres played out the bottom of the ninth, despite the lead, to allow Kansas City to use its pitchers. Danny Payne, who had reached base three times, added an RBI double in the final frame to make the score 6-2 in an already decided game.

    Payne also drew a pair of walks, singled, stole a base and scored a run, showing why he was a top round pick by working the count and selectively hitting his pitch.

    "Healthy for the first time in a long time," Payne said with a laugh. "I really do feel good."

  • Logan Forsythe was again a dominant force offensively. The third baseman reached base four times, falling a homer shy of the cycle. He doubled and scored and his triple plated a pair of runs.

    Forsythe, who was excellent in his debut in Eugene, has continued to pour it on during the Instructional League.

    "He looks confident and relaxed," Tom Gamboa, the Padres minor league field coordinator, said.

  • Brian Joynt also had a solid game with a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Joynt, who tore up the California League, has refined his approach over the last two years and is a legitimate prospect.

    He scored two runs but was picked off on a stolen base attempt – leaving before the pitcher committed to home plate.

    Joynt has been working out at first base with some work in the outfield.

  • Beamer Weems had two hits and scored a run but also hit into a double play. Quiles had a sharp single up the gut in his first at-bat to net an RBI.
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