Arizona Fall League Recap
Some of the Padres top prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League, as they try to gain more professional experience. The season began a few days ago, and the Padres participants are playing for the Peoria Javelinas. The team is off to a 2-1 start. Here is a breakdown of how the Padres prospects are doing:
Rymer Liriano: The Padres top outfield prospect actually scored the first run of the AFL season. Liriano is off to an impressive start, as he has gone 5-for-11, with a double, and 2 RBI’s. His .455 batting average is certainly impressive in the early season. Liriano could make an appearance for the Padres in the 2013 season.
March 9, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (left) attempts to field a ground ball that goes past him as San Diego Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano (right) runs to second base during the fifth inning at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Jeudy Valdez: Valdez, like Liriano, has a place on the 40-man roster for San Diego. Valdez had a miserable season for AA San Antonio, hitting just .225. Valdez may need to impress in the AFL to show that he is worthy of that roster spot. Valdez is 1-for-5, with a double.
Nate Freiman: Freiman put up some monster numbers for San Antonio, and played for the Isreal team in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round. Freiman is off to a slow start, as he is 1-for-9 in two starts.
Matt Stites: Stites had a monster year for the Fort Wayne Tincaps, posting a 0.74 ERA(that is not a typo) in 42 games. He gave up a run in his only appearance so far for Peoria.
Kevin Quackenbush: Quackenbush has been a dominant reliever in the Padres system, and saved 27 games for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2012. He pitched a scoreless inning, with two strikeouts for Peoria in his lone appearance.