From the Desert to the Beach
The trade deadline has passed, players have been dealt, injuries have occurred and young players are getting the opportunity to contribute on big league ball clubs all over major league baseball.
As of August 5, the San Diego Padres have five players on their major league roster that started the season on the Tucson Padres triple-A roster.
There is no arguing that the most impressive hitter to get the call up from Triple-A this year has been Jesus Guzman. The 27 year-old Guzman is batting .337 with four homeruns and 23 runs batted in; he is slugging .589 and has three stolen bases in 35 major league games this season.
Number 15 Guzman is listed as a third baseman but has not played third base for San Diego this year. Guzman has played seven innings in left field this year and four innings in right field. He has seen most of his action at first base, starting 18 games there this season. When a player is hitting the ball like Guzman, it is easy for a manager to find a place for him to play.
Infielder Logan Forsythe has also seen a healthy amount of big league action this year. Forsythe has 13 hits including three doubles and three RBI this season. Forsythe has played shortstop, third base and second base for San Diego this year. The 24 year-old Forsythe currently holds a .959 fielding percentage.
Pacific Coast League All-Star Aaron Cunningham is also currently with the San Diego Padres. The 25 year-old, right fielder was batting .329 with nine homeruns and 63 RBI with Tucson this year. Cunningham has a double and a triple in 11 games with the San Diego Padres.
If either of these next two players can settle in and produce in the big leagues like they have produced in Triple-A this year, San Diego will have the power bat they need back at first base.
The slugger that is with the big league club at the moment is Kyle Blanks. Blanks batted .351 with 11 homeruns and 35 RBI in just 35 games with triple-A Tucson. The 24 year-old Blanks can play both outfield and first base.
Anthony Rizzo has huge triple-A numbers with a .361 batting average, a .738 slugging percentage, 22 homeruns and 86 RBI with the Tucson Padres this year. In 35 games with San Diego, Rizzo has seven doubles a homerun and six RBI. Rizzo will be 22 years old on August 8 and although he is not with the big league club at the moment, he appears to have a bright future at first base with the San Diego Padres.
Catcher Luis Martinez has done well in his short stint with the San Diego Padres this year. The 26 year-old Martinez, has a homerun and four RBI in eight big league games this season.
Pitcher Wade LeBlanc has been dominant at times with the Tucson Padres and has pitched well in his spot starts for San Diego this year. The soon to be 27 year-old, left handed starting pitcher has been asked to pitch in Colorado, in Boston and at home against Philadelphia this year and has only allowed three runs in each of his starts.
Shortstop Everth Cabrera and relief pitcher Evan Scribner have also seen major league action with the San Diego Padres this year after starting in Tucson this season. Both men are currently in triple-A Tucson.
The San Diego Padres have a deep farm system with many talented prospects littered throughout the minor leagues. These players are the future of the San Diego Padres and will be vital to the success of the team. The players mentioned above have the greatest opportunity to make an immediate impact in San Diego.