I’ve never written about Fort Wayne lefty Jose De Paula, but I expect I will mention him quite a bit in the future.
The 20-year-old lefthander threw seven no-hit innings tonight in just his second Low-A start. He has a 1.19 ERA in 22 2/3 innings, with five walks, 21 K’s, and no homers allowed.
De Paula allowed two walks in tonight’s game, striking out seven. The Fort Wayne bullpen promptly blew the lead, so he actually got a no-decision. The TinCaps ultimately rallied to win the game, but the win was credited to reliever Miles Mikolas, who allowed four hits and a run in 2/3 of an inning.
Now, if that’s not proof that W-L is bullshit, I don’t know what is.
Anyway, De Paula has been putting up some sick numbers his whole career, and he’s clearly carrying that into full-season ball. With Juan Oramas and now De Paula, the Padres have seen two lefty starters burst onto the scene this year.
De Paula has a similar arsenal to Oramas: a solid low-90’s heater, a knee-buckling curve, and a changeup that needs work. There have been some prospect disappointments this year, but it certainly looks like the Padres have added a good amount of lefty starters: Cory Luebke was considered the only one of consequence entering 2010.