8/15/2014 7:31 P.M. ET
Padres name July's top Minors performers
By Alex Halsted / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- The Padres announced their Minor League Players of the Month for July on Friday, with four players earning honors from the organization's development staff.
Marcus Davis (Class A Short-Season Eugene) was named top hitter, Elvin Liriano (Rookie Arizona) top pitcher, Mallex Smith (Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore) top baserunner and Trea Turner (Class A Fort Wayne) top defender of the month.
Davis, selected in the 24th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, hit .402 in 28 games last month. Liriano posted a 1.20 ERA in eight games during the month, striking out 21 hitters in 15 innings.
Turner, the Padres' first-round selection in this year's Draft and the No. 5 prospect in the organization, according to MLB.com, didn't commit any errors in 17 games. Smith leads all of Minor Leauge Baseball with 80 stolen bases, swiping 25 in 32 attempts last month.
Padres prospect Fried set for Tommy John surgery
ST. LOUIS -- Padres prospect Max Fried suffered a setback Friday with news that the left-hander will need Tommy John surgery.
Fried, the Padres' top selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, missed the first three months this season with left forearm soreness before eventually making five starts between Rookie ball and Class A. He last pitched July 21 before being sidelined again with what was called elbow soreness.
Ranked as the organization's No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, Fried will now undergo UCL reconstruction surgery next Wednesday -- termed Tommy John surgery -- and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.
"Any time a young pitcher anywhere, regardless of what organization he's in, a guy just getting started, especially [high school guy out of the] Draft, that's tough," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The way the surgeons are in today's day and age, and the success rate of Tommy John, we have to hope for the best in the future with Max and hope that he's one of those many pitchers that comes back from Tommy John and resumes his career and pitches to the potential that all our scouts believe he can pitch to."
Fried, 20, posted a 3.61 ERA in 38 appearance (37 starts) over 147 innings during his first action in professional baseball.
• Yangervis Solarte remains day to day after exiting Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a mild left oblique strain. Black said the injury is improving some, adding that Solarte will be evaluated again Saturday.
• Black, who was ejected in the ninth inning Thursday after arguing a review call, was asked Friday if he has considered grabbing the headset. "I think we're instructed not to," Black said. "A lot of these replay decisions are from the fellows in New York. [The umpires are] the messenger."
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.