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Padres Winter League Recap 

Kyle Blanks

Kyle Blanks

Venezuelan Winter League

Hitters:

Alexi Amarista: 55 G, 55-208 (.264), 13 2b, 1 3b, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 16 BB, 4 SB

Jesus Guzman: 29 G, 30-103 (.291), 4 2b, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 11 BB, 23 K, 1 SB

Pitchers:

Wilfredo Boscan: 12 GS, 3-1, 1.80 ERA, 55 IP, 45 H, 11 ER, 4HR, 5 HB, 20 BB, 40 K

Adys Portillo: 0 GS, 21 G, 2-2, 4.56 ERA, 23.2 IP 24 H, 12 ER, 4 HR, 11BB, 14 K

Thad Weber: 5 GS, 2-1, 5.79 ERA, 23.1 IP, 31 H, 15 ER, HR, 6 BB, 21 K

Recap: Padres utility men, Alexi Amarista and Jesus Guzman, both played winter ball down in Venezuela. Though it was a smaller sample size, Jesus Guzman proved to be very productive during his time in the VWL; had he collected enough AB’s to qualify, Guzman would have ranked 17th in terms of average. Amarista’s 13 doubles were good enough to land him the 9 spot on the doubles leaders list. Neither of them produced eye-popping stats, but they collected experience that will hopefully benefit them going into the 2013 season. On the pitching side, Thad Weber was roughed up while Portillo tried his hand as a reliever after primarily being used as a starter for the TinCaps and the Missions in 2012. The real story, however, is the success of Wilfredo Boscan. Boscan, who was acquired this off-season from the Rangers for Cory Burns, led the VWL with a stellar ERA of 1.80. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Boscan.

Dominican Winter League

Hitters:

Jonathan Galvez: 25 G, 9-47 (.191), 5 2b, 0 HR, 4RBI, 8BB, 8K

Edinson Rincon: 4 G, 1-6 (.167), 2BB, K

Daniel Robertson: 33 G, 26-117 (.222), 6 2b, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 14 BB, 25 K, 8SB

Pitchers:

Jose De Paula: 14 G, 7 GS, 0-3, 4.05 ERA, 40 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 4 HR, 11 BB,  42 K

Brandon Kloess: 10 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 5.40 ERA, 2 SV, 3 SVO, 8.1 IP, 12 H, 6R, 5ER, 8BB,  5K

Recap: The 16th overall prospect for the Padres according to MLB.com, Edinson Rincon faced very limited action in the DWL collecting only 6 AB’s. Another highly regarded prospect, Jonathan Galvez, faced substantially more time, but did little to impress as he could not even crack the Mendoza line. Overall, Padres players did not fare well in the DWL.

PWL

Hitters:

Kyle Blanks: 18 G, 20-70 (.286), 9 2b, 1 3b, 2 HR, 9RBI, 3BB, 15 K

Reymond Fuentes: 26 G, 12-67 (.179), 3 2b, 0 HR, 3RBI, 6BB, 10 K, 5 SB

Pitchers:

Daniel Strange: 6 G, 0 GS, 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2ER, 2BB, 8K

Recap: Kyle Blanks managed to stay healthy throughout the PWL season. While he only played 18 games, it is encouraging nonetheless as he was only able to contribute in 4 games last year. Fuentes, who was acquired in the Adrian Gonzalez trade and was once a top 10 outfield prospect according to MLB.com, continued his struggles from the end of the minor league season. He showed very little extra base pop as he hit only 3 doubles and 0 home runs, and his hitting as a whole left a lot to be desired.

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About the author: Alex Bartlett

Three weeks after I was born, Padre legend Tony Gwynn visited my hospital and handed out teddy bears to all the newborn children, including me. I have been a Padre fan ever since. Whether SD is in the midst of an exciting playoff run, or an uneventful off-season, I love following them and I love writing about them.