The San Diego Padres on Wednesday announced the field staff for the 2023 San Antonio Missions.
Former Missions manager Phillip Wellman will be the 2023 manager for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. He spent five seasons at the helm in Double-A San Antonio.
Luke Montz will take over as manager of the Missions. He spent the last season as a manager in the Red Sox organization. Montz spent 13 seasons as a professional catcher.
Jeff Andrews is the Missions’ new pitching coach. He spent the last two seasons as pitching coach with the Double-A Frisco Rough Riders. He was the pitching coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.
Pat O’Sullivan is San Antonio’s new hitting coach. This is his sixth season coaching in the Padres’ organization. He spent the last two seasons as hitting coach at Class A Lake Elsinore.
Former Missions player Felipe Blanco returns to the team as bench coach. He saw action in San Antonio in parts of 2016 and 2017. He was part of the coaching staff at Lake Elsinore the last three seasons.
The San Antonio Missions announced their 2023 schedule today. The Missions are the Double-A farm club of the San Diego Padres and play in the Texas League.
Home games in bold (as of Aug. 30, 2022)
Thursday, 6th at Tulsa
Friday, 7th at Tulsa
Saturday, 8th at Tulsa Tuesday, 11th vs. Frisco
Wednesday, 12th vs. Frisco
Thursday, 13th vs. Frisco
Friday, 14th vs. Frisco
Saturday, 15th vs. Frisco
Sunday, 16th vs. Frisco
Tuesday, 18th at Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 19th at Corpus Christi
Thursday, 20th at Corpus Christi
Friday, 21st at Corpus Christi
Saturday. 22nd at Corpus Christi
Sunday, 23rd at Corpus Christi Tuesday, 25th vs. NW Arkansas
Wednesday, 26th vs. NW Arkansas
Thursday, 27th vs. NW Arkansas
Friday, 28th vs. NW Arkansas
Saturday, 29th vs. NW Arkansas
Sunday, 30th vs. NW Arkansas
Tuesday, 2nd at Tulsa
Wednesday, 3rd at Tulsa
Thursday, 4th at Tulsa
Friday, 5th at Tulsa
Saturday, 6th at Tulsa
Sunday, 7th at Tulsa Tuesday, 9th vs. Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 10th vs. Corpus Christi
Thursday, 11th vs. Corpus Christi
Friday, 12th vs. Corpus Christi
Saturday, 13th vs. Corpus Christi
Sunday, 14th vs. Corpus Christi
Tuesday, 16th at Midland
Wednesday, 17th at Midland
Thursday, 18th at Midland
Friday, 19th at Midland
Saturday, 20th at Midland
Sunday, 21st at Midland Tuesday, 23rd vs. Amarillo
Wednesday, 24th vs. Amarillo
Thursday, 25th vs. Amarillo
Friday, 26th vs. Amarillo
Saturday, 27th vs. Amarillo
Sunday, 28th vs. Amarillo
Tuesday, 30th at Frisco
Wednesday, 31st at Frisco
Thursday, 1st at Frisco
Friday, 2nd at Frisco
Saturday, 3rd at Frisco
Sunday, 4th at Frisco Tuesday, 6th vs. Wichita
Wednesday, 7th vs. Wichita
Thursday, 8th vs. Wichita
Friday, 9th vs. Wichita
Saturday, 10th vs. Wichita
Sunday, 11th vs. Wichita
Tuesday, 13th at Amarillo
Wednesday, 14th at Amarillo
Thursday, 15th at Amarillo
Friday, 16th at Amarillo
Saturday, 17th at Amarillo
Sunday, 18th at Amarillo
Tuesday, 20th vs. Midland Wednesday, 21st vs. Midland
Thursday, 22nd vs. Midland
Friday, 23rd vs. Midland
Saturday, 24th vs. Midland
Sunday, 25th vs. Midland
Wednesday, 28th vs. Frisco
Thursday, 29th vs. Frisco
Friday, 30th vs. Frisco
Saturday, 1st vs. Frisco
Sunday, 2nd vs. Frisco
Monday, 3rd vs. Frisco
Tuesday, 4th at Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 5th at Corpus Christi
Thursday, 6th at Corpus Christi
Friday, 7th at Corpus Christi
Saturday, 8th at Corpus Christi
Sunday, 9th at Corpus Christi Friday, 14th vs. NW Arkansas
Saturday, 15th vs. NW Arkansas
Sunday, 16th vs. NW Arkansas
Tuesday, 18th at Frisco
Wednesday, 19th at Frisco
Thursday, 20th at Frisco
Friday, 21st at Frisco
Saturday, 22nd at Frisco
Sunday, 23rd at Frisco Tuesday, 25th vs. Corpus Christi
Wednesday, 26th vs. Corpus Christi
Thursday, 27th vs. Corpus Christi
Friday, 28th vs. Corpus Christi
Saturday, 29th vs. Corpus Christi
Sunday, 30th vs. Corpus Christi
Tuesday, 1st at Arkansas
Wednesday, 2nd at Arkansas
Thursday, 3rd at Arkansas
Friday, 4th at Arkansas
Saturday, 5th at Arkansas
Sunday, 6th at Arkansas
Tuesday, 8th at Springfield
Wednesday, 9th at Springfield
Thursday, 10th at Springfield
Friday, 11th at Springfield
Saturday, 12th at Springfield
Sunday, 13th at Springfield Tuesday, 15th vs. Midland
Wednesday, 16th vs. Midland
Thursday, 17th vs. Midland
Friday, 18th vs. Midland
Saturday, 19th vs. Midland
Sunday, 20th vs. Midland
Tuesday, 22nd vs. Amarillo
Wednesday, 23rd vs. Amarillo
Thursday, 24th vs. Amarillo
Friday, 25th vs. Amarillo
Saturday, 26th vs. Amarillo
Sunday, 27th vs. Amarillo
Tuesday, 29th at Wichita
Wednesday, 30th at Wichita
Thursday, 31st at Wichita
Friday, 1st at Wichita
Saturday, 2nd at Wichita
Sunday, 3rd at Wichita
Tuesday, 5th at Midland
Wednesday, 6th at Midland
Thursday, 7th at Midland
Friday, 8th at Midland
Saturday, 9th at Midland
Sunday, 10th at Midland Tuesday, 12th vs. Springfield
Wednesday, 13th vs. Springfield
Thursday, 14th vs. Springfield
Friday, 15th vs. Springfield
Saturday, 16th vs. Springfield
Sunday, 17th vs. Springfield
Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres played shortstop and batted leadoff for the San Antonio Missions against the Wichita Wind Surge on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Wolff Stadium. It was his second rehab game.
Tatis finished 0-for-3. He grounded out hard to first base in the first inning. He flied out to center in the third inning. He grounded out to third in the fifth inning after hitting a very long line drive foul down the left-field line.
His most notable defensive play was an over-the-shoulder catch on a fly ball in short left field.
He was replaced in the sixth inning.
Tatis is expected to travel with the Missions on their upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.
The San Francisco Giants like former San Antonio Missions star Mauricio Dubon for his athleticism and versatility.
In Saturday’s spring training game, the Giants’ TV commentators talked about how valuable he is because of his ability to play second base, shortstop and center field. They also mentioned how much stress it can be to prepare for that many positions. The irony was on that particular afternoon he started at yet another position – third base. On the day he had a double, two walks and scored twice in four plate appearances.
Dubon played in 74 games for the Giants last season, batting .240 with five home runs. He also spent time in Triple-A.
The 6-footer, who will turn 28 years old in July, is a trailblazer as a Major League Baseball player from Honduras.
Dubon spent most of the 2019 season in San Antonio. He was the starting shortstop for the Missions the one season when they were the Triple-A farm club of the Milwaukee Brewers.
His playing career with the Missions ended at the trade deadline. In a quirk of timing and scheduling, he was traded from the Brewers organization to the Giants organization on a day the Giants’ Triple-A team was visiting Wolff Stadium – so Dubon played for the Missions one day and against the Missions the next.
CJ Abrams is the top prospect in the San Diego Padres’ organization – although he appears to be on the verge of outgrowing “prospect” status.
Abrams spent part of last summer as the starting shortstop for the Double-A Antonio Missions. His season was cut short by an injury.
Abrams has seen plenty of action with the Padres during the current spring training and has impressed with both his defense and batting. With the Padres’ regular shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. currently out with an injury, Abrams could find himself on San Diego’s opening day roster.
Abrams is capable of playing both shortstop and second base. There have also been media reports that the Padres have given thought to him being used as a backup in center field.
The 6-foot-2, 21-year-old Abrams was a first-round pick by the Padres in the 2019 baseball amateur draft.
Watching the local team’s star players move on is a part of minor league baseball that is fun, gratifying and frustrating.
One example of what the San Antonio Missions lost this season:
– Jack Suwinski led the team in home runs with 15. The 23-year-old outfielder was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on July 26, so he was the Missions’ leader despite not being with the team for almost the last two months of the season.
More statistical notes:
– Eguy Rosario played more games in a Missions uniform than anyone else this summer at 114. Kyle Overstreet was second at 103.
– Rosario was second on the team in home runs with 12 and second in stolen bases with 30. Rosario was the Missions’ opening day second baseman and was with the team all summer, playing shortstop late in the season.
– Outfielder Esteury Ruiz led the Missions in stolen bases with 36.
– Infielder Allen Cordoba led the Missions in batting average at .299 (not including players who appeared in less than 10 games). Cordoba played in 74 games. He didn’t start playing until June 8.
– CJ Abrams entered the season as the Missions’ most highly regarded prospect. The 20-year-old shortstop was limited to only 42 games due to injuries. He finished second on the team in batting at .296, but went on the injured list for the second time on July 8 and didn’t play again.
– Adrian Martinez (7-3) led Missions pitchers in wins, led their starters in ERA (2.34) and was second in starts (13).
– Reiss Knehr was 6-1 in 11 starts before moving up to pitch for both the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and San Diego Padres.
– Reliever Carlos Belen led the Missions staff in appearances with 39. Henry Henry (38), Nick Kuzia (37), Jose Quezada (35) and James Reeves (31) all had 30-plus appearances.
Some players were notable for what they did after they moved up.
– Jose Azocar played in 79 games for the Missions, mostly in center field. He batted .276 with nine home runs and six triples. He is batting .324 for El Paso, second on the team, and is currently leading the Triple-A West in triples with seven despite only playing in 37 games at that level so far.
– Robbie Podorsky opened the season with the Missions but never played at Wolff Stadium. After batting .370 in seven road games, the speedy outfielder was promoted to El Paso. He is batting .275 with five home runs in Triple A, but has been limited to 27 games due to injuries.
– Taylor Kohlwey leads El Paso in batting at .339. He was with the Missions on opening day and played in 18 games for San Antonio before moving up.
– Matt Batten is fourth in hitting for El Paso at .301. He was with the Missions on opening day and played in six games before moving up.
– Pitcher Caleb Boushley has made 15 starts with a 3-8 record in El Paso since being called up on June 21. He was 2-3 in eight games with the Missions.
– Knehr has appeared in seven games in El Paso, four as a starter. His role changed after leaving San Antonio, where he was a starter. He was called up to San Diego four times, appearing in eight games and starting twice. He has a 1-0 record and 3.93 ERA with the Padres.
The San Antonio Missions’ 2021 season ended with a 9-1 loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The Hooks jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the first inning and three more in the second.
The Missions’ only run came in the fourth inning, when Augustin Ruiz doubled and then scored on a double by Olivier Basabe.
In a final game of the season between two teams with losing records, Missions relievers shut out the Hooks over the final seven innings.
Sam McWilliams pitched the third inning and allowed one hit, Mason Fox went 2 1/3 innings and allowed one hit while striking out five, James Reeves pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit with five strikeouts, and Henry Henry pitched the last two innings and allowed one hit with two strikeouts.
Two players at different stages of their careers saw action on the mound for the San Antonio Missions on Saturday at Wolff Stadium in a 6-1 loss to Corpus Christi.
Javy Guerra pitched in a combined 22 games in relief for the San Diego Padres in 2019 and 2020. He hasn’t pitched in the majors this season due to an elbow issue.
The 6-foot, right-hander from Panama was assigned to the Missions on a rehab assignment Saturday and pitched the fifth inning on Saturday night. He retired the side in order with no hits, walks or strikeouts.
Kevin Kopps, playing in his first summer of pro ball after a stellar college career at Arkansas, pitched at Wolff Stadium for the second time this week. He worked the scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits, one walk and no strikeouts.
Eguy Rosario scored the Missions’ only run in the fourth inning. He doubled, went to third on a wild pitched and went home on Dwanya Williams-Sutton’s sacrifice fly.
MacKenzie Gore pitched at Wolff Stadium for his first and only time this season on Friday night.
The highly regarded San Diego Padres prospect made his second start of the season for the San Antonio Missions in a 4-1 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Gore did not get a decision, pitching four innings and allowing one run on three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. He made his first start for the Missions on the road last week, going five innings and allowing two runs.
The 6-foot-2 left-hander was a first-round draft pick, No. 3 overall, by the Padres in 2017.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the late innings. The Missions got a solo home run from Michael Curry in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Eguy Rosario added a two-run homer in the eighth for the final runs of the game.