Three Strikes with Randy Smith Padres Director of Player Development and International Scouting:
Is this the most talented pitching staff that you have sent to Fort Wayne?
Randy Smith: The one we sent their last year led by [Adys] Portillo and [Matt] Wisler was pretty good too so these guys are going to have to earn it. They have some big shoes to fill but they are really talented too.
Can you go over how the six man rotation is going to work?
Randy Smith: A lot of things are going to depend upon promotions and injuries. We are definitely going to run it for the first few months because we are sending a lot of young guys out there and we really want to be careful with injuries.
Who stands out for you among the position players?
Randy Smith: [Luis] Tejada is really talented and could have a huge year. [Jeremy] Baltz had a very good spring and it's hard to not like the speed that Mallex Smith brings to the table. Really I think we have some very good prospects at every position and the outfield has some really good athletes.
|1b||Luis Tejada||SP||Joe Ross|
|2b||Maxx Tissenbaum||SP||Max Fried|
|SS||Stephen Carmon||SP||Justin Hancock|
|3b||Gabriel Quintana||SP||Zach Eflin|
|C||Dane Phillips||SP||Walker Weickel|
|RF||Corey Adamson||SP||Tayron Guerrero|
|CF||Brian Adams||RP||Chris Nunn|
|LF||Jeremy Baltz||RP||Roman Madrid|
MadFriars' Top 20 Prospects in Fort Wayne: Max Fried (#6), Joe Ross (#11), Zach Eflin (#17) and Walker Weickel #19.
Catch a Rising Star: Some baseball draft pundits thought Fried had a shot to be the overall top pick of last year's draft. As many baseball people have stated you just don't find lefties with his firm fastball and pitching aptitude.
|Hancock also returns for a second stint in Fort Wayne.|
Pen: Roman Madrid is a big guy whose power slider made him the closer with the Eugene Emeralds last summer. He was 7-0 with a 44/11 K/BB ratio. Lefty Chris Nunn had an 0.57 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched. He didn't allow a run in his first eighteen appearances with the Emeralds which isn't bad for a twenty-fourth round pick in the 2012 draft from Lipscomb University.
Infield: Tissenbaum and Carmon should be a really exciting double-play combination this summer for the TinCaps. Both are left-handed hitters who walked more than they struck out in Eugene and are solid defensive players. Carmon, a 2012 tenth round selection from the University of South Carolina-Aiken had a .383 OBP is an ideal candidate to hit at the top of the order with his speed and eye. Quintana can play both second and third and showed some pop in the Arizona League. As mentioned in the opening with Randy Smith, Tejada is a big rangy player whom the Padres think will develop more power as he gets older. Last year in the AZL he had a slash line of .293/.352/.370.
Catching: Both Dane Phillips and Rodney Daal should see significant time behind the plate and at DH this year. The left-handed hitting Phillips put up some big numbers in college but struggled his first year in Eugene. Daal, a native of the Netherlands, he speaks five languages and seems to be able to hit in all of them. He is still raw behind the plate but hit .306/.385/533 in the AZL and .288/.351/.364 in Eugene at 18.
|Baltz should be one of the offensive leaders for the TinCaps.|
On the Spot: Corey Adamson signed with the Padres at 17 and this will be his third trip to Fort Wayne. He looked much better this spring and is only 21 but he is going to have to start to prove he is worth the $500,000 bonus San Diego gave him in 2009.
Under the Radar: Although four of the starters are in the MadFriars' Top 20 Justin Hancock may by the end of the season be joining them. Hancock had a 1.61 ERin 72.2 innings in Eugene and if his two-seamer continues to develop will put up some numbers in the Summit City.