San Diego Padres Minors Monday: Josh Naylor Owns MiLB Pitching

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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Josh Naylor

This past week saw Josh Naylor dominate MiLB pitching and Eric Lauer put on a clinic. Here’s your weekly update on each of the San Diego Padres minor league affiliates including top performances and standings for each team.

What a week down in the minors! A number of top prospects within the San Diego Padres system exploded for monster weeks, most notably, 1B Josh Naylor. Top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore made his much-anticipated debut and fellow top pitching prospect, Eric Lauer, put on a pitching clinic in El Paso.

El Paso Chihuahuas move into first place after an offensive explosion.

El Paso finished this past week 4-3, taking three of four from Las Vegas and one of three from the Salt Lake Bees. The Chihuahuas outscored their opponent 21-7 over the last two games, guiding them into an early appearance atop the division.

Shortstop Javy Guerra showcased his plus-speed this week, recording three triples. Two of them came on Saturday.

Aiding in the offensive production was a pair of catchers. Newly acquired Brett Nicholas is currently hitting .400 with two home runs, four doubles, and a 1.188 OPS since joining El Paso.

The biggest highlight of the week came from Raffy Lopez. Lopez hit this inside-the-park home run on Thursday, followed by a 4-5 performance on Sunday, including his third home run of the year.

As for the pitching, Eric Lauer stole the show on Sunday. Some believe that Lauer should be the next prospect to make his San Diego debut, Sunday’s performance definitely helps his cause.

Lauer pitched six shutout innings, surrendering three hits and two walks while striking out 10! His 19 strikeouts on the season are fourth-most in all of minor league baseball.

You can watch all 10 of his strikeouts on Sunday, below.

Kyle Lloyd pitched two unforgettable games for El Paso this week, one for not so good reasons. On Monday, Lloyd tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and one walk while striking out 10 hitters. His next start came on Saturday where he lasted only two innings, surrendering seven hits and seven earned runs in the process.

Josh Naylor leads the way for San Antonio Missions.

Solid pitching performances and dominance at the plate led the Missions to a 3-3 week, finishing with taking two of three from Arkansas.

Opposing batters beware when facing this San Antonio pitching staff! Missions’ pitchers have recorded 114 strikeouts in 85 innings this season, allowing only 69 hits.

Josh Naylor has been on fire for San Antonio. The first base prospect hit his MiLB leading sixth home run of the season, including an inside-the-park one.

Currently, Naylor is slashing .472/.545/1.000/1.545 with seven walks and five strikeouts. Over his last four games, Naylor has seven hits (three home runs), five walks, and no strikeouts.

Don’t sleep on Austin Allen, either. He’s mashed four home runs en route to hitting .297 through the first two weeks of the season.

There are elite pitching prospects up and down the system, however, lesser-known prospect Miguel Diaz has been very impressive. In five innings, Diaz has 10 strikeouts, pairing very well with rehabbing LHP Matt Strahm in his first two starts.

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