Padres Minor League Roundup For August 16th

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Catcher Austin Hedges. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Double A: San Antonio Missions (61-64)

The Missions were able to avenge Friday’s loss to the visiting Northwest Arkansas Naturals with a 2-1 victory in San Antonio last night. The Missions are currently in last place in the Texas League South division and find themselves seven games out of first place.

Despite their current position in the standings, there is plenty of excitement around the San Antonio Missions and their talented roster. The number one, four, and eighth prospects in the Padres’ system are all fine tuning their skills in Double A San Antonio.

The number one overall prospect, Austin Hedges, is just about ready to go. And last night he proved that again with consistency.

Although Hedges’ batting average is only hovering around .236, he is usually good for one hit a per game. Hedges currently has nine hits and a walk over the last ten games. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s game.

The number one catching prospect in the entire MLB might not need to do much more than that to get his call up, as his defensive prowess and ability to call a game are hard to argue with.

Alex Dickerson doubled in the bottom of the second and them scored on a Cody Overbeck single to get the Missions on the board first.

Cory Spangenberg singled in the third inning and made it to third on a one out single by Austin Hedges. Hedges was tagged out on the play when he tried to stretch his single into a double. Spangenberg would score during the next at bat on a wild pitch.

The Naturals scored in the top of the fourth on a fielding error.

That was it for the scoring. James Needy pitched seven great innings, only allowing three hits while striking out seven. R.J. Alvarez was lights out in the ninth, striking out two en route to his fifth save.

Future Friar of the Game

Alex Dickerson: 3-for-3, 2B, R

Austin Hedges: 1-for-4. 7 game hitting streak

James Needy: 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, W

R.J. Alvarez: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, S

Future Friar of the Game

Hunter Renfroe: 0-for-4