Triple-A — Portland 3, Las Vegas 2
Craig Stansberry (SS): 0-for-4 (.221/.336/.369, 21 BB, 23 SO)
Chase Headley: 1-for-4, HR (.288/.355/.484, 15 BB, 42 SO)
Brian Myrow: 1-for-3, 2B, BB (.346/.473/.569, 31 BB, 31 SO)
Chip Ambres: 1-for-4, 3B (.273/.366/.515, 19 BB, 30 SO, 4 SB)
Will Venable: 0-for-3, BB (.286/.330/.495, 5 BB, 17 SO)
Nick Hundley: 0-for-3, E (.184/.257/.347, 10 BB, 19 SO)
Matt Antonelli: 1-for-3 (.186/.325/.333, 25 BB, 25 SO)
Enrique Gonzalez: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO (5.19 ERA, 8.31 K/9, .288 BAA)
Mauro Zarate: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO (7.15 ERA, 9.53 K/9, .378 BAA)
Jared Wells: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO (5.00 ERA, 7.00 K/9, .242 BAA)
Double-A — San Antonio 8, Frisco 4
Drew Macias: 1-for-4, 2B, BB (.233/.335/.393, 22 BB, 31 SO)
Chad Huffman: 2-for-4, 2B, BB (.340/.431/.497, 24 BB, 28 SO)
Kyle Blanks: 2-for-4, HBP (.307/.401/.443, 22 BB, 15 SO)
Seth Johnston (3B): 1-for-3, 2B, HBP, SH (.286/.350/.521, 16 BB, 30 SO)
Craig Cooper: 2-for-5 (.301/.364/.434, 11 BB, 28 SO)
Jose Lobaton: 0-for-5 (.224/.273/.265, 8 BB, 22 SO)
Will Inman: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO (2.45 ERA, 9.44 K/9, .207 BAA)
Jonathan Ellis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 SO, HBP (3.86 ERA, 9.47 K/9, .232 BAA)
High-A — Inland Empire 4, Lake Elsinore 3
Javis Diaz: 0-for-2, 3 BB, SB (.266/.324/.398, 11 BB, 37 SO, 10 SB)
Cedric Hunter: 1-for-5 (.315/.395/.364, 21 BB, 20 SO)
Eric Sogard: 2-for-5 (.361/.471/.477, 33 BB, 15 SO)
Mitch Canham: 2-for-2, 3 BB (.286/.441/.411, 32 BB, 21 SO)
Kellen Kulbacki: 0-for-3, 2 BB (.154/.313/.179, 9 BB, 8 SO)
Rayner Contreras: 1-for-5 (.237/.356/.263, 11 BB, 19 SO)
Corey Kluber: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 SO (6.54 ERA, 7.80 K/9, .295 BAA)
Low-A — Fort Wayne 3, South Bend 0 (1st game), South Bend 1, Fort Wayne 0 (2nd game)
Luis Durango (LF): 3-for-5, 2B (.250/.348/.290, 15 BB, 18 SO, 7 SB)
Andrew Cumberland (SS): 2-for-3, 2B (.217/.271/.279, 9 BB, 16 SO, 9 SB)
Felix Carrasco: 0-for-6 (.246/.310/.465, 11 BB, 45 SO)
Justin Baum: 1-for-5, HBP (.250/.360/.405, 18 BB, 27 SO)
Shane Buschini: 1-for-2, 2B, HBP (.280/.327/.480, 3 BB, 15 SO)
Bradley Chalk: 0-for-5 (.260/.370/.317, 21 BB, 19 SO, 7 SB)
Yefri Carvajal: 0-for-2 (.235/.277/.324, 9 BB, 37 SO, 4 SB)
Allen Harrington: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 5 SO (3.46 ERA, 8.42 K/9, .248 BAA)
Matt Teague: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO, HBP (4.54 ERA, 4.54 K/9, .299 BAA)
I don’t know much about Harrington, a 13th-round pick in 2007, but he’s pitching very well.
Sure would be nice to see Myrow in the ML. I don’t see how the Padres can use him but there has got to be some way. He may have to go the way of Jack Cust to get into a lineup in the AL.
That’s just too bad. He could be the latest in the line of Petegine and Pickering to never get a chance to fail in the ML.
I think we need to find a taker for Tony Clark and bring Myrow up to fill his spot. With Myrow having played 1B, 2B, 3B and LF, he should be a little more versitile than Clark anyway. I’m not saying Myrow’s gonna start any games anywhere but 1B, but in a pinch…
#2@Masticore317: He really can only play first base now. You’re correct in that he played those positions before but he hasn’t done so in a number of years.
He could take Clark’s spot but remember its much different putting up numbers when you are not an everyday player.
I like Myrow too but his biggest problems are that (1) he’s limited to first base and (2) to be given an everyday shot at first base you have to project as having much more power than he does, he’s more of a gap hitter and finally (3) in the PCL there are quite a few guys who are similiar to Myrow – Russle Branyan is tearing it up in Nashville for the Brewers and Jamie D’Antona is a similiar type of player in Tucson for the D-Backs.
#3@John Conniff: Thanks for the info, and you make a great point. I’m sure the bench role would be a whole different role to be used to. I don’t see Myrow as taking over for Adrian or anything crazy, but I think he could fill the 40 PA reserve role that Clark currently has.
Isn’t there a rule that you can’t trade a guy in the first year of his contract until July without his permission?
One of my biggest personal Padres fan mistakes was believing Stansberry would be the next big infielder for SD, maybe a great double-play combo with Greene. I remember seeing him play while up with the Padres from Portland in Philadelphia last August and he got a solid base hit in his first at-bat. Oh well… Was anyone with me on that thought a few months ago?
Speaking of guys I thought would be major contributors by now, what is the status of Caesar Carillo at this point? I can’t find much info on his progress from surgery anywhere (if there even is info). He’s in the organization still right?
#7@Keith in New Jersey: SD union says Carillo is about a month away from a rehab start – He is throwing 85-90 mph right now and even mixing a few curves
#8@JP: I think I heard KT say on the radio that he was in extended spring training right now and has been throwing 1 inning at a time.
Thank-you JP. I must have missed that story somewhere along the way reading the paper online. Not always easy being a SD fan in New Jersey.
I’m impressed how many guys on the above list have walk totals near or above their K totals … and Canham in particular jumps out at me (32 BB, 21 SO) … as does Blanks (22 BB, 15 SO). On the other side of that, I think I’m most surprised/disappointed in Chase’s numbers (15 BB, 42 SO).
Huffman appears to be developing quite nicely!
MadFriars are reporting the following …
Justin Hampson is going on a rehab to Lake Elsinore on Sunday.
Clay Hensley is going back to Portland Monday.
Carlos Guevara is going to Portland for a rehab assignment this weekend.
Michael Barrett will also head to Portland for a rehab assignment this weekend.
Back in March had anybody mentioned that the Padres in mid-May is going to be as good as the Tigers, I’d be ecstatic. Well, looking at the standing, the Padres has only a game more in the loss column than the Tigers. Knowing how bad our Padres are, we can conclude that both teams are just not very good.
I think we should look at it as the Padres are gunning for the Yankees. There, I feel better.
Any draft-nics out there? The draft talk is brewing at Sickels’ site … they’ll have a mock draft on May 31st … not much Padres chatter yet … but here’s the place for it …
#5@Steve C: If you’re referring to Clark, I believe that rule was modified. It used to be you couldn’t trade a free agent signed the previous offseason until June something. I think that was changed. I can’t recall any player saying no, but that doesn’t mean anything.
#9@Steve C: … and Paul DePodesta, in a comment on his new blog on the 15th, said…
Cesar is currently pitching in games in extended spring training. He has had two outings so far – both just one inning. He is scheduled for 2 innings this weekend, so he’s doing well and on his way back.
Matt Antonelli is officially “not hot” …
… and this edition of BA’s PHS has an interesting list of ACTIVE HR LEADERS in the minor leagues with several former Padres on the list.
#11@LynchMob: Three of the Pads’ four full-season affiliates lead their league in walks drawn. The other (San Antonio) is second. Methinks this is no accident.
It’s great to see Hunter doing a good job of getting on base, but is there any concern about the total lack of power? I guess he’s still young, but it is his 3rd year of pro ball and he’s in the Cal League, which I believe is a pretty good league for hitters. Thoughts anyone?
#15@Tom Waits: Ah thanks! The reason why I asked is because I think Clark really wants to be here and would not accept a trade unless it was to AZ or LA which isnt going to happen.
#16@LynchMob: Ah thats right thats where I got it from thanks LM!
#19@Pat: Did they ever project Hunter to have a lot of power (ie all the Tony Gwynn comps)? I always thought of him as a gap hitter. He is only 20 so I dont think he has gotten his “Man Muscle” yet so I would give it another year.
#18@Geoff Young: Too bad the big league club can’t follow their example…
#19@Pat: I expressed concerns about Hunter’s power in the DS 2008 Annual. That said, he turned 20 in March so he’ll play the entire season at that age. The fact that he’s holding his own in High-A is a good sign.
As for the Cal League, it’s a more favorable hitting environment than the Midwest League:
MWL ’07: .255/.324/.372, 4.34 R/G
CAL ’08: .268/.342/.399, 5.04 R/G
Hunter’s OPS was slightly above league average last year, as it is again this year.
I would say that right now his lack of power bears watching, but I’m more interested in whether he can play a legit center field, which so far from what I’ve seen it looks like he can.
#22@Steve C: Right now, it’s too bad the big club can’t do a lot of things. Still, it’s encouraging to see this emphasis throughout the organization. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what the Padres appear to be doing.
Here is the AP story on Prior. It includes updates on Barrett, Hensley, Hampson, Guevara
#24@Geoff Young: Yup I agree, I’m really anxious to see how well the front office will be able to implement their strategy once they the pieces to play with instead of paying for the past sins of the former administration.
OT … as a reminder how tough it is to build a winning 25-man roster in the zero-sum game that is MLB, it jumped out at me just now that the final out in today’s Yankee’s loss (to the Mets) was made by Morgan Ensberg (who was PH’ing for Chad Moeller) … he struck out to end the game …
OT … after reading some of his life story in an ESPN magazine article over the winter, I can help but root for Josh Hamilton … and the intro line from today’s AP story of yesterday Ranger’s game is a classic …
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)â€”Josh Hamilton almost made a spectacular running catch to start the game. Other than that, he was perfect.
#27@LynchMob: It is when your GM is totally incompetent and you’ve suffered injuries.
I wonder if we need to worry about KT leaving when the Yankees GM comes open after this season?
#27@LynchMob: … and 2 more examples are the Cubs signing of Edmonds and now the Rox org signing Rusch …
… what did they see in these players that we and the Padres did not? OTOH, sometimes you give an athete a “second chance” (or 3rd or 4th …) and they catch a second wind …
Anyone else notice that Mike Cameron is pulling a ‘Mike Cameron’ again to start the season (.190 average):
I’d say that the sample size is small (58 ABs), but if you include the last several seasons, the sample size is pretty large….
UT’s “minor league blog” usually contains some good comments …
#32@LynchMob: … and such as this …
TK @ UT with a brief update on Latos after his last start …
Matt Latos will have to show his mound presence and maturity are nearly as advanced as his arm before he can help the Padres. But there is no doubting the arm, as Latos showed Tuesday.
The right-hander, who is in his second professional season, was clocked at 93-97 mph in five innings with low Single-A Fort Wayne. A Padres scout said Latos also threw some “nice” sliders and changeups. He allowed one run in five innings, striking out three in an 11-3 loss.
… gotta *love* that! 93-97!
#28@LynchMob: Yahoo! links get caught almost all the time. The same stories at ESPN.com don’t.
Speaking of BB,s, A.Soriento only has one in his last 34PA. 19 hits,7hr,2 2b,12 runs—small sample. here’s a larger one (5x), SD LF’s—179PA. 32 hits, 4hr,4 2B, 23BB leading to 11 runs. That’s 5 times the PA’s and less times touching home plate.
Conner Duffin with a nice blog entry for the Portland Oregonian (the local Portland newspaper) about last night’s Portland Beaver game …
#30@LynchMob: The article says: “The Padres released him as part of a bullpen shakeup.”
The Padres didn’t have a bullpen shakeup. They released terrible players.
#37@Kevin: Nice catch … LOL … I think you can understand why the Denver Post wouldn’t report it that way … but it doesn’t change the facts
#38@LynchMob: Remember the thing about Yahoo! Sports links.
#39@Kevin: A response from an Orioles fan on the Weaver tirade.
#40@Field39: Thanks a lot! I just lost myself in YouTube for the last 45 minutes…Grrr
#40@Field39: Interesting. Thanks for pointing that out.
#21@Steve C: Well, it’s not that I expect “a lot” of power, but he is expressing almost none. This concerns me a bit.
#23@Geoff Young: Thanks Geoff. I need to crack my copy of the Annual.