Now that the month of June is over, I thought I’d look at some of the notable offensive performances for the month from Padres hitters. Pitchers will be covered in the next article.
Adrian Gonzalez had a huge month, even by his own standards: if the Padres do trade him, his value is certainly high now. He hit .363/.411/.686 with seven homers and 12 doubles.
Will Venable ripped four homers of his own, slugging .500, although he had a troublesome 18/4 K/BB ratio. He continues to chase too many pitches outside the strike zone (37.5% in June).
Tony Gwynn hit a respectable .278/.358/.403, walking more (9 times) than he struck out (7). He also was 5-for-7 in steals and launched a rare homer.
Aaron Cunningham, who had some numbers in the bigs entering the year, had a more respectable showing in his first taste of 2010 MLB pitching, hitting .269/.296/.462 with a homer in 12 games. He also needs to tighten up his strike zone (9/1 K/BB, 31.6% chase rate).
David Eckstein fell from his early season heights to .273/.308/.323 in the month.
Jerry Hairston had another punchless month, hitting just .225/.253/.348.
Chris Denorfia tailed off badly, hitting .182/.229/.205.
So, ultimately, it was a mixed back, with Gonzalez mainly responsible for carrying the offense. Hopefully, more players step up as the Padres hit the stretch run.