The San Diego Padres lost their first series against the Nationals in five tries and lost the first game of a three game series against the Philadelphia Phillies as Ian Kennedy took the mound. They own a 21-17 record in the second half (62-66 overall) and have been playing better of late. If the team did not lose three in a row to the Milwaukee Brewers then get swept by the Phillies at home earlier in the month, people may be talking a different tune.
With the team mathematically still in the race for both the division and wild card, they are unlikely to make any noise for a playoff berth. So, evaluating for next year will be taking place in September. Let’s take a look at a few pitchers who might be called up in September and make an impact:
1) Jon Edwards (2-1, 1.34 ERA, 33.2 inning pitched, 0.861 WHIP)
Edwards, who was acquired in the Will Venable deal is almost a lock to be brought up in September. The former position player turned pitcher is having a marvelous year in the minor leagues. To go with a very low earned run average Edwards has excelled at striking out the opposition with 48. He’s a candidate to make the bullpen next season if he keeps pitching the way he’s pitched.
2) Caleb Thielbar (5-3, 2.31 ERA, 39 innings pitched, 1.513 WHIP)
Thielbar was claimed off waivers by the Padres from the Twins earlier in the month. He has walked 18 batters to just 19 strikeouts overall this season, but has yet to give up a run in seven appearances in Triple-A since joining the Padres organization. He’s a left handed reliever, something the Padres lack in the system so he maybe worth a look and see the ability he has. If he his called up, September would be an important month for him in order to show the club if he’s apart of the team’s future plans.
3) Casey Kelly (1-9, 5.09 ERA, 86.2 innings pitched, 1.569 WHIP)
Kelly makes an interesting case as a September callup candidate. The former top prospect has struggled this year and has recently been moved up to Triple-A. While it might not be likely he’s called up given certain factors, he could very well make a spot start in September to see what his ability is coming off Tommy John surgery. He last pitched for the Padres in 2012 and didn’t have much success. Given the lack of pitching depth in the upper minor leagues, he’d actually be competing for a starting job next season. This is why the team should target starting pitching this offseason.
- Wil Myers (wrist) took swings for the first time in the batting cage, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. He said he felt good. While there is no specific timetable, Myers has said that he hopes to play again before the season ends.
- Josh Johnson (Tommy John surgery) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday and it went well, writes Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. He is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Sunday. While he would like to start again, Johnson’s initial plan is to pitch as a reliever. No rehab assignment has yet been scheduled.
- The San Diego Padres and El Paso Chihuahuas announced that the two clubs will play each other on Thursday, March 31st prior to the beginning of the 2016 season. It will be the major league team versus the Triple-A squad (Press Release link).