Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Padres prospects deliver in walk-off AFL win

October 29, 2018

In a back-and-forth game Monday, a pair of Padres prospects delivered at the plate in the Peoria Javelinas' 7-6 walk-off win over the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.Third baseman Hudson Potts, San Diego's No. 23 prospect according to MLBPipeline, drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off single,

In a back-and-forth game Monday, a pair of Padres prospects delivered at the plate in the Peoria Javelinas' 7-6 walk-off win over the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
Third baseman Hudson Potts, San Diego's No. 23 prospect according to MLBPipeline, drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off single, his only hit of the day, scoring Brewers top prospect (No. 30 overall) Keston Hiura.
"It was a great inning. Hiura started off things great and (Cristian) Pache with a great bunt to move him over," Potts said. "He just threw a first pitch curveball and I put a pretty good swing on it."
• Gameday
The Javelinas trailed 3-0 after the second inning and 6-4 heading into the eighth inning, but they were able to come back both times in the victory. 
"We've played great the whole Fall League. We know we're always in it," Potts said. "We went down a couple of runs in those late innings, but we always have the confidence to always come back."
Potts entered Monday's game batting only .222 after finishing his Minor League season with Double-A San Antonio batting .154.
Despite the numbers, Potts says the Fall League has given him the opportunity to work on his game.
"It's going pretty good," Potts said. "Just working on different things, getting help from my teammates and coaches trying to make the best of the opportunity."
Also adding to the cause Monday was right fielder Buddy Reed, the Padres' No. 13 prospect. Reed finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, with the biggest knock coming in the fourth inning.
With the bases loaded, Reed smoked a two-run, ground-rule double to deep left center to tie the game at three runs apiece.
It was Reed's third double and his second and third RBIs of the Fall League.
"It was a pretty solid one [performance] I would say," Reed said. "Coming out here early in the morning, getting my reps and work in, coming out here hitting a double and triple, it was fun.

"The biggest thing for me is just getting reps, putting good swings on balls and adjusting to the pitching here."
Reed is hoping to improve multiple facets of his game as the Fall League continues.
"Just refining my approach, being a leader, building relationships with these guys out here and just having fun," Reed said. "That's the biggest part about it, it's a game and I like to have fun."
With San Diego ranked as the No. 1 farm system in MLB according to MLB Pipeline, Potts and Reed are both happy to see the Padres' prospects contributing in the Arizona Fall League.
"Buddy had an outstanding game today," Potts said. "It's good to be with a good couple of guys and all the Padres guys that are here. It's fun to be around."
"It's a lot of fun. We got (Dauris) Valdez and (Travis) Radke in the 'pen, we got Austin (Allen) and Huddy, I don't want to leave anybody out but it's a lot of fun," Reed said. "Like I said, there's other teams here so I'm just trying to build relationships with these guys off the field as well."

Sam Ficarro is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.