If you’re wondering what’s been going on with my favorite sleeper prospect, Lake Elsinore lefty Juan Oramas, lately, I haven’t discussed him much because the Padres are limiting his innings. He’s working in a tandem-starter arrangement with Jorge Reyes, usually going two innings a night. This makes sense because Mexican League pitchers (which Oramas was in 2009) typically get worked fairly hard, and Oramas’ 5’10” frame doesn’t scream “workhorse” right now.
He’s thrown four innings in the tandem-starter arrangement, across two games, and has walked one, struck out four, and allowed no hits. He threw two perfect innings with 2 K today.
That puts Oramas’ season ERA down to 1.66, easily the lowest in the Padres’ system, and fourth-lowest in the minors overall. He’s just .08 off the lead.
We probably won’t get too much more to chew on from the Mexican lefty this season, but he’s certainly having a great campaign that puts him right there with the other top prospects in the organization.