Welcome to the Show, Jorge Oña! pic.twitter.com/mf9IuF5lB9
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 7, 2020
Oña was signed as a part of A.J. Preller’s famous 2016 international signing frenzy. At six feet and 235 pounds, his frame projects him to be a large, powerfully right-handed bat. He is an outfielder that will stick to either of the corner positions. The Padres saw Ona’s value and decided to protect him from the Rule 5 draft in 2019 by adding him to the 40-man roster.
In 2019 Oña took a step forward at the plate while playing Double-A ball. He saw his walk rate rise to 10.7% and dipped his strikeout rate to 25.2%. He also posted a .348/.417/.539 slash with a 167 wRC+. However, his 2019 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. That small sample size, however, did earn Ona a spot at the team’s alternate site this year.
Padres are promoting outfielder Jorge Oña and my dude hits TANKS 💣 pic.twitter.com/28A8kasTgl
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) September 7, 2020
Just like all players for the Padres this year, playing time must be earned. The team has its best chance at ending a playoff drought that reaches all the back to 2006. Much like Luis Campusano, Oña has reported been on a tear with the bat at the USD alternate site. Tonight, he will slot in at DH against Kyle Freeland.