Padres Prospect Report: September 4, 2009

Sean Gallagher returns to action while Aaron Poreda is plagued by more walks. Cedric Hunter has been rolling of late. Wynn Pelzer throws shutout ball but the bullpen can't hold. Simon Castro puts up more zeroes in a Fort Wayne shutout. Everett Williams hits his first professional homer.

Portland (56-83) lost 7-2 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Sean Gallagher, acquired as the player to be named later in the Scott Hairston to Oakland deal, made his first appearance with the Beavers, giving up three runs on three hits, all runs coming on a homer. Gallagher suffered a slight tear in the patella tendon in his left knee on June 4 while with Sacramento and had not pitched since. He has a 6-9 record with a 5.90 ERA in 37 major league games.

Aaron Poreda was charged with three runs on one hit, eight walks, and two wild pitches across 5.1 innings – two runs coming across after he exited. The big left-hander also struck out eight. Poreda has issued 37 free passes across 32.2 innings in the Pacific Coast League, walking at least three in every outing and five or more five times. Just 54.4 percent of the pitches he has thrown with Portland have been strikes.

San Antonio (29-39, 68-69) won 16-2 over Midland (A's)

Cedric Hunter, the toughest man to strikeout in the Padres organization, had three hits in six trips, smacking his 19th double, driving in two and scoring three times. The outfielder also added his 13th stolen base of the year in 16 attempts. Hunter extended his hitting streak to eight games. He has gone 13-for-37 with six runs scored over that span. Hunter has struck out once every 12.88 plate appearances – 15th among all full season minor leaguers.

Craig Cooper hammered out three hits and added a walk, belting his 11th homer of the year, scoring three times while driving in three. The first baseman upped his hitting streak to 11 games where he has gone 18-for-43, a .419 average, with six walks, five doubles, a homer, nine runs scored and 13 RBI. Cooper has an RBI in five straight games. He is hitting .353 with runners in scoring position.

Luis Durango reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks. The outfielder, batting ninth, scored twice and added his 44th theft of the year in 61 attempts. Durango is second in the Texas League in stolen bases. He did, however, ground into his seventh double play of the year. Durango has a five-game hitting streak where he has reached base 10 times while scoring five runs.

Lake Elsinore (33-34, 72-65) lost 3-1 to San Jose (Giants)

Wynn Pelzer posted seven scoreless innings, yielding six hits, hitting a batter, and walking a pair while striking out three. He notched 11 ground ball outs, including two double play grounders. Pelzer, a ground ball pitcher, has notched just eight rally killer on the season. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts and in 13 of 27 overall. He has a 2.81 ERA across his last 12 starts.

Colt Hynes was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on two hits across an inning of work – his own error fielding error on a sacrifice bunt leading to the unearned runs. Hynes has given up runs in successive outings for just the second time across 48 appearances in the California League. It was his second straight game that produced a loss. He has given up runs in 13 of his outings, giving up multiple runs seven times.

Fort Wayne (46-20, 91-46) won 1-0 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Simon Castro fired bullets over six innings, yielding four hits and a walk while matching a season high by striking out nine in a no-decision. The right-hander has given up just one run on 11 hits over his last 23.2 innings. The Midwest League leader in strikeouts with 157 has averaged 10.07 strikeouts per nine innings. It was the seventh time in nine starts that Castro has allowed one run or less.

While the offense grounded into as many double plays as they had hits (four), Brad Brach finished off the shutout by earning his 33rd save, striking out two while allowing a single. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings. Over that span he has allowed 10 hits and a walk while striking out 14. He has held the opposition to a .162 average on the year while holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to nine hits in 57 at-bats.

Eugene (33-41) lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Jorge Reyes suffered the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks across four innings while fanning three. It was his error on a pickoff attempt that led to the unearned run. The right-hander has given up two earned runs over his first 13 innings of work in professional ball while netting five double play grounders.

Everett Williams clubbed his first professional homer, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning. The leadoff hitter ended the day with two hits in four trips and a walk while fanning in his other two at-bats. Williams had struck out in seven of his first 12 Northwest League at-bats and has whiffed 16 times in 34 at-bats across two leagues. He has notched four extra base hits in eight games with seven RBI.

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