Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Triple-A El Paso - Catcher-first baseman Brett Nicholas

Acquired from the Texas Rangers just before the season opener, the 29-year-old Nicholas has been the Chihuahuas' most consistent offensive threat. Last week, he was 12-for-31 (.387) with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He had a .406 on-base percentage with a .613 slugging percentage for a 1.019 OPS. He finished the week reaching base in eight straight games and has a slash line of .305/.362/.584/.946 on the season. He also finished the week ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in RBIs (41) and total bases (108) while hitting 17 doubles and 12 homers.

Insider's Note: Brett is a very intelligent catcher that calls a great ballgame behind the dish. He has a smooth stroke from the left side and some pop.

Double-A San Antonio - Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Rated the No. 7 overall prospect in the minor leagues by MLB Pipeline, Tatis Jr. continued his torrid May last week after a slow start. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Tatis was 11-for-30 last week with five doubles, a triple, a homer, seven RBIs and six runs scored for a slash line of .367/.394/.700/1.094. Tatis Jr. is hitting .351 in May with 12 doubles, two triples and six homers for a .427 on-base percentage, a .649 slugging percentage and a 1.077 OPS. Tatis Jr. has raised his season batting average to .271 with 16 doubles, three triples and nine homers and leads the Texas League in runs scored (45) and total bases (106).

Insider's Note: Fernando is a premium talent that has the ability to drop your jaw on both sides of the ball. He's a really fun guy to watch play the game. 

Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore - Outfielder Buddy Reed

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Reed isn't currently listed among the Padres' Top-30 prospects, but should be. The club's second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was 12-for-25 last week with a double, four homers, five steals, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored for a .480/.582/1.040/1.592 slash line. Reed finished the week leading the California League in hits (66), total bases (113) and stolen bases (23). He also ranked second in batting average (.348), third in slugging percentage (.603) and OPS (.986), tied for third in doubles (14), tied for fifth in homers (nine) and tied for eighth in RBIs (29).

Insider's Note: Buddy is one of the fastest runners in the system and has a cannon for an arm. He has shown power from both sides of the plate this year and is swiping bags left and right

Single-A Fort Wayne - Left-handed starter Nick Margevicius

The last name of the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Ohioan is pronounced mar-GAV-itchus. He could be one of the finds from last June's draft, where he was a seventh-round pick out of Rider University. In his one start last week, Margevicius allowed five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. On the season, Margevicius is 3-2 with a 2.35 earned run average and a 1.17 WHIP in eight starts. His most amazing stat: 59 strikeouts against eight walks in 46 innings. He ranks third in Midwest League in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and 11th in WHIP.

Insider's Note: Nick has really worked hard in the last year to develop his breaking ball. He pounds the zone with all three pitches and has had a solid first two months in Fort Wayne.