He’s only 21, his the future is very bright and his minor league past was very successful, but for Anthony Rizzo, the present which involves hitting major league pitching has been a huge struggle thus far. In 93 minor league games for the Triple-A Tucson Padres, Rizzo batted .331 with 34 Doubles, 26 Home Runs and 101 RBI’s. In two separate stints with the Padres, Rizzo has been a shell of his minor league self betting just .144 with 8 Doubles, 1 Home Run, and 9 RBI’s. In the story link below, Rizzo participates in a Q&A with Dan Hayes, @NCTPadres of the North County Times, in which he talks about his big league struggles and his battle to overcome them.
The San Diego Padres have called up top third base prospect James Darnell after Chase Headley was placed on the 15 day DL with a fractured finger. The 24 year old was a second round pick of the Padres in the 2008 draft out of the University of South Carolina. 2011 has been a breakout season for Darnell. He started the year with the Double-A San Antonio Missions where he hit .333 with 25 Doubles, 17 Home Runs, and 62 RBI’s in 76 games. Since being promoted to Tucson, Darnell has hit .272 with 4 Doubles, 6 Home Runs, and 13 RBI’s. Darnell hit over .300 in each of his four seasons in the minors with the exception of 2010 when he hit .271 during an injury plagued season. Look for Darnell to get a number of at-bats for the foreseeable future.