Pedro Avila rolls in second start of the offseason.
In his second start in Venezuela, Pedro Avila continued to do exactly what he needs to do this offseason, limit walks. After his six innings of shutout baseball, Avila now has 10 innings of shutout ball under his belt, with five hits allowed, one walk, and 10 strikeouts.
He isn’t the only one finding success in Venezuela. The future of Edward Olivares may be up in the air, however, the young outfielder is doing all he can to showcase his talents to the organization. In 10 games, Olivares is hitting .263 with two home runs, three stolen bases, and a .349 OBP. He has at least one hit in all but two games.
Fellow top prospect Gabriel Arias also has a hit in every game but two, but has played sparingly since our update last week. Arias is now hitting .273 with a .333 OBP. All nine of his hits have been singles. Although it’s a very small sample size, Arias and his strikeouts continue to be a bit of problem, striking out eight times already in 33 at-bats.
Two fellow Padres prospects joined Avila, Olivares, and Arias back home, but have played sparingly or not at all.
Updates from the Dominican Republic.
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Honestly, there isn’t too much to report since our update last Sunday. Fernando Tatis Jr.has yet to make his much-anticipated debut but that is coming, very soon. Tatis, Franmil Reyes, Franchy Cordero, and Francisco Mejia are all set to join their respective teams in the next few days. Reyes is expected to begin playing as early as Tuesday or Wednesday for the Leones del Escogido.
As for the rest of the crew, below are their performance numbers as of October 28th.
- Eric Yardley: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1.59 ERA
- Diego Goris: .333 avg (6-18), 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
- Webster Rivas: 0-2, two strikeouts
- Esteury Ruiz: .400 avg (4-10), two stolen bases
- Jeisson Rosario: 0-3, one strikeout
The Australian and Puerto Rican leagues will celebrate Opening Day on November 15th.