A look at a Padres prospect or two from each level of the system that had a noteworthy week. Yes, Michael Gettys striking out just five times on the week is great, as is Jorge Oña having a 5 RBI game, but these are a few guys who have really impressed the past week. Oh, and even though Luis Urías has only two extra base hits in the month of May, his OBP during that time is still .443, so he’s great and should be loved by all.
Rocky Gale – C, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)
8 for 19 (.421), 3 R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 2B
I’ve completely neglected all of the non-prospects that litter the Triple-A squad, though there’s a decent chance that a few of them make it to the big league club this year. The 29-year-old Rocky Gale, who has ten MLB plate appearances under his belt, would qualify as such, but he’s had a great week. It’s hard to envision a situation in which the Padres need another catcher on the roster (with Hector Sanchez and Luis Torrens backing up Austin Hedges), but if Gale can show that he can hit like this, who knows, he could claw his way back to the majors three seasons after his first stint.
Franchy Cordero – OF, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)
7 for 23 (.304), 1 BB, 12 K, 2 3B
While Cordero’s .312 OBP and .489 SLG have been pretty consistent most of the season, it’s nice to see him raise the ‘ol AVG up a bit. The pair of triples is nice (the dude can move it on the bases, at least one of them would’ve been just a double for most runners), but the eye-popping stat is the strikeouts. With 47 on the season, his K rate has jumped a couple of points this week up to 33.9%. As the leadoff hitter for the Chihuahuas, he needs to improve the plate discipline while keeping that power stroke.
Kyle Lloyd – SP, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
9 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been a Kyle Lloyd fan since last year, prior to his no-hitter last Friday. His fastball sits around 90 MPH and he’s not a big strikeout guy, but when he’s on, his breaking pitches lead to a lot of groundballs – very Clayton Richard-like. He had 17 such groundouts on his historic night at Wolff Stadium, and a 36/24 groundout/fly out ratio coming into the game. I was mildly surprised that Lloyd started the season in Double-A, but the Missions Opening Day starter hopefully gets a chance to show what he can do in Triple-A soon. A groundball type could do well in El Paso, though the high contact rate could be trouble.
Michael Gettys – OF, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)
9 for 25 (.360), 11 R, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
I’ve been hard on Michael Gettys this year, but, like Hunter Renfroe, appears to be showing a little more selectivity at the plate. More impressive than the .360 average for the week, is his three walks against “just” five strikeouts. He seems to be settling into the third spot (after starting the first week and a half hitting leadoff) and connected for his third dinger on the year. After striking out 56 times in his first 29 games, here’s hoping that the 5 K’s in his last six games is a trend that continues and not a blip on the radar.
Ty France – 1B, Lake Elsinore Storm & San Antonio Missions (Single-A & Double-A)
11 for 23 (.478), 4 R, 5 RBI, 2B, 1 BB, 0 K
Forget his hitting, Ty France got the win yesterday for the Missions! In a 16 inning affair with the Frisco Rough Riders, France threw top half of the 16th, just before they walked it off in the bottom of the inning. Aside from joining other position players in the org (Rocky Gale and GK Young) to pitch in the minors this season, France is having a great week after being called up to Double-A with Josh Naylor coming back to Lake Elsinore off the DL. He had a decent .288 batting average at the time of the call up, he only had 6 extra base hits through 30 games – far too few for a first baseman. He was 6 for 12 in three games for the Missions this week, and though they were all singles, he did slug .496 in 60 Cal League games last year, so here’s hoping he taps into some of that power in the Texas League. Oh, and with the strikeout rates that plague the organization, anyone that has a whiff-free week is probably going to get mentioned.
Josh Naylor – 1B, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)
7 for 11 (.636), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, SB
Josh Naylor’s back y’all! I’ll admit, in our offseason prospect rankings on Padres Public, I was down on Naylor, a power-hitting first baseman who only slugged .353 in 33 games with Lake Elsinore last year. This year, the 19-year-old is off to a great start, and that’s continued after his most recent DL stint. As of yesterday, he has an OPS of .949 and has a 20.3% K rate. If Gettys and then one of Ruddy Giron or Javier Guerra can figure it out, the Storm offense could be very interesting on both sides of the ball.
Jesse Scholtens – SP, Fort Wayne TinCaps/Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A & Single-A)
13 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 12 K (2 starts between Single-A & High-A)
It’s a good week to be Jesse Scholtens, as he moved from Indiana to California. From what I gather, Fort Wayne is pretty nice this time of year, but Scholtens is probably happy to be back in the state of his birth (though he played his college ball in Ohio). After a dominant start last Monday for the TinCaps (8 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K), the 23-year-old made his debut for the Storm on Mother’s Day, throwing five innings and giving up three earned runs in a no-decision. He joins the already very talented Lake Elsinore staff, so it will be interesting to see how he compares to them in an apples-to-apples scenario moving forward (well, until one of Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi, or Eric Lauer moves up).
Fernando Tatis Jr. – SS, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
7 for 21 (.333), 5 R, HR, 3B, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K, SB
A great week by Fernando Tatis, Jr., along with Jorge Oña coming back off the DL and doing well (including a 5 RBI game), is great news for the Fort Wayne offense. They’ve been in a big funk as a team, and, not that team records matter that much in prospect analysis, it can’t be a good thing that Fort Wayne has the lowest winning percentage in the organization (.361), good for last place in their division. Tatis’ K rate has increased by a bit in the past couple of weeks (up to 32%), but it’s good to see him have production like this.