Padres’ Minor League Roundup For August 15th

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Double-A: San Antonio Missions (60-64)

The Missions dropped the first game of their three-game series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6-4. Mission starter Leonel Campos had a night on the mound he would like to forget. He pitched 4.1 innings allow 5 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. Campos has had a horrible season. He started at Triple-A El Paso but after 11 games was demoted after posting a 11.70 ERA with opposing hitters emulating Ted Williams averaging .408 against Campos. His demotion did not provide much of a reprieve; Campos has appeared in 28 games posting a 5.05 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, with batter hitting .249 against him. One of this problems has been his command or lack thereof. He issues 5.1 walks per every 9 innings that he pitches. Campos will need to spend the offseason figuring out what his wrong with his mechanics and fix the problem if he looks to get back on the track towards the Major Leagues.

Campos didn’t have a huge amount of offensive support last night. The Missions lineup only muster 5 hits. Casey McElroy had one of those hits; he belted a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning for his 10th slam of season. While McElroy is smart with the bat and earns his share of walks, I don’t see him having a high ceiling. I think at best he would be a serviceable bench player, but even then he would need to be able to play multiple defensive positions to really be of any value.

Future Friar of the Game

Casey McElroy 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Future Friar of the Game

Lee Orr 0-for-3, 3 K