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Missions Report: Lauer Rebounds, Martinez Mashes, Urías on the Mend

Photo: Marcus Pond

Last night, Padres Prospectus was live and direct from Wolff Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions.  While it was great to be able to interview Joey Lucchesi and Cal Quantrill (look for those sometime next week), it was also exciting to get to watch Padres no.7 prospect Eric Lauer take the mound, as well as the hot-hitting Franmil Reyes and the recently-promoted Josh Naylor and Javier Guerra.

Lauer Rebounds

After making a great debut in Double-A (7.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), Lauer was hit hard his last two starts (including one against this same Corpus Christi Hooks team), allowing a combined 14 runs in 8.2 innings.  Yesterday, he didn’t allow a run in five innings, scattering two hits while walking five.

His fastball was sitting around 92 MPH, with his breaking stuff in the mid 80s.  He kept hitters off balance throughout, with the only hits coming on a low liner to left for a single, and a double by once-MLBer Jon Singleton that was just out of the reach of a diving Alberth Martinez.

Lauer boasted a 11.2 K/9 in High-A this year, but he pitched to mostly soft contact on the night.  He got squeezed by the ump here and there, but seemed to get behind on some breaking balls that missed, and then missed low to walk the hitter.  While not the most impressive start, it was much improved from his last two outings, when he was leaving things up and getting hit hard.

Three of the Astros Top 20 prospects were in the lineup for Corpus Christi: Kyle Tucker (no.1), Ramon Laureano (no.15), and Jason Martin (no.20).  Martin was the only one to reach base (he walked), and he and Laureano both struck out.

 

Mixed Reviews on Guerra

Before the game, I spoke with a scout from another national league organization who said he was still high on Guerra, saying he was still young and would figure it out.  It was interesting to hear from someone who scouts for a living, because most who follow the Padres (including me) had written Guerra off after a horrible 2016 and a lackluster start to this season.

Guerra’s defense is as advertised – among the best in the organization.  He played every ball well and looked very smooth turning a double play with second baseman Noah Perio.  He also made a great stop ranging far to his left and was able to make a good enough throw to get the runner at first.

There was one play where the hefty Singleton was tagging up to go from second to third on a fly ball to center fielder Auston Bousfield where Guerra cut it off instead of letting it go.  I think it would’ve been close and in my opinion, should have let it go, but that’s an iffy judgement call, and Bousfield doesn’t have a rocket arm.  Sitting a few seats away from the dugout, I didn’t notice any murmuring going on, so maybe it wasn’t that big a deal.

At the plate, it was a different story.  He had a really nice piece of hitting in the first, when he took an inside pitch (Guerra is a left handed batter) and was able to fight it off and dump it into left field.  He struck out in his next two plate appearances, and in his last one, he had a swing that was so bad looking that I thought it might be a safety swing because the runner was going (Bousfield successfully stole second), but he had the same rough looking swing on the very next pitch.  In his last at bat, he made solid enough contact on a hard grounder hit right to the short stop.

While Guerra is still a ways off from crawling back into the “future shortstop” discussion, it’s been encouraging to see his progress since he was promoted to the Texas League.  There’s certainly plenty to improve on, and he’s made a few strides so far.  It was an interesting move by manager Philip Wellman to play him in the two-hole, between Bousfield and catcher Stephen McGee.

Other Notes:

  • Luis Urías is out of the walking boot that he was wearing since an ankle injury sidelined him on July 22nd.  He hit batting practice before the game, and I spoke with a few people who said that it wasn’t considered serious and he’d be back in a game or two.
  • Alberth Martinez had a great night at the plate.  He was the only Missions player to have a multi-hit game, and was just a #TripleShy of the cycle.
  • Franmil Reyes was the only Missions player in the starting lineup without a hit, but he had a sac fly to score the first run of the game.
  • It was an interesting lineup for San Antonio last night, as Reyes, who usually bats cleanup, remained seventh in the batting order, where he’s been the past few games.  In six games, he’s hitting .429 with a 1.528 OPS in the seventh spot.
  • A defensive miscue by Ty France at third base led to a pair of unearned runs allowed by Eric Yardley – a rare bit of success against the Missions bullpen this year.
  • Although it wasn’t a save situation, closer Trey Wingenter came in throwing 98 MPH heat and put down the Hooks 1-2-3, though he did allow some decent contact on two of those outs.

  • dvmin98

    Love it…keep up the updates. Eep the video

    • Marcus

      The updates will keep coming, but we probably won’t be heading back down to San Antonio until (hopefully) the playoffs. We’ll see what we can do, though.

  • Don B

    If the SDUT had any brains, they would hire Marcus to write reports for them. Excellent, informative stuff.

    • Marcus

      Thanks for reading Don, really appreciate it!