Margot wasting little time showing off talent

Margot wasting little time showing off talent

SAN DIEGO -- Standing in the clubhouse after the Padres' 4-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, Manuel Margot was asked who he thought was faster: himself or fellow San Diego speedster Travis Jankowski.

The 20-year-old rookie shook his head and laughed: "Travis."

After Margot went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and the game's winning run, Padres fans got their first real glimpse of what their team's No. 2 overall prospect can bring to the table. They also saw firsthand the alleged "slower than Travis" speed, when he swiped third base handily in the bottom of the second.

"He wasn't holding me that close and I saw it, took advantage of it," Margot said of his first big league stolen base. "It felt good because at the same time, that gives you some confidence at this level to know that you can do that here."

Margot's first MLB stolen base

Said Padres first baseman Wil Myers: "I really enjoyed hitting behind him. Today he was on base three times. You know, the play of the game was obviously the triple. For him to put a good swing like that on [Cory Gearrin] in those shadows was very impressive."

Padres manager Andy Green was confident Margot would be successful, even when the hits weren't falling for him during his first start Friday.

"He's going to be really good," Green said. "... He's got a feel to hit even when he wasn't getting hits the first couple of games. You could tell he was going to be getting them in short order. He's hit every pitch in a relatively short period of time. Comfortable in the box, confident -- he's going to be good."

The skipper also chimed in on the speed Margot brings to the table, albeit outside of the lens of a comparison between him and Jankowski.

"He flies," Green said, simply.

Margot's RBI single

The numbers back up the obvious eye test. According to Statcast™, Margot's home-to-third time on his seventh-inning triple was clocked at 10.85 seconds. Among right-handed hitters, only Twins outfielder Byron Buxton has managed a faster time than that, with his quickest being 10.69 seconds.

While impressive, that number doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Margot's 164 stolen bases throughout 493 Minor League games. MLB Pipeline rates his speed as the five-tool player's top tool, with a 65 rating on the 20-80 scale.

And while all of these numbers perhaps add some context and something quantifiable to point to, perhaps Green was correct to put it so succinctly: He flies. And he's looking forward to doing it more in the future.

"I think the biggest thing is you just want to come up and play hard, right?" Margot said through an interpreter. "You don't really control the results; you're not looking for those. But playing hard usually turns into good stuff.

"... I feel good. Think it's probably going to be one of many [multi-hit games] to come. And really proud of it."

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.