Cory Mazzoni– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas
2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
With every outing, right-hander Cory Mazzoni looks more and more comfortable on the mound. So far, Mazzoni has thrown 14 innings between rookie ball and Triple-A this season, and he has yet to give up an earned run while striking out 22 batters. It remains to be seen how cautious the Padres will be with the right-hander, but it seems very likely he will make his return to the Padres’ big league bullpen before the season is complete.
Cal Quantrill– RHP, Double-A, San Antonio Missions
5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
Thursday night provided yet another rough outing for a young Padres starter. Just a day after Eric Lauer got beat up to the tune of seven earned runs in just three and two-thirds innings, Cal Quantrill similarly had his struggles. Despite looking pretty solid in the early going, an error and a home run started Quantrill’s struggles, which ended with him failing to get out of the sixth inning after a string of two-out hits. Quantrill has been solid, yet uninspiring, so far in San Antonio, but that may be expected for a guy who took almost two full years off of pitching following his Tommy John surgery in 2014. There’s still some mechanical issues for Quantrill to work out, but he has the stuff of a potential front of the rotation starter.
Logan Allen– LHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm
6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
While Quantrill failed to get out of the sixth inning, Allen quietly had yet another quality start, going six innings, giving up three earned runs, and striking out seven batters. It’s not always jaw dropping, but Allen comes out every fifth or sixth day and gets the job done. After his worst start of the year last time out, Allen bounced back with a solid outing. Allen has now given up three earned runs or fewer in every single one of his starts except for the one last Friday night. Over the first four months of the season, Allen has been a measure of consistency in both Low and High-A.
Hudson Potts– 3B, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
It hasn’t been an easy season for young infielder Hudson Potts, but he has stuck with it and he continues to improve every time he comes to play. He hit his 11th home run of the season for the TinCaps, and he is starting to really look like a 20+ home run threat at the next level. He’s going to need to hit a little more consistently to reach that point, but he’s making strides.
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Reggie Lawson– RHP, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps
4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
After a string of solid starts, right-hander Reggie Lawson had a less than stellar outing on Thursday night. The stuff looked good, as evidenced by his six strikeouts, but the walks and hits were too much for Lawson to overcome. His command of his secondary pitches just wasn’t there and he left his fastball over the plate too often on the night. Just based on his pure stuff, Lawson has the potential to be a big league pitcher. However, there is still a long way to go to make that dream a reality.
Tirso Ornelas- OF, AZL Padres
2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI
It was a good night for the Arizona Rookie League Padres, and Tirso Ornelas is just the tip of the iceberg. After getting his season off to a slow start, Ornelas has picked it up in recent weeks. The power still hasn’t been there, but at 6’4” and just 17 years old, there is plenty of time for that to develop.
Esteury Ruiz– 2B, AZL Padres
2-4, 3 R, 1 BB
Speaking of teenagers who have room to grow, the recently acquired Esteury Ruiz had a solid night in his third game with the AZL Padres. At just 150 pounds, Ruiz should grow into a lot more strength and power at the plate as he gains more weight and muscle. At present, he has a great feel for hitting even without the size, which bodes very well for his future. Scouts in the AZL are said to be fond of him.
Jordy Barley- SS, AZL Padres
3-5, 4 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Last but not least in the AZL is shortstop Jordy Barley, who has massively struggled over the last two weeks after going on a tear through the end of June and start of July. Barley is also 17 years old and trying to get his feet under him, so it can be understood why he has been so streaky. With so many teenage talents, the Padres are going to have to bear with the growing pains that come with such young talent.
Elvis Sabala– 3B, DSL Padres
3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI