San Diego Padres HomeGrown Hope Hunter Renfroe is making a push to challenge for an outfield position with the Padres sooner than later. After mashing in AA again this year he was promoted to AAA El Paso and started things off with a bang. He has already hit 2 homers in his first 4 games after hitting 14 in 112 with AA San Antonio. He has helped his new club pull within a half game of Las Vegas in the PCL playoff race.
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Meanwhile in Fort Wayne, Thomas Dorminy pitched 7 and allowed 0 runs in leading his team to a 2-0 win Friday night as reported by Bill Center. On the season the lefty is 10-7 with a 3.09 earned run average. The TinCaps are 20-3 in their last 23 games and sit comfortably atop the Midwest Division standings.
Certainly the Padres have a lot staked on Renfroe’s development. The 2013 first round pick for the Padres has done everything as expected so far. Of course with speedster Travis Jankowski now on the major league club it made room for Renfroe in AAA. It will be everything to see what Jankowski can do in his first cup of coffee at the major league level and how that will affect the outfield rotation next season.
While Wil Myers continues to be bit by injuries in his short MLB career, Jankowski is the first prototypical lead-off hitter the Padres have had since Everth Cabrera and if he hits would make logical sense to play center field. It might allow Myers to move over to left field assuming the Padres will not have the cash to keep Justin Upton. The question of course would still remain what to do with Melvin Upton Jr.who despite a recent power surge against his former team Atlanta, still hasn’t shown much to prove his contract is the next Carlos Quentin-style albatross.
In a season that seems to be turning brighter with another strong finish to the season ala 2009, the Padres might just have some reason to think that in 2016 the minor league system will be producing some reinforcements.
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