Padres Prospects: August Players of the Month

The Portland Beavers paced the organization in homers while the Eugene Emeralds had the highest batting average and on-base percentage. The Fort Wayne TinCaps had the most doubles while the AZL Padres led in three-baggers. Who won individual honors? John Conniff finds the bats that count.

Portland Beavers
Chad Huffman
.330/.435/.544
OF

Huffman may be the last prospect left in the Portland and had his best month to make a strong push for a September call-up. Huffman led the Beavers in OBP and was second in nearly every other offensive category while playing in 29 out of 30 games. Huffman is pretty much a left fielder and is probably headed back to Portland in 2010 with the depth San Diego now has in the outfield.

Prospect Watch: Drew Macias didn't have a stellar batting average at .250, but he did what has now become his calling card, posted a .413 OBP with a 19/20 BB/K ratio while bouncing between San Diego and Portland. Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo hit .316/.381/.579 after being sent down from San Diego in the middle of August.

Others of Note: Mammoth first baseman Val Pascucci continues to put up strong numbers, hitting .281/.346/.553 and leading the team in home runs with 25 RBI in 29 games.

Disappointments: Peter Ciofrone has just had a miserable year after playing so well last season and finished it off hitting .087/.176/.152 this month.

San Antonio Missions
Eric Sogard
.302/.372/.479
2B

The diminutive Sogard is not someone that is going to outwardly impress people much at first glance, then you see him play and look at the results. This month he led the team in extra base hits, home runs and was second in RBI while posting a 12/9 BB/K ratio.

Prospect Watch: Craig Cooper hit .295/409/.429 and shortstop Lance Zawadzki hit .287/.379/.398. How tough a place is Nelson Wolff Stadium to hit? Logan Forsythe is hitting .322/.446/.467 on the road and .246/.324/323 at home; finishing this month at .287/.398/.343. Luis Durrango continues to get on base at a .390 clip and stole six bases in six attempts, but a .238 batting average and .250 slugging percentage leaves room for some growth.

Disappointments: After a big July, catcher Mitch Canham came back down to earth at .188/.239/.235.

Lake Elsinore Storm
Matt Clark
.312/.400/.602
1B

Clark edged out third baseman James Darnell on the basis of his cumulative numbers being a little better for home runs and RBI, which Clark led the club. He also led the team in hits with 29 in 26 games and posted a 12/19 BB/K ratio.

Prospect Watch: Darnell posted a very strong .318/.410/.600 line but his most impressive number may have been having only two errors in 22 games for a player who defensive ability at that position was questioned. Catcher Luis Martiniez continues to fly under the radar, hitting .313/.432/.478.

Disappointments: Shortstop Beemer Weems, .134/266/.224, center fielder Brad Chalk, .173/.256/.222, and first baseman Felix Carrasco, .122/.193/.216, all have had good seasons but struggled in August.

Fort Wayne TinCaps
Jaff Decker
.320/.434/.550
LF

Decker has now been the player of the month in three out of five months in Fort Wayne. He led the TinCaps in hits, extra-base hits, runs, home runs, RBI, walks, slugging percentage and OPS. His only flaw was that he made two errors in the field, other than that there isn't a whole lot to ding on Decker.

Prospect Watch: After a very tough season, Allan Dykstra finally had the type of month both he and the Padres were expecting him to have, hitting .319/.432/.505 and finishing second to only Decker in most offensive categories. Cole Figueroa had a big month, hitting .403/.455/442 and made only two errors while toddling between second and short. Drew Cumberland continues to produce, hitting .280/.385/.439.

Disappointments: A tough month for Blake Tekotte, .202/.289/.319, and Dan Robertson, .229/.305/.286, both of whom had played very well after a difficult Aprils.

Eugene Emeralds
Nate Freiman
.330/.409/.548
1B

The former Duke standout had his best month, leading the team in hits, extra-base hits, home runs while posting a 15/20 BB/K ratio in 29 of the 30 Ems games.

Prospect Watch: Shortstop Dean Anna may have solidified his position on next year's Fort Wayne team with a huge month, hitting .387/.473/.645 in 17 games. \ Jason Codiroli led the team in runs scored with 24, which is a great number for a leadoff hitter, but being caught stealing seven out of 13 times is not. Still its tough to find much to fault with a .330/.448/.385 line with 23 walks against only 18 strikeouts. Catcher Emmanuel Quiles, .318/.362/.523, and second baseman Vince Belnome, .295/.452/.477, both have quietly put together good seasons.

Disappointments: Catcher Jason Hagerty continues to struggle at the plate, hitting .216/.301/.351.

Arizona Rookie League Padres
Cody Decker
.354/.422/.734
1B

Decker had 25 RBI and 18 extra-base hits in 20 games, with only Rymer Liriano getting more hits. He led the team in ever offensive category but walks and...look at the numbers above; he crushed the competition and is going to force the Padres to find a place for his bat next year in the Midwest League.

Prospect Watch: Liriano, 18, again put up stellar numbers, hitting .370/.414/.432 and is going to make a strong case to be promoted to the full season TinCaps next year; although plate discipline, five walks in 95 plate appearances could be an issue. Jonathan Alia hit .291/363/.456 but 23 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances should send up some warning signs. Cameron Monger, .283/.356/.446, and Wande Olabisi, .289/.321/.500, had good months, but they are both older college players in a system that had quite a few outfielders at the A ball level. Finally, in four games after a very long layoff, Everett Williams, the Padres second-round pick in the 2009 draft, hit .389/.421/.611 in 19 plate appearances.

Disappointments: Chris Ahearn hit .087/.22/.087 in 23 at-bats.

DSL Padres
Miguel Del Castillo
.313/.450/.763
C

All of Del Castillo's hits were singles but he was second on the team with eight runs scored and drew six walks compared to five walks for a .450 OBP, despite playng in only half of the team's games.

Prospect Watch: Adan Velazquez had another solid month, hitting .289 while leading the team with 12 RBI. He also stole three bases in four attempts. Aaron Sillas had a breakout month, scoring 11 times with a .396 OBP. Luis Domoromo was second on the team with 10 RBI and drew eight walks while collecting two triples.

Disappointments: Manuel Nuno hit just .131 and struck out 26 times. Felix Cabrera may have drawn 16 walks but hit .136 with 20 strikeouts. Rosario Carrillo went 7-for-42 without a walk and 16 strikeouts for a .186 OBP. Jairo Gomez hit .143 with a .192 OBP.

Player of the Month: Cody Decker

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