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NWL Tri-Cities Dust Devils

From today's DFR ...

In the first four years of the Padres’ affiliation with Tri-City, no Dust Devil hitter topped seven homers in a season. Jordy Barleyreached that total with his second straight two-homer game. Perhaps as encouraging as the power surge is that the 19-year-old has struck out just eight times in his last 44 plate appearances after posting a K rate above 30 percent for the first month of the season.

Primarily for our friend in Windsor, UK ... the Dust Devils play at Gesa Stadium in Pasco, WA ... which is one of the "Tri-Cities" (along with Kenniwick and Richland ... which is not far from Walla Walla, which was Tony Gwynn's first stop after signing with the Padres after the 1981 Draft ... https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=gwynn-001ant) ...

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gesa+Stadium/@46.2185586,-119.2312214,12z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sbaseball+field+near+Tri-Cities,+WA!3m4!1s0x0:0x4c0c9f5de87d90a6!8m2!3d46.2669287!4d-119.1719413

Thank you LynchMob. No wonder I could never find it - I didn't realize it was actually 3 cities( makes sense though)

I was up at Multnomah Falls this summer( mum lives in Bend,OR) so wasn't too far away.

And again, most of the kids playing here are newly drafted high schoolers and college players? International signings are playing overseas until they achieve a certain level of success?

My general understanding is the high school draft picks will play in the AZL and college draft picks will play for Tri-Cities ...

The only thing that "playing overseas" means is DSL = Dominican Summer League ... this is the lowest level / youngest (signed/pro) players ...these kids "advance" to AZL, typically.  One recent exception ... Adrian Morejon made his pro debut with the Dust Devils, in a game in Salem, OR, that I went to (I live in Corvallis, OR, about 2.5 hours west of Bend).

A good/classic recent example is Luis Urias ... https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/uriaslu01.shtml ... click on "Show Minors" to see that he played in DSL in 2014, and then promoted to AZL during the season ... then played for Tri-Cities and Ft Wayne in 2015 ... then Lake Elsinore in 2016, San Antonio in 2017, then El Paso in 2018!

Also remember Tri City is a short season so totals are achieved in about 1/2 or 2/3 as many games and usually guys that do well move up to Ft Wayne and guys that perform well at AZL move up to SS.. vice versa guys that dont do well at short season move down to AZL... so 7 Hr's is not indicative of the actual numbers... bottomline, wouldnt read too much at Hr highs or overall sesason long stats at that level

Quote from Henry Silvestre on October 7, 2019, 9:17 am

Also remember Tri City is a short season so totals are achieved in about 1/2 or 2/3 as many games and usually guys that do well move up to Ft Wayne and guys that perform well at AZL move up to SS.. vice versa guys that dont do well at short season move down to AZL... so 7 Hr's is not indicative of the actual numbers... bottomline, wouldnt read too much at Hr highs or overall sesason long stats at that level

True, but Tri Cities stadium is one of the most Pitcher friendly stadiums in all of Minor Leagues.  Have to get ALL of it to get one out of there.  It's so extreme I think it's fair to say Padres position players (vs. MLB pitching, not NWL!) would likely have lower HR totals if they played half their home games there.  So Barley's 8 HR / 25 XBH are impressive.  32% K / PA not so much...

https://madfriars.com/2019/10/08/2019-tri-city-dust-devils-player-year/