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By Corey Brock and Chelsea Janes / MLB.com
Padres promote Portillo, 20, to Texas League
SAN DIEGO -- Adys Portillo, who was ranked as the Padres' 16th-best prospect by MLB.com before the season and has pitched his way to even higher regard within the organization, made his last start for Class A Fort Wayne on Thursday.His next stop: Double-A San Antonio. Portillo, a 20-year-old right-hander, was told after Thursday's start in Cedar Rapids that he'll make the jump over the California League and report to San Antonio and the Texas League. Portillo allowed one run in six innings on Thursday. He allowed four hits and struck out three for a final line that saw him go 6-6 with a 1.87 ERA and 54 hits allowed and 81 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings "We think that he is ready for the challenge," said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development. "I wouldn't be surprised if he struggles some, but for us it's a better pitching environment and a little truer indicator." Portillo will become the seventh-youngest player in the Texas League at 20 years, 211 days. According to Baseball America, the youngest player in the Texas League is Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar (19 years, 41 days). Portillo was part of the Padres' 2008 international draft class that cost the team nearly $5 million to sign five players. Portillo's signing bonus ($2 million) was the highest. He struggled at Fort Wayne a year ago (7.11 ERA in 23 games) but sizzled with the TinCaps most of this season. "His fastball command has been better and just consistency of his secondary stuff," Smith said. "It was just the consistency from outing to outing. He's done what you're supposed to do."
Padres shut down Roach after 11-2 season
SAN DIEGO -- Donn Roach, one of two players the Padres obtained from the Angels in May, won't pitch again this season, as he's reached the innings limit the organization set for him.Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development and international scouting, said Thursday the 22-year-old righty will be shut down as a precaution after 105 1/3 innings this season between the two organizations. "He's had about a 50 percent increase in innings," Smith said. "This will make it easier for him to make that [innings] jump next year." Last season while in the Angels' farm system, Roach threw 70 1/3 innings with Class A Cedar Rapids of the Midwest League. Roach, who is rated as the Padres' 19th-best prospect by MLB.com, finishes the year 11-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). A ground-ball pitcher, he allowed only 86 hits. Roach was 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA after the trade while with Class A Lake Elsinore. He then went 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA at Double-A San Antonio.
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida was reinstated from the disabled list on Thursday and optioned to Triple-A Tucson. Hermida has been on the DL since April 27 with a strained hip muscle. He's already appeared in 14 games for Tucson and is hitting .222.
The Padres designated right-handed pitcher Mark Hamburger for assignment as well. Hamburger had a 7.50 ERA in five games for Tucson. San Diego pitcher Edinson Volquez lowered his ERA before throwing a pitch on Thursday against the Astros. Thanks to a scoring change from his last start, Saturday in Los Angeles, an error was charged to left fielder Carlos Quentin on a ball hit by Andre Ethier. Ethier was originally given a hit, but Major League Baseball overturned the call and gave Quentin an error. Volquez's ERA subsequently dropped from 3.69 to 3.61. Pitcher Tim Stauffer, on the DL since April 4 with a strained right elbow, will likely throw two bullpen sessions during the Padres' upcoming trip to San Francisco. He'll likely throw Monday and Wednesday before heading to Arizona to get some innings with the organization's short-season team.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Chelsea Janes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.