Padres Farm Report (9 Apr 08)

Triple-ASacramento 7, Portland 1

Edgar Gonzalez (2B): 2-for-5
Craig Stansberry (3B): 0-for-3, BB
Chase Headley: 2-for-4
Brian Myrow: 0-for-3, BB
Jody Gerut (RF): 0-for-4
Will Venable: 0-for-4
Mauro Zarate: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 SO
Kevin Cameron: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO

Double-ASan Antonio 4, Tulsa 3

Drew Macias: 1-for-4, HR
Chad Huffman: 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB
Kyle Blanks: 3-for-4, 2B
Jose Lobaton: 0-for-3
Mike Ekstrom: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO
Jonathan Ellis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO

High-ALake Elsinore 12, Visalia 3

Cedric Hunter: 2-for-6
Eric Sogard: 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Mitch Canham: 2-for-3, 2 BB, E

Low-ADayton 5, Fort Wayne 4

Luis Durango: 2-for-4, SB
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-1 (didn’t start)
Andrew Cumberland (2B): 1-for-5
Kellen Kulbacki (RF): 1-for-5
Justin Baum: 1-for-5, E
Bradley Chalk: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB
Felix Carrasco: 1-for-3, BB

Apparently Cumberland will be splitting time between second base and shortstop at Fort Wayne. Seems like a waste to me, but what do I know?

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  1. Jon Heyman on Trevor:

    Of course, in 2005, he had a 9.82 ERA after four appearances, was 0-1, but still finished with 43 saves. Good thing we didn’t think the near future was then either.

  2. Is Cumberland splitting time between second and short to get himself playing time at second or to get someone else playing time at short?

  3. #2: According to Denis Savage in yesterday’s comments, it’s to get Lance Zawadzki time at short. Zawadzki isn’t the prospect that Cumberland is, which is why I find the move puzzling.

  4. I’ll repeat my question since I think it got lost in the IGD: where’s Danny Payne? Is he hurt?

  5. 2,3. Actually according to Tom Gamboa, the Padres minor league coordinator who we got the lineups from, its because they aren’t sure where either one’s best position is.

    Obviously I agree that Zawadski isn’t the prospect Cumberland is, but the bigger question is if Cumberland can’t play SS is he a viable 2b? This way they will have a little more information when the season ends.

    On another front have to be impressed with the start that Chad Huffman is off to in San Antonio.

  6. 4. Yup, he’s out for the first month with a hamstring injury.

    It’s in the “Notes” section of the Fort Wayne preview.

  7. It’s probably not a good sign that Kulbacki is opening the season in Low A ball. He was supposed to be one of the most advanced college hitters in the draft last season and his bat is his only plus tool so if he doesn’t hit, he’s not going to make it. He must be in Low A because the Padres don’t think he can handle the California League as the outfielders there (with the exception of Cedric Hunter) were all unimpressive last season and are older then him. Could he be another in a long line of Padre draft busts?

  8. Although I guess he could be injured at the moment, which would explain the low level start.

  9. 7. I don’t think so, but that is my opinion. The Padres told us (Madfriars) that he was going to start the year in Lake Elsinore but a hamstring injury sidelined him for a few weeks.

    They had an opening in FW when Buscemi got hurt – LE is already pretty crowded with Hunter, Diaz, Baxter, Carter and Perry – so this seemed like the best way to get him ABs quickly and get him back up to speed.

    Its my guess that he will be in LE fairly quickly.

    Also he played better in the OF in Eugene than many thought he would and improved during the Instructs and spring.

  10. #5: The fact that they’re already asking this question is what concerns me. If Cumberland can’t play shortstop, then his value plummets.

    #7: Kulbacki actually was listed on Elsinore’s Opening Day roster but on the DL. As John says, he should be back with the Storm before long.

  11. 10. I partially agree with Geoff on Cumberland. He is more valuable at SS, but its not as if he can’t play SS he moves to LF. With his speed and hitting ability 2b or CF wouldn’t be bad either.

    From what I understand his problems at SS had more to do with some mechanical aspects – footwork, not enough reps in the AZL because of leg problems and – this is a little different – he was using to big a glove for an infielder.

    I think the switching off is a good idea. Going from the AZL to the MWL is a huge jump, in many ways I think bigger from High A to AA. He’s going to get plenty of work at both spots and if he shows he can handle SS he’ll be there everyday in LE next year.

  12. 9: Good, there is an injury reason. If he opened up this season in Low A for performance reasons then I’d be seriously worried. None of the OF’ers at LE (except for Hunter) seem to be inspiring so there really isn’t any reason to hold him back.

  13. 13. I agree, although I do think Perry is a bit of a sleeper.

  14. E-Gon looked good at the plate and playing second. I got a few people in my section to start calling him E-Gon heh, I figured A-Gon might as well go with E-Gon. Other than that, after their outburst on Monday night last night was pedestrian.

    Oh, and there were about 200+ people there, and I think thats generous.

  15. The only place you’d move Cumberland is CF, unless Antonelli is going there.

    Why you’d move Drew this young to a position that greatly devalues him — like 2B — is crazy to me.

    And I realize they aren’t moving him, but does anyone really think Cumberland and Zawadski are 1-2 in the Pads’ minds?

    I’d be curious to hear what the thinking is.