Make sure you check out Part 2 of the Mailbag.
Where has Edinson Rincon been? – John
Rincon was struck by a pitch on June 25 that knocked him out of action until August 25. He is currently rehabbing with the Padres’ Arizona League affiliate and may be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League if the Padres are concerned about getting him extra at bats before re-evaluating him in Spring Training.
It is important to remember that we may not see the normal Rincon for quite some time. The injury he suffered – a broken Hamate bone – is known to sap a batters power severely and full recovery time for their true ability to return can be 12-18 months. Scouts and talent evaluators love the potential that Rincon brings on offense. He has a fluid swing that is aided by his strong wrists. Just be prepared to possibly see a lighter-hitting Rincon than in the past.
Any thoughts on what players the Padres will send to the Arizona Fall League? – Ryan
As I mentioned above, I do believe that Rincon is a strong candidate for the AFL.
Others who could potentially make an appearance:
Simon Castro – he appeared to be on the cusp of a call up heading into the season but has experienced serious regression in his secondary offerings. With just over 100 innings pitched on the season he has more than enough bullets left in his arm this year to pitch through the winter.
Jason Hagerty – he lacks much experience against upper-level competition so the AFL would be a great challenge for him.
Cody Decker – he missed almost three months of live action. Now that his ankle is fully healed the Padres would like to get him as much experience as possible so that his promotion path is not delayed. Still, even with some AFL experience another year in San Antonio is not out of the question for the undersized first baseman.
Jaff Decker – he has already surpassed his career-high in games, but with his struggles in adjusting to a new stance the Peoria native may be asked to play some extra baseball over the offseason.
Like every other team the Padres will send six players, two of which can be from lower than Double-A if the team so chooses. Continue reading “Padres Prospect Mailbag: August Part 1” »