A day after being promoted to the Padres Double-A affiliate the San Antonio Missions, Jacob Nix threw a scoreline of 5IP, 7H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K, 0HR – a good showing against the Midland Rockhounds, the AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
Although Nix gave up 7 hits, no Rockhound got an extra-base hit, with all 7 knocks being singles. In the first inning, Nix nearly struck out top SS prospect Jorge Mateo, but didn’t get a close call. Then, Mateo hit a chopper single up the middle and stole second base. A barely-foul line ball down the third base line scored him. In the second inning, Nix gave up a walk and two singles for Rockhounds’ second, and last, run earned against Nix.
From watching the game, it was apparent that Nix was getting unlucky with balls in play. There were many ground balls that found holes, and bloops that fell for a hit, but few outs were hard hit at all. However, Nix only forced 2 ground-outs compared to 7 fly-outs, which is not ideal since fly balls tend to become hits more often.
In the end, Jacob Nix had a good debut, but still has plenty of room for improvement. Look for more strikeouts, more groundouts, and fewer hits to judge Nix’s progression in the future.
At the Plate:
The Missions gave Nix plenty of run support, with home runs by Nick Torres, Austin Bousfield, and Alberth Martinez. 22 total hits and 4 walks culminated in 17 runs for San Antonio, all of them earned. RHP Grant Holmes, a top-100 prospect traded to the Athletics when the Dodgers acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick last year, only went 2.2IP in his start and gave up 8 of the earned runs.
Lucchesi cleans up
Joey Lucchesi was due to start today, but the arrival of Nix meant that Lucchesi pitched the remaining innings in a piggyback start. The craft lefty settled in nicely, throwing 4IP, 2H (including a triple by Jorge Mateo), 0ER, and 3Ks.