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Missions Report: Five Headed to All-Star Game

José Rondon (left) and Luis Urías are both Texas League All-Stars Photo: Marcus Pond

The Texas League All-Star Game will be held in Frisco, TX on June 27, and five Missions players will be on the roster.  Luis Urías has been named as the starting shortstop, and will be joined by infielder José Rondon, starting pitcher Michael Kelly, and relievers Trey Wingenter and Eric Yardley.

Urías has had a great season in San Antonio, hitting .311/.413/.424 and leading the San Antonio offense.  He has been slumping since the beginning of June (hitting just .150/.320/.150 for the month), but gets the nod because he was absolutely tearing it up the first two months of the season.  He turned 20 less than two weeks ago, and has split time at second (23 games) and short (37 games).  Posting a 14.4% walk rate, while striking out only 11.9% of the time, Urías is easily the Padres most interesting position player in the Padres minor league system.

Rondon has had a stellar year of his own, and is a Texas League All-Star for the second year in a row.  He is tied for the league lead in extra base hits (16) and total bases (107), and has eight of his eleven doubles in the month of June.  He has provided solid defense wherever manager Phillip Wellman has asked him to play.  In a brief eight-game stint with the Padres last year, he looked overmatched, but has performed well enough to expect a call up to Triple-A El Paso sooner or later.

A first round pick out of high school in 2011, Michael Kelly has started realizing his potential this year in San Antonio.  His 9.1 K/9 rate is a career high, as is his 1.095 WHIP.  He is second in the Texas League in strikeouts (75), fourth in innings pitched (74), and fifth in batting average against (.205).

While the Missions starting rotation has been solid all year, their bullpen, led by Wingenter and Yardley, has helped preserve many of San Antonio’s wins. Wingenter, a 6’7″ closer, can touch 99 MPH, and has a 30:9 strikeout to walk ratio in 22 appearances.  Yardley, who posted some solid numbers in Triple-A El Paso last year, has been tough on Texas League hitters this year, allowing just four extra base hits (all doubles) in 34.2 innings, while posting a nearly identical 30:8 strikeout to walk ratio.

There were a few others from the Alamo City that could easily have been considered for a spot in Frisco.  Outfielder Franmil Reyes is slashing .289/.354/.460, is tied for second in the league in doubles (17) and is fifth in total bases (108).  Starting pither Kyle Lloyd, who threw a no hitter last month, is eighth in the league in ERA (3.13) and WHIP (1.12).  Fellow rotation mate Brett Kennedy had a rough April, but has a 2.00 ERA in his last eight starts (45 innings), and has the lowest BB/9 rate (2.6) and highest K/9 rate (9.4) on the staff.

Other Padres prospects have getting All-Star nods around the system include Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, and Colby Blueberg of the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A), and Jorge Oña, Logan Allen, and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A).

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