Padres party: Trio of San Diego prospects power Peoria
Torres, Perez and Quintana combine to go 8-for-15 with three RBIs in AFL win
By William Boor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Padres' future was on full display in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday night and a trio of prospects did not disappoint.
Nick Torres, Gabriel Quintana and Fernando Perez led the way as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Salt River Rafters, 6-5, in front of 688 watching at Salt River Fields and plenty more on MLB Network and MLB.com.
"We were joking in the dugout that it was a Padres party," Torres said. "It's always fun like that when we can get into a good rhythm. For us three tonight, it was a lot of fun."
The trio was able to have so much fun because they went a combined 8-for-15 with three RBIs and four runs scored on the evening.
"I was just being aggressive in the box, trying to get a pitch in my zone," Torres said. "[I was] just trying to put good swings on the ball, nothing more than that, not trying to do too much."
The breakout performance seemed much needed for the right fielder as he was hitless in his previous 13 at-bats. However, box scores don't always tell the entire story.
"It's funny because it looks like that on paper, but I've actually been hitting balls harder the last three games than I have at any point in this Fall League season so it was just a matter of time before they were falling," Torres said.
The former fourth-round selection was the only Padres prospect without an RBI, but was still heavily involved as he scored three runs.
The San Diego trio had an immediate impact in the game. After Torres singled in the top of the first Perez brought him home with a base hit of his own.
"I felt great tonight, seeing the pitches and everything," Perez said. "I've been working on my stuff, so I'm glad that everything's paying off."
Quintana added two hits, an RBI and a run scored in his five trips to the plate. Although the first baseman has struggled a bit in the AFL, he has hit well lately. Quintana has put together back-to-back multi-hit games and has at least one hit in four of his last five games.
Winning the game is the ultimate goal and the Javelinas accomplished that, but Torres and Perez mentioned that it is pretty special for teammates from within the same organization to play such a vital role in a win.
"There are a lot of teams together on this team, so when the guys from our organization do good we feel great because everybody wins," Perez said.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.