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Tirso Ornelas

Tirso needs his own thread ... after BP sez that he'll be in their Top 101 next year 🙂

In a system as deep as San Diego’s, it’s easy for lower-level prospects to get overlooked. While his stats weren’t gaudy, Ornelas put together a solid season as an 18-year-old playing at Low-A Ft. Wayne. Signed by the Padres out of Mexico in 2016, he’s big and athletic with no glaring deficiencies in the profile. Defensively, he possesses good instincts and his arm is more than adequate for right field. There is natural raw power in his smooth left-handed swing and it will play in-game more as he matures physically.

Most impressive is the approach that Ornelas brings to the plate. He doesn’t get fooled by off-speed stuff and shows a keen sense of the strike zone. Watching him over the course of the summer, he had the look of a much more seasoned player and not of a teenager who was in his first full season of minor-league baseball. He will still be a teen this year as he takes on the Cal League. Success there will put him in the shortlist of top corner outfielders and on our 2020 top 101. —Nathan Graham

His 1st HR for the Storm tonight ...,game_tab=,game=576479

The 19-year-old is now hitting .351 in the early going.

From today's DFR ...

Storm Roster Notes:  The Storm sent outfielder Tirso Ornelas down to the AZL for probably some swing adjustments as the 19-year old Tijuana native was only hitting .203/.301/.264 with only 12 extra-base hits in 71 games. The big left-handed hitter has too much talent to struggle as much as he has this year.

From today's DFR ...

The Storm finished off the win on an RBI single from Tirso Ornelas to open the 10th inning. The 19-year-old, who has had a nightmare season as he worked to integrate mechanical changes to his swing, reached base four times in the game, and has two hits in both contests since returning from a month in Arizona.

From today's DFR ...

A month ago, Tirso Ornelas was coming off a stint in the AZL where he was asked to make changes to his set-up and swing mechanics. After finishing the regular season with a strong three-week run, he has been arguably the best hitter for the Storm in the playoffs. The 19-year-old collected the Storm’s first two hits Tuesday, driving in the club’s first run with a single in the fourth. With the game tied in the eighth, he drew a walk to load the bases, and eventually scored on a Tucupita Marcano single. After posting a career-high strikeout rate through the first three months of the year, the left-handed swinging outfielder has struck out just 10 times in 100 plate appearances since his return to Elsinore.

The scouting reports make him look like a clone of Riley Greene, and he was the #5 pick in the draft. Hope he keeps hitting like he is.

From yesterday's game report ...

The hit extended Ornelas’ hitting streak to all six playoff games, a stretch in which he’s struck out just one time in 24 trips to the plate. The turn-around since his stint in the AZL has been impressive.

Tirso Ornelas struggled through most of the season in Lake Elsinore and eventually returned to the Arizona League, where he worked on refining his swing. The 19-year-old looked much better down the stretch. Kemp commented on what adjustments they were looking for Ornelas to make.

“He’s responded well. We laid a good groundwork. We kind of reset in the AZL. We pushed a lot of guys and Tirso is still a really young kid in that league and we wanted to reset. He went to the AZL with [AZL hitting coach] Jed Morris and we found some things in his swing and we got off to a strong finish. So here, we just want to continue that process. He had two knocks [Monday].”

Tirso Orenlas (#11-15?):

    After a hot start to the year I really struggled with being aggressively assigned to HiA as a 19 year old. Reports are I looked better at instructs and SD is high on my work ethic and character. Am I in the #11-15 range and still poised to break out in 2020?

Kyle Glaser: Ornelas is lower than 11-15. Even within the Padres front office, there's a lot of concern that he's a big guy who is going to struggle to prevent his actions from slowing down as he ages. Ornelas showed enough at the end of the season to stay on radars, and I would not bury him yet, but the bat speed and bat path need to be watched and maintained very, very closely.