Logan Allen Thrives In Pitching-Rich Padres System
A fracture in his left thumb limited shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to just 88 games at Double-A San Antonio. Still, the sample was impressive for a 19-year-old who was the youngest player in the Texas League on Opening Day.
Tatis rebounded from a concerning April (.564 OPS) to pen a .327/.400/.572 batting line over his final 64 games. The No. 2 overall prospect in baseball, he finished the season with career highs in batting average (.286) and slugging (.507), paired 16 home runs with 16 stolen bases and took a star turn at the Futures Game.
His status as the Padres’ shortstop of the not-too-distant future unquestioned, Tatis is expected to recover fully by spring training and could push for a big league callup in 2019.
As dominant as righthander Chris Paddack was in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, and as eye-opening as righty Luis Patino’s season was at low Class A Fort Wayne, lefthander Logan Allen turned in the best wire-to-wire campaign in a pitching-rich organization.
The 21-year-old Allen led the organization in wins (14) and strikeouts (151), tied for the most innings (148.2) and set new personal full-season standards for ERA (2.54), WHIP (1.08) and opponent average (.205).
What's more, Allen went 4-0, 1.63 in five starts in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League after a dominant stay at San Antonio earned him Texas league pitcher of the year honors.
Logan Allen Adjusts, But Not Seamlessly
The southpaw had to adjust to life with the new Triple-A ball and its smaller, lower-profile seams.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Of the more than $80 million in bonuses and overage taxes the Padres invested in their 2016-17 international signing class, the modest $320,000 given to shortstop Tucupita Marcano looks like quite the value play.
The 18-year-old Venezuelan hit .395 in 35 games in the Rookie-level Arizona League and hit his first professional homer after a promotion to short-season Tri-City. All told, he hit .366/.450/.438 with 15 steals, 30 walks and 16 strikeouts in 52 games.
Signed in the shadows of Cubans Adrian Morejon and Jorge Ona, Marcano’s chief task heading into full-season ball next year at Fort Wayne is to continue to add strength to a 6-foot, 160-pound frame, because he is showing indicators that he could be a plus big league bat.
"He plays with a chip on his shoulder,” said Chris Kemp, who doubles as international scouting director and minor league field coordinator. "He has to prove something. He wasn't a high-paid guy. He's not the biggest guy, but there’s some fight in there. He knows how to use the barrel and play the game. He's a winning baseball player.”