AZL Padres Season Review
The Padres rookie league team finished their season on August 29 with a loss to the AZL Mariners. That gave them an overall record of 20-35 for the short rookie league season and gave them a 3rd place out of 4 finish in the Rookie League West.
Can anything be concluded from a 55 game season? A few highlights are obvious from a review of the stats from the season. There was a lot of movement (as expected) throughout the season as players showed their ability and many were moved around through the organization. The league is more an evaluation tool than anything else as the Padre organization uses it to evaluate rehabbing players, assess rookie skills and teach professional baseball basics to a group of raw players right from the draft. A losing season is not a catastrophe as the lineup shifted dramatically from day to day and pitchers innings were drawn out or limited as the need dictated.
Here are some highlights and players to keep an eye on as they go forward thru the system. Some will be invited to instructional league for further evaluation and teaching. Instructional league begins Sept 16 so there will be a break before we resume coverage of these players. Look for an announcement on the Friarhood site when Instructs begin.