A lot goes on in Padres land that I don’t cover. But just because I can’t be comprehensive doesn’t mean you should miss out. After the links I’ll take a look at the prospects in El Paso and a quick update on the guys who made the show this year.
Have you heard about Hunter Greene yet? The probable #1 or #2 draft pick is possibly maneuvering to get himself picked #3 by the Padres.
On a similar note Phil Maton’s (Ranked #41) little brother, Jacob Maton struck out 15 batters in just 5 innings earlier this month.
Jamie Romak is entering his age 30 season so you won’t find him on prospect lists but he’s leading the Triple-A in Home Runs with 10. He was recently named the PCL Player of the Week and The East Village Times speculates he could get called up soon. It makes sense to me.
Jabari Blash is another good ballplayer with less than 130 Major League at-bats who has stopped appearing on prospect lists. But he raked in Spring Training and with Travis Jankowski going to the DL he was just called up. It’s already his second trip to the bigs this season so it doesn’t appear to be a serious look. However, considering Jankowski’s slow start it seems possible that if Blash performs like he did during Spring Training they could find room for him.
Cory Spangenberg was also called up and I think he’ll be given more of an opportunity to stick around than Blash. Neither roster moves led to a corresponding roster move where one of my top 50 Padre prospects received a promotion to AAA. The Padres sent Christian Bethancourt down to El Paso to make room for Spangenberg.
El Paso Chihuahuas Update
I was fortunate enough to see the Chihuahuas play with both Blash and Spangenberg on the field on Sunday the 23rd. Blash hit a home run but El Paso fell to Reno. Unlike last year El Paso does not have a lot in the way of prospects. Lamet and Maton are two exceptions. Beyond that the roster is filled with older guys who might make an impact in the big leagues one day, but are not projected to do so.
Carlos Asuaje (Ranked #19) is a bright spot on the team but he’s off to a slow start.
Diego Goris (Ranked #45) “has all the potential in the world, but he parties too much” according to one El Paso Chihuahuas employee I talked to. Like Asuaje he’s hitting below .220.
Franchy Cordero (Ranked #25) is another prospect hitting below .220 (.209). It’s still early though so I wouldn’t read too much into these numbers.
Promoted Prospects Update
Manny Margot (Ranked #2) and Hunter Renfroe (Ranked #3) are both proving they belong at the big league level. Margot recently learned about “Catch Probability” stats after making a full-extension diving catch and Renfroe just hit his fifth home run of the season today.
Jose Torres (Ranked #32) looks bad when you look at his ERA so far this year, but he looks good when you look at his WHIP. He only has 9.1 IP so I would not worry about the ERA or get excited about the WHIP.
The Padres are doing what they can to keep Allen Cordoba (Ranked #18) after selecting him in the Rule 5 Draft and he’s doing his part by hitting .269 and playing wherever they ask him to.
Article featured image of Dinelson Lamet – courtesy MLB.com