Tucson Padres Player and Pitcher of the Month: April
Infielder Everth Cabrera had a top notch April for the Tucson Padres. Although the Padres had struggled in the month of April going 7-14.
Cabrera was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2004, but was then drafted by the San Diego Padres from the Rockies in the 2008 rule 5 draft.
Cabrera has been a tremendous help in the field for the Padres as he has played numerous positions this year.
He has started games at second base, third base, shortstop and even played some games out in center field.
Cabrera is leading the T-Pads in stolen bases and has yet to be caught and is also leading the PCL in stolen bases. He had a .316 batting average over 19 games, with a total of 79 at bats and 25 hits for the month.
Five of his hits were doubles, while he scored 10 runs and accumulated six RBIs.
Cabrera stole 11 bases in the month of April, he also had an OBP of .365, a SLG of .380 and an OPS of .744 for the month.
The only down side is that he has only walked five times and has struck-out 18 times. Being a lead off hitter he should have a better walk to strikeout ratio.
Cabrera has yet to hit a home run, but as long as he can keep the steals up and get himself into to scoring position will be a help for the T-Pads.
The pitchers for the Padres made it hard to make an easy pick for pitcher of the month as they struggled throughout April. However, starting left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes appeared to have the best performance in April for Tucson.
Hynes who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Despite his 0-2 record for the month Hynes had a 3.27 ERA for pitching in eight games, with starting two of those.
He threw a total of 22 innings in those eight games.
Hynes allowed 29 hits, 13 runs, eight of which were earned. He did not give up a long ball in the month of April.
He walked only six batters while striking out 11. He also had ground out/fly out ratio of 1.04.
The Padres are hoping to have a better month in May, as they had a strong finish in April winning two of the last three games played for the month.
Tucson is currently 3-4 to start off the month of May.