Padres’ organization players of the week: June 7-13

Jun 13, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Tommy Pham (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 13, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres had another tough week, but that didn’t stop a few players from standing out.

San Diego went 2-4 this week against the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. They continue to struggle scoring runs consistently and it has caused them to fall behind several teams in both the NL West and Wild Card standings. Fans are hopeful as the schedule seems to lighten up over the next few weeks.

Let’s take a look at some of the players both in the majors and minors who stood out over the past week.

Jack Suwinski (San Antonio)

Suwinski turned in yet another strong week. In six games, he hit .409 with three home runs, eight runs scored, four RBI, and a 1.525 OPS. He also posted a 288 wRC+ for the Missions.

Jonny Homza (Fort Wayne)

The Padres have several quality catching prospects and Homza is turning into one of them. In five games for the TinCaps this week, Homza hit .389. He smacked four extra-base hits including two home runs, which added up to a 1.355 OPS and 250 wRC+. In 31 games this year, he has a .943 OPS.

Joshua Mears (Lake Elsinore)

Mears is turning into an exciting slugging prospect. He has some serious raw power from the right side. In six games this week, he put that power on display. He finished the week with four home runs in three games over the weekend. In total, he hit .350 with a 1.458 OPS and 259 wRC+.

 

Tommy Pham

Pham once again turned in a solid week after a slow start to the season. He is the hottest hitter in the Padres’ lineup at the moment. He reached safely in all but one game this week. His home run on Sunday helped spark the Padres to their lone win in New York. The outfielder shows elite ability to get on base and work the count, evidenced by his 23.1 percent walk rate and .500 on-base percentage this week. Overall, he turned in a 1.000 OPS and 186 wRC+ in the six games.

 

Manny Machado

Machado is off to a poor start in 2021 but there is evidence that things are turning around for the former all-star third baseman. He hit safely in the last four games of the week. In Sunday’s win over the Mets, he collected two hits including a solo home run that put the game out of reach. Overall, he hit .333 with a .952 OPS and 147 wRC+ during the week, bookended by two homers.

 

Chris Paddack

Ever since Paddack came back from the injured list, he has looked much more like his 2019 self. On Sunday, he set a season-high with nine strikeouts over six shutout innings. It was the second straight start Paddack was able to complete six innings while striking out at least six. He kept the Mets at bay while the Padres’ offense found its groove later in the game in the 7-3 win.

 

 

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.

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