Padres Prospect Report: May 29, 2009

Jose Lobaton is past .200 for the first time all year. Mat Latos dominates over seven innings while Mike Baxter provides a dangerous stick. Jeremy Hefner has a bounce back outing while Logan Forsythe delivers clutch hits. Simon Castro and Eduardo Perez have tough outings.

Portland (24-25) lost 5-0 to Fresno (Giants)

Jose Lobaton pushed his average above .200 for the first time this season with two hits in four at-bats, moving to .211 for the season. Lobaton did go 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Lobaton now has three multi-hit games in his last four after netting one such game in his first 18. Lobaton has thrown out nine of the 31 runners attempting to steal on him.

Wade LeBlanc dropped to 0-3, giving up two runs on six hits and a season-high four walks while striking out two across six. One of the runs came on a solo homer – the eighth bomb he has surrendered on the year. Seven of the dingers he has yielded have been solo homers. It is the third time this year that the left-hander has given up three or more walks. It is also the third time he has allowed two runs or less while going five innings or more.

Arturo Lopez was charged with one run over two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk and seeing the run cross after he left the game. Lopez has given up runs in three of his 13 appearances this season with the Beavers and had sported a run of 8.2 scoreless innings coming into Friday's contest. Lopez has held left-handed hitters to a .150 average in the Pacific Coast League and is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .167 on-base percentage.

San Antonio (23-24) won 8-0 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Mat Latos was dominant over seven innings, giving up one hit and a pair of walks while striking out seven to pick up his first Double-A victory. The right-hander tossed just 82 pitches, including 55 for strikes, while netting 10 fly outs. Latos also went 1-for-2 at the dish and scored a run. Latos has allowed two hits over 11 innings in Texas League action and 12 hits in 36.1 frames across two leagues.

Mike Baxter did the damage on the hitting side, notching four hits - with three of them going for extra bases. He clubbed two doubles to up his Texas League leading total to 21 and added his third homer. The outfielder scored a pair of runs and drove in three. Baxter has scored five runs in his last two games. With a .374 average, he has moved to second in the league behind teammate Craig Cooper in hitting. His 40 RBI rank third and his 24 extra base hits lead the circuit.

Brandon Gomes completed the Missions fourth shutout of the season, yielding two hits while striking out three across two frames. The right-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .167 average this season, giving up nine hits in 54 at-bats. This is just the second time this season he has given up a hit without allowing a run. In the 11 appearances he has given up a hit, a run has come across nine times. In his other 10 outings, he has thrown hitless ball.

Lake Elsinore (27-21) won 7-2 over High Desert (Mariners)

Jeremy Hefner improved to 4-6, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across five frames. The right-hander hit a batter while notching six ground ball outs. It was the third time he has given up two runs or less, winning each of those games. Hefner has notched a decision in all 10 of his starts. He came into the game having allowed 15 runs on 23 hits across his previous 11.2 innings.

Keoni Ruth clubbed a pair of doubles out of the two-hole in the lineup, scoring a run and driving in one. He did, however, commit his fourth error, although it did not lead to a run. Ruth did not have an extra base hit in his first 11 games this year with the Storm and had just one double across 28 games across two leagues. Ruth does, however, sport a .298 average in 104 at-bats over two circuits.

Logan Forsythe notched a pair of knocks in five at-bats, singling in runs in second and eighth and netting a third RBI on an error. Forsythe, who is fourth in the entire minors with 41 walks drawn – behind two fellow Padres farmhands – came into the game hitting just .231 with runners in scoring position on the year, upping that to .262 with his 2-for-3 night in those situations on Friday. He has reached base safely in 10 straight with four multi-hit games.

Fort Wayne (29-19) lost 11-5 to Burlington (Royals)

Simon Castro was on the hook for six runs – all earned – on a season-high eight hits and two walks across five innings, striking out five while tossing a wild pitch. It is the second time this season that Castro has given up six runs. Castro has worked an average of 4.7 innings across his starts. While the opposition is hitting .188 off the righty with the bases empty, they are managing a .313 average with runners on.

Eduardo Perez was charged with five runs, four earned, on five hits, a hit batsman, and a walk while fanning three over two innings. Perez had given up two runs on three hits across his first 3.2 innings of work. Right-handers are hitting .455 off him early in the season. Three of his four walks have been given to the leadoff hitter of an inning.

Dan Robertson contributed three hits in five trips, notching a double and driving in a pair. After hitting .204 over his first 16 games, the outfielder is swatting .373 over his last 18. Robertson is 22-for-59 over that span with six multi-hit contests. He has four extra base hits in his last eight after netting four over his first 26. Robertson has 10 RBI in his last eight.

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