Padres prospects to watch: Francis Pena, Ryan Bergert, Brandon Valenzuela

New San Antonio Missions pitcher Francis Pena in the bullpen on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
New San Antonio Missions pitcher Francis Pena in the bullpen on Tuesday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Missions fans got a good look at San Diego Padres prospects Ryan Bergert and Brandon Valenzuela on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium. The Missions lost to the Frisco RoughRiders 3-2.

Bergert, the Padres’ No. 7 prospect according to, got the start on the mound. Bergert went 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks against the Frisco RoughRiders. He left the game with the RoughRiders leading 2-0. The 24-year-old right-hander was a sixth-round draft pick from the University of West Virginia in 2021.

Valenzuela, a 23-year-old catcher from Mexico, is the No. 11 prospect in the Padres organization. On Tuesday he played in his 35th game for the Missions this season after splitting last season between Class A Fort Wayne and San Antonio. He entered the game batting .228 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. He had an RBI double in the eighth inning on Tuesday.

The Missions added right-handed relief pitcher Francis Pena to their roster on Tuesday after he was promoted from the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps. Pena appeared in 11 games with the TinCaps this season, all in relief, and had a 3-0 record and two saves with a blazing 0.86 ERA. He is a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

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