Padres Farm Report (31 May 08)

Triple-ASacramento 10, Portland 3

Chase HeadleyWill Venable (DH): 1-for-5
Peter Ciofrone (3B-RF): 3-for-4, BB
Chase Headley: 3-for-5, 2B
Brian Myrow: 0-for-3
Chip Ambres (CF): 1-for-3
Vince Sinisi (RF-1B): 0-for-4
Nick Hundley: 0-for-3, BB
Craig Stansberry: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Matt Antonelli: 1-for-4, 2 E
Cesar Ramos: 4 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 1 HR, 5 BB, 4 SO
Mauro Zarate: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO
Paul Abraham: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO, WP

Double-ASpringfield 5, San Antonio 2

Drew Macias: 0-for-4
Chad Huffman: 0-for-3, SF
Kyle Blanks: 0-for-1, BB
Jose Lobaton: 0-for-4
Craig Cooper (PR-1B): 1-for-1
Matt Buschmann: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, WP, HBP

High-ALake Elsinore 11, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Cedric HunterJavis Diaz: 1-for-5
Cedric Hunter: 2-for-4, 2B, BB
Eric Sogard: 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Mitch Canham: 1-for-4, 3B, BB, SB
Drew Miller: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 SO
Justin Hampson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO

Hunter stays hot, Sogard hits his first double since the Pleistocene, and Hampson makes another rehab appearance.


Dayton @ Fort Wayne, suspended in third inning due to lightning. Game will resume Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. PT.

Draft Watch: David Cooper

Time to get real. Now that I’ve given you some names of guys I’d like to see the Padres target, let’s turn to the players they are likely to consider at #23. Knowing what we do about the organization and its extreme aversion to risk in drafting, I’m looking primarily at pitchers with command and hitters who control the strike zone, with a slight preference for college guys.

Again, this isn’t necessarily the way I would do things. We’re trying to think along with the front office here.

David Cooper, 1B, U. of California

pre-draft rankings:

Cooper draws praise for his strong hands and hand-eye coordination, a combination that results in good strike-zone judgment and the ability to drive the ball with authority. He is considered a liability on the basepaths and in the field, leading some to believe he might be better suited to an American League team. In an organization that already has Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks, Cooper isn’t necessarily the best fit, but he does represent a big bat. The club reached a little for Kellen Kulbacki in 2007; it could do the same for Cooper this year.

Paul DePodesta has some thoughts on the draft over at his blog. Meanwhile, in a mock draft I’m participating in, I took right-hander Andrew Cashner out of TCU. I’m not confident about this pick, but when the Mets snagged Arizona State first baseman Ike Davis, I narrowed it down to Cashner and Arizona right-hander Ryan Perry. Most folks seem to like Cashner a little better, but it’s close. I’ll be profiling Cashner, Davis, and Perry over the next few days…

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26 Responses »

  1. I want to see Sinisi get a shot this year, even as a guy off the bench.

  2. Yeah, I’ve seen some mock drafts with Ryan Perry going as high as 13 to the Cardinals and I have to ask myself “why?”. Sure he has a fastball, but from what I understand it’s straight, it’s predictable and that’s why he’s allowed 149 hits in 137.1 innings of college ball. I suppose he’s around the plate more than Cashner, but Cashner is pretty smooth-delivery wise and has more movement on his pitches. If the Pads did take him, I wonder if they’d try him as a starter or just leave him in the bullpen.

  3. Hey Geoff,
    Why Cashner over Collier?

  4. #3@Loren: Safer pick. Personally I’d have gone with Collier, Reese Havens, or Anthony Hewitt, but I don’t think that’s what the Padres will do — well, maybe Havens.

    #4@Masticore317: I miss that show…

  5. OT: Is the game available on pay per view or On Demand today?