All-Star Countdown: Lake Elsinore Storm
Our preview of potential California League All-Stars continues today with the High-A affiliate of the Padres. The Storm is right in the middle, and a game out of first place, in a jammed Southern division. Here are a few Lake Elsinore players likely to be in Winston-Salem for the All-Star Game.
RHP Donn Roach – The Padres organization just acquired Roach from the Angels in a three-player trade, but he has remained in the California League and continued to dominate. He leads the league with a 7-0 record and sits in second with a 1.69 earned run average in a league-best 58 and two-thirds innings of work. Barring a promotion, Roach could be the starting pitcher for the California League in one month.
RHP Burch Smith – Unlike Roach, Smith has been with the Storm all season long, and he not disappointed. Smith is second on the Storm and seventh in the hitter-happy California League with a 3.16 ERA. He also boasts the third-best WHIP in the CL at 0.96. Smith was not on the Padres’ top 30 prospect list according to Baseball America, but he has been an important innings eater for Lake Elsinore.
2B Cory Spangenberg – The fourth-best prospect in San Diego’s system according to Baseball America, Spangenberg is second among California League second basemen with a .285 batting average to go along with 24 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Spangenberg also had the distinct privilege to go to the same high school as Dash Director of Stadium Operations Corey Bugno, which explains his baseball successes.
We’ll be back tomorrow with an look at the Lancaster JetHawks, Houston’s High-A affiliate.