Minor League Camp Report: March 15

After complex games on Thursday, the Padres minor leaguers faced off against Kansas City Royals farmhands on Friday. The advanced squads stayed in Peoria, while the younger guys went on the road.

Adys Portillo threw two innings against the Royals' Double-A squad, turning in the quintessential Portillo performance. In the first inning, he was utterly dominating, getting two broken-bat grounders and a strikeout. He was throwing 94-95 MPH with the fastball and flashed both a hard slider at 88 and a slower, cutting ball at 80-81. He looked like a true ace.

Then, in the second inning, he lost his feel. He opened the frame airmailing two of his first three pitches to Kenny Diekroeger on his way to a walk. He bounced back to induce a grounder, but Cory Spangenberg couldn't field what should have been a double play ball up the middle. The next pitch turned into a 5-4-3 double play ball before he again lost feel. He grooved a 93 MPH fastball that was turned around for an RBI single, spiked a slider into the ground for a wild pitch, walked another and gave up another single.

Luis Domoromo, who was solid on both sides of the ball today, limited the damage by fielding the single and throwing a laser to the plate to cut down another run and end the frame.

At the plate, the San Antonio team (remember, many guys are playing a level above their ultimate assignment spot) were aggressive against one-time hotshot Cuban defector Noel Arguelles. The lefty was showing better velocity than he did last year, but Jace Peterson opened with a single before Spangenberg laced a triple into the right-center gap.

The club rolled the inning over twice in Arguelles's three innings. Domoromo finished it off by rifling a shot to the fence 400+ feet away in right-center for his own triple.

Across the way, Matt Andriese followed Wilfredo Boscan for the Tucson squad. Each righty worked two innings before a parade of relievers each got in their first frame of game action. Andriese struggled a bit with command, but showed a four seam fastball in the mid-90s, a cutter, slider and change. Each showed good life.

Seen and Heard

Tommy Medica, whose catching career has been derailed by shoulder problems, was hitting with the catchers' group during batting practice, but still hasn't put on the gear. He's hoping to get some time behind the plate later this year.

With the big league club playing split squad games in Peoria and Surprise, many guys got called over from the minor league complex. Duanel Jones launched a homer to right field in the major league game.

Casey McElroy's time on the big league side didn't go as well. The middle infielder dove for a ball and hurt his throwing wrist, although there's no confirmation on the extent of the injury yet. With few remaining roster options, Bud Black shifted Medica over to second base and inserted Austin Hedges as a first baseman for the rest of the half inning until another able-bodied player could make it across the complex.

Dominican Franmil Reyes, who won't turn 18 until July, stood out for his physical presence and strength in morning BP. The big righty launched several tape measure shots in his hitting rounds.

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