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Padres' young hitters navigating info upgrade

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WASHINGTON -- When Franmil Reyes arrived in the Majors after his impressive stint at Triple-A, the Padres outfielder received all the trappings of a big leaguer, including more information about hitting and pitching than he knew what do with.

"It's just amazing," Reyes said. "All of us now watch videos, and I really didn't know about that when I was in Triple-A. It's just incredible how the guys here study the pitchers."

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WASHINGTON -- When Franmil Reyes arrived in the Majors after his impressive stint at Triple-A, the Padres outfielder received all the trappings of a big leaguer, including more information about hitting and pitching than he knew what do with.

"It's just amazing," Reyes said. "All of us now watch videos, and I really didn't know about that when I was in Triple-A. It's just incredible how the guys here study the pitchers."

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Reyes isn't alone in his information overload -- the Padres have several young hitters who are trying to grasp the increased statistical analysis and breakdown of opposing pitchers. Fortunately, the veterans on the team have stepped in to provide some relief and advice.

"They are trying to get us ready," Reyes said. "We were talking about this the other day. It started with [Eric Hosmer], A.J. Ellis and Freddy Galvis. One of them said, 'We can't win with only two guys.' So, if everyone starts studying, all of us are going to be ready. I know that we will get there."

Ellis said the way he's tried to help the Friars' newcomers is to find out what works for each of them on an individual basis.

"There's a lot of information, and it's just trying to personalize it for each guy," Ellis said. "You ask them a lot of questions: What's important to them? What are some things they want to know? So much of it is not about what is there but eliminating things that aren't going to be there. So, trying to narrow the focus so you don't have to worry about the entire package of a pitcher."

Manager Andy Green said all young players try to find the balance between information and instinct in the early days of their careers and that Reyes is no different.

"There's not a kid that doesn't come to the big leagues that doesn't get overwhelmed by the amount of information," Green said. "You let them navigate their way through it. I can look back when I got to the big leagues, and they told me, 'It's 66 percent slider in this count,' and I'm thinking about percentages in my head and I can't pull the trigger.

"Everybody's gone through that, and then you get used to utilizing that information and then you're not crippled or paralyzed by it. [Reyes] is at the start of that process. Some guys just come up and swing for a while, but we have veterans here who value that information and try to get it to the young guys to accelerate that process."

For Reyes, who hit his first career home run Monday, the statistics and reports are helping him gain a foothold at the game's highest level.

"Back in Triple-A I knew most of the pitchers, but here I don't know anybody," he said. "But now, with the information, I go out there like I know those guys and I feel really comfortable at the plate."

Perdomo a rotation candidate?
With Joey Lucchesi's status in the rotation doubtful, the Padres will have to come up with a plan for this weekend's series against the Dodgers. One option could be former starter Luis Perdomo, who is 3-2 at Triple-A El Paso and coming off a solid start Monday.

"I think overall, people have been pleased with: one, the way he's gone about his work, and two, his execution," Green said. "I think we look at him and he's very much in consideration for what we're going to do in the coming weeks. But we haven't made a determination."

Video: LAD@SD: Perdomo opens the game with a strikeout

Green said the team would take into consideration how much time Lucchesi might miss before deciding.

"You don't want to bring [Perdomo] back for one start if you feel Joey is going to be back," Green said. "We'd probably just find a way to plug that hole without disrupting his development time in Triple-A."

Injury report
• Right-hander Colin Rea, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, started a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio.

• Lucchesi (hip) is still unable to throw more than 75 feet, which has slowed his recovery time. Green is aiming for the pitcher to hit 120 feet.

Wil Myers (oblique) has yet to take part in any baseball-related activities. Green said it "was not part of the equation right now."

Elliott Smith is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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