Tucson Padre Player and Pitcher of the Month: May
The Tucson Padres have been having some rough times this year, as they didn’t win its first series until week eight. The T-Pads went 12-18 in the month of May, which was an improvement upon last month.
However that doesn’t mean that the T-Pad players have been struggling individually. May seemed to be the month of Matts.
First baseman and designated hitter Matt Clark had an amazing month of May.
Clark was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round of the 2007 amateur draft, he did not sign that year and then ended up getting drafted in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres in the 2008 amateur draft.
Clark is currently leading the T-Pads in several categories; home runs with 10, slugging percentage with .476, total bases with 101, runs with 32 and also leads them RBIs with 28.
He is tied for 10th in home runs for the league, he is seven behind the leader former Padre Anthony Rizzo.
For the month of May, Clark had a batting average .355 through 30 games with 124 appearances at the plate.
He also had an impressive OPS of 1.065 for the month of May.
In that span he collected 44 hits with 26 being singles, eight of them went for doubles and he also collected one triple in those hits.
Clark hit nine of his 10 home runs in the month of May.
Over the 30 games he scored 22 runs and collected 23 RBIs for the month.
Clark has struck out 28 times and has walked 11 times in his 124 at bats.
As for pitchers for the T-Pads there were a few to choose from, but ended up going with pitcher Matt Palmer who threw 18 innings for Tucson in the month of May.
He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 20th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round of the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Palmer started three games and collected three wins in the month with an ERA of 2.00, he did not get a loss in the month.
He did not give up a home run in the month of May for the T-Pads, he gave up 20 hits in that time span allowing five runs of which four were earned.
His strike out to walk ratio was good for the month as he managed to strike out 11 batters while only walking five in the month of May.
Palmer also had a ground out to fly out ratio of 0.90.
However Palmer did not spend the entire month with the T-Pads as he was called up to San Diego on May 20 to help out with its pitcher injuries.
Tucson heads into the month of June still in last place of its division with a record of 19-38. The T-Pads have played three games so far in the month of June and are off to an 0-3 start.