With rumors swirling for a few days, the Padres have finally made it official that they are promoting Adrian Morejon from Low-A Tri City to the Single-A Fort Wayne per a report by Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
Adrian Morejon, the No. 6 prospect in the Padres' system, has been promoted to the TinCaps from short-season Tri-City. He'll start Saturday.
— JGTinCaps (@JGTinCaps) July 26, 2017
Morejon, the Padres prize in last year’s stellar international class, received his first professional assignment earlier this summer, debuting for the Dust Devils on June 16th. He had modest success in both his debut and his second start, but he settled into a groove over the next few when he struck out 16 hitters, walked only 1, and allowed just two runs over 17 innings. And if he’d been able to maintain that success in the next game, he would have surely been promoted then; however, shoddy control and struggles with his release point led to a career worst, six-run performance and left more to be desired before a promotion.
On Sunday night, Morejon quickly put his last start behind him, striking out eight batters over six innings of shutout ball. The dominant performance brought his K:BB ration to a sensational 35:3, which ranks better than all Northwest League starting pitchers with at least 30 strikeouts, and his ERA to a palatable 3.57 (inflated by the 6 ER start in a small sample).
The 18 year old left-hander will make his much anticipated debut on Saturday against the Dayton Dragons at 7:05 pm EST.