On April 11, in his first start at Double-A San Antonio, Wynn Pelzer left the game with a 67.50 ERA. Two outs in the first inning, five earned runs, and three unearned runs.
You wouldn’t have thought Pelzer was a consensus top-15 San Diego prospect.
The good news is that his next five starts in San Antonio have gone much better. His second, third, and fourth starts all saw Pelzer give up three earned runs, but he’s continued to ratchet it up. His fifth start saw him throw six innings and allow no earned runs, and in his last outing, Pelzer struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run.
For the year, his ERA is at a much healthier 4.71, and his peripheral numbers (30/9 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings, with 2 HR allowed) are quite good.
In a season where a lot has gone wrong in the Padres system (Jaff Decker and Logan Forsythe getting hurt, Kellen Kulbacki, Lance Zawadzki, Edinson Rincon, Rymer Liriano, and James Darnell struggling,etc.), it’s good to know that at least one top-rated guy has gotten past his early season woes.