MadFriars' Players of the Month for June
JUL 03, 2014 12:24p ET
MadFriars' Player of the Month: June
Every month, MadFriars looks at the best performers across the Padres' minor league affiliates. Some interesting performances in June, which saw a few call-ups to the big club and few players that are beginning to put together sustained success.
El Paso Chihuahuas (13-15)
1B/OF Jake Goebbert, who was acquired from the A's in the Kyle Blanks trade, was having a big month in El Paso hitting .321/446/.528 before getting the nod to go to San Diego. RF Jeff Francoeur led the team again in hits with 35 and tied for extra-base hits with 12 but a .337 on-base percentage in which he had only had four walks in 118 plate appearances, continues to make the Padres and other major league clubs unsure of his plate discipline.
INF Brooks Conrad has 18 home runs this season, which leads the team and the organization, but had some problems with regular contact hitting .220/.355/.490 in June. Still Conrad, a San Diego native, can play all over the infield and his power potential are a big reason for his call-up. SS/2B Tyler Greene also hit well at .326/.387/.432 and is a better defensive option in the middle of the infield if Everth Cabrera is on the disabled list longer than expected.
In the rotation both Donn Roach and Matt Wisler are pushing for a shot with the big club. Roach, a long reliever in San Diego before being sent down, is being "stretched out" for a possible slot in the rotation. Wisler, whom most followers of the Padres' minor league system are very familiar with, rebounded from a tough May with a 3-1 record and an ERA that was inflated by one bad outing at 4.63. Lefties Jason Lane and Juan Oramas also could be potential call-ups; particularly Oramas who looked good in his two starts since being re-called from San Antonio, where he was also dominant with a 1.05 ERA in four starts.
AAA/El Paso Player of the Month: Jeff Francoeur
San Antonio Missions (16-11)
Pitching is always going to be dominant on this club because of the home games at Nelson Wolff Stadium, where the winds swirl and the ball dies. June was no exception as the Missions' staff posted an ERA of 2.82.
Big James Needy, at six-foot-six, 225 lbs., had his best month of the season with a 1.26 ERA in 35.2 innings. The former Santana High star is not going to blow anyone away with his strikeout-to-base-on-balls ratio but is impressive in the number of innings per outing (nearly six) and giving up less than one run in six starts as he led the Missions in innings pitched with 35.2. RHP Bryce Morrow was also effective as a starter with a 1.44 ERA in four starts.
In the bullpen, RHP Leonel Campos came out of the pen to start four games with a 1.54 ERA to go along with his usual solid work of 21 strikeouts in 17.1 innings against only 12 hits and seven walks for an overall ERA of 1.04. LHP Frank Garces took over the closer's role with Johnny Barbato on the injured reserve and was dominant in not giving up a run, earned or unearned, in 11 appearances and was six for six in save opportunities.
Offensively, CF Reymond Fuentes, who was sent down from AAA El Paso earlier this year, had a great month hitting .345/421/.429 with five stolen bases in six attempts; but it's also his third time through the Texas League. 1B/C Jason Hagerty continues to hit after being healthy for the first time in a few years at .277/.394/.446 and second baseman Casey McElroy may be one of the reasons why Cory Spangenberg has also been taking fly balls in center field after having his best month in AA at .295/.360/435.
Lastly, C Austin Hedges, who is one of the more prominent prospects in the Padres' organization, had a tough month at .233/.272/.326.
AA/San Antonio Player of the Month: James Needy
Lake Elsinore Storm (13-11)
Padres' Director of Minor League Development and International Scouting Randy Smith has always been a big believer in OF/1B Luis Domoromo's bat and it paid off in June as he hit a sizzling .375/407/.525. RF Hunter Renfroe was again very good in the first half of the month, .306/.400/.509, before being called up to San Antonio. C Dane Phillips was brought up from Fort Wayne on June 1 and has shown that his bat will play in the Cal League with.909 OPS and 12 extra-base hits in 20 games. Aussie Corey Adamson posted a .390 on-base percentage to go along with four stolen bases in five attempts.
On the mound, none of the starters had an ERA below 4.43. The bullpen was led by RHPs Brandon Alger and Adam Cimber. Cimber is having a very good season, with a 2.40 ERA and a nine-to-one strikeout-to-base-on-balls ratio while Alger was three for three in save opportunities to go along with 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings against only five hits and four walks.
High-A/Lake Elsinore Player of the Month: Luis Domoromo
Fort Wayne TinCaps (10-15)
Last month, 1B Jake Bauers was the organization's player of the month and he picked up where he left off at .345/.410/.494 with 15 RBI in 24 games and three stolen bases in four attempts. Bauers is the youngest player in the Midwest League and now has enough at-bats to qualify as the league leader in batting average. For someone that didn't make the opening day roster, he has come a long way very fast.
Five-foot-six OF Ronnie Richardson, in addition to being one of the team's emergency pitchers is also pretty good with the bat at .310/.444/.465. 2B/SS Josh VanMeter struggled in his first few months returning to his native Indiana but put together a very good month at .333/.383/.387 staving off a trip to short-season Eugene. C Ryan Miller's defense has picked up and he also led the team in home runs with four for a .858 OPS.
On the mound RHP Ronald Herrera was the only starter with an ERA under 5.00 at 3.54, but they did have a solid pen led by closer Nick Mutz with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings and an 11/1 K/BB ratio.
Low-A/Fort Wayne Players of the Month: Jake Bauers/Ronnie Richardson
May MadFriars'' Player of the Month: James Needy
Needy led the organization, both on the major league and minor league levels, in innings pitched at 35.2 and gave up less than a run a start for a 1.26 ERA. It's hard to argue with the fact that those two statistics is what everyone should be looking for in a pitcher.
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