Before we get started, I’ve got a new article up at Hardball Times about a few stories I’ve been tracking this season. I’ve also been interviewed over at Friar Nation. Yes, my revised win projection for the Padres is 73. Seems kinda bleak, but they’d actually need to break even the rest of the way to achieve it. When you look at it that way, I’m being perhaps too optimistic…
Triple-A — Sacramento 3, Portland 2
Peter Ciofrone (RF): 1-for-4, 2B
Chase Headley: 1-for-4
Brian Myrow: 0-for-4
Chip Ambres (CF): 0-for-3, BB
Craig Stansberry (SS): 0-for-2, S
Matt Antonelli: 0-for-2, BB
Vince Sinisi (PH): 0-for-1
Josh Geer: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 SO (9 GO)
Joe Thatcher: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Paul Abraham: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO (3 GO)
Antonelli’s batting average is down to .178… Sinisi, out all year with a fractured right wrist sustained during spring training, came off the disabled list and made his season debut… Solid effort from Geer. The homer was to the rehabbing Eric Chavez (Mt. Carmel HS).
Double-A — San Antonio 7, Springfield 5
Drew Macias: 2-for-4, BB, SB, E
Chad Huffman: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, BB
Kyle Blanks: 0-for-4, HBP
Craig Cooper: 0-for-2, HBP
Seth Johnston: 1-for-5, 2B
Colt Morton: 0-for-3, HBP
Will Inman: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, HBP (90 pitches, 58 strikes)
Jonathan Ellis: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO (3 GO)
Neil Jamison: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 SO (2 GO)
Huffman is en fuego… Rough start for Inman… Dominant outing for Jamison — six batters, four strikeouts, two ground outs.
Pat Turner at the San Antonio Express-News pens a nice article on Cooper.
High-A — Lake Elsinore 6, Rancho Cucamonga 2
Javis Diaz: 1-for-4, S, SB
Cedric Hunter: 1-for-3, BB, SF
Eric Sogard: 1-for-5
Mitch Canham: 2-for-4, BB
Rayner Contreras: 1-for-3, HBP, E
Kellen Kulbacki: 2-for-4
Corey Kluber: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO
Third consecutive strong start from Kluber (18.1 IP, 14 H, 5 BB, 17 SO, 2.45 ERA over that stretch).
Low-A — Dayton 5, Fort Wayne 4
Luis Durango: 2-for-3, 2 BB
Justin Baum: 1-for-5, 2B, E (15)
Shane Buschini: 0-for-2, BB, E
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-4, HR
Jeremy McBryde: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 4 SO
Geoff Vandel: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO
More coverage at OurSports Central.
Draft Watch: Tanner Scheppers
So, yeah, next week I’ll take a look at some guys who might be on the Padres draft list. For now, I’m still indulging the fantasy of how I would run the show.
The only reason Scheppers might slip to #23 is a stress fracture in his right shoulder. If not for that, he’s a top 10 pick. With the Padres’ recent history of first-round pitching flameouts (Tim Stauffer, Cesar Carrillo, Nick Schmidt), they probably won’t be willing to gamble on Scheppers, but if he’s still there at #42 or #46, who knows. When healthy, he works with a 92-96 mph fastball that touched 99 mph in a relief appearance, and a power breaking ball.
- Scouting report with video (MiLB.com)