Here are your Friday links on the Padres, their draft and the minors.
- ESPN’s Sam Miller (one of my fave baseball writers) went deep Tuesday on the Padres’ three Rule 5 picks and how they’re doing so far this year:
“It is, to a degree, a radical experiment in floor-setting. If we assume that, say, 85 percent of players at one level are better than the average player one level down, we’re talking about almost 4,000 players in the affiliated baseball system who were deemed better than Cordoba one year ago. If we assume that, in a normal path, Cordoba would be in the Midwest League, like the small handful of his Johnson City teammates, we’re still talking about almost 3,000 players between him and Bryce Harper — and now he and Harper are facing the very same competition in the very same ballparks. Cordoba, who might be the 3,000th-best player in the United States right now, last month faced Clayton Kershaw, who might be the best! By numbers, Cordoba should just burst into flames while standing in the on-deck circle.
By numbers, the difference between these three and their peers should be so obvious. So is it?”
- ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft noted Wednesday that Hunter Renfroe’s 14th homer put him on a 34-homer pace, which would be third-best in Padre history since moving to Petco Park, behind Adrian Gonzalez’s 40 in 2009 and 36 in 2008
- Padre outfielder (and Poway native) Alex Dickerson might miss the rest of the year with a lower back injury.
- Gaslamp Ball’s SD Hat Guy takes a look at the Father’s Day-themed hats the Padres will wear this weekend.
- Jeff Sanders writes for Baseball America (subscription required) that Padres top pick MacKenzie Gore takes after his fellow North Carolinian high school first round LHP Madison Bumgarner.
“Just the way he competes and wants the ball in the biggest games,” Gore said in a conference call after the Padres selected him third overall. “I really like him, his competitiveness.”
- Padres MLB.com writer A.J. Cassavell answered a mailbag question about the whole drafting two catchers with their first three picks thing.
“The Padres are perfectly content with Austin Hedges behind the dish. (Preller even joked that Hedges has nothing to worry about.) The two young catching prospects are a long way from being Major League ready. And if they reach that point, there are 29 teams searching for a young backstop. San Diego might even need one by then.
They’ve both been lauded for their work behind the plate — specifically how well they handle pitching staffs. What better way to develop young pitchers in the organization than to give them a pair of excellent catchers to work with?”
- ESPN’s Keith Law said (subscription required) the Padres’ top 5 picks were all in his Top 100 and their sixth, Alaskan high schooler Jonny Homza, was a “real rarity” as a pick from way up north and mentioned he could end up as a catcher.
- Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen, meanwhile, said Hozma has “a good feel to hit” and thinks he might end up at 2B. He also said third-rounder Mason House has “big power projection and athletic actions.”
- Longenhagen () also talked about Padres #69 overall pick Blake Hunt, a So Cal high school catcher, saying he’s “not expected to make much of an impact with his bat and he projects as a backup for many scouts, but he could make enough contact to profile as a bit more than that.”
- Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper noted that the Padres drafted six straight high schoolers, followed by five straight college seniors.
- Writers from Padres Public reviewed some of the top picks from the draft. Dustin Palmateer also made some educated guesses on the money they’d offer to their top selections, to see if they would be able to sign Daniel Cabrera, who appears steadfast in his commitment to LSU after falling to the 26th round.
One of Baseball Prospectus’ Eyewitness Accounts scouting reports posted Thursday (subscription required) was of Lake Elsinore RHP Cal Quantrill, who “shows the ingredients of a quality starting pitching prospect, with a legitimate three-pitch mix headlined by a 70-potential secondary.”
BP (subscription required) also wrote on Tuesday, via Steve Givarz, about Fort Wayne 3B and 2016 first-rounder Hudson Potts, saying he has had problems making contact so far this year, but “when he has the contact has been loud, showing off his large raw power.”
Lastly, yesterday’s results:
- The Padres had the day off to ruminate on their 3-game win streak and whether that’s really a good thing for the team’s future.
- The Tri-City Dust Devils, the Short-Season Class A affiliate, had their season opener! The DDs won 10-4 over Salem-Keizer. 20-year-old RF Luis Asuncion had the team’s first homer of the year and added a double, while 17-year-old overseas signee SS Luis Almanzar started the year 1-5. 20-year-old LF Josh Magee had the go-ahead 2 RBI double and finished off the scoring with a 2-RBI triple. On the mound, 22-year-old SP Emmanuel Ramirez gave up 2 earned in 5.2 IP. Also, it should be noted that whoever is running the Dust Devils’ Twitter account has strong GIF game.
- Low-A Fort Wayne lost 7-3 to Lake County. RHP Ronald Bolanos had a solid start with 2 earned over 6.2 IP, but the bullpen had a rough go of it. Catcher Marcus Greene Jr. had the best day at the plate, 2-4 with a 3-run homer.
- High-A Lake Elsinore won 9-2, with Jesse Scholtens throwing a complete game with 5 hits, 7 K’s and no walks. Scholtens has a sub-3 ERA since moving up from Fort Wayne earlier this year and followed up 7 scoreless in his last start with his first complete game in pro ball. Outfielder Edwin Romero carried the offense with a homer and double.
- AA San Antonio won 6-4, clinching the first-half Texas League championship. Outfielder Nick Torres and DH Alberth Martinez both hit homers while RHP Brett Kennedy gave up all 4 runs through 6.2 IP and the bullpen held on for the win.
- AAA El Paso won 5-1, with Zach Lee giving up the lone run in 4.1 IP although with 4 hits and 4 BB. Erstwhile Padres 2B Ryan Schimpf hit his 2nd homer in AAA.