San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres have promoted outfielder prospect Yeison Asencio to Triple-A El Paso. With the Padres promoting Rymer Liriano this week, Yeison Asencio will start in Right Field for El Paso.
Yeison Asencio has had a solid season for Double-A San Antonio, batting .284 with a career-high 10 home runs, 21 doubles, three triples and 44 RBI’s in 117 games with the Missions.
Asencio, 24, signed with the Padres as an International Free Agent out of the Dominican Republic and has been in the Padres organization for the past four seasons. Yeison Asencio was previously known as Yoan Alcantara when the Padres signed him in 2009, until it was revealed in 2012 that he used a fake identity and was actually three years older. Fortunately for the Padres and Asencio the revelation didn’t affect his production on the field, as Yeison Asencio would go on to win the Midwest League batting title that season.
Last season Yeison Asencio was named to the Futures All-Star Game along with Reymond Fuentes and Austin Hedges.
Yeison Asencio has hit well at every level and this season the Padres added him to the 40-man roster showing that they believe he’s close to contributing in the Big Leagues.
Here’s a scouting report by Jim Callis of MLB.com on Yeison Asencio.
"Asencio has a free-swinging approach, but has hit everywhere the Padres have sent him. He makes a lot of contact and has a knack for barreling up balls. He creates good bat speed, but hasn’t been able to convert that into much useable power yet. Yeison Asencio is a capable, if unspectacular, outfielder. He has a strong arm and profiles as a right fielder. – Jim Callis"
Here’s a highlight of Yeison Asencio’s hitting and defensive prowess this season.
Asencio with a solid performance in Triple-A could guarantee him a September call-up, but I think his performance in Double-A this season should be enough to warrant a call-up.