Here is a current look at the DSL San Diego Padres squad and how they are performing this season.
After a start which saw the Padres DSL squad win eight of their first thirteen contests, they lost ten of their next thirteen, to fall to 12-15.
On the offensive side, Padres continue to scuffle over the first third of the 72-game season.
They ranked in the lower tier out of leagues 45 teams with a slash of .232/.346/.325/.670. It is essential however to again point out that the league doesn’t provide much in the way of power numbers as three of the league’s teams still haven’t hit over three total home runs. The DSL Padres only hit two home runs over their first thirteen games of 2019 which accounts for their low slugging %. Despite the lack of power, they are 40th in the league in strikeouts.
There are some bright spots on the offensive end, however, including some that we didn’t cover in our mid-June report. Eddyson Moreno ended the month of June on a 5-game hit streak in which he went 6 for 18 with a home run. In his last 34 at bats he hit .294
Ben Badler of Baseball America writes that Eddyson Moreno is a 17-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic who got $100,000 on July 2 (‘18). He’s 5-foot-9, 175 pounds with a nice swing from the left side
Albert Fabian started the season on a tear but after being out for more than two weeks has understandably scuffled upon his return. He still sports a .960 OPS and has walked more times (12) than he has struck out (8) over 46 plate appearances
Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote this about Fabian in April. The Dominican teenager is 6 feet, 215 pounds. He is a lefty slugger with a strong, physically mature frame for his age. His calling card is his raw power, a potential plus tool. His game performance has been up and down, but at his best, he has driven the ball out of the park with a short, flat swing. He’s a corner outfielder with some first base risk depending on how much mobility he retains as he ages.
Euribel Angeles has had a good June hitting .286 in the month, after a slow start with the bat, he now leads the team with hits. Angeles puts his bat on the ball, only whiffing 11 times in close to 100 plate appearances.
17 year old Padres product Euribiel Angeles has started to heat up. He's hitting .341 over his last 40+ AB's and had walked 6 times while whiffing only 3 times.
— Tex Padre (@texpadres) June 25, 2019
The Padres are in the penalty box. But it looks like they're going to spend their whole bonus pool again. They added Euribel Angeles, Dominican SS with a nice RH swing and quick bat speed.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 3, 2018
17-year-old Willmert Paula had a good June slashing hitting .288 with a .374 OBP, finishing the second half of the month on a .359 tear / .480 OBP over his last 44 plate appearances.
Paula had a good June slashing hitting .288 with a .374 OBP, finishing the second half of the month on a .359 tear / .480 OBP over his last 44 plate appearances. https://t.co/AM6Th1uV6g https://t.co/MEZYsTOIQZ
— Tex Padre (@texpadres) July 1, 2019
Badler had this to posit about Paula :
He’s a quick-burst athlete with quick wrists that help him whip the barrel through with fast bat speed and flashes of average raw power from the left side, with a chance for more coming once he fills out his wiry 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame. It’s a power-over-hit profile with some swing-and-miss to his game that he will have to cut down on.
The DSL Padres pitching staff struggled in over the second half of June with their ERA ballooning to 4.60. With this being the strength of the club for 2018 and through the beginning of this season, there is no wonder why the club lost 9 of 12 to close out June.
Nick Rios, Jesus Lugo, and Jose Garcia continued to perform well though, and EVT will be digging to get more information on them as the season unfolds.
Jeffrey grew up in Carlsbad and has been a Padres fan since the late 70’s. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas.