I probably won't do this minor league roundup every week, but I had free time today. Plus, it's kind of nice looking at such pretty stats by Padres affiliated players.
As the San Diego Padres continued to disappoint, their minor league players continued to impress. It's still a very short sample size, but the majority of their top prospects are continuing strong starts to the season.
Here are the season stats of the top prospects, along with a note about their past week. Again I just copied John Sickels' list of the Padres top prospects.
1) Casey Kelly, RHP, Grade B+: at AA. 16.1 IP, 3.31 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 10 K, 4 BB. Has improved each time out so far this year. Had a very good outing in his last start with 7 K, 2 BB in 6 IP.
2) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade B+: at AAA. 15 IP, ERA 8.40, 10 BB, 11 K. Castro's 2nd and 3rd starts weren't as bad as his first, but were still disappointing. Hopefully he gets his control back soon.
3) Jaff Decker, OF, Grade B+: at AA. 379/500/878, 4 HR, 7 2B, 2 3B, 12 BB, 11 K, 2 SB, 49 AB. Jaff Decker remains on fire, displaying great patience, and great power. His 43 total bases has him leading the minors with an 878 SLG.
4) Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Grade B: at AAA. 458/500/814, 5 HR, 9 K, 5 BB, 59 AB. Rizzo had a good first week, and an outstanding 2nd week. The kid is hitting the cover off the ball. He has an 8 game hitting streak, with 20 hits during that stretch, and 4 of those left the yard. His 27 hits and 22 RBI (I know, I know, useless stat) are leading the minors.
5) Donavan Tate, OF, Grade B-: A. 316/435/421, 2 SB, 4 BB to 3 K in 19 AB. Still out after colliding with E. Williams.
6) Corey Luebke, LHP, Grade B-: MLB, 9.2 IP, 7.45 ERA, 12 K's, 5 BB's. That one bad outing still has his ERA bloated, but he is pitching very well so far.
7) James Darnell, 3B, Grade B-: at AA. 500/596/727, 1 HR, 12 BB to just 1 K in 44 AB. James Darnell is in the zone. He's seeing the ball extremely well so far, walking in over 20% of his PA's, while striking out just once in 56 PA's. His 500 AVG, and 596 OBP lead the minors. His defense is still lacking at 3B, but his bat would play anywhere. Hopefully he suddenly figures out 3rd or gets moved to the outfield. I have read that he has the skills to play 3rd, good range and a good arm, but just makes a lot of mistakes.
8) Reymond Fuentes, OF, Grade B-: at A+. 321/345/357, 3 SB, 1 BB, 12 K in 56 AB. Someone teach this kid some plate discipline. There is no way he ends up even an average major leaguer without taking more walks and striking out less often. He is young though and can hopefully develop those skills.
9) Drew Cumberland, INF, Grade B-: at AA. Still on the DL.
10) Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Grade B-: at A+. 386/463/596, 2 HR, 9 BB, 9 K, in 57 AB. Had a very good week. Now carrying a 9 game hit streak.
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+. 16.1 IP, 6.06 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7 BB, 14 K. Had another shaky outing. Three HR's have hurt his ERA.
13) Adys Portillo, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 7 IP, 9.00 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, 6 K, 5 BB. His second outing was better than his first, but still not good.
14) Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 16 IP, 1.69 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 21 K, 4 BB. After 2 masterful outings he came back down to earth a little in his 3rd start, giving up 3 ER's and taking the loss.
15) Juan Oramas, LHP, Grade C+: Still not seeing him on any rosters.
16) Edinson Rincon, OF-3B, Grade C+: at A+. 300/390/460, 1 HR, 8 BB, 11 K in 50 AB. Continuing to display good offense and crappy defense. He now has 5 errors on the season, still one short of the team lead of 6 by Valdez at SS.
17) Jason Hagerty, C, Grade C+: at A+. 277/320/404, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 K in 47 AB. He did not have a good week, going 3 for 19 with 6 K's. Hopefully he gets back some of his plate discipline from last year.
18) Logan Forsythe, 2B, Grade C+: at AAA. 275/383/588 with 4 HR, 8 BB, 15 K, 51 AB. He cooled off a bit, but still has good stats on the year. The improved power stroke is nice to see, but he seems to be paying for it with a higher strike out rate so far.
19) Blake Tekotte, OF, Grade C+: at AA. 340/441/520, 4 SB, 8 BB, 12 K in 50 AB. Continuing his strong start along with the other missions players.
20) Zach Cates, RHP, Grade C+: at A. 15 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 18 K, 7 BB. Another good outing for Cates 5 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 ER.
21) Jonathan Galvez, SS, Grade C+: at A+. 341/444/447, 1 HR, 4 SB, 7 BB, 14 K in 44 AB. Still hitting well on the year, but has cooled off in his last 5 games. In those 5 games he had 10 K's.
22) Jose De Paula, LHP, Grade C+: at A+. 13 IP, 0.69 ERA, 3 BB, 6 K. Had a very short outing his last time out. He gave up 4 runs in 3 innings, but they were all unearned. The Storm defense is terrible.
23) Everett Williams, OF, Grade C+: at A. 300/391/300, 3 SB, 2 BB, 3 K in 20 AB. Still out after colliding with Tate. Guess it was a little more serious than initially thought.
Some other dudes worth mentioning:
Luis Durango, OF, AAA. 349/431/465 2 SB, 1 CS, 5 BB, 5 K. Go-go-durango continues to get on base at a good clip. He now has 3 extra base hits! That's just 4 shy of his total from all of last year. He is showing good plate discipline, 10 % BB rate (10.6% last year), and 12.5 % K rate (16.3% last year). At the plate I think he could be a useful big leaguer right now. He does need to improve his stolen base %, and his fielding.
E-Cab, SS, AAA. 338/392/471, 6 SB, 4 CS, 5 BB, 7 K. Still hitting well. He's carrying an 8 game hitting streak, with 3 2B, 1 3B, and a HR during that time. Hopefully he improves his stolen base %.
Anthony Bass, RHP, AA. 17.2 IP, 2.55 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10 K, 5 BB. A little shaky in his last start, but still good numbers on the year.
San Antonio Missions, AA, 334/414/584, 23 HR, 64 BB, 91 K, 473 AB. Rather than write about all the fringe prospect Missions players having good starts to the season, I'm just going to mention the Missions. As a team they are on fire. They've scored over 20 runs on two separate occasions in the short season. They lead their league in AVG, OBP, SLG, HR, BB, H, R. All this while playing in a notorious pitcher's park.
AAAron Poreda AAA, 9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9 K, and 3 BB. He now has 4 straight games (6 IP) without issuing a walk. I don't know for sure, but that is probably a record number of consecutive batters faced without a walk for him in the Padres organization. Promising.
Kyle Blanks, Rehabbing in AA, 333/429/417, 3 BB, 6 K, in 27 PA's. He's been solid so far. He's just received time at DH and 1B. Hopefully his arm holds up when he finally gets some reps in LF.
After it seemed like everyone was off to a good start a couple guys cooled off as to be expected. Some guys got even hotter though. Darnell, Rizzo, and Jaff Decker all have me very excited. Thanks to those 3 dudes a Padres prospect is leading the minors (or tied for the lead) in 5 of the 6 hitter leaderboard stats (OBP, SLG, AVG, RBI, H) on the front page of milb.com.