Due to an amalgamation of a few different circumstances, this week’s Weekly Prospect Review has been replaced with the first installment of It Was A Good Week. It’s basically the same info, expressed in a slightly different, and perhaps less time-consuming (for me to write) way.
Even though it wasn’t a great week if you were Michael Gettys (0 for 19 with 11 strikeouts) or living in south Texas (my family and I are safe from Hurricane Harvey, living about five hours north of the Texas coast), it was still a good week…
…To Be A Home Run Hitter
The Padres two most prodigious sluggers in the minors this year have been Austin Allen (C, High-A) and Franmil Reyes (RF, Double-A), and both finished the week with 22 round-trippers apiece. While Allen (.287) has hit for a slightly higher average than Reyes (.261), both have seen an uptick in strikeouts during their recent power surges. Though each of them hit over .300 on the week and combined for seven homers, they also struck out 14 times. Bobby DeMuro of Baseball Census had a great piece on Allen this week, which included an interview as well as video of his at bats and work behind the plate. I also wrote a little about Reyes’ season thus far on Friday, and pointed out that in August, he has homered, walked, or struck out (the “three true outcomes”) 48% of the time.
Speaking of home runs, Robbie Podorsky (LF, Low-A), who was drafted out of McNeese State (25th round) in June, had the first four-bagger of his professional career on Saturday night. Podorsky has been the Dust Devils’ best overall hitter this season, sporting a hitting line of .320/.397/.422 in 32 games with Tri-City. The 5’7″ speedster also stole four bases this week, putting him at 17 for 23 on the year.
… For The Left Side Of The TinCaps Infield
While normally a good Weekly Prospect Review would showcase some new, incredible stat about shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., this week, there’s good news about a different Fort Wayne infielder – newcomer Gabriel Arias. Ranked the no.4 international prospect last summer by Baseball America, the 17-year-old Venezuelan was hitting .275 for the AZL Padres 2 squad, and slugging just .353 at the time of his call up (replacing the aforementioned Tatis, who was promoted to Double-A). Known for his solid defense, he also showed that he could swing the bat, going 8 for 27 this week (.296) with a double, while striking out six times and not drawing a walk. At 17, he’ll have some growing pains, but he’s off to a good start in the Midwest League.
His neighbor to the right, third baseman Hudson Potts, has been on fire in the month of August, and it didn’t slow down this week, as he homered twice and and hit .304 (7 for 23). Potts added three doubles and a pair of walks to go with five strikeouts. His numbers for the year will look mediocre, as he OPS’d .628 from April to July, but is OPSing 1.061 in August. We here at Padres Prospectus ranked him the no.11 prospect in the system when the site launched in June, but even still, we didn’t expect to see this kind of production from an 18-year-old in Single-A.
… To Be A Tri-City Starting Pitcher
First of all, if you have the First Pitch app and you’re not watching the Dust Devils tonight through Wednesday, I don’t know what to tell you. Only one team in the Northwest League has games broadcast on the app, and Tri-City only visits them once on the regular season schedule – this is basically your only chance to see them. While they lack the star-talent of the Missions or the TinCaps, there’s still a lot to see, especially on the pitching side.
Henry Henry (who is scheduled to pitch tonight) threw on Tuesday, lowering his ERA with the Dust Devils to 3.51 after a six-inning, one-run effort. The 18-year-old Dominican hasn’t missed too many bats (7.4 K/9 in Tri-City), but has allowed just eight extra-base hits in 54.2 innings this season, leading to a .309 slugging percentage against.
The recently-drafted Nick Margevicius and Tom Cosgrove each looked solid in their starts, with both combining for one earned run in ten innings. Neither allowed a walk, while Margevicius had three K’s to Cosgrove’s five. Ben Sheckler, who was the eighth round pick of last year’s draft, had the best performance of the bunch, going 7.0 innings while allowing five hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.
Margevicius’ start lowered his ERA to 1.50, and put his K/9 rate to 8.3. Sheckler’s 52 K’s move him to the lead for most on the squad. Though he’s not a starter, reliever Andres Munoz had a good week as well, hurling a scoreless 3.0 innings (two outings) and striking out five hitters with high-90s heat.
Other Notable Performances:
Enyel De Los Santos, SP (Double-A) – 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K – The 21-year-old Dominican lowered his ERA to 3.69 and struck out his 134th batter of the year, good for second in the Texas League.
Joey Lucchesi, SP (Double-A) – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K – His 7.5 K/9 rate still leaves a little to be desired, but he still doesn’t walk very many, and lowered his ERA to 1.99 with the Missions.
Jerry Keel, SP (High-A) – 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K – I wrote a little about Keel here, and don’t have much to add to it for this post. He’s a big, intriguing lefty, but needs to be more consistent. Great start for him last week.
Michel Baez, SP (Single-A) – 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 K – the 6’8″ Cuban keeps racking up K’s, including 21 in his last three outings. He’s also allowed five homers during that same timeframe.
Jorge Oña, RF (Single-A) – 6 for 19 (.316), 2 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K – In his first year of stateside ball, Oña’s biggest knock is that he hasn’t hit for much power (.410 slugging percentage). His two dingers this past week were his 10th and 11th on the year.
Jack Suwinski, OF (Single-A) – 9 for 24 (.375), 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K – Mostly known as a glove-first centerfielder, last year’s 15th round pick out of high school had himself a great week at the plate, though he’s still OPSing .660 on the year.
Justin Lopez, SS (Low-A), 7 for 27 (.259), 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 SB – The Northwest League’s youngest player has struggled at the plate (as you might expect a 17-year-old to do when facing players much older), hitting .248/.297/.332 on the year, but he provided a bit of a spark to the Dust Devil offense this week.
MacKenzie Gore, SP (Rookie), 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K – For those keeping track at home, that’s 31 K’s in 20 innings, good for a 14.0 K/9 mark. Wow.
Luis Patino, SP (Rookie), 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K – Man, I still know so little about this guy, but he’s a 17-year-old Colombian kid who is putting up really good numbers for the AZL Padres – 9.2 K/9, 2.04 ERA in eight games.