Here is your Padres Winter League roundup for October 13, 2018:
The Peoria Javelinas were rained out as showers hit the Phoenix area throughout the day, canceling all AFL games.
Two leagues began action on Saturday with their first games of the 2018 season. The Venezuelan Winter League and Dominican Winter League both debuted as several more young players will get an opportunity to showcase their skills.
A few Padres’ minor leaguers played and here is a recap of the day’s action:
Arizona Fall League
Mexican Winter League
Gerardo Reyes– 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB (12 pitches)
Playing for Yaquis de Obregon, this right-handed pitcher threw a scoreless inning in his debut. Reyes needs to be protected in the upcoming Rule-5 draft, or the Padres risk losing him. He pitched well last year despite losing a little bit of velocity from his high 90’s heater. He has a bit of a 3/4 motion to his pitch, which makes it difficult to pick up out of his hand.
Dominican Winter League
Eric Yardley– 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K (7 pitches)
Yardley is pitching for the Gigantes del Cibao and was effective in closing out the game for the team. He has a side-armed motion, slightly reminiscent of Adam Cimber. Yardley does not throw as hard as Cimber, and relies more on command than anything else. He could get a shot at major league action next year for the Padres.
Venezuelan Winter League
Edward Olivares– (1-5) K, SB
Another player who needs to be protected in the upcoming Rule-5 draft is this speedy outfielder. He hit leadoff on Saturday for the Tigres de Aragua and gave this quote after the game- “I thank god for having given me my first hit, I hoped it would be here at home and we end up with a victory.” Olivares is clearly happy playing in Venezuela and could have a good season playing in his home country.
Reinaldo Ilarraza– (2-3) Run, BB
Also from the country of Venezuela is Ilarraza. He is playing for the Tigres de Aragua with Olivares and is also extremely excited to play in his homeland. He gave this quote after the game- “I am very happy to have achieved my first hit. Since I was a little kid, I dreamed of something like this.”