It has been a disappointing season for the Beavers. Several players have not performed up to expectations, making a call up to the big leagues murky for some of the names dotting the roster. Not a good place to be when you are in Triple-A.
Despite his name dotting the 40-man roster and a recent callup to San Diego, Ryan has been a disappointment. He was supposed to be a massive power threat that could help the big league club, if needed. Right now, he has been passed up by Chris Stewart and could be taken off the 40-man at any point without fear.
After playing in the big leagues, Geer has continued to fall from grace. Always a location pitcher that had to work down in the zone without plus stuff, he has suffered from being far too hittable. The mistakes he does make end up in the seats. It looks like he might be done.
Besides some bouts of wildness, Russell pitched well for the Padres last year and this year. In Triple-A, however, he has been far too easy to hit. The opposition is hitting close to .344 off him with runners in scoring position and his WHIP is at 1.75. That won't get him back to the big leagues.
The right fielder/first baseman mauled Double-A pitching a season ago but has struggled to assimilate himself to this level. While he is driving in some runs, Cooper has not displayed the toolset that got him here, driving balls the opposite way with authority. Without big time raw power, Cooper has to hit for a high average and needs better pitch selection to make it happen.
Moved up to Portland because of need, Canham has lost value by moving to multiple positions. While that often enhances a prospect's value, Canham's best bet of reaching the majors stayed at catcher. He is more of a doubles hitter, despite strong wrists and hands, and that won't make it every day in the corner outfield or first base. Hitting .212 just doesn't cut it.
Another shoulder injury has kept him off the field, but when he was getting playing time, Kulbacki got off to another slow start. The Padres expected it to turnaround but three straight seasons of dismal starts can't be condoned. His power numbers are down, and that was his calling card. It is hard to tell if the shoulder/hamstring injuries have simply sapped his strength or more pressing mechanical problems exist.
A ground ball artist that doesn't throw particularly hard falls safely into the crafty lefty category. Unfortunately, he has to be exceptionally spot on with his command, and Culp has not located the ball as well as he has in the past. The southpaw must work to the corners with regularity and use movement to get batters topping the ball. It has not worked out that way this season.
With a first half playoff berth, the Storm didn't have much to complain about. The struggling players were picked up by other performers. That does not, however, mean there weren't players who could have done more with their time.
While he has been moved up to San Antonio due to need, Carvajal has confounded the Padres since entering the system. He oozes with projectable talent but has never put it together for a consistent period of time. Carvajal falls too easily into bad habits and the approach suffers. With an approach, he has no chance of hitting the ball regularly, much less with authority. The time of reckoning could be coming.
This was supposed to be Dykstra's year to shine. He made a breakthrough at the end of last year by sticking to a drastically different approach. This year, his walks are down and the production has not gone up. At least he was reaching base a season ago, whereas today he is striking out more and not doing the damage demanded of his position.
He missed the first part of the season due to injury and has not had an easy time since his return. A funky delivery has not kept hitters off his pitches. He has allowed more than two hits per inning early on and there is little margin for error since he was a later round pick. With other relievers thriving, he may be on the outs if he can't pick it up soon.
Lake Elsinore was a challenge last year and has proven to be again this season. He has since been sent down to Fort Wayne but more of his innings came here. Berger is a high-80s pitcher that has good command. The issue is he doesn't have the arsenal to blow hitters away or get a swing and miss. Hitters will sit on his fastball with success. He needs to improve the secondary pitches to compete.
With the expectations a bit tempered, there were some players who have not lived up to the expectations or the hype. As the talent continues to grow around them, these players are under the microscope.
The outfielder has gone through periods where he appears on the verge of breaking out and other periods where he has looked clueless. He has struck out in over 36 percent of his at-bats and needs to be more contact oriented to take advantage of his speed/strength. Williams is swinging at too many bad pitches. His outfield work has also left a lot to be desired.
His struggles, which were expected, landed him in Eugene when their season began. Liriano wasn't awful but the team felt he would be better served in Eugene where he could regain his confidence. He still swings at too many pitches outside the zone but remains a projectable player with serious upside. It might take time to reach it.
The right-hander has been good at times and really bad at other times. He looked like he regained confidence early on but that has disappeared with a few beatings at the hands of the opposition. He needs to learn how to separate his outings and not carry it over. A bit old for the league, Hussey has to shine or face the chopping block.
A demotion to Eugene was in the cards after the right-hander scuffled with the TinCaps. Mechanical issues are at the forefront of his struggles, as his line to home plate was falling towards the third base side. With his location off, all of his pitches have not been crisp. Sent down, the hope is he regains form and confidence.
The toughest ones to grade land here. There has to be a reason players are stuck in short-season ball for a second year, making these players the ones on the hot seat.
Everyone has heard the massive expectations for the third overall pick, and the early expectation was to see him in Fort Wayne. When that didn't happen, Eugene was on the mind. Now, he must show he can compete without pressure in the Arizona Rookie League. He looks the part with projection but remains a raw kid that has holes in his swing. Experience will play a vital role.
The four-pitch right-hander got off to a terrific start for Eugene last season before struggling down the stretch. While he can keep hitters off-balance with his mix of pitches, Jackson doesn't have the velocity to keep hitters from taking advantage of his fastball. He needs pinpoint command so he can get to his secondary pitches.
The shortstop is a smooth defender that can make all the plays but didn't have an extra-base hit in 34 games for Eugene a season ago. With just average speed, Tremblay needs to do more damage, especially as the shortstop position has changed from purely defense to an offensive position.
While Filpo is just 17 and has a ton of promise, the start to his career has been wrought with a low batting average and an inability to work deep counts. He has athleticism and kids at this level come at their own pace. The early returns were expected to be a little higher.
Familia was supposed to be a stabilizing force in his second year in the DSL. The right-handed hitter flashed an ability to his for average and reach base but has not been as consistent in year two. With so many young faces, the first baseman/outfielder was seen as a player who could stabilize the lineup and provide clutch hits. He may be pressing at this moment.
With eight hit batsmen, six wild pitches and 11 walks in 11.1 innings, Rivera has to tone down his approach and simply throw strikes. When he is around the plate, the right-hander is tough to hit. He has not been around the dish nearly enough.
Another newcomer to the scene, the Venezuelan has struggled with his command through the early part of the year. The reliever has also pressed when runners reach base and can't seem to avoid the big inning. He is a much better pitcher in low-pressure situations, but the reality of pitching is you must be prepared for any scenario.
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