The San Diego Padres 2017 season is in the books.
All in all the year was a success, as the major league team played better than expected and the minor league system started to bear fruit.
Dinelson Lamet and Franchy Cordero came up this season for their first taste of major league service time and were productive for the Friars. That bodes well for the future young kids that are about to reach the major league level.
The Arizona Fall League, as well as winter leagues from around the world, have started this past week. We here at EVT will keep you up to date on all the Padres’ prospects and let you know how they are doing with their winter teams. Enjoy.
THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Naylor has been tearing it up early, batting .364 on the season. On Tuesday, he went 1-4 with a double and two RBI. He has been playing defense at first and looks to continue to develop. The Canadian youngster has great power and hit potential. At the age of 20, he has a very high ceiling.
Franmil Reyes went 0-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .133 early in the year. The DH/outfielder is coming off a huge year where he hit 25 homers and drove in 102 runs (both franchise highs for the minors in 2017) while recording a .785 OPS
T.J. Weir got into the game on Tuesday where he went 1.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. His ERA in 3.00 presently as he gets his feet wet in the Arizona league. Weir does have a save already on the season for the Javelinas.
David Bednar is an interesting player to discuss. At 23, he is an older prospect. In 2017 he went 1-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 61 IP. He closed out the game on Tuesday, in a non-save situation, and threw a scoreless inning. He has yet to allow a run on the season.
Franchy Cordero went 2-3 with a double and a walk and is hitting .455 early on the year.
Luis Torrens went 2-4 on Tuesday with an RBI and a run scored. He is hitting .333 early in the season.
The Padres’ top prospect, Fernando Tatis, went 0-4 on Tuesday with two K’s and is off to a .222 start in the Dominican Winter League.
Alberth Martinez went 0-4 on Tuesday with one strikeout and is hitting .240 early on.
Cesar Vargas, who has major league service time, threw four scoreless innings yesterday, while striking out six batters. His ERA is 1.08 so far.
Fautino De Los Santos threw a scoreless inning, keeping his ERA at 0.00.
Hansel Rodriguez, the TinCaps’ closer, went a perfect inning yesterday, striking out two batters. He has yet to allow a run this year.
Eric Yardley got two outs yesterday without allowing a run, keeping his ERA at zero for the season.
Jose Ruiz threw one inning yesterday, allowing one hit and striking out one. He, too, has a flawless ERA early in the year.