The Padres have been getting some good performances from Alexi Amarista, Logan Forsythe and Everth Cabrera in the middle of the infield and Andy Parrino is about to insert himself into the conversation when he gets called up.
The switch-hitter saw most of his time at shortstop and led the T-Padres in total hits with 36 and in extra-base hits with 13. He can play seven out of nine positions on the field and hits well from both sides. There is going to be a place for him somewhere in the big leagues.
|Robertson finished strong stealing six bags in August.|
Prospect Watch: OF Dan Robertson closed out the year strong with a .297/.376/.387 line while leading the T-Padres in runs scored with 18 and stealing six bases in nine attempts. Jedd Gyorko saw 16 of his 21 starts in the field at third base and led Tucson in home runs (7) and RBIs (23) while posting a .291/.337/.581 line. 1B/2B/DH Vince Belnome posted a good BB/K ratio of 17/24 while hitting .295/.415/.409 with his power numbers a little low for him. Minor League veteran Jesus Merchan started his Padres' career with a bang hitting .378/.413/.541 seeing time at both third and second base.
Disappointments: OF Blake Tekotte finished off a tough year hitting .188/.250/.329 with 24 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances.
San Antonio 1B/DH Nate Freiman .346/.414/.490
While everyone talks about the prodigious power numbers that Nate Freiman is capable off what isn't talked about enough is how good a hitter Freiman also is. He led the Missions this month with 36 hits, ten of the for extra bases.
|Freiman led the Missions in hits.|
Freiman has improved every year he has been in profession ball and is about too finish his second straight year with 20+ home runs and 100+ RBIs. He could put up some truly scary numbers in 2013 in Tucson and might be able to push Yonder Alonso at first base sometime down the road.
Prospect Watch: While most people outside the organization don't believe that Edison Rincon can stay at third base because of his defensive most also believe that he can really hit. Only 21, Rincon hit .313/.353/.495 and finished second to Freiman in hits but first in extra-base hits with 12. Of Rymer Liriano, after his typical slow star, settled in during August and hit .314/.404/.430 with five stolen bases in five attempts. OF/DH/1B Cody Decker did what Cody Decker usually does; hits with power and walks. He led the Missions with 4 home runs and with 15 base-on-balls for a .266/.378/.415 line.
Disappointments: CF Reymond Fuentes struggled to make consistent contact with a .216 batting average but still managed to steal ten bases in thirteen attempts. Fuentes has all the tools and is still only twenty-one so there is definitely room for improvement.
Lake Elsinore 1B/DH Tommy Medica .299/.393/.639
"Tank top Tommy" as Storm announcer Sean McCall refers to Tommy Medica because of his powerful upper body was at it again in the Cal League with a gaudy .639 slugging percentage that saw him slug 17 extra-base hits in twenty-five games. He led the team with 23 RBIs and was second with 12 walks.
|Rico Noel kept on runnin'.|
Prospect Watch: SS Chris Bisson led the Storm with 36 hits stole nine bases in 12 attempts but also had six errors. CF Rico Noel only hit .224 but the leadoff man was still able to get on base at a .353 clip by leading the team in walks with 16 and stole 15 bases in 21 attempts. Casey McElroy saw time at third and short and continued to hit at .290/.355/.400.
Disappointments: After returning from suffering concussion symptoms that sidelined him for a little over a month, 2B Cory Spangenberg returned to hit .218/.296/.267.
Fort Wayne C Austin Hedges .346/.369/.487
Hitting in the Midwest League in what should be your freshman year at UCLA is no easy task but Austin Hedges had his best numbers of the season in what also should be a time where catching that many games begins to wear on your body.
But then again Austin is only 19, he can still do things like this.
Hedges tied for the team lead in RBIs with 14 with 7 of his twenty-seven hits for extra-bases. His only negative is that he may not be quite the base-stealer he believes himself to be with one stolen base in five attempts.
|Peterson hit .310 in August.|
Prospect Watch: SS Jace Peterson, a former two-sport start at McNeese State, played more baseball than he has in his life and finished his inaugural full-season strong leading the team in stolen bases with 9 in 13 attempts and finishing second in hits with 31, hitting .310/.383/.380. CF Travis Jankowski bounced back from a tough opening month to hit .327/.353/.434. He still strikes out a little too much for a top of the order hitter with 26 wiffs in 118 plate appearances but .327 is .327. RF Yeison Asencio continued to hit at .291/.318/.359 but saw his power numbers dip as he had only 5 walks in 108 plate appearances.
Disappointments: 1B Lee Orr saw the majority of time at first base but only hit .198 with 39 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances.
Eugene SS Stephen Carmon .319/.424/.403
The left-handed hitting Carmon did what everyone wants in a leadoff hitter, he got on base. In 84 plate appearances the 5'7" 155 lbs. Carmon strikeouts (5) matched his extra base hits, four doubles and one triple. He was 4 for 5 in stolen base attempts and had a 12/5 K/BB ratio in August.
The former USC-Aiken Pacer was a senior sign was named to College Baseball Lineup DII All-Star Team and finished his collegiate career with 100 stolen bases. He is the classic diamond in the rough story.
|A tough month for Dane Phillips in Eugene.|
Prospect Watch: 2012 second round pick Jeremy Baltz led the Emeralds in hits, extra-base hits and RBIs while hitting .281/.376/.439. Keep an eye on 18-year old catcher Rodney Daal from the Netherlands who hit .298/.382/.404 who should have a chance going into spring to be the starting backstop with Fort Wayne in 2013. Travis Jankowski's college teammate at Stony Brook Maxx Tissenbaum had nice month seeing most of his time at second while hitting .311/.437/.349 with 7 stolen bases in 8 attempts.
Disappointments: Catcher Dane Phillips, the Padres other second round pick in 2012, struggled in August at .196/.311/.343. It will be an interesting battle between Daal and Phillips next year for the TinCaps backstop in 2013.
AZL C Miguel Del Castillo .395/.471/.465
Another good hitting catcher deep in the Padres' organization. The twenty-one year old Dominican started to get more of the starts after Daal was promoted to Eugene led the team in on-base percentage and had a 7/10 BB/K ratio in the sun backed games in the Valley of the Sun.
Prospect Watch: 18 year old OF Henry Charles hit .307/.376/.400 as he tied for the most games (20) and plate appearances (83) on the AZL Padres. OF Anthony Renteria from Cal State San Marcos, the son of Padres' bench coach Rick Rentiria, hit 407 in 31 plate appearances.
Disappointments: OF in his third summer in the desert OF Yair Lopez struggled with a .145/.203/.182 line.
MadFriars' Player of the Month: Andy Parrino