We have reached the midway point in the Arizona Fall League, and the Peopria Javelinas continue their hot streak.
The team is now 10-6 on the season after beating Salt River by the score of 10-4 on Saturday. At the half way point, the Javelinas have a three-game lead over the Glendale Desert Dogs, who are 7-9. Peoria has assembled quite an impressive group of youngsters, and the Padres are represented.
There were some games in Mexico and Venezuela as nine payers got into action on Saturday.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Luis Urias went 2-3 on the day with a triple, two RBI, a walk, and a run scored. The second baseman was batting in the nine-hole and obviously took offense to it with a productive night against the Rafters’ pitching staff. He has now increased his average up to .333 on the year.
Josh Naylor was 0-5 with an RBI and a strikeout on Saturday. Batting cleanup on most nights, the slugging first baseman has been awfully productive. He has three homers and 13 RBI on the season and holds a .340 batting average.
CARIBBEAN/MEXICAN/VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUES
Rafael Ortega was 1-3 with a walk on Saturday and is hitting .500 through his first two winter league games.
Franchy Cordero only got in one at bat, as his game was postponed because of rain. He is hitting a cool .317 on the year.
Luis Torrens continues to get the most at bats of all the Padres’ minor leaguers in the Winter. He went 1-2 with a RBI and a walk and is hitting .245 on the year.
Fernando Perez went 1-4 with two strikeouts and is now hitting .350 on the year for his Mexican League team.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was 0-4 on Saturday and is down to .250 on the year. He is in a bit of a slump, but you have to expect the youngster to break out at any time.
Jose Valdez got some action with the Padres in 2017. He made his debut on Saturday in the Winter and was knocked around, allowing two runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.
Webster Rivas is a catcher in the organization who went 0-3 on Saturday. His average is at .250 so far this season.