Looking at the season's stats for the SD Padres is a little depressing. Thus far the Padres offense has been less than awesome in the short sample size of the 2011 season. This led me to looking at the stats for the Padres minor league rosters.
Last year it seemed like a lot of the Padres top prospects struggled, so far that's not the case in 2011. It's an even smaller sample size than the MLB season, but it seems like nearly all the top prospects in the organization have started off right. Here's what the organization's top prospects (according to John Sickels) have done in the first week of minor league baseball.
1) Casey Kelly, RHP, Grade B+: at AA. 10.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 3 K, 2 BB. Hopefully he can find a way to strike guys out at a better rate than he did last year. His first start was a little shaky, his 2nd start was better. So far not bad.
2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: at AAA. 4 IP, ERA 18.00, 3 BB, 2 K. Not a good first start for Castro, he got rocked for 9 runs, 8 earned.
3) Jaff Decker, OF, Grade B+: at AA. 379/500/828, 2 HR, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 SB. He's got 6 K's vs 7 BB's in 36 PA's. He's a freaking great hitter. I've read that he's supposedly taking his conditioning very seriously this year as well. I guess all the 'bad body' talk has motivated him. I am stoked on Jaff Decker.
4) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Grade B: at AAA. 333/353/576, 2 HR. He's struck out about as much as you'd expect with 7 K's in 34 PA's, but walking way less than you'd like to see with just 1 BB in this first week.
5) Donavan Tate, OF, Grade B-: A. 316/435/421, 2 SB, 4 BB to 3 K in 23 PA's. He looked like he was off to a good start, but then ran into Everett Williams in the outfield. Supposedly not a serious injury, should be back in a couple games.
6) Corey Luebke, LHP, Grade B-: MLB, 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 8 K's, 4 BB's. As you all know he had one horrible outing against the Reds. That one outing aside, he's been pretty impressive. I'd like to see him in the rotation, but with Moseley pitching so well I guess it's no big deal.
7) James Darnell, 3B, Grade B-: at AA. 400/448/640, 1 HR, 3 BB to just 1 K in 28 PA's. Nice start to the season. He does already have 2 errors though. Hopefully he can improve his fielding or maybe try him as a corner OF?
8) Reymond Fuentes, OF, Grade B-: at A+. 310/333/345, 2 SB, 1 BB, 7 K in 30 PA's. He's hit safely in every game, but needs to learn how to take a walk.
9) Drew Cumberland, INF, Grade B-: at AA. Starts season on 7 day DL. Not surprised. Not sure what's wrong with him.
10) Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Grade B-: at A+. 290/371/387, 1 HR, 4 BB, 4 K, in 35 PA's. Solid start, could definitely keep up this pace, but should improve. He should hit for more power in that league.
11) Johnny Barbato, RHP, Grade B-: I couldn't find him on a roster, must be in extended spring training for some reason.
12) Matt Lollis, RHP, Grade C+: at A+. 1.27 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 5.56 ERA, 4 BB, 9 K. The 9 K's are nice to see. The ERA is a little inflated from 2 HR's.
13) Adys Portillo, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 3 IP, 15.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 4 K, 2 BB. Not a good first start.
14) Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 11 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.27 WHIP, 19 K, 1 BB. He was perfect in 6 innings on opening day, and nearly as good in his 2nd start.
15) Juan Oramas, LHP, Grade C+: Couldn't find him on a roster, must be in extended spring training for some reason.
16) Edinson Rincon, OF-3B, Grade C+: at A+. 333/467/417, 6 BB, 8 K in 30 PA's. With 4 errors already at 3B. He's like a Dominican James Darnell.
17) Jason Hagerty, C, Grade C+: at A+. 357/379/571, 1 HR, 1 BB, 8 K in 29 PA's. Has 3 errors already behind the plate. He can definitely swing the bat.
18) Logan Forsythe, 2B, Grade C+: at AAA. 313/450/719 with 3 HR. He had a crazy first game where he had 2 hr's, 4 bb's, and a sb. He is striking out more than you'd like to see with 11 in 39 pa's, but offsets that with the 7 bb's.
19) Blake Tekotte, OF, Grade C+: at AA. 438/448/886, 2 SB, 2 BB, 4 K in 31 PA's. I would take him as 4th OF over Denorfia right now.
20) Zach Cates, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 10 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 14 K, 6 BB. If he improves his control he could be really good. I guess he has a great fastball/changeup combination.
21) Jonathan Galvez, SS, Grade C+: at A+. 429/552/667, 1 HR, 3 SB, 5 BB, 4 K in 26 PA's. Off to a great start offensively. Looks like they've already shifted him to 2B though. Hopefully E-Cab pans out because we've got no one at SS after him.
22) Jose De Paula, LHP, Grade C+: at A+. 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 1 BB, 5 K. Sickels had him as a sleeper candidate, hopefully he's right.
23) Everett Williams, OF, Grade C+: at A. 300/391/300, 3 SB, 2 BB, 3 K in 22 PA's. Off to a decent start before colliding with Tate in the outfield. Should be back on the field in a game or two.
Some other dudes worth mentioning:
Luis Durango, OF, AAA. 370/455/519 1 SB, 2 3B, 4 BB, 4 K. Nice to see him with 2 extra base hits already. Though for all I know both of those could have been infield triples. If he continues to reach base in over 40% of his plate appearances in AAA and Venable continues to struggle through the end of the month I wouldn't mind the Padres bringing him up and sending Venable down.
E-Cab, SS, AAA. 314/400/400, 5 SB, 5 BB, 7 K. Hopefully he can keep this up all year and help the big club in 2012.
Anthony Bass, RHP, AA. 11.2 IP, 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 8 K, 2 BB. He's a guy that has never been considered much of a prospect, but has put up good numbers every where he's gone.
Sawyer Carroll, OF, AA. 435/435/957, 3 HR, 0 BB, 5 K.
AAAron Poreda has had 2 outings in a row (4 IP) where he didn't throw a walk!
There is a lot to be excited about there. The Padres seem to have a nice balance of hitters and pitchers, tools and skills. Hopefully they can stay healthy and the organization as a whole can have a good year.