TODAY: The move is now official. Asuaje will be the player who’s sent out. The 26-year-old has struggled to a .198/.263/.292 slash in 118 plate appearances.
YESTERDAY: The Padres will promote outfielder Franmil Reyes prior to Monday’s game against the Rockies, James E. Clark of the East Village Times reports. The corresponding move isn’t yet known, though San Diego has an open 40-man spot after Chase Headley was designated for assignment on Saturday.
Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, the 22-year-old Reyes was something of an unheralded prospect entering the season, as he wasn’t ranked by either Baseball America or MLB.com as one of the top 30 minor leaguers in the Padres’ system despite solid numbers at the high-A and Double-A levels in 2016-17. (Granted, the Padres’ farm system is particularly deep in quality prospects.) In his first exposure to Triple-A pitching, however, Reyes has taken the Pacific Coast League by storm, entering today’s action with an astounding .346/.440/.748 slash line and 14 home runs over 150 plate appearances.
Reyes hit 16 homers at high-A ball in 2016 and 25 homers at Double-A last season, though his latest power surge is as eye-popping as it gets, even with the caveat that the PCL is a very hitter-friendly league. Given that the Padres are lacking both home run pop and hitting in general, it makes that the team would ride the hot hand and see what Reyes can provide at the big league level.
It remains to be seen who will leave the roster to make room for Reyes, though the obvious candidate seems to be Matt Szczur, who has only 47 PA this season and is also a right-handed hitting outfielder. Szczur is out of options, however, so if the Padres don’t want to expose him to waivers, Carlos Asuaje or perhaps a reliever could be candidates. San Diego’s outfield situation could be further crowded by the return of Hunter Renfroe, who is working his way back from an elbow injury, though Renfroe has yet to begin a rehab assignment and could receive some extended time the minors anyway to get his own hitting on track.
To think the padres exposed this guy to the rule 5 draft
Can’t blame the guy to sign and develop him when no one else took a chance
And he went unselected
6’5 240 big power guy. This screams Jabari Blash. Hopefully he’s not a 4A player like Blash.
He broke his hamate bone in the AFL in November and was recovering from surgery at the time of the Rule 5 draft, so there was no guarantee that he’d be swinging a bat by April. He healed surprisingly quickly to say the least. That injury tends to sap power for a while after recovery, but as you can see that isn’t the case here.
That’d be a blessing in disguise for whoever took him cuz they could stash him on the DL.
I wouldn’t say that. Orioles had that situation with Santander last season and had to keep him up for the first 45 days this year. Wouldn’t say that helped us at all.
The next Big Papi..
Margot is batting .202 after tonight, he may get optioned to go work on some things while Cordero and Jankowski handle CF. Reyes would get at bats in LF/RF until Myers and Renfroe are healthy.
I don’t think they DFA Sczcur. Even though they probably should, he is taking up a 25 man spot in a crowded outfield in which the organization is trying to see what they have. If you aren’t considered part of the future then the team should move forward because there is a long line of guys that need at bats and Mary Sczcur should be blocking no prospect from doing that.
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Send Margot down for a couple of weeks. Jank has been playing great and can handle CF
Margot not nearly the outfielder we were lead to believe he was supposed to be.
Dude isn’t even on the Padres top 30 prospects list according to MLB.com
Hope he keeps hitting with the Pads
Like Christian Villanueva, he won’t. He’s not that talented, just a very hot start. Scouting reports in MLB are just a wee bit better than in the PCL.
He has hit 41 homers over the last 2 years, which is very impressive for a 20/21 year old, and he’s done so while only striking out just over 20% of the time (and walking 8.5%). That takes talent.
Not to mention his 14 home runs in only 36 AAA games this year as a 22 year old with a 20.1% K rate and 13.6% BB rate. Obviously he won’t keep that pace up, but I’d say he’s a fair bit more talented than you think.
Hopefully it’s not just a flash in the pan, but I have a feeling it’s going to end up like another Villanueva situation where major league pitchers will figure him out quickly. We’ll have to see.
Yeah, Reyes had a stretch of something like 7 homers in 4 games (something like that)…. very hot stretch. But Hedges had a really hot stretch in AAA a few years ago also…. and we all know how that has translated to the majors.
Hopefully Reyes isn’t the same case
I didn’t know anything about Franmil until the other day, so decided to watch some video on him. He appears to have incorporated a leg kick into his swing. I can’t say definitively that this is the reason for Franmil’s leap in production, but similar changes have helped a lot of players, such as Josh Donaldson and J.D. Martinez, take their games to the next level. (Martinez didn’t add a leg kick, but he reworked his pre-swing stride and soon after became a star.)
I see Renfroe heading to Tampa. Margot will be the bench bat. Urias will be up soon for 2B and Tatis right behind. Total overhaul by end of July.
To Tampa for what? lmao
Renfroe and Hedges to the Marlins for Urena and Realmuto..
Marlins or Padres fans down-votes? I just gotta know.
I’d assume Marlins or any non-Padres homer. That is a crazy lopsided deal there.
I’d agree with you. Thanks for the reply.
That will never happen. The Marlins will be asking for a king’s ransom for Realmuto, especially with how he’s been playing so far.
………but….but look at all the team control they’d get on two mendoza line hitters with mendoza line OBP’s with power.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting him to do much of anything, but to say he’s not that talented is a stretch. He could very well end up being a AAAA player, but he’s still talented. It’s not like he flamed out in A-ball.
Just baseball fans in general. You say anything positive about the Padres, you get downvoted.
I’ve lurked for a while here, I’ve noticed a lot of down-voting without any explanations. Whatever the team may be.
Just DFA Szczur it’s inevitable that it’ll happen soon he’s a below average hitter on a team that struggles to hit chances are he goes unclaimed anyways so they can stuff him in El Paso till September
Yeah, the guy is a useful 4th OF, but that’s all he’ll ever be. I’d be surprised if he gets claimed, though the Giants have a fondness for light-hitting 4th OF types who ultimately get overexposed due to the fragile health of the starting OF.
Szczur would be an upgrade to the Giants crop of outfielders.
Where is dopey Myers out for season?
Trea Turner is doing fine. Gomer Myers……argh
name is mike from nevada, but ryan is fine. it’s a good strong name.
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Showcasing a bunch of players to package up a trade…..nothing else makes sense.
This should be interesting to see how they handle playing time now…. wonder who will be sent down. At first glance, looks like it will be Margot.
I would agree if this happened last week but Margot is turning it around and has hit over .300 in his last 7 games. Sczur seems like the easy decision, Jankowski negates any value Sczur offers.
Margot has a ways to go still… I want him to turn it around also… but he’s still at about .200 average. Those “last handful of games” stats can be misleading sometimes. I think the value in Szczr is that u can have him on your bench as a reserve…. and you don’t hurt him by not playing him. Don’t get me wrong, I think pretty much every other outfielder discussed has more upside/talent than Szczr…. but I’d rather have them get consistent at bats in AAA than sit on the bench in the majors. Szczr sitting on the bench doesn’t hurt you…. he doesn’t need consistent playing time. That’s the hidden value he brings haha
Padres fan here, going to type something thoughtful, and then when I do, and feel like having a conversation….oh boy, here comes Kwflanne, and redrooster, and the west Coast Ryan, and then I get sad, because all I really want to do is have a conversation, not get involved in a flame war. But here we are! The internet is what it is.
I thought it was interesting how the Chase Headley DFA article became one of the top stories on the site, and then I saw how it had been receiving a ton of comments. Unfortunately, half of those comments were from kwflanne and redrooster having their argument.
Me, I’m a mid 70-‘s padres guy……watching Randy Jones blowing his arm out throwing complete games with his sinker
Headley was the perfect guy to hold 1st base down until Josh Naylor was ready…..then they signed Hosmer,,,,,sorry boys, but that was about the stupidist move ever.
Headley was the perfect guy?In his last year here, he was a double play or strike out waiting to happen. He proved the same this year. If they signed him, Meyers would be in the outfield taking ab’s away from the younger more talented outfielders and you would have Headley at first instead of Hosmer. Headley = Rally Killer
I meant if they put Headley at first when I said signed him.
Stupidest move was Wil Myers. Hosmer signing not far behind his power #’s so far weak. He’s 28 at best this team competing 2020. Myers could be falling off cliff by then like current Goldy
Once again you call other commenters out for no reason and then try to act like some kind of moral crusader. I don’t agree with Kwflanne or west coast ryan on a lot of things but at least they don’t pretend to be moral crusaders.
West Coast and Rooster same guy like Verbal Kent and Kobaishi
Padres going nowhere this year, might as well give players performing well in AAA a shot in the majors.
Dude needs to work the count more
He’s useless. The Padres might have the most overrated minor-league system in baseball.