For the draft hounds among you, Baseball America has released its first mock draft. It has the Padres taking Arizona State first baseman Ike Davis at #23… because if there’s one organizational weakness, it’s at first base.
Sigh. Nothing against Davis, but I hope this is very, very wrong.
Triple-A — Portland 11, Las Vegas 2
Craig Stansberry (SS): 1-for-6
Chase Headley: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, HBP
Brian Myrow: 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB
Nick Hundley: 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB
Will Venable: 2-for-5
Matt Antonelli: 1-for-4, BB
Josh Geer: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1-for-4, 2B
Carlos Guevara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO (8 pitches, 7 strikes)
Mauro Zarate: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO
Every starter had at least one hit. Geer’s three RBI led the team… Rule V draftee Guevara made his season debut after starting 2008 on the disabled list.
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Double-A — Frisco 2, San Antonio 0 (1st game); San Antonio 8, Frisco 0 (2nd game)
Chad Huffman: 0-for-1, 2 BB
Kyle Blanks: 0-for-6, BB
Colt Morton: 0-for-3
Seth Johnston (3B): 1-for-6, BB
Craig Cooper (RF, LF): 2-for-7
Drew Macias: 1-for-4, 2B
Jose Lobaton: 2-for-3, HR, BB
Matt Buschmann: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 SO
Manny Ayala: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 5 SO
The first game was a seven-inning no-hitter. The second was a seven-inning one-hitter.
High-A — Lake Elsinore 8, Inland Empire 7
Javis Diaz: 1-for-5, SB
Cedric Hunter: 2-for-5, HR
Kellen Kulbacki (DH): 0-for-2, 2 BB
Rayner Contreras: 0-for-2, 2 BB
Mitch Canham: 2-for-4, BB
Drew Miller: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 SO
Someone was asking about Hunter’s power the other day. Well, there’s his first homer of the season. Box score says the wind was blowing 8 mph out to left, but Hunter’s blast was to right, so you can forget about that.
Low-A — Fort Wayne 8, South Bend 5
Luis Durango (DH): 2-for-5, HR
Andrew Cumberland (SS): 1-for-4, BB, SB
Justin Baum: 3-for-4, BB, E
Yefri Carvajal: 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB
Felix Carrasco: 1-for-3, BB, E
Mat Latos: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 HR, 0 BB, 5 SO
Geoff Vandel: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Durango homered? That’s just weird. Dude is listed at 5’10″, 145 lbs. Actually he hit two last year at Eugene, so maybe it’s not so weird. Okay, the box score shows wind blowing 20 mph out to right, which is where Durango hit his… That’s also where all three bombs Latos served up went. In fact, five home runs were struck in this game, all to right field.
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You have to figure there’s no way to predict with much accuracy what will happen all the way down at 23.
Do you guys think Brandon Crawford SS (UCLA) will still be around when the padres pick in the supplemental rounds?
That was me asking about Cedric. Good to see hime go yard! Congrats to young Mr. Hunter.
#1@Melvin Nieves: Yeah. BA thinks Davis can play the OF, but that says LF to me, which is even less a position of need than 1b. Kyle Russell (RF) and Jordan Danks (CF) of Texas have had down years, but they’re both true outfielders who were highly regarded before this season. Russell is often compared to Adam Dunn but with much superior defense. Danks might move to RF in the pros, but that’s partly because his arm is so good and that wouldn’t be bad in CF. His bat is a question mark, though.
Among pitcher, Tanner Scheppers could be a huge value if he’d sign for slot and if the Padres think the stress fracture in his shoulder is no biggie. There are some other college arms that have dropped out of BA’s Top 30 that might tempt us, too. Brett Hunter has big-time stuff but might be best suited to relief. If Joshua Fields drops to us, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him picked.
#2@Steve C: Hard to say. He seems like he’ll make it to the supplemental round, but will he make it to Pick 42 or 46?
#5@Tom Waits: Yeah thats kind of what I thought. Would it be a bit of a stretch to pick him in the first round?
With Greenie hitting FA in 09 and the teams unwillingness to pay FA market value I would think that the Pads would have to be looking at a college shortstop with a high pick this year.
#4@Tom Waits: I don’t mind the Padres drafting a big bat LFer … and that might be what Ike Davis is … my guess is that Ike Davis is enough of a big bat that he won’t be available at #23. There’s room in the org for any big bat … but I guess those aren’t available at #23 … unless you’re lucky …
One can never have too much pitching …
#7@LynchMob: I’m not sure Davis is that big of a bat, though. He feels like Travis Lee to me.