Drew Macias, who has played all three outfield positions throughout the year, split time between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Portland. He hit .258 across two leagues with 21 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 57 runs scored and 61 RBIs, drawing 72 walks while striking out 78 times.
He also added 20 outfield assists and has consistently been one of the best defensive outfielders in the system.
“Honestly, it really hasn’t sunk in,” Macias said. “This is not how I thought I was going to be when I got the call. I am at a loss for words.
“I thought I was going to be screaming and doing cartwheels. It is the biggest shock. You have no idea, especially when you are sitting at home watching TV and get the call, ‘Drew, you are going to the big leagues tomorrow.’
Macias played in 12 games for the Padres during Spring Training, seeing a lot of time as a defensive replacement in centerfield. He went 5-for-20 with a double, triple, three RBIs and nine runs scored, drawing five walks while striking out three times for a .400 on base percentage during the spring. He also added a stolen base.
Do you look back at Spring Training where you got a lot of looks and think, ‘Maybe I made a statement there’?
“Yeah, who knows,” Macias began. “I was lucky enough to go up there and play. Geez, I think I only played in three or four minor league games – to go up there and meet all the guys and make somewhat of a relationship with Bud Black. I just went up there and did well.
“I am so pumped right now. My dad was screaming. I am just going to go up there and have fun.”
Chase Headley, named the Texas League Player of the Year, hit .330 for the Missions over 121 games. He slugged 20 homers, 38 doubles, five triples and drove in 78 while scoring 82.
In seven games for the Padres, including five starts, the 23-year-old third baseman was 3-for-17 with one double, one run and two walks for the Padres.
Headley sat in the top five in nine offensive categories in the Texas League, including extra-base hits, slugging percentage and on base percentage.