Last night, the San Diego Padres played their first game without Chase Headley since 2007 after being traded to the New York Yankees. Headley’s career with the Padres was a roller coaster ride, but his most successful year came in 2012 when he was a finalist in the 2012 MVP voting . With the trades of Headley and Houston Street last week, it seems the San Diego Padres are in FULL sale mode.
For the second night at Triple-A El Paso, three out of the four starting infielders were Opening Day starters for the Padres: Jedd Gyorko, Yonder Alonso, and Everth Cabrera. Let’s take a look down on the farm. Here is the minor league roundup for July 22nd.
The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Sacramento River Cats 3-2.
Out of the three rehabbing Padre infielders, Gyorko had the best night at the plate going 2-for-6 with a run scored. Alonso went 1-for-6 with a strikeout, and Cabrera went 0-for-3. A collective 3-for-15 is nothing to get excited about; hopefully they are just severely rusty and will remember how to play baseball again.
Tonight the EL Paso Chihuahuas send Jason Lane (5-8, 4.76 ERA) to the mound to face the Sacramento River Cats. As of the publishing of this article the River Cats have yet to name their starter. First pitch is at 9:05 pm ET.
The San Antonio Missions defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 11-1.
Missions’ starter Bryce Morrow added another great start to his great performance since being promoted to Double-A. In the 8 games he has started at the Double-A level this season he has a 1.59 ERA with 35 strikeouts while only allowing 10 walks in 51 innings. Could he make the straight from Double-A to the Majors like Jesse Hahn did early this season? I think he has a chance if he maintains a sub-2.00 ERA and averaging 6 1/3 innings per outing. He could be a September call-up at the least.
The Lake Elsinore Storm lost to the San Jose Giants 8-3.
Storm SS Benji Gonzalez extended his hit streak to seven games while going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and 1 walk. During that stretch Gonzalez has had 5 multi-hit games and only 2 strikeouts. On the season his slash line is .310/.396/.452. Gonzalez is another prospect to get excited about. You can never have too many offensive-minded middle infield prospects.
The Storm has tonight off while they travel home to face Bakersfield and Rancho Cucamonga during a 7-game home stand.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps had last night off to travel home. Tonight, they begin a three-game series against the Beloit Snappers. The TinCaps will send Jimmy Brasoban (1-4, 4.07 ERA) to face the Snapper’s Junior Mendez (2-5, 4.01 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 pm ET.
Class A: Rookie Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils 3-2.
Only one player on the Emeralds had more than 1 hit. The player was Emeralds SS River Stevens who went 2-for-3 with an RBI on the night. The rest of the team only muster 3 hits, but were able to get 6 free passes to help them score their two runs.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres defeated the DSL Diamondbacks 5-1.
The Padres’ SS Jose Savinon led the offensive charge going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI to raise his batting average to .327 on the season. Padre starter Arturo Pena also had a great start on the mound. Pena pitched 4.2 innings allowing 1 run (0 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Pena lowered his ERA to 2.25 on the season.
Today, the DSL Padres will face the DSL White Sox. As of the publishing of this article neither team has named their starter. First pitch is at 10:30 am ET.
Rookie: Arizona Fall League
The AZL Padres annihilated the AZL Brewers 20-3.
The Padres offense came out swinging last night. They tallied 21 hits, 20 runs, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homeruns, and 7 walks as a team. Both Daniel Bravo and Jordan Paroubeck had 4 RBI on the night. Collectively the team went 10-for-22 with runners in scoring position.
Tonight the AZL Padres will face the AZL Giants. As of the publishing of this article neither team has named their starter. First pitch is at 10:00 pm ET.
Keep the Faith