Padres mid-game report: Mitchell struggles, prospect Naylor hits two home runs

SAN DIEGO– Bryan Mitchell struggled yet again with his command on Thursday night in what was his third start of the season. The right-hander walked five, giving up three runs in three innings of work. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third after throwing only 32 of 61 pitches for strikes.

This start comes on the heels of a six-walk outing against Houston. Although Mitchell did not allow a run in his 5.2 innings of work against the Astros, his command was spotty and he was fortunate to tip-toe around danger throughout his start.

Obviously, if Mitchell wants to stay in the rotation long-term, he will have to improve on his command.

Naylor hits two home runs

1B/OF Josh Naylor, who has had an excellent start to his minor league season, continued to impress tonight. He went 3-4 with two home runs in the San Antonio Missions’ 3-2 victory.

The multi-homer effort was the second of the young season for the organization’s #10 overall prospect. He is currently hitting .464 with five home runs in seven games played.