Naylor's homer, double lift Padres prospects

Naylor's homer, double lift Padres prospects

SAN DIEGO -- In a showcase of top talent from two organizations, Josh Naylor and the San Diego Padres prospects shined the brightest.

Naylor, the No. 88 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, homered and doubled to lead the Padres prospects to a 5-1 victory in the Padres Futures Game, a matchup of Minor Leaguers from the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Friday night.

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The event was the first of its kind for the Padres organization, allowing 19 of their top 30 prospects the opportunity to play in a Major League venue.

Acquired by the Padres in a July trade with the Marlins for Andrew Cashner, Naylor drilled a three-run homer into the left-center field seats in the first inning against Rangers left-hander Brett Martin.

Naylor's three-run homer

"Just being here with this team was amazing," Naylor said. "These guys are my brothers, and getting to play here was a great experience. You never know when your last day of baseball is going to be, so you have to take advantage of the opportunity."

Naylor, 19, recovered from a swing and miss earlier in the at-bat that sent his bat flying into the stands.

"That bat is like my daughter," said Naylor, who asked for the bat to be returned by the fan who caught it. "I've been using it all season, and I needed that one back."

Martin, a 2014 fourth-round pick in 2014 and the No. 8 prospect in the Rangers system, who split this season between Class A Hickory and High Desert, gave up three runs -- two earned -- in the first inning after Ruddy Giron and Fernando Tatis Jr. each singled preceding Naylor's homer.

Martin yielded five runs over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Giron finished with three hits, a run and a stolen base for the Padres. Naylor later doubled in the eighth and was replaced by pinch-runner Jordy Barley.

Also contributing two hits apiece were Padres Nos. 11 and 14 prospects, Luis Urias and Buddy Reed. Urias, a 2013 international free-agent signee out of Mexico, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs out of the leadoff spot, while Reed, the Padres' second-round pick in June, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Urias collects two hits

Urias, 19, had a breakout season this year, hitting .330/.397./440 at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. Reed hit .254/.326/.337 with 15 stolen bases in 51 games for Short-Season Tri-City in his pro debut.

Anderson Espinoza started for San Diego and retired the side in order in the first with two strikeouts. Espinoza, who came to San Diego in the Drew Pomeranz trade with Boston, pitched just one inning before giving way to Cal Quantrill, the Padres' first-round pick in this year's Draft.

Espinoza's two K's in the first

"I was a little nervous being out there on the mound," Espinoza said through a translator. "But, after that first pitch, everything after that was very relaxed. The plan of attack was just to go after guys with the fastball. For me, just being able to be here in Petco Park, getting that experience, it is all going to be helpful for me getting here in the future."

Quantrill threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four and issuing one walk. Henry Henry also tossed two scoreless innings for the Padres.

Quantrill K's four

Five other Padres pitchers combined to hold Texas to just one hit through the remaining four frames.

Ti'Quan Forbes had two of the Rangers' three hits in the contest. Forbes, 20, who hit .251 this season in Low Class-A Hickory, scored the Rangers' only run in the second on a single by catcher Yohel Pozo.

Six more Rangers pitchers followed Martin and kept San Diego off the board after the second inning.

Tim Powers is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.