Down on The Farm August 11-Hansel Rodriguez Earns Another Save

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DSL Padres: PPD (Rain)

AZL Padres 1 (20-18): 10-9 win @ AZL Mariners

AZL Padres 2 (20-17): 8-3 loss @ AZL Dodgers

Tri-City Dust Devils (29-25): 3-1 win vs Hillsboro

Fort Wayne Tincaps (57-60): 8-7 win vs Bowling Green (60-54)

Lake Elsinore Storm (55-63): 6-4 loss @ Lancaster (65-53)

San Antonio Missions (68-49): 5-1 loss vs Tulsa (63-55)

El Paso Chihuahuas (57-62): 8-7 loss vs Las Vegas

Key Performers:

2B Esteury Ruiz (2-4, 3B, HR, 2RBI, R, BB)

Esteury Ruiz continues to rake in the Arizona League. Today, he hit his ninth triple and fourth home run in his 35th game played. His average is up to .376.

LHP Osvaldo Hernandez (6 IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K)

Left-handed starter Osvaldo Hernandez, signed in March as an international free agent, had one of his best outings to date on Friday night. The 19-year-old left-hander has gone 5 innings or more in four consecutive starts, and has struck out 23 while only walking six batters in 20 innings with Tri-City.

SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 1R, BB, K)

Fernando Tatis Jr. is ridiculous… and there aren’t many things he is having trouble with right now. Today’s act? Tying a TinCaps record for home runs in one season (20). Since July 1st, he has as many walks as strikeouts:

Today, Jeff Passan wrote an article in which he said some scouts are calling him the next Manny Machado.

Get excited, Padres fans. We have a good one.

RHP Hansel Rodriguez (1.1 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, SV)

Since July 6th & heading to the bullpen full-time, Hansel Rodriguez has thrown seventeen shutout innings. In that time, he has given up only six hits while striking out 33. Y’know, that’s pretty good. Tonight’s performance was just more of the same for the 20-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from the Blue Jays last year for Melvin Upton Jr.

LHP Joey Lucchesi (L, 5.0 IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 5K)

Although he wasn’t necessarily sharp tonight, Lucchesi lowered his AA ERA to 2.04 with a decent outing. The funky left-hander struggled with control all night, but still mixed up his velocity as he does so well to draw some weak contact. He does have a lot of trouble giving up stolen bases and is sloooooowwww to the plate, so that is something he will have to work on as he continues his trek up the minor leagues.

RHP Yimmi Brasoban (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1K)

Yimmi Brasoban continues to work back from a pretty bad shoulder injury which he sustained late last year. The velo is not totally back yet, but one of the best names in the Padres’ system still has been effective for San Antonio. Given he stays healthy, Brasoban is a future mainstay in the San Diego bullpen.

OF Franchy Cordero (3-5, 3B, HR, RBI, K)

Franchy Cordero continues to play well in El Paso, but the strikeout to walk rate remains discouraging. Franchy has a 5.6 BB% rate in El Paso and a 29.5% K rate. The Padres sent him down to AAA in order for him to work on his strikeouts.. and it has not exactly helped. Regardless, Franchy flashes speed and plays a good outfield. When he is making contact, he absolutely rakes. Right now, though, that “when” is what he needs to work on.

RHP Adam Cimber (3IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 3K)

Adam Cimber continues to pitch well out of the bullpen for El Paso, and he had another good outing in the hitter-friendly PCL tonight. Cimber, a submariner that relies a lot on deception & fishing for weak contact, fired in 32 strikes in 45 pitches tonight. Drafted in 2013 by San Diego, Cimber has slowly made his way up the organizational ladder & figures to get a shot on the big league club fairly soon.

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