Missions reliever Jose Quezada photo gallery

San Antonio Missions closer Jose Quezada pitching against the Frisco RoughRiders on May 23, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions closer Jose Quezada pitching against the Frisco RoughRiders on May 23 at Wolff Stadium.
San Antonio Missions relief pitcher Jose Quezada was the team’s primary closer when he was promoted to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas on Monday.

Quezada recorded eight saves in 15 appearances with the Missions this season. He had a 3.93 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.

The 5-foot-9 right-hander from Mexico was a 10th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2018 draft out of Texas Tech.

Missions third baseman, outfielder Allen Cordoba: a first look

San Antonio Missions third baseman Allen Cordoba playing in his season debut on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions third baseman Allen Cordoba playing in his season debut on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
Allen Cordoba played in 100 games for the San Diego Padres in 2017.

He spent 2018 and 2019 in the Class A Cal League and didn’t see action during 2020 when covid wiped out the minor league season.

Saturday night, Cordoba made his 2021 season debut and played above Class A for the first time in four seasons when he was in uniform for the San Antonio Missions.

Cordoba was in the lineup again for the Missions on Sunday afternoon, both games as the starting third baseman. Cordoba had two walks on Saturday and recorded his first two hits of the season, including a double, on Sunday.

Cordoba is a 25-year-old infielder/outfielder from Panama. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, but looks bigger than that in person. He made his minor league debut in rookie league in 2013. He batted .301 with five home runs in the Cal League in 2019.

His 2017 season with the Padres, when he batted .208 with four home runs as a 21-year-old, was the only time he has spent in the majors.

Saturday night

Sunday afternoon

Padres prospect Reggie Lawson makes season debut in Missions loss

San Diego Padres pitching prospect Reggie Lawson saw his first action of the season when he started for the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.

The Midland RockHounds won 9-1, ending the Missions’ win streak at three games.

Lawson had Tommy John surgery early in 2020 and was still on the injured list when the 2021 season opened. He was 3-1 in six games in Double-A in 2019.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander is listed as the No. 7 prospect in the Padres organization according to MLB.com. Now 23 years old, he is the third highest pitcher among Padres prospects. Lawson was the No. 71 overall pick by the Padres in the 2016 draft.

Lawson pitched a scoreless first inning on Wednesday. It appeared he was scheduled to pitch the first two innings, but he left with one out in the second.

He finished with 1 1/3 innings, four runs, one earned, three hits, one walk and no strikeouts. The Missions committed three errors while he was in the game, including a pickoff throw to second base that went into the outfield.

Missions pitcher James Reeves promoted to Triple-A: photo gallery

James Reeves pitching for the San Antonio Missions against Frisco on May 18, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
James Reeves pitching for the San Antonio Missions against Frisco on May 18, at Wolff Stadium.
The San Diego Padres assigned San Antonio Missions relief pitcher James Reeves to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas on Thursday.

The 27-year-old left-hander made eight appearances on the mound for the Missions and did not allow a run his first seven times out. He had a 1-0 record and 1.35 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

Reeves was a 10th-round pick by the Yankees in 2015 out of The Citadel. His only previous experience above the Double-A level was one game in Triple-A in 2018. The Padres acquired Reeves in a trade with the Yankees on Jan. 6, 2021.

Missions pitcher, Padres prospect Reiss Knehr: first look

Reiss Knehr pitching for the San Antonio Missions against Frisco on May 21, 2021 at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Reiss Knehr pitching for the Missions against Frisco on May 21 at Wolff Stadium.
Reiss Knehr was the San Antonio Missions’ starting pitcher on opening day.

The 24-year-old from New York is the Missions’ scheduled starter in tonight’s road game against Northwest Arkansas. He has made four starts this season and has a 2-1 record and 4.74 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19.0 innings.

Knehr is in his first season in Double-A. The San Diego Padres picked him in the 20th round of the 2018 draft.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander had a 3-5 record in Class A in 2019 on 12 starts and 17 total appearances. He had a 3-0 record in rookie ball in and 0-1 in Class A 2018 in 20 games, 19 of those in relief.

Missions infielder, Padres prospect Eguy Rosario: A first look

Eguy Rosario playing in a Missions' Flying Chanclas uniform against Frisco on May 20 at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Eguy Rosario playing in a Missions’ Flying Chanclas uniform against Frisco on May 20 at Wolff Stadium.
Eguy Rosario is the No. 17 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization, according to MLB.com.

The 21-year-old infielder has played second base, third base and shortstop so far this season for the San Antonio Missions.

Rosario got off to a slow start to the season as a batter, but has four hits in the last three games. He had two hits including a double in the Missions’ 7-5 road victory over Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday night.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Rosario was signed by the Padres as a free agent in August 2015. He batted .278 with seven home runs in Class A in 2019. Rosario was with the Padres major league team in 2021 spring training in Arizona.

Uniform note: Rosario wore No. 19 at the beginning of the season. He changed to No. 1.

Missions pitcher, Padres prospect Adrian Martinez: a first look

Adrian Martinez pitching for the San Antonio Missions against the Frisco RoughRiders on May 22, 2021. - photo by Joe Alexander
Adrian Martinez pitching for the Missions against Frisco on May 22.
Adrian Martinez is part of the San Antonio Missions’ starting pitching rotation.

The 24-year-old from Mexico has made four starts this season and has a 2.40 ERA with an 0-2 record. He has recorded 14 strikeouts in 15.0 innings. In his last three starts, he has gone four innings each time and allowed a combined four runs.

Martinez had a 7-4 record in Class A in 2019. He doesn’t have any stats from last summer after covid wiped out the minor-league season.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander was originally signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor-league contract as a free agent in February 2015.

Padres prospect CJ Abrams leaves game in Missions’ loss to Frisco

The San Antonio Missions' CJ Abrams hits a ground ball in the fifth inning of Saturday's loss to the Frisco RoughRiders at Wolff Stadium. Abrams was limping after running to first and left the game. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Missions’ CJ Abrams hits a ground ball in the fifth inning of Saturday’s loss to Frisco at Wolff Stadium. Abrams appeared to be limping after running to first and left the game.
Highly regarded San Diego Padres prospect CJ Abrams walked slowly off the field with a San Antonio Missions trainer after running out a fifth-inning ground ball Saturday night.

Abrams, who was playing shortstop, was replaced after the play at first. The Missions did not provide an update on his condition after the game.

It was that kind of frustrating night for the Missions as they lost to the Frisco RoughRiders 4-0 at Wolff Stadium.

The Missions left the bases loaded twice and stranded 14 runners for the game. They finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Missions leadoff batter Jose Azocar had two hits and a walk, Kyle Overstreet had a hit and a walk and Eguy Rosario had a hit and a walk. Overstreet extended his hitting streak to six games.

Frisco leadoff batter Bubba Thompson led the RoughRiders with three hits and scored twice. Six Frisco pitchers combined to shut out the Missions.

The Missions are 1-4 in the current series against Frisco, with the final game scheduled for Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The Missions have been shut out twice and scored two runs twice in their losses in the series.

San Antonio Missions center fielder Jose Azocar tracks down a long fly ball against the Frisco RoughRiders on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Missions center fielder Jose Azocar tracks down a long fly ball against Frisco on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.

Missions outfielder, Padres prospect Jose Azocar: a first look

Jose Azocar playing outfield for the San Antonio Missions in the 2021 season opener on May 4 in Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
Jose Azocar playing outfield for the San Antonio Missions in the 2021 season opener on May 4 in Corpus Christi. – photo by Joe Alexander
Jose Azocar is on a batting hot streak as the San Antonio Missions return to town for tonight’s home opener at Wolff Stadium.

Azocar had hits in the last four games of the Missions’ recent road series in Midland. He was 7-of-18 (.389) over that stretch with a three-hit game and a two-hit game.

The 25-year-old outfielder from Venezuela is batting .283 for the season with three walks and three RBIs. He has played in all 12 Missions games this season.

Two years ago, Azocar batted .286 with 10 home runs in 129 games in Double-A in the Detroit Tigers organization. Azocar was originally signed by the Tigers in 2012. He was signed by the San Diego Padres as a free agent to a minor lealgue contract in November 2020.

Is Missions’ CJ Abrams the next Padres star? a first look

CJ Abrams playing for the San Antonio Missions in the 2021 season opener on May 4 in Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
CJ Abrams playing for the San Antonio Missions in the 2021 season opener on May 4 in Corpus Christi. – photos by Joe Alexander
It was four summers ago that Fernando Tatis Jr. was roaming the infield at Wolff Stadium.

In the short time since then, Tatis has gone from a prospect with the San Antonio Missions, to a starter with the San Diego Padres, to a bona fide major league star with a $330 million contract.

So the question in the minors is, who will be next?

CJ Abrams just might be the answer.

The 20-year-old shortstop is the No. 2 prospect in the Padres organization, and the top prospect who is not a pitcher.

Abrams and the rest of the Missions make their 2021 home debut at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday night – weather permitting.

The lanky 6-foot-2 infielder with a whip for an arm has played mostly at shortstop this season. He has also seen action at second base. Abrams also projects to be able to play center field, similar to Mauricio Dubon of the 2019 Missions, who now plays shortstop and outfield for the San Francisco Giants.

Abrams has played in all of the Missions’ 12 games so far this season. He is batting .306 with two home runs, four doubles and three stolen bases.

This is his second year in the minors – it would be his third if the 2020 minor league season hadn’t been wiped out by covid. In 2019, he batted .401 as an 18 year old in 32 games in rookie league with three home runs and 14 stolen bases. He also spent two games in Class A.

More recently, Abrams gained the experience of spending time with the Padres, including the likes of Tatis and Manny Machado, this February and March after being invited to join the major league team in spring training in Arizona.

San Diego Padres infield prospect CJ Abrams playing at a 2021 spring training game in Arizona. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Diego Padres infield prospect CJ Abrams playing at a 2021 spring training game in Arizona. – photo by Joe Alexander