The San Diego Padres are in the offseason, but they have plenty of young men participating in action around the world.
In Peoria, the Javelinas won the AFL Championship 8-2 over the Mesa Solar Sox.
The Padres were well-represented as Josh Naylor and Luis Urias were in the starting lineup for the game. Andres Munoz threw a scoreless inning of relief and Javier Guerra came in late as a defensive replacement. The season is now over in the desert as all our focus will turn to leagues that are out of the country.
The Australian Baseball League is in its third game of the season, so there will be plenty to see from the foursome of Padres players there.
Here is a roundup of all the Padres players in action on Saturday.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Naylor went 1-4 on Saturday with a run scored and a walk. He ends his AFL season with a .301 batting average, three homers, and 14 RBI in 83 at bats. Naylor started out on fire, but cooled off as the league progressed. He will now get a break from baseball activities as he looks to regain his growth in the spring of 2018.
Luis Urias was 0-1 with a walk and a RBI in the AFL Championship game. He was also caught stealing on the day. Urias ends his year with a .312 batting average in 55 at bats with the Javelinas. He, of course, walked (14) more times than he struck out (7), as he continues to show plus plate discipline.
Javier Guerra came in as a defensive replacement for the Javelinas. The shortstop was productive in the desert this season where he hit .261 in 46 at bats.
Andres Munoz got in the championship game and was impressive. The 18-year-old has great ability, but to place him as a Padre top 30 prospect is way premature. Munoz struck out two and allowed two hits in the game. He displayed a triple-digit fastball, but had trouble repeating his mechanics with his slider.
MEXICAN/AUSTRALIAN/VENEZUELAN/DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUES
Rafael Ortega was 2-5 on Saturday and is hitting .310 on the year in Venezuela.
Buddy Reed was 0-4 with three strikeouts on Saturday morning in Australia. He is hitting .273 early in the season.
Fernando Perez was 0-4 with a strikeout as he is down to .316 on the year. He made his third start at second base for his Mexican team.
Franchy Cordero was 1-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a strikeout. Cordero is hitting .284 for his Dominican team.
Luis Torrens was playing first base in Venezuela and went 2-4 with two K’s. He is hitting .275 in 113 at bats this winter.
Jose Rondon was 0-3 with a strikeout and is down to .158 on the year in Venezuela.
Gabriel Arias was 1-3 in Australia with two K’s and a run scored. He is hitting .182 so far in three games.
Trevor Frank threw 0.1 inning of relief on Saturday and has a 5.06 ERA on the year.
Jose Ruiz threw a scoreless inning, allowing only a walk. His ERA is at 4.50 now.