Rafael Ortega- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas
9-23, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 16 TB
I know Ortega is a 26-year-old minor league free agent playing in Triple-A, but he has been pretty impressive so far this season. Over the last 10 days, Ortega has collected 15 hits, including two home runs and four doubles. If the Padres experience further injuries in the big league outfield, Ortega seems a likely potential option.
Alberth Martinez- OF, Double-A, San Antonio Missions
9-24, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 15 TB
Although he’s never been much of an attention grabbing prospect, Martinez is quietly having a solid season with the San Antonio Missions. He’s now up to a .281/.339/.462 slash line on the season with a nice blend of pure hitting and extra base power, as he has already collected 26 extra base hits on the season.
Kyle Lloyd- RHP, Double-A, San Antonio Missions
15 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 17 K
With each start, Lloyd seems to get more impressive. The highlight of his season was obviously his no-hitter against Frisco, but he put together two more solid starts this week, including an eight-inning, seven-strikeout performance against Frisco on Saturday evening. Lloyd now is up 79 strikeouts in just under 90 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A. With continued strong performance, Lloyd should see a full-time promotion to Triple-A following his appearance in the Texas League All Star Game.
Edwin Moreno- OF, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
9-29, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 14 TB
Moreno is a 23-year-old still stuck in A-ball, but he has been pretty solid this year and has picked up steam in recent weeks. Moreno has 16 hits over his last 10 days and has shown a solid blend of extra base power as well as hitting plenty of singles. Moreno has a bit of an alarming strikeout rate, as he has K’d in over 30 percent of his at bats, but he has made good strides with his offensive game.
Jesse Scholtens- RHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
This was easily the best start of Scholtens’ young career. Since joining the Storm a month or so back, Scholtens has been impressive, striking out 37 batters in 38 innings since that promotion. It remains to be seen where he goes from here, but he has certainly been a pleasant surprise.
Hudson Potts- IF, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
8-27, 1 3B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 19 TB
Hudson Potts has had a slow start to the year, but let’s give him credit for a strong week. Potts bashed three home runs over the week, including a few over the weekend. He still has a lot to do to improve at the plate, but these baby steps are good progress.
Pedro Avila- RHP, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
12.2 IP, 15 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 18 K
After beginning the season in Lake Elsinore, Avila has made the move back down to Fort Wayne. So far, it has gone fairly well for him. His first start of the week wasn’t the best, but he bounced back with a strong seven-inning outing in which he gave up only three earned runs and struck out 12 batters. Avila is still a bit of a fringy prospect, but he has plenty of time to build his stock as a 20-year-old.
Luis Asuncion- OF, SS, Tri-City Dust Devils
6-13, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 TB
Luis Asuncion has gotten off to a really solid start over the first weekend of the Dust Devils season. Now in his fourth season in the Padres organization, and second in stateside ball, Asuncion looks to be ready to make an impact.