Prospect of the Day
Marcus Greene Jr., C, Low-A Fort Wayne Tincaps: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
No Padre prospect had a more effective night than catcher Marcus Greene. Not only did Greene reach base in all four of his plate appearances, but he had a home run to boot. Greene has hit only .108 in his first 37 at bats with the Tincaps after hitting only .143 in 63 at bats with the Storm. Despite his rough season to date, Greene had a good night and hopefully can use that momentum to do the same going forward for the Tincaps.
Other Noteworthy Performances
Manuel Margot, OF, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI
It seems like every time I look at Padres minor league stats, Manuel Margot has another multi hit performance. With his average now up to .305 on the year, Margot has continued to show why he is the Padres number one prospect (or at least was prior to the acquisition of Anderson Espinoza). Margot has not only been strong at the plate, but he has also been dangerous on the base paths and impressive in the field. It remains to be seen if Margot earns a big league call before the end of the season, but it’s certain the Padres have a future everyday player.
Daniel McCutchen, RHP, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 4 K
Of all the players in the Padres system, no player has had a more up and down season than right hander Daniel McCutchen. After over 100 innings of sub-4.00 ERA pitching for the Chihuahuas in 2015, McCutchen has struggled to find the same results in 2016, accumulating an ERA just shy of 6.00 in just over 100 innings. At 33 years old McCutchen is no prospect, but maybe he sees some big league playing time if the Padres continue to trade from the rotation at this year’s trade deadline.
Seth Simmons, Double-A San Antonio Missions: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
A guy on the other side of the spectrum from McCutchen is right hander Seth Simmons. After signing with the Padres in May, Simmons is just seeing his first action with the team after accumulating a 2.35 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. At 28 years old, Simmons isn’t young either, but continued performances like this could see him at the big league level for the Padres at some point in the future.
Ty France, DH, High-A Lake Elsinore Storm: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Just another day at the ballpark for Ty France, who has excelled since earning the call up from Low-A Fort Wayne. In 55 at bats since his call up, France is slashing .309/.415/.473. There are some serious questions about his defense and where he will play in the field, but if he continues to hit he will continue to climb his way through the Padres system over the next several years.
Jerry Keel, LHP, Low-A Fort Wayne Tincaps: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Noteworthy for the wrong reasons, Jerry Keel had a rough go of it on Thursday night. Prior to last night’s blow up, Jerry Keel had been one of the bright spots for the Tincaps on the year. In 64 innings prior to last night, Keel had given up only 18 earned runs, good for a 2.53 ERA. It may be a little too soon to say if Keel is starter material, but this most recent start should just be a small bump in the road in what has been a great first full season for the lefty.
Peter Van Gansen, 2B, Low-A Fort Wayne Tincaps: 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB
Another player who is playing in his first full season of professional ball, Peter Van Gansen has come on a bit in the last ten days after having a poor season to date. Van Gansen is hitting only .224 on the year, but last night was another good night on top a good ten day run where the righty hit .303. Van Gansen still has a long way to go to prove himself as anything more than a utility player, but recently there has been some encouraging signs.
Cal Quantrill, RHP, AZL Padres: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 K
After a few shaky starts to start his Padres career, Quantrill looked impressive last night. The righty had his fastball working and threw four shutout innings for the AZL Padres. That included seven ground ball outs. As the Padres top draft pick this year, Quantrill has a lot of hype to live up to. So far, so good.
Eguy Rosario, 2B, DSL Padres: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 RBI
For the Padres Dominican affiliate, no player has had a stronger season than shortstop Eguy Rosario. Slashing .339/.446/.443 on the season, Rosario has been very impressive, demonstrating his ability to play well on both sides of the ball.