Padres minor league players of the month for each affiliate


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The San Diego Padres still have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.

Even after the trades for Luis Arraez and Dylan Lesko, in which the Padres offloaded players like Drew Thorpe, Dillon Head, Nathan Martorella, Samuel Zavala, Jakob Marsee, and Jairo Iriarte, the team still boasts one of the best units around. That is astonishing, as all six men listed before were considered top-30 prospects.

The Padres deserve credit for constantly re-stocking the farm with talent.

During the first month of play there were standouts in each affiliate. Below is a list of the players of the month for each of the Padres’ five organizations in the minors.

You will notice that most of the system’s prized jewels did not make this list. Only two did. That bodes even better for the Friars, as players are stepping up who are not considered highly regarded talent.


El Paso Chihuahuas

Eguy Rosario– (.296/.419/.634)  4 HR/ 17 RBI  1.053 OPS

Although Rosario spent some time on the Padres’ major league roster (.836 OPS in 48 at-bats), he has put up enough numbers to be recognized at the Triple-A level. The right-handed hitter shows a plus glove but will have a hard time finding playing time at the major league level. He will likely continue to tear it up in the PCL and is a phone call away in case an injury happens to the active roster.


Nick Hernandez– 0-0 1.90 ERA/1.18 WHIP  23.2 IP/9 BB/34 K

This 29-year-old right-handed pitcher is enjoying an excellent year in El Paso. His 1.90 ERA is very impressive, given the fact pitching in the PCL is like pitching on the moon. Hernandez pitched three innings for the Padres last year and could be called upon if he continues to produce like he has so far in Triple-A.


San Antonio Missions

Cole Cummings– (.246/.324/.383)  3 HR/ 14 RBI  .707 OPS

The Missions are not doing much with the bats this season. Cole Cummings has put up the best numbers, but his .707 OPS is nothing to write home about. The 25-year-old left-handed hitting Cummings needs to show more power with his swing to truly advance in the system.


Adam Mazur– 3-1  1.95 ERA/0.87 WHIP  32.1 IP/5 BB/32 K (Padres No.5 prospect according to

Mazur throws hard and pounds the zone. He is, arguably, the highest-regarded pitcher in the minors who is ready for major league service time. Mazur struggled a bit at the Triple-A level, but most every pitcher gets knocked around in the PCL. The feeling is we should see Mazur with the Padres at some point this season.


Fort Wayne TinCaps

Devin Ortiz– (.282/.389/.389)  4 HR/23 RBI  .778 OPS

Right-handed hitting corner infielder Devin Ortiz is showing some promise with the bat. The 25-year-old from the University of Virginia is not a young prospect by any means. Ortiz is barreling up the baseball right now and may progress to Texas at some point this season. He is a sleeper with a decent floor. But time is not on his side.


Francis Pena– 3-0  0.86 ERA/0.95 WHIP  21 IP/7 BB/17 K

Most people have never heard of Francis Pena, but the 23-year-old pitcher is tearing it up in the Midwest League. Pena has an outstanding 0.95 ERA. He has made all of his appearances in the pen and has two saves this season for the TinCaps.


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Lake Elsinore Storm

Jay Beshears– (.320/.489/.454)  2 HR/11 RBI  .943 OPS (Padres No. 7 prospect according to MLB)

Drafted out of Duke University, Beshears is showing a great approach at the plate. He is a fast riser and was already promoted to the TinCaps a few weeks ago, as Beshears got all he could from the Cal League. The right-handed hitter has a knack for barreling up the baseball and could ultimately end his season in Texas in 2024. Beshears is an early candidate for the AFL league this fall.


Romeo Sanabria– (.318/.429/.503)  6 HR/ 30 RBI  .932 OPS

Another player who is showing a great feel for hitting is this first baseman. Sanabria is 22 and tearing it up in his second year with the Storm. It is only a matter of time before this left-handed hitter is playing for the TinCaps. There is a lot to like about Sanabria who seems to be progressing better than expected.


Fernando Sanchez– 1.1  2.70 ERA/1.20 WHIP  26.2 IP/7 BB/33 K

While Isaiah Lowe and Carson Montgomery got the press early in the season, this talented young pitcher flew under the radar and is producing.  The 23-year-old lefty from Mexico is pounding the strike zone and has made six starts this season for the Storm. Sanchez is another young arm to monitor moving forward.


ACL Padres

Addison Kopack– (.419/.500/.791) 1 HR/9 RBI   1.291 OPS

Koack can play all over the diamond with time served at catcher, second base, and shortstop. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter is no spring chicken in terms of prospects, but the numbers he is producing are intriguing. The sample size is small, but Kopack may debut in 2024 at the full-season level.


Bernard Jose– 2-0  1.42 ERA/1.026 WHIP  12.2 IP/6 BB/14 K

21-year-old Bernard Jose is pitching well at the ACL level and could be promoted fairly soon. In his first time pitching in the States, Jose is showcasing excellent stuff with upside. Although he is listed at 5-foot-11, the Padres are getting excellent value from this young pitcher from the D.R.

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