Rookie centerfielder Manuel Margot has returned from the 10-day Disabled List after more than a month since his most recent major league game, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. The top prospect was diagnosed with “right calf inflammation,” which was especially concerning due to the amount of production Margot creates with his speed.
In the 47 games he has played in this year, Margot hit .259/.305/.389 with a wRC+ of 84, which indicates below-average production at the plate. On the positive side, Margot is still just 22 years old, and has plenty of time to refine his approach and become the high-OBP, base-stealing menace that many believe is well within his reach. At only 57 career major-league games, Margot hasn’t even played half a season in his career against the toughest competition in the world.
Over his five rehab games at AAA El Paso this year, Margot had only 3 hits, which is simply insignificant in such a small sample size.
With Franchy Cordero’s recent struggles at the plate, including an astronomical 44% strikeout rate, Margot will be a pleasant return to the lineup and the outfield. Expect his usual fantastic defense, and hopefully a lot of good plate appearances.
Other Notes – Travis Barnett
AAA El Paso: After a earning a promotion from San Antonio, reliever Brad Wieck coughed up a run along with three baserunners, but that didn’t stop the Chihuahuas from beating the River Cats 5-2.
AA San Antonio: Trevor Frank stepped into shutdown a ninth inning rally by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who kicked off the inning with two runs off of Jose Castillo.
A Fort Wayne: In a barn-burner with South Bend Cubs, the TinCaps came out on top 11-10 thanks to a two out single by G.K. Young. Fernando Tatis Jr., Jorge Ona, and Marcus Greene Jr all homered in the contest.
AZL Padres: A pair 2017 draftees, Luis Campusano and Mason House, each jacked a home run in a 13-11 loss to the Rangers AZL team. For the Padres other AZL team, Michael Baez struck out seven over fives innings of two run ball.