Time for Padres to rethink Edinson Volquez and start playing for future
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Are the San Diego Padres making a mistake by babying the young pitching prospects and continuing to let pitchers like Edinson Volquez toss up meaningless losses every fifth day? Why are the Padres hesitant to let some of the young pitching prospects battle it out right now to see who fits in the plans for the future?
The San Diego Padres have had myriad injuries the past couple years to promising pitching prospects, such as Casey Kelly and Joe Wieland among others. The Friars also have had the injury bug hit the probable Padres starters, too, such as Clayton Richard, Jason Marquis, Tim Stauffer and Cory Luebke. With the aforementioned injuries it was important to keep even the struggling pitching core intact for the time being, in attempt to keep the young, prized and advancing pitching prospects workloads under control — as opposed to rushing, which could result in more injuries.
Having said that, the San Diego Padres have a plethora of pitchers who are close, if not MLB ready now:
Padres prospect Burch Smith, who already made his MLB debut earlier in the year (in a limited sample size), didn’t fair well. Smith, in three starts this year and six total appearances, went 0-1 with a 11.37 ERA. Although, looking at a much larger body of work this year in the minors, Smith dominated in double-A San Antonio, going 1-2, 1.15 ERA in 6 starts, 31.1 innings pitched, while only walking six, allowing one home run and striking out 37. Burch, now with the Padres triple-A affiliate (the hitters haven PCL) has been very impressive going 5-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 14 starts. In 71.1 innings pitched, he’s walked only 19 while striking out 76 batters.
Keyvius Sampson is another pitching prospect who has been electric as of late. He has added a slider to his repertoire and was recently re-promoted to triple-A where he had initially struggled early in the year. After being demoted, Sampson worked on his secondary pitches, and has been dominant since implementing a slider. Sampson has gone 10-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 18 starts. In 103.1 innings pitched, he has walked 33 batters while striking out 110. In his last start for triple-A Tuscon, he went six innings and allowed three hits and one run while striking out six and walking three. It should be noted the Padres would have to clear a roster spot for Sampson who is not currently on the 40-man roster. If Sampson continues pitching with such dominance, he will force the Padres’ hand.
The Padres have Matt Andriese who has also impressed this year in the minors. He had dominated the Padres double-A affiliate going 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 76 innings pitched, with 13 walks and 63 strikeouts, which prompted a promotion to triple-A Tucson. Upon his promotion, he’s gone 1-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched with eight walks and 32 strikeouts. While not as dominant in double-A, his performance is more respectable beyond the numbers when you consider the hitter-friendly PCL and the park in Tucson where the balls jump like you’re pitching on the moon. Andriese would also need to be added to the 40-man roster.
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