May 2014 Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month
The Fort Wayne Tin Caps, the low single A team for the Padres, have some intriguing players on the roster. Not the least of which is 1B Jake Bauers, who was the 7th round selection of the 2013 draft. A left hander, Bauers has a May line of .379/.464/.568 over 27 games and 95 AB. He had 5 doubles, 2 triples and 3 homeruns for 20 RBI’s. He also earned 15 BB with 14 SO over that same period. Bauers has played his way into the starting lineup after not having a good start to his season. At 18, he is the youngest player in the league and doesn’t turn 19 until October.
Reliever Tayron Guerrero was 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 11 game appearances and 14.2 IP. He allowed 3 ER, 4 BB, with 18 SO and a .185 average against.
Infielder Diego Goris came to the Padres in the minor league portion of the 2012 Rule V draft and was primarily a shortstop and second baseman as he came up through the Dominican summer league system of the Pirates. He played for the Padres (Fort Wayne) in 2013, after being acquired from the Royals in the draft. He currently has played all four infield positions for the Storm as well as DH. He will be 24 ysr old at the end of this year. His May line of .353/.370/.589 in 29 games and 124 AB with 9 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR and 21 RBI. His big drawback is his 2 BB to 29 SO over that same period.
OF Hunter Renfroe came on strong in May as well with a .314/.383/.636 line in 30 games and 118 AB with 7 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR and 25 RBI with 9 BB and 28 SO also. He successfully stole six of eight stolen bases. He is the HR and RBI leader for the Storm.
RHP Joe Ross compiled a 3-1 record with a 4.03 ERA in 5 GS and 29 IP. He allowed 13 ER with 8 BB and 27 SO with a .236 average against.
The AA San Antonio Missions was the team chosen by the Padres for Rymer Liriano to continue his recovery from Tommy John surgery at the start of the season. He started the season slowly, which is normal for him, but has really surged in May. Liriano’s line of .315/.391/.550 in 30 games and 111 AB include 5 2B, 7 HR and 20 RBI with 13 BB and 31 SO with 4/5 stolen bass. He is the HR and RBI leader for the Missions and he might be earning himself a promotion to AAA at the halfway point to the season. At the time of his injury, scouts felt he was a half season away from a call up to the major league team.
RHP Adys Portillo, a 22 yr old Venezuelan, is 6-3 and 235 lbs. His May effort in 11 games and 14.2 IP gave him a 0-0 record and a 0.00 ERA, allowing 0 ER, 5 BB and 21 SO with a .146 average against.
RHP James Needy is worth a mention as he is a SD native drafted by the Padres in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. He missed the 2010 season with a knee injury but has worked his way up the the minors and is currently 23 yrs old. He is 6-6 and 230 lbs, another basketball sized pitcher in the organization. For May he is 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 IP in 4 games started with 7 ER, 6 BB, 22 SO and a .279 average against.
The El Paso Chihuahuas began their season without a home park but have played very well since opening their new ballpark in Texas. Infielder Jace Peterson was returned to AAA after his callup to the major league team during Chase Headley’s injury. He hit a .354/.455/.585 line for May in 24 games and 82 AB with 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR and 19 RBI with 15 BB and 19 SO. He was also successful in 3 of 6 SB attempts.
Reliever Hector Ambriz, a 30 yr old, signed as a minor league free agent before the start of the season, had a 2-0 record and 2.51 ERA in 12 games and 14.1 IP with 0 BB and 10 SO with a .222 average against.
June will mark the halfway point for the minor league season and the mid-season call ups will come after the All Star games. There has been a recent tendency in the Padre organization to reward good first half performance with a second half challenge. It will be interesting to see which of the Padres minor leaguers receive that challenge.