Padres prospect France homers twice Thursday

July 26th, 2019

Ty France’s ridiculous Triple-A season continued Thursday night, as he went 5-for-6 with two homers, five runs scored and four RBIs for El Paso. France now has a .391 average in 59 games in the Minors this year, with 24 home runs and 70 RBIs. 

His 24 home runs -- tied for eighth-most in the Pacific Coast League -- are already two more than he hit in all of 2018, in 137 games between Double-A and Triple-A. And since his 59 games and 230 at-bats aren't quite enough to land among the PCL leaders, he's "unofficially" the league leader in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

The Padres drafted France in the 34th round in 2015 out of San Diego State. He made his Major League debut on April 26 for the Padres, but has hit just .235 with two homers in 34 Major League games.

France had his five-hit, two-homer game in the Minors, but it’s worth noting that there have been just two players in Padres history to register a five-hit game with two home runs at the Major League level. Tommy Medica did it in August 2014 and Ryan Klesko in August 2001. Each also had at least four RBIs, as France had on Thursday.