Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: May 1-7

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Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas

10-23, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7  RBI, 17  TB

I wrote about Buss last week in the Weekly Recap, and he hasn’t slowed down at all this week. Buss is now slashing .500/.543/.844 over his last 10 days and .451/.491/.667 over his last 30 days. This is all very unsustainable, but hey, maybe Buss has finally figured it out at 30 years old.

Tyrell Jenkins– RHP, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas

7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 9 K, 4 BB

Tyrell Jenkins has been rough so far this season. He was better this week. But he still has a lot of work to do if he is going to make it to the big leagues someday.

Luis Urias– 2B/SS, Double-A, San Antonio Missions

9-23, 1 2B, 3 RBI

I think I am just going to write about Luis Urias every week. He’s so good and there’s really no more superlatives to describe his stellar start to the season. Urias is slashing .325/.451/.375 over his last 10 days and .343/.433/.500 over his last 30. Unreal.

Brett Kennedy– RHP, Double-A, San Antonio Missions

13 IP, 7  H, 0 ER, 10 K, 2 BB

After two good starts to begin the season, Kennedy had two rough starts in which he gave up eight earned runs in one start and four earned in the other start. Since those two starts, Kennedy has thrown 13 shut out innings with 10 strikeouts. He’s never going to dominate anyone, but Kennedy will have his share of strong outings, like this week.

Austin Allen– C, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm

8-24, 1 2B, 3 RBI

After a slow start to the season, Allen has gotten hot of late, slashing .342/.432/.368 over the last 10 days. Allen has always been a bat-first player, so his strong offensive performance is to be expected. However, there is still a lot to do defensively for him to stick at catcher long-term, so that will be something to continue to watch for going forward.

Joey Lucchesi– LHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm

12 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 14 K, 2 BB

Joey Lucchesi has just been downright dominant this season, and has easily been the most impressive pitcher in the Padres’ system, minor or major league. Lucchesi has now given up only four earned runs over his first 33 innings pitched this season while striking out 41 batters in the process. Even more important for Lucchesi, he has maintained a 24.6 K-BB%, showing he has been not only dominant, but also has kept under control as well.

Rod Boykin.- LF, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps

7-20, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI

I find myself writing about Rod Boykin because everyone else on the TinCaps had a terrible week. Boykin had a decent week in what has been a pretty slow start to his season.

Logan Allen– LHP, Low-A, Fort Wayne TinCaps

6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB

Logan Allen has not been quite as dominant as Lucchesi, but he has also given up only four earned runs so far this season, albeit in slightly fewer innings. Even so, Allen has struck out 34 batters in just 24 innings and has been nearly as impressive as Lucchesi. Allen has been issuing walks a little too frequently, but he should find himself in Lake Elsinore before too long.

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