Padres Farm Report (3 May 08)

Triple-APortland 6, New Orleans 4

Matt Antonelli: 0-for-3, 2 BB
Jody Gerut: 0-for-3, BB, HBP
Chase Headley: 2-for-4, 2B, BB
Brian Myrow: 0-for-3, SF
Chip Ambres (CF): 1-for-4
Edgar Gonzalez (3B): 0-for-4
Will Venable (PH): 1-for-1
Nick Hundley: 0-for-3
Craig Stansberry: 1-for-1, HR (didn’t start)
Josh Geer: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 5 SO (9 GO)
Clay Hensley: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Jared Wells: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 SO

The Padres are being cautious with Venable, who hasn’t played the field since returning from the disabled list earlier this week… Wells gets a save for that performance. Sure, why not.

Double-AFrisco 14, San Antonio 10

Drew Macias: 2-for-3, 2 BB
Chad Huffman: 3-for-4, BB
Kyle Blanks: 2-for-5, E
Craig Cooper: 1-for-5
Jose Lobaton: 0-for-5, E
Matthew Buschmann: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO

Ah, I love a pitcher’s duel.

High-ALake Elsinore 2, High Desert 1

Javis Diaz: 0-for-4
Cedric Hunter: 0-for-4
Eric Sogard: 1-for-2, 2B, BB
Mitch Canham: 2-for-3, 2B
Kellen Kulbacki (DH): 0-for-3
Rayner Contreras: 0-for-2, E
Drew Miller: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 11 SO

Kulbacki made his Elsinore debut… Nice game from Miller.

Off the field, Dr. Seuss is taking a page out of MLB’s book on how to win friends and influence people. I’m down with protecting one’s assets, but it seems to me this could have been handled a little better. Still, I love the Storm’s official statement. I respect anyone who can spoof Dr. Seuss in response to a cease-and-desist letter. That is solid.

Low-AFort Wayne 7, Cedar Rapids 5

Luis Durango: 0-for-4, BB
Andrew Cumberland (SS): 1-for-4, BB
Justin Baum: 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Bradley Chalk: 1-for-3, BB
Felix Carrasco: 1-for-3, BB
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-3, BB
Jeremy Hefner: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO

Carvajal drew his fifth walk of the season (against 25 strikeouts); everybody drink.

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  1. Is it time to bring up Greer to replace Germano yet?

    It is rather strange to see Bud Black with his roster management.
    He has 12 pitchers with the staff and yet refuses to use them effectively.
    Germano was clearly getting into trouble and yet the bullpen with all those arms are not being used. I understand the willingness to let a starter getting out of their own trouble and, yet, despite evidence to the contrary in Germano’s last 3 starts, Bud Black wouldn’t put him on a tight leash. Once Germano is getting to the 80 pitches territory, shouldn’t Bud Black be ready to yank him at the first/second sign of trouble? The same MO is being used last season with David Wells that ended up costing the Padres 7 losses, at least half of which probably could have been a fight.

    And then, there is the misuse of Colt Morton and Callix Crabbe. Two assets whose asses kept sitting and warming the bench. Not only is Bard being abused by starting everyday (until today’s game), Cold Morton’s development as a catcher and hitter is being impeded by his assignment to the bench. Callix Crabbe best asset of speed and his role as utility player are not being properly utilize. How is he going to avoid getting rusty by sitting on the bench. Yes, Tony Clark is the first option for PH but shouldn’t Callix Crabbe be used as a pinch runner at least as often?

    Effectively, the Padres are using a 21-man roster. Two mopped up guy and two benchwarmers are taking up space on the bench. With the way this team is playing, wouldn’t mixing a new kink into the strategy be a wise thing? It is hard enough to win the close games, the Padres shouldn’t let a potential blow-out game like today’s to turn into on before responding to it.

  2. Ahh, crap. I meant Josh Geer not Greer.

  3. Looks like if the Padres go the college arm route again this year, they should consider one of these guys.

    From Baseball America.

    Hey Aaron, I was just curious which college pitchers you thought had the best sink on their ball in this draft.


    The 2008 draft class is rich with quality righthanded sinkerballers. For the purpose of this exercise, let’s consider just players who throw a sinking fastball, and not those with outstanding sink on a split-finger (like North Carolina State’s Clayton Shunick or Georgia Tech’s David Duncan) or cutter (like Mississippi’s Scott Bittle).

    The nation’s premier sinkerballer among starting pitchers is Michigan’s Zach Putnam, who not only throws a heavy 92-93 mph fastball but also has a devastating splitter. Clemson righthander D.J. Mitchell has less velocity on his fastball–he works in the 88-91 range–but even more sink, though he hasn’t been as effective as Putnam this spring.

    There are a number of hard-throwing relievers with very good sink. Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez stands out for an 89-90 mph two-seamer that Hurricanes coach Jim Morris says has the best sink of any pitcher he’s coached since Kevin Brown. Gutierrez can reach 92-93 with his four-seamer, but he’s most effective when throwing around 90 with his sinker.

    Texas Tech closer Zach Stewart might be even nastier–one area scout said his fastball is “92-96 with serious sink.” Rice reliever Bryan Price works in the same range with a sinking two-seamer. And Purdue closer Zach Lindblom throws a 94-95 mph fastball with heavy life, though not as much movement as those others.