The Future El Paso Whatever’s: Part 5 (The AA Pitchers)

Good morning. I’m doing a little better today. I slept pretty good. I have moved on and accepted that we will have a name I don’t like for our new AAA team. I just keep repeating the mantra, “the name will be dumb, but the games will be fun.” I may have to trademark that before the team steals it from me.  So, now we have made it to the AA players in the Padres organization, current San Antonio Missions. I will begin with the Pitchers.

The Pitchers

1. Matt Andriese (RHP) – Wow. This is a heck of a Pitcher for me to start this post off with. Andriese has started 14 games this season and has a record of 8-1. He has a

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.99 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP to go along with his 60 K’s and 13 BB’s. His K/9 numbers have dropped this season from his previous two but, it looks like that may be intentional. Andriese is a sinker ball pitcher who pitches to contact. The fact that he does strikeout so many is pretty impressive. His K/BB of 4.62 is the best of his career.

If things keep going the way they’re going, Andriese will be in El Paso next season. His sinker ball pitching should play great here in our high altitude.

2. Jose De Paula (LHP) – De Paula is yet another San Antonio starter putting up good numbers. 3.86 ERA,6.87 K/9 (and just like Andriese his BB/9 has dropped a lot from last season, 2.97 to 1.33).

His WHIP of 1.27 isn’t that bad. His Opp. BA of .278 isn’t that good. If De Paula keeps it up he has a chance of being in AAA next year. The problem is, you are competing with the guys who will be going back and forth between the Majors and AAA. There are less spots available and you may need to stand out more than he does. But, De Paula is on the 40-man roster and that can help you “earn” that spot sometimes.

3. Josh Geer (RHP) – Like I just said about De Paula, roster spots at AAA can be hard to come by. Josh Geer has played in every level of the Padres system, to include the Majors. He has a career 5.28 ERA. He spent most of last year in AA and had decent numbers. He then moved to AAA and struggled. Once again this season, Geer is starting off in AA. His stats: 3-3, 2 SV, 3.40 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 7.87 K/9, 2.98 BB/9. Not great numbers but, he still could end up in Tucson this season.

This is tough to say really. His AA numbers so far this season look pretty good. I guess we will have to see what happens when he gets back to AAA. I’m gonna say it’s 50/50 right now… if he’s still in the Padres organization next year.

4. Jeff Ibarra (LHP) -Ibarra’s numbers up until this season have been pretty good. This season? Nope. He got hammered in 2 innings in AAA. He is back down in AA and currently has a 6.58 ERA.

This is completely unpredictable. Ibarra appears to be a left-handed specialist so, wherever he is needed, he will go. My guess is we won’t be seeing him next year, at least to start out.

5. Matt Jackson (RHP) – Jackson has pitched at three different levels this year. None of them too well.

English: Josh Geer pitching for the San Diego ...

English: Josh Geer pitching for the San Diego Padres during spring training in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wouldn’t plan on seeing Jackson next year. Sorry.

6. Ryan Kelly (RHP) – Kelly is a decent pitcher. He came over from the Rangers organization before the 2012 season. He currently has a 4.41 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

I don’t think we will be seeing him.

7. Matt Lollis (RHP) – Lollis was once in the top 10 prospects (in 2010). His numbers have fallen off a little since then. He appears to be a full-time middle relief pitcher at his point.

We could see him in El Paso next year. You always need middle relievers.

8. Jeremy McBryde (RHP) – McBryde is 1-3 with 2 SV, 2.43 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 11.53 K.9 and 3.03 BB/9. He is a back-end of the bullpen guy and looks to be very good at it. His BB/9 are up this season but, it’s not necessarily that bad. He is striking out a large number of players which has helped him to an LOB of 82.7%.

This guy’s looking good. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be in El Paso next year!

9. Chris Rearick (LHP) – Rearick is another left-handed specialist. This is his first year in the Padres organization and he is equating himself quite well. 2.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 9.84 K/9, 2.27 BB/9, 77.1% LOB.

It’s hard to tell, when you’re talking about a specialist like this, whether he will be promoted or not. It is entirely dependent on whether he is needed in AAA.

10. Donn Roach (RHP) – Roach is the third starter on this list. His numbers are… not so hot. In 14 games he is 5-6. He has a 4.40 ERA and only 46 K’s in 72 innings. (I hate saying “only” like I could strike out anybody in professional baseball) But, when we’re talking about actual professional baseball players, you have to do better than this to get promoted.

Might be spending another season in San Antonio before coming to El Paso.

11. Keyvius Sampson (RHP) – Sampson is one of the top prospects in the organization. He started the season in AAA and then went back down to AA after a rough start. He has been doing much better at San Antonio. He has a 3.16 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He is still walking way too many batters (4.03 BB/9), which is about what he has done his entire career. He has to find his control to make it in AAA.

Sampson being in AAA next year is pretty much a sure thing. He will probably be back to AAA by the end of the season. I would say he will definitely start next season in El Paso.

12. Matt Stites (RHP) – Stites is another back end of the bullpen guy and he is incredibly good at it. In 35 innings he is 2-2 with 4 saves. His 1.54 ERA and 0.86 WHIP lead the team. He strikes out more than 1 batter per inning and has only walked 7 in his 35 innings. The guy is good and has been at all of his minor league stops.

Let’s hope he is the Closer for our El Paso Whatever’s.

13. Matt Wisler (RHP) – Wisler has pitched OK at all of his stops since the Padres picked him in the 7th Round back in 2011. He is not having as much success as some of his fellow starting pitchers, however. His ERA currently stands at 4.19.

Wisler was called up from Hi-A because he was pitching so well. I think he will probably stay in AA for part of next season. We should see him at some point soon, though. He is still figuring everything out but, he will get there.


The Future El Paso Whatever’s: Part 2 (The Starting Pitchers)

When it comes to trying to figure out whether current Padres hitters or pitchers could be on El Paso‘s roster next year, I would have to say the hitters were a little easier. The group of pitchers that the Padres have right now aren’t performing particularly well. On top of not performing too well, there are also going to be a lot more free agents out of this group than the hitters. So, lets go over all of the starting pitchers that are currently on the Padre’s roster.

The Starting Pitchers

1. Edinson Volquez (RHP – SP) – 4-5, 5.35 ERA, 1.515 WHIP, 48 K, 31 BB. He will be a Free Agent following this season. Edinson prefers to sign a new deal with the Padres. The Padres probably would be happy to do that at the right price. Not Ace money, I would imagine. On top of that, if he reaches 100 BB again this season, I think he will not be coming back.

I don’t think he will be a Padre next year. If he was, it would take an injury for him to come to El Paso.

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Eric Stults… wait, wrong guy?  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Eric Stults (LHP – SP) – Did you know that Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly and actually filmed Back to the Future for five weeks before being replaced by Michael J. Fox? Wait. What? Wrong guy? Sorry, I told you all that I was new here.  4-5, 3.74 ERA, 1.165 WHIP, 53 K, 17 BB. Stults is the ace of the team so far this season, no doubt trying to insure that he is no longer confused with the red-headed thespian.

Stults is arbitration eligible after this season. He is also out of options. We won’t be seeing him. He will be with the Padres.

3. Jason Marquis (RHP – SP) – 6-2, 3.82 ERA, 1.492 WHIP, 40 K, 36 BB. Marquis is 34 years old and leads the league in walks.

I think that the Padres will be hoping his ERA and record can fool somebody into trading for him. (The Rangers?) We will not be seeing him next season. Sorry.

4. Andrew Cashner (RHP – SP) – I think I remember Cashner being pegged as the Padres Closer of the Future at some point. But, starting seems to be suiting him pretty well. 4-3, 3.65 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, 42 K, 17 BB in 9 games started. For somebody who was pegged as a Closer at one point, he’s got some longetivity in his games. Seven decisions in nine starts is pretty impressive. The guy is helping to save his homies in the bullpen.

Arbitration eligible in 2014. Barring injury, he won’t be eating at Chico’s Taco‘s next season.

5. Clayton Richard (LHP – SP) – Wow. 1-5, 7.86 ERA, 1.835 WHIP, 18 K, 18 BB. Arbitration eligible after this season. I can’t imagine him getting too much money in arbitration if he doesn’t turn this around.

We may be seeing him. Depending on the deal he signs with the Padres and whether he remembers how to pitch or not.

6. Casey Kelly (RHP – SP) – Kelly is out following Tommy John surgery. He has started 6 games in the Big Leagues. Career: 2-3, 6.21 ERA, 1.690 WHIP, 26 K, 10 BB.

We will see him in El Paso at some point. Hopefully next season. Hopefully as a quick stop before getting back to “The Show”. Casey, feel free to get in touch next season, I’ll show you the best Mexican spot in town… and it’s not the aforementioned Chico’s!

An order of three Chico's Tacos with green chi...

An order of three Chico’s Tacos with green chile sauce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Joe Wieland (RHP – SP) – Tommy John surgery on July 27, 2012. He is throwing live BP already. Career: 0-4, 4.55 ERA, 1.265 WHIP, 24 K, 9 BB. Not arbitration eligible till 2015.

He could be back by the end of the season. If not, he will be ready for Spring Training next year. With a few of the other Starting Pitchers leaving, I think he will be with the Padres next year.

8. Cory Luebke (LHP – SP) – Much like what happened with Neftali Feliz with the Rangers, the move from reliever to starter started off really well for Luebke. Then he had to have Tommy John Surgery. Recently, Luebke has also been set back in his rehab after being shut down with soreness/tightness. Career: 10-12, 3.25 ERA, 1.104 WHIP, 195 K, 58 BB; 25 of his games have been as a Starting Pitcher.

With the set backs, I would say there is a chance Luebke could be in El Paso early next season. But, not for long… which is good for the Padres.

That is all of the current Starting Pitchers. Next up I will be talking about the Bullpen. Then, it’s on to the Minor Leaguers, who we have a lot better chance of seeing. Feel free to comment on this post or any others. I look forward to hearing from you.