Since Marcus Pond already covered some of the minor league highlights from this past week, I thought we would spend today’s morning report taking a closer look at the most exciting thing to happen to the major league team, the promotion of Phil Maton. If you missed that news, it broke yesterday afternoon as Kevin Quackenbush was sent to El Paso once again in order to make room for the 2015 20th round round draft pick.
After another subpar start by Dinelson Lamet, Maton entered the game in the 8th inning with the Padres down 7-1 with the heart of the Royals lineup scheduled to bat. Maton began hammering the zone right away, tossing a couple of low-90’s fastballs, but unfortunately, the movement on the second fastball even fooled the plate umpire and was called for a ball, evening the count at 1-1. A third fastball went for a whiff before Maton enticed a second whiff with this beauty for his first career strikeout:
In the subsequent at bat, Eric Hosmer stepped to the plate and swung at a first pitch slider, lining out to Jose Pirela for the second out of the inning. Drew Butera, Salvador Perez’ backup, was slightly more patient as he waited until pitch two before swinging at a high fastball that also resulted in a line out to the outfield.
Overall, it was a sparkling debut for Maton on an otherwise forgettable day as he flashed immediately flashed the talent that shot him up so quickly through the system. His pinpoint command and “invisible fastball” enabled him to shut down the Royals with just seven pitches, and while he’ll certainly have to work in more of his secondary stuff as major leaguers start to adjust, this was about an auspicious a debut as the Padres could have hoped for.
Additionally, in case you were wondering, Maton’s spin rate was only around 60th in the league for four-seamers, but his release extension point was in the 96th percentile. If you’re a fan of pitching, you might just want to tune in the next couple of weeks, regardless of the score, so that you can catch a glimpse of yet another future piece arriving in San Diego.
Padres: In a mere 6 games, Jose Pirela has produced more fWAR than Wil Myers, Yangervis Solarte, and Hunter Renfroe combined after notching his fifth straight multi-hit game
Chihuahuas: The recently demoted Ryan Schimpf jacked a homer yesterday but also struck out in two of his four at bats.
Missions: Michael Kelly was superb yet again as he allowed just three hits over 7.1 innings, lowering his ERA to a stellar 2.55.
TinCaps: Despite Reggie Lawson’s best start of the year, the TinCaps saw a four game win streak snapped with Nick Monroe and Blake Rogers yielding 5 runs to Lansing in the top of the 7th.