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Triple-A El Paso - Left-handed reliever Kyle McGrath

Shortly after being optioned back to the Chihuahuas by the Padres in mid-April, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound McGrath got on a run. Over his last 11 appearances, he has allowed no runs on seven hits and five walks with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings while lowering his earned run average from 5.04 to 3.33. The 25-year-old with a funky delivery has not allowed a hit in his last six appearances. He made three appearances last week with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings. 

Insider's Note: Kyle has deceptive arm action that is a tough at-bat for opposing hitters. 

Double-A San Antonio - Left-handed starter Jerry Keel

While Top-10 pitching prospects Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen get the most attention with the Missions, workhorse Keel, 24, is putting up impressive numbers. In his lone start last week, the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder allowed three hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Over the course of the season, Keel is 6-2 with a 4.55 ERA in 15 starts. A ninth-round pick in the 2015 draft, Keel ranks second to Quantrill in innings pitched in the Texas League and third to Allen and Quantrill in strikeouts.

Insider's Note: Jerry is throwing the ball really well. He's very confident in his breaking ball and has the ability to locate it well. 

Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore - Left fielder Buddy Reed

Reed returned from the California League All-Star Game to go 6-for-17 (.353) in four games at Visalia with a double, two triples and a home run. Reed, 22, was the Padres' second-round pick in the 2016 draft. He leads the California League in hitting (.331) and stolen bases (32), ranks third in slugging percentage (.560) and OPS (.940), is tied for third with 46 runs scored and is tied for fourth in doubles (20) and triples (five). The 6-foot-4, 210-pound switch-hitter had a 1.245 OPS last week.  

Insider's Note: Buddy is flying in the outfield and making great plays. He continues to be a threat at the plate. 

Single-A Fort Wayne - Left-handed starter Osvaldo Hernandez

Coming out of the Midwest League All-Star game, the TinCaps used the 20-year-old Cuban once last week in a relief role and he allowed one run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in four innings. But over his last 10 outings, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hernandez is 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA (the second-lowest mark in the Midwest League since April 21). Despite two poor outings to start the season, Hernandez leads the league with a 2.25 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). 

Insider's Note: Osvaldo is very athletic with a fast arm. He has the potential to do a lot of good things. 

Short-Season Single-A Tri-City - Catcher Blake Hunt

The 69th overall pick in the 2017 draft, the 6-foot-3 Hunt was 10-for-31 (.323) with nine runs scored and four RBIs over the first week-plus of the Northwest League season. Although he didn't have an extra-base hit, the 19-year-old Hunt drew eight walks for a .462 on-base percentage and a .784 OPS.

Insider's Note: Blake has had impressive at bats early in the young season at Tri-City. He has big offensive power.  

Single-A Dominican Summer League - First baseman Emmanuel Guerra

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound, 17-year-old Venezuelan was 5-for-18 (.278) last week with a home run, three walks, six RBIs and four runs scored. In 13 games of the DSL season, Guerra has four doubles, two homers, and 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored with a .250/.356/.458/.814 slash line.

Arizona Rookie League - Shortstop Xavier Edwards

The athletic, 5-foot-10, 155-pound Edwards wasted no time in showing why the Padres selected him with the 38th overall draft pick earlier this month. He was 10-for-22 (.455) in his debut week with six walks, (a .522 on-base percentage) and a 1.006 OPS for the first week of his pro career.

Insider's Note: Xavier is a very intelligent and dynamic player. He can cause havoc for the opposing team all over the field.