MadFriars' Player of the Month: July
Medica was the man in July
Medica was the man in July
MadFriars.com
Posted Aug 9, 2012


In Tucson Jedd Gyorko continues to produce and Nate Freiman is nothing but steady in San Antonio. Tommy Medica is opening some eyes for the Storm and Kyle Gaedele is starting to show some of the tools that got him drafted. In short-season ball some late round draft picks are opening some eyes.

Tucson 3B/2B Jedd Gyorko .323/.381/.591

Gyorko led the T-Padres in about every category and had 21 RBIs in 25 games to go along with a good 10/17 BB/K ratio for someone that is putting up some serious power numbers. If you are a minor league fan enjoy August because it’s going to be the last time we see him below the major league level.

Matt Clark had 8 home runs in July.

Prospect Watch: Utility man Andy Parrino is simply producing too much and too often to not be given another shot at the big leagues with a .294/.371/.412 line. 1B Matt Clark again led the T-Padres in home runs with eight while hitting .289. 2B/3B Jesus Merchan was signed out of the Independent Leagues and hit .340 in his first fourteen games for Tucson.

Disappointments: SS Beamer Weems had a tough month with the bat with a .167/.231/.271 line.

San Antonio 1B Nate Freiman .295/.393/.505

In July big Nate did what he usually does for his team; play in nearly every game, drive in runs and get on base. The power hitting first baseman from Duke had a 17/16 BB/K ratio and drove in twenty runs in twenty-nine games.

Prospect Watch: While many of us continue to have doubts about whether Edison Rincon will ever have the defensive ability to play third base, he sure can hit. The young Dominican hit .351/.374/.477 in his best month in the Texas League. The bad new is OF/1B Cody Decker hit .230 and struck out 29 times in 30 games. The more interesting and relevant information is that he also posted an .870 OPS and led the team in extra-base hits, home runs and RBIs. We’ll take that.

Freiman is more than a power hitter.

Switch-hitting catcher Jason Hagerty seems to be finally healthy and he returned to the form he has shown in the past at .297/.403/.469 while 2B Jonathan Galvez continues to thrive in AA with a .307 batting average.

Disappointments: OF Rymer Liriano continued his pattern of struggling when promoted to a new level at .176/.250/.308.

Lake Elsinore 1B/DH Tommy Medica .347/.424/.564

Tommy Medica’s shoulder may not be all the way back to allow him to catch but his bat certainly is. Medica led the Storm with 36 hits with 16 of them going for extra-bases. He may be striking out a little too much with 29 in 114 plate appearances but with the overall numbers he produced in July its hard to be critical.

Williams had his best month in the Cal League during July.

Prospect Watch: The mysterious journey of OF Donavan Tate continues as he hit .289 after struggling in Fort Wayne for the first few months of the season. Although his batting average is solid and his on-base percentage is even better at .443 three extra-base hits in 102 plate appearances in the Cal League isn’t going to really excite that many people for a player that spends most of his time as a corner outfielder.

Fellow 2009 draft pick OF/DH Everett Williams also had his best month in Lake Elsinore hitting .313/.375/.550. OF/INF Justin Miller continues to produce wherever he plays hitting .282/.385/.464 with a team leading 24 RBIs in 28 games.

Disappointments: After a big 2011 in Fort Wayne 1B/3B Connor Powers is struggling at the plate with a .210/.301/.296 line as he is fighting for playing time behind Justin Miller and Tommy Medica at third and first base.

Fort Wayne OF Kyle Gaedele .359/.451/.615

Gaedele was taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of Valparaiso University, the highest draft pick out of the university ever, and was thought to have more tools than skills. The skills are starting to catch up. He saw most of his time in either left or right fields and led the team in on-base percentage to go along with five steals in five attempts.

Gaedele's performance is beginning to match the potential.

Prospect Watch: RF Yeison Asencio was involved in an age scandal over the winter but right now the twenty-two year old is proving that even though he may be three years older than everyone originally thought he can really hit at .376/.405/.554 with a team leading 11 doubles. SS Jace Peterson continues to be consistent at the plate with a .284/.381/.353 line. Utility man Tyler Stubblefield is seeming another one of the unending line of Padres’ farmhands [Andy Parrino, Dean Anna, Justin Miller...etc.] that can seemingly play anywhere in the field and hit well enough to not be left out of the lineup. Stubblefield hit .307/.386/.455 in July.

Disappointments: Top 2012 draft pick CF Travis Jankowski has been struggling in the Midwest League with a .224/.274/.290 line in July.

Eugene SS Stephen Carmon .283/.415/.358

When you are a 5’7” player from a small school and a late round pick its time to produce as soon as you get into pro ball and that is what the former University of South Carolina at Aiken shortstop has been doing. The tenth round pick of the Padres in this years’ draft led the team in on-base percentage and only made one error in the field.

St. John's Jeremy Baltz had a .380 OBP for Eugene.

Prospect Watch: LF/DH Jeremy Baltz showed a nice combination of patience and power hitting .266/.380/.394; which were the best power numbers for any Em playing over twenty games. 2B Maxx Tissenbaum joined the Emeralds after a long collegiate season with Stony Brook and a brief stop in the AZL. He hit .270/.338/.429 with Eugene.

Disappointments: 2B River Stevens hit .183/.262/.215 despite getting a lot of playing time.

AZL OF Edwin Moreno .357/.386/.583

Edwin Moreno led the team in hits with thirty and tied for the team lead with 22 RBIs and extra-base hits with 13. Moreno was signed by the Padres in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic at seventeen years old and has seen most of his time in center field while in the desert.

Prospect Watch: 3B Gabriel Quintana hit .325/.345/.613 with exactly one walk in eighty-one plate appearances but led the AZL Padres in home runs with four. OF Mallex Smith, a fifth round draft pick out of Santa Fe Junior College, hit .311/.319/.467 and also was a little anxious at the plate with only one walk but also stole six bases in seven attempts.

Disappointments: OF Henry Charles hit .206/.246/.302 with 17 strikeouts in 66 plate appearances.

July Player of the Month: Tommy Medica


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