On Monday, only a few Padres prospects were in action.
There were many teams with an off day in the Dominican, Venezuelan, and Puerto Rican Winter Leagues. Only the Estrellas Orientales were in action in the D.R. and that is where Fernando Tatis currently plays.
The Peoria Javelinas were back in play after a few days off, and they were victorious 14-7. They are 7-4 now on the year.
The MLB Winter League schedule is in full effect. Teams are beginning to really develop chemistry at this point.
The grind of being a professional baseball player is here for these young men. These young men have been playing baseball for most of the year and they certainly are feeling a bit fatigued at this time. Most have not had this many at bats or inning pitched in a calendar year.
The Padres will monitor each young player closely. If they sense that a player needs rest, they will have no problem relaying that information to their current club.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Naylor continued his assault on Arizona League pitching as he went 2-5 on Monday with a double, run, and four RBI. He is batting .361 so far and has clearly taken the opportunity to play in Arizona and run with it. He should have no problem starting the year in Double-A San Antonio, and is on the fast track to the major leagues.
Javier Guerra was 0-5 on Monday with a strikeout, but is still hitting .368 on the season. The young left-handed-hitting shortstop has certainly looked better offensively in the desert. His bat seems to come and go as he really requires a lot more consistency in his game. Reports are he has looked better defensively so far this winter season.
David Bednar threw an inning of relief and allowed one run on one hit while striking out a batter. The right-handed pitcher is looking to establish himself in Arizona. He has recorded a 2.25 ERA so far, early in the season.
Fernando Tatis is impressive and getting a ton of notice in the Dominican Republic. The infielder was batting sixth on Monday,and went 2-3 with a walk. His average is up to .444 as he has had no problem adjusting to the pitching in the D.R.