What happened last night?
Well, it was a good day to be a Padres fan. Some were still basking in the glow of Brad Hand’s sparkling All-Star performance on Tuesday, in which he retired the side in order in the 7th, including a strikeout of eventual hero Robinson Canó. Many are still waiting to see when he’ll be dealt, as the trade deadline is looming at the end of the month. Keith Law came on the Darren Smith Show on 1090 AM and said he was worth “one high level prospect”, meaning the bottom half of the top 100. U-T reporter Dennis Lin mentioned on 1360 AM that “the major turn off here could be how high his (Padre GM A.J. Preller’s) asking prices are.”
While Preller hasn’t been here for that long, we’ve seen him strike while the iron’s hot (dealing Drew Pomeranz last year right after his All-Star appearance) as well as waiting for the best deal (getting a huge prospect haul for Craig Kimbrel in the offseason). Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a Tyson Ross situation, where he waits too long and ends up a handful of regret.
In other Padre news, well… they didn’t lose, as they are still enjoying a midseason break. However, there was still plenty of action further down the system.
Fernando Tatis Jr. Is Our Reason To Live
How do you get people excited about baseball on a Padres off day? How about a leadoff home run by Fernando Tatis Jr.? Still not enough? The 18-year-old followed it up with a grand slam in the seventh. The homers were his 14th and 15th of the season.
He’s batting an obscene .361/.513/.852 since the All-Star break (19 games, 79 plate appearances). During that time, he’s hit six of his homers, while having as many walks as strikeouts (12 of each, good for a 22.7% rate). With Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Eric Lauer, and Joey Lucchesi all receiving recent promotions, it’s easy for fans to call for Tatis Jr. to get the call to Lake Elsinore. Time will tell what the Padres decide to do with the promising shortstop, but with Javier Guerra still trying to figure it out in High-A, and Tatis Jr. still barely old enough to vote, it would be surprising to see him make the leap to High-A any time in the near future.
Josh Naylor Makes Double-A Debut
The big Canadian, fresh off his second Futures Game, was promoted to San Antonio and batted fifth for the Missions, sandwiched between Franmil Reyes and Ty France. He went 0-4 against the Frisco RoughRiders, which included a long fly out to the warning track, but didn’t strikeout.
The bigger story on the night was Enyel De Los Santos, who scattered six hits and three walks across seven innings, allowing just one run on a solo homer. He had eight strikeouts and was able to get some whiffs by locating his curve ball and fooling hitters with his changeup. He lowered his ERA on the year to 4.57, though (as mentioned in the series preview yesterday) it’s a full two runs lower against every team besides Midland.
Luis Urías also went two for four on the day with a pair of singles, as he, France, Noah Perio, Alberth Martinez, and Webster Rivas all had multi-hit games in the Missions 5-1 victory.
Rod Boykin Makes High-A Debut
After slashing .246/.329/.415 at Single-A Fort Wayne, it was a little surprising to see Boykin in the lineup for Lake Elsinore. The 22-year-old outfielder would turn out to be the star of the game, however, going 3-5 with a 8th inning solo shot. The Storm trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but scratched together five runs of their own in the eighth and ninth, on homers by Boykin and Kyle Overstreet, and RBI singles by Ruddy Giron and Overstreet again.
It wouldn’t be enough to mount a comeback, however, as Trevor Frank allowed a run in the ninth, and the Lancaster JetHawks came away with the narrow 6-5 victory.
Also Around the Farm
- Nick Buss, El Paso’s lone representative to the Triple-A All-Star game, went 1-2 with a single and a strikeout to help the Pacific Coast League top the International League 6-4.
- Osvaldo Hernandez, Chasen Ford, and Fred Schlichtholz combined to allow ten runs (eight earned) in 6.1 innings, as Tri-City (Low-A) fell to the Everett AquaSox 11-5. Hernandez struck out five, walked one, and allowed two runs in four innings. The Dust Devils scattered 12 hits, all singles, with Kelvin Melean, Justin Lopez, Tre Carter, Bryant Aragon, and Aldemar Burgos each getting two hits.
- Catchers Luis Campusano and Blake Hunt both homered for the AZL Padres 2 squad. Gabriel Arias also went 3-3, Tirso Ornelas went 2-4, and Olivier Basabe went 2-3. Jordy Barley also homered for the AZL Padres 1 unit.