The Padres have had some good hitting pitchers in the past, from Tyson Ross to Jake Peavy, but recently a trio of young pitchers has been stepping it up, capped with Drew Pomeranz home run last week.
The Padres admittedly won’t be sending anyone to the Home Run Derby anytime soon, as the Giants are still mulling over whether slugger Madison Bumgarner might be added to the event in some fashion in a couple of weeks, but it doesn’t mean all Padres pitchers can’t do anything at the dish.
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Pomeranz of course has the home run -which was the first extra base hit by a Padres pitcher all season. That was his fourth hit of the season, tying him with Colin Rea for the pitcher team lead. Rea also leads the pitchers with 3 sacrifices and has 2 walks on the year.
Pomeranz hasn’t batted regularly since 2012 when he started for Colorado, but he did get 10 hits that season with a home run, so he is close to career highs in a few categories this season.
Luis Perdomo has also shown that he can hit, with 3 hits in 10 at bats though 5 strike outs to go with it. That tags along with Christian Friedrich who has struck out 9 times in his 16 AB’s to go along with the two hits. Not as pretty.
So…maybe the Padres pitchers may not ever be confused with the Atlanta Braves pitching staff that challenged each other for Silver Sluggers and figured out that “Chicks Dig the Long Ball” in the 1990’s. Yet, every little bit helps right?
They should all be happy Tyson Ross isn’t in the rotation right now. Last year he hit a home run with 6 RBI and hit .250 on the season after hitting .179 and .182 the previous two seasons respectively. As he rehabs his shoulder, hopefully he is getting in some swings in the cages as well to stay up with the young Padres staff and show them how major league pitchers hit the ball too.