Padres Organization Players of the Week: May 6-12

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Here is a look at this past week’s best players throughout the Padres organization.

Farm Batter: Luis Urias (AAA)

Games HR XBH RBI OPS wRC+
6 3 6 6 1.435 238

Urias continues to play angry after his demotion from the major leagues in April. He was sent back down to Triple-A after batting .083 with a 37.9 percent strikeout rate through 11 games in the Majors. Since his demotion, Urias is batting .360 with nine home runs, 18 RBI, six doubles, a 1.322 OPS and 207 wRC+. This week, he had three separate three-hit games. In fact, all nine of his hits this week came in those three games.

Six of his nine hits were extra bases, as he collected three doubles along with his three home runs. In El Paso’s 7-4 win on Saturday, he went 3-for-4, homering twice with a double and four RBI. With the continued struggles of Ian Kinsler and the lack of production San Diego is getting out of the second base spot (Padres are 27th in OPS for second basemen), Urias’ name may be called soon, this time, perhaps, for good.

Farm Pitcher: Aaron Leasher (A+)

Games IP ERA K K/BB FIP
1 6.2 0 6 6 2.02

Leasher is a bit of an unknown in the Padres system, which is chock-full of guys like MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patiño and Ryan Weathers. He won’t be for long if he continues to pitch games like the one he did this week. In the Lake Elsinore Storm’s 4-0 win over Visalia on Thursday, Leasher tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six.

Leasher was a sixth-round pick by the Padres in the 2017 draft out of Morehead State. This is just his second full professional season as he pitched 24 games between Single-A Fort Wayne and High-A Lake Elsinore last season, with a 3.49 ERA collectively. Leasher has a good slider and a changeup that could turn into a weapon. His goal is to cut down on the walk rate, and a start of six strikeouts with just one walk will help build confidence. He could add to the long list of solid lefties the Padres have lined up in the system if he continues to improve.

MLB Batter: Hunter Renfroe 

Games HR XBH RBI OPS wRC+
6 3 6 4 1.083 181
Renfroe is at it again. This is the third time he has been distinguished as the best hitter of the week at the Padres’ major league level. He has come in clutch time and time again, and the week after his walk-off grand slam, it was no different.
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In Monday’s exciting 4-0 win over the Mets, Renfroe aided Chris Paddack in his quest to outduel Jacob deGrom by giving the Padres a 1-0 lead as he homered off of the 2018 Cy Young Award winner, he added a double to his total. Then, in the rubber match of the series, he sent a ball into the seats in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Padres a slim 3-2, willing them to victory once again.
On Saturday, Renfroe once again broke a scoreless tie by hitting a home run against Rockies pitcher Jon Gray, helping the Padres salvage one game of the series in Colorado. Renfroe continues to be the most clutch hitter of 2019 for the Friars to date.

MLB Pitcher: Chris Paddack

Games IP ERA K K/BB FIP
1 7.2 0 11 11 0.63

Paddack was a man on a mission Monday night against the Mets. Pete Alonso was not the only victim, although Paddack called him out individually after Alonso edged out Paddack to win N.L. Rookie of the Month. Alonso went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, looking helpless at the plate against Paddack.

Paddack mowed down the entire Mets lineup to the tune of 11 strikeouts in almost eight shutout innings, dominating the matchup with the reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. He has been one of the most impressive pitchers in all of baseball so far this season. He is second in the National League only to Max Scherzer in FIP at 2.30 and seventh in pitcher WAR (1.4). Despite losing out to Alonso for April’s Rookie of the Month honor, he is still very much in the thick of things for Rookie of the Year.

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.

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