The Padres are 3-10 going into tonight's series opener against the Phillies. Roster holes and fundamental mistakes are plaguing the Padres. In others words, it's a good time to talk about the farm system. Here, following, are a few nuggets from farm director Randy Smith.
* "Several of the young arms have been showing tremendous stuff," Smith said. He mentioned Keyvius Sampson and Frank Garces as two "who've shown stuff and performed." At 21, Sampson is young for Double-A, but the righty is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA after three starts and is averaging eight strikeouts per nine innings. The lefty Garces, 22, has a 1.76 ERA with Fort Wayne in low Single-A, with 18 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.
* Smith said Joe Ross and Matthew Wisler, two righties with Fort Wayne, are showing strong stuff but inconsistent performance. Signed for $2.75 million last August after being drafted in the first round, Ross is 18, which is young for the Midwest League. He gave up six runs in his first start, two in the next one and five in his most recent outing.
* "One of the guys with great potential who has gotten off to a good start is Adys Portillo," Smith said. The righty, 20, has 18 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.59 after 15.1 innings with Fort Wayne. The Padres signed the Venezuelan for $2 million when he was 16. Until this year, wild spells have stymied the 6-foot-2 185-pounder, who has eight walks and one hit batsman in the three games.
* The Padres are pleased with how catcher Austin Hedges and shortstop Jace Peterson are hitting for Fort Wayne. In nine games, Hedges has batted .286 with four doubles, a home run and five walks. Peterson is on-basing .407 with four doubles, a triple and a home run in 13 games. UPDATE: Today, the Padres put Hedges on the seven-day disabled list because of a sore throwing shoulder. The club said the ailment, which dates to early spring training, doesn't appear serious.
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