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Ty France

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BA confirms he's the HOTTEST! ... https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/top-mlb-prospects-hot-sheet-42219/

So how soon is he up?

Does it depend on Kinslers bat?

Or does someone need to go on IL to make a spot on the 25 man?

Can he play 1b?

Can he ultimately become the Utility guy backing up 3b/2b/1b?

Or is this hot start just a mirage and mostly due to the league/ball?

 

Quote from David Nevin on April 22, 2019, 11:50 am

So how soon is he up?

Does it depend on Kinslers bat?

Or does someone need to go on IL to make a spot on the 25 man?

Can he play 1b?

Can he ultimately become the Utility guy backing up 3b/2b/1b?

Or is this hot start just a mirage and mostly due to the league/ball?

 

A lot of moving parts surrounding the call-up of France. Guessing they would really like to get him some reps at 2B (not even envisioning him as a starter but to expand versatility) in AAA. He has the experience at 1B/3B but those two slots at the ML level will not get him much in playing time. IF he can add 2B then maybe more likely they can afford to keep him around in the ML.

Injuries always open doors but that has to link to how well Urias is doing (he likely would get first shot back at 2B). More likely France opening may come from Pirela not delivering (and being sent back down) while Cordero does not return (still on DL or optioned to AAA).

Hard to tell if his bat is legit .... was a fine college hitter but drafted in the 34th round ... was "decent" hitter early in the minors but never really sniffed a Top 30 prospect status ... really just hit his offensive stride recently in the upper minors but still not Top 30. Not sure what the scouts really see but the Padres saw enough to add him to the 40 man last winter while ultimately dumping Villanueva and Spangenberg.

Love the underdog story making good and if he can hit in the ML at all he will stick around (maybe not with the Padres) as a utility guy at worst ... 1B/3B/DH/PH as a baseline with 2B (think Moustakas this year and Jeff Kent) as needed. Padres have discussed with him working as an emergency catcher.

Barring injuries ... would guess he is a Sept call-up at the latest and possibly after the trade deadline IF the Padres move someone like Renfroe or Reyes opening a spot for a RHH bench option with power. Alternatively, IF Kinsler gets back on track ... maybe Kinsler can be moved to a contender as he was last season (think Boston with the perpetually injured Pedroia).

Well, he's up!  I thought Pirela might preclude it for now, but Jose strained an oblique (sigh...)

Psyched for Ty though!  I hope they let him make a few starts at 2B with Kinsler coming in 5th/6th inning on a double switch if it's a close game.  Can also put him there in a blowout, but just haven't been any.  Maybe back to back starts @ 3B to give Tatis, then Machado a day off in this upcoming stretch; utilize him while he's here.

 

For the record, he's got a hit in the big leagues!

https://twitter.com/Padres/status/1121948444388577280

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/top-mlb-prospects-hot-sheet-72919/

16. Ty France, 3B, Padres
Team: Triple-A El Paso (Pacific Coast)
Age: 25
Why He’s Here: .333/.357/.704 (9-for-27), 6 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 BB, 6 SO

The Scoop: Even in the context of launching pad El Paso, France is thriving. The third baseman leads the Chihuahas in virtually every offensive category, including a batting average that now sits at .380 after his latest huge week. While certainly not the Babe Ruth-level performer El Paso makes him seem, France has cemented that he’s a legitimate major league prospect with his bat and will be back up at some point after making his debut earlier this year. (KG)

Fortunately for France, since he is blocked in SD, I think he will get a chance to thrive on another team.

Quote from BoosterSD on July 30, 2019, 7:44 pm

Fortunately for France, since he is blocked in SD, I think he will get a chance to thrive on another team.

Think it is time for a conversion experiment in the OF (like Naylor). Apparently he can hit ... and that is a good asset. Some OF time might add to his trade value or make him a strong versatile back up for the Padres in the corner OF, 3B, 1B to cover injuries and PH ... and I think he caught in HS .. so 3rd catcher. Rosters go to 26 next season ... so maybe a good RHH option with Garcia the LHH option.

If he can add OF to his repertoire, then its a possibility that he stays in SD. Still think he is added as second piece in a trade.

For the record ... from today's DFR ...

Ty France’s best positions are first and third base, where the San Diego Padres have over $400 millioninvested in Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado until at least 2025. Still, the former San Diego State Aztec is making a great case in 2019 that he belongs somewhere in the major leagues. Saturday, the 25-year-old got his eighth start of the season at second base, a position his manager Edwin Rodriguez believes that he can fill in at, but not play every day. He accounted for three of the Chihuahuas six hits, blasting a double and two more home runs. Even with the current environment in the PCL, what France is doing is impressive. He leads the league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging at .402/.479/.792, good for a wRC+ of 200. He has  26 home runs, 50 extra-base hits and 80 RBI in 67 games. That is a good audition for someone.