Tucson 1B Matt Clark .355/.412/.653
After hitting .169/.286/.221 in April, Clark, who had a big spring with the major league club, bounced back strong with a big month in Tucson. He had 18 extra-base hits, nine of which were home runs in 30 games for the T-Padres. As is the case with most offensive stats in the PCL, he has a big home/road split of .324/.392/.613 at home and .228/.322/.327 on the road.
Prospect Watch: The T-Padres hit .298/.368/.466 as a team, so there are some numbers this month. Of Daniel Robertson continues to produce hitting .373/.461/.464 and stealing 6 bases in 7 attempts. Robertson, who led the team in on-base percentage had a very good 18/18 K/BB ratio. C Yasmani Grandal hit well and showed enough defensive improvement to merit a quick call-up with a .296/.393/.439 line. SS Beemer Weems has been getting regular playing time and continues to pick it and his bat is showing some life too at .295/.362/.400.
Disappointments: With the promotion of Cody Decker, who after mashing in San Antonio continued to produce in Tucson, may have spelled the end of regular playing time for OF Sawyer Carroll who hit .243/.329/.365.
San Antonio OF Cody Decker .343/.438/.761
The “Music Man” [Cody starred in his high school's musical production of the Music Man in high school and is still quite proud of his signing ability] didn’t have a regular position at the beginning of the year but as is the case when he receives an opportunity to play his bat forced his way into the lineup. Decker led the team in home runs with 8 and was among the Texas League leaders in home runs and RBIs before his two month sojourn came to an end in the Alamo City.
Interesting statistic on Cody despite a .761 slugging percentage he is a fairly disciplined hitter with a 12/17 BB/K ratio.
Prospect Watch: The guy who is going to miss 3B/2B Jedd Gyorko and Cody Decker the most maybe 1B Nate Freiman who lost a big reason why Texas League hitters had to pitch to him. Freiman hit .273/.331/.445 with a team leading 22 RBIs. C Ali Solis did a nice job of filling in for Jason Hagerty at .313/.357/.484. Utility man Dean Anna continues to produce when given a chance hitting .318/.494/.530.
Disappointments: C Jason Hagerty had a tough month at .158/.273/.238.
Lake Elsinore OF Rymer Liriano .330/.397/.450
Every year Rymer Liriano starts off slow and everyone starts to wonder about what the hype is about and then he starts to hit. In April he hit .198 but bounced back as his OPS improved over two-hundred and fifty points. While the .330 average is great the team would still like to see a little more patience from him which will put him in better hitting counts to take advantage of his immense power.
Also he’s still running with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
Prospect Watch: 2B Cory Spangenberg also bounced back after a slow April hitting .333/.366/.455 with 9 stolen bases in 12 attempts while leading the team in RBIs with 20. Anyone who wonders where the speed is in the Padres‘ organization should look no further than switch-hitting center fielder Rico Noel. Noel, who just started to hit from the left side this season, stole 25 bases in May in a very efficient 31 attempts while hitting .317/.370/.341.
Disappointments: OF Luis Domoromo hit .176/.230/.220.
Fort Wayne 1B/OF Lee Orr .327/.455/.885
Orr, like Connor Powers last year, started the year in extended spring training after failing to make a full season team and like Powers, hit immediately after being called up. Thirteen of his seventeen hits were for extra-bases in including seven that went over the wall. Orr, a teammate of SS Jace Peterson at McNeese State, led the TinCaps in batting average, home runs and RBIs.
Prospect Watch: SS Jace Peterson spent some time on the disabled list after a collision with RHP Colin Rea, still hit .286/.348/.397 with 7 stolen bases in 9 attempts. Also coming off of the disabled list was OF Donavan Tate who showed some improvement from April hitting .255/.309/.294. OF Yelson Asencio, a.k.a. Yoan Alcantra came up from extended and showed that although he may be a few years older than he was listed last year he still looks like he could be a player at .289/.357/.447.
Disappointments: A tough month for Duanel Jones, whom many believe was the brightest of the AZL prospects from last year, at .134/.232/.220.
May Player of the Month: Cody Decker