Zach Lee– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas
6 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
It may be time to admit that Zach Lee is just not going to work out for the San Diego Padres. When the Padres signed him to a minor league contract this last off-season, the hope was that Lee could finally put it all together and perhaps give the team some big league innings this season. As has been the case with Tyrell Jenkins, Lee has struggled mightily so far this season when on the field, and has yet to really find any sort of groove. Lee is only 25 years old at this point, but with 28 earned runs in just 40 innings pitched this season, things aren’t looking good for the right-hander.
Franmil Reyes– RF, Double-A, San Antonio Missions
2-4, 1 2B, 1 R
Sure, Reyes is a 6’5” right fielder with almost no range, but he is also a 6’5” right fielder with all sorts of talent at the plate. Despite his shortcomings in the field, Reyes just keeps hitting as the season wears on for the Missions. Reyes is most certainly a first base-only prospect long-term, or even a designated hitter-type, but with what he can do at the plate, he may just hit enough to still make that a worthwhile fit.
Enyel De Los Santos– RHP, Double-A, San Antonio Missions
7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
A measure of inconsistency over his first few seasons of professional baseball, Enyel De Los Santos appears to be finally putting together a more consistent approach in recent weeks. Earlier in the season it seemed like De Los Santos was due for a bad start after every good start, but he has five straight outings where he has given up three earned runs or fewer, and he has struck out 28 batters in that time. De Los Santos also had a stellar month of June and seems to finally be putting it together on the hill.
Colby Blueberg– RHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 K
Another night, another perfect outing for the young right-hander out of the Storm bullpen. Blueberg has now struck out 53 batters in just shy of 43 innings of work on the season. On top of that, Blueberg has not given up an earned run since May 24, a time frame spanning 13 and a third innings and 17 strikeouts. At this point, not many relievers have been better in the Cal League than Blueberg.
Hudson Potts– 3B, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
The 2017 season has been a bit of a tough full season debut for one of the Padres’ first round draft picks from 2016. Potts has had his fair share of highlights, but also quite a few struggles to put on top of those highlights. Although Potts is only slashing .220/.263/.365 on the season, Potts had a stellar performance on Wednesday night, which included his ninth home run of the season for the TinCaps.
Tre Carter– CF, Short Season, Tri-City Dust Devils
1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
If there was one word to describe Tre Carter, it would be toolsy. As I have mentioned before, the Padres have their fair share of toolsy center fielders, a list that includes Michael Gettys, Buddy Reed, and a few other intriguing names. Despite the talent of Gettys and Reed, Carter may be the best athlete of them all. However, the problem for Carter has been a similar problem to what has beset both Gettys and Reed: high strikeout rate. As of this writing, Carter’s strikeout rate is inching closer to 40 percent. With that being said, Carter has still done plenty offensively to make up for those shortcomings.
Osvaldo Hernandez– LHP, Short Season, Tri-City Dust Devils
2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
This wasn’t the best start for Hernandez, but at 19 years old and pitching stateside for the first time, this kind of performance is to be expected. The potential is still tantalizing, as evidenced by the strikeouts, but Hernandez has some important kinks to work out to realize his potential.
Jeisson Rosario- CF, AZL Padres
2-4, 1 BB
One of the Padres’ many international signings from last year’s J2 period, Rosario has been a rather quiet contributor in his first taste of affiliated baseball in America. Like many of his international counterparts in the Padres system, Rosario is just 17, so the potential that is there comes with a lot of risk. However, so far, Rosario has shown a good amount of that potential on the field for the AZL Padres.
Martin Carrasco– RHP, DSL Padres
6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K