Padres Minor League Roundup For August 6th

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A lot happened on Wednesday. The Padres were able to pull off a miraculous win in Minnesota when Seth “When did I start becoming the face of the franchise?” Smith hit the game winning home run in the top of the 10th inning. After the game, the Padres held a press conference to announce the hiring of A.J. Preller as their new general manager. The Padres signed Preller to a five-year deal and he became the 10th GM in franchise history.

In Arlington, Preller was known for his success with international free agents. Jon Daniels, current General Manager of the Texas Rangers was quoted as saying “For the other teams in the division … today was a bad day…That may sound brash, but he’s very good at what he does.” That’s good news for Padres fans who have been desperate to return to the post season.

It has been eight years since the Padres have made the playoffs, and A.J. Preller inherited a stacked Minor League system including the Domincan Summer League. There could be quite a few Friars on the move under this new regime, and many top prospects could be called up to serve time for the new GM to evaluate what he has.

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Triple A: El Paso Chihuahuas (56-62)

The Chihuahuas had Wednesday off. Tonight they take on former Padre, Wade LeBlanc of the Salt Lake Bees. Be sure to check back tomorrow for results.

Double A: San Antonio Missions (57-59)

San Antonio went into yesterday’s game on a four game losing streak. They now enter today’s game with a five game losing streak. The reason? Offense. Well, lack of offense. The Missions have only managed to score seven runs during this five game losing streak. The offense is beginning to come around, as three of those seven runs came during last night’s 6-3 loss. The bats were working, but runners were continually stranded in scoring position.

Robbie Erlin continued his rehab assignment in Double A last night, going three innings while giving up three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. The Missions did manage to come from behind for the lead in the seventh inning when Travis Jankowski singled in two runs, putting the team up 3-2. The lead only lasted about twenty minutes before the Travelers rallied for three in the bottom of the seventh, later adding an insurance run in the eighth. The Missions didn’t roll all of their stars out on the field. Austin Hedges was absent from the lineup, presumably given a routine rest day off.

Future Friar of the Game

Cory Spangenberg: 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Future Friar of the Game

Hunter Renfroe: 1-for-4, GIDP

Single A: Lake Elsinore Storm (64-52)

The Storm salvaged the series against the Inland Empire 66ers by winning the finale 7-4. The theme of this series has been: offense. In the three game series, both teams have combined for an incredible 39 runs. The team’s bats made up for last night’s absence by racking up 13 hits and getting on base with 2 walks. Six of those hits came in the bottom of the 1st inning and accounted for five of their seven runs.

Rafael De Paula was hit around in his five inning stint. De Paula gave up 8 hits and 4 earned runs while walking one batter. One stat that sticks out is that De Paula struck out eight of the twenty five batters he faced. Top prospect, Gabriel Quintana hit his 16th homer of the year in the bottom of the 5th inning. Mallex Smith continues to impress. Not only was he impressive by getting on base three out of five times in the lead off role, but by he was impressive by getting into scoring position every time he got on base. Smith stole second after singling in the 1st, and again after walking in the 6th inning. Both stolen bases came with Jose Rondon at the plate, which has appeared to benefit him as well as he reached on a bunt single and an RBI single to left field during these at bats.

Future Friar of the Game

Jose Rondon: 3-for-4, RBI, R, K

Mallex Smith: 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, K, (2) SB

Future Friars of the Game

Rafael De Paula: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HR

Single A: Fort Wayne Tincaps (51-63)

Fort Wayne’s offense seemed to have met it’s match in the Lansing Lugnuts’ pitching staff last night in a 7-0 loss. The Tincaps were held to just three hits the entire game. Dustin Peterson‘s struggles at the plate continued as he went 0-for-3. Peterson is now 6-for-43 with 15 strikeouts in the last 10 games. Even Trea Turner was stumped at the plate. His 13 game hitting streak ended after going 0-4 with a strikeout.

The team was a little too impatient, striking out a five times and failed to get a single base on balls. Lansing’s starter, Starlyn Suriel, was lights out. Suriel went six innings, allowing just one hit, zero runs, and struck out four. Jason Jester made a relief appearance in the 9th inning and proceeded to give up 4 hits, a walk, 4 runs ( 3 earned), and struck out none. The Tincaps look to right the ship tonight when they host the Lake County Captains at 7:05 pm local time. Turner will attempt to continue his hot streak after last night’s interruption. In the last ten games, turner is 18-for-44 with 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases. He also has 15 strikeouts in that time span.

Future Friar of the Game

Ronald Herrera: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K, (L)

Future Friars of the Game

Fort Wayne Tincaps Offense: 3-for-30, 0 R, (5) K

Jason Jester: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 0 K

Single A: Eugene Emeralds (7-6)

The Emeralds had the day off. Tonight they take on the Hillsboro Hops. Be sure to check back tomorrow for results.

Rookie: AZL Padres (11-25) Won 8-1

Rookie: DSL Padres (13-43) Postponed

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