3 San Diego Padres players who exceeded expectations in June
By Rylie Smith
San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola
Padres catcher Austin Nola improved his hitting quite a bit since the beginning of the season. In April, he was hitting .153/.274/.250. In June, that’s increased to .230/.320/.379.
Last season, his isolated power was .104. This season, it’s down to .074, a noticeable drop-off. However, the significant increase in his slugging percentage, in particular, seems to be promising for an increase in power.
He’s also been the key factor in team victories, most notably a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on June 24. He drove in the only run that game, and the Padres had their only win of the four-game series.
He’s far from having a breakout season. However, he didn’t appear to offer much potential coming into this season and has come along far in June. He’s undoubtedly proved he’s capable of more than he showed in the early season.