Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres prospect Ruddy Giron looking to make an impact in 2016

Last April, Ruddy Giron was an unknown 18-year-old in extended spring training, coming off a dreadful U.S. debut in 2014.

However, by mid-May a combination of need in the organization and his strong work at the Peoria Sports Complex convinced the organization he was ready to play shortstop for the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Giron announced his arrival in full-season ball by going 6-for-6 with a homer in his first game, and by the end of June he had an eye-popping .351/.408/.545 batting line, guaranteeing that he'd no longer be unknown.

"For me, that was great," said Giron, who has worked hard to learn English since arriving in the U.S. "I was the youngest in the Midwest League, and that was a great experience. To play in front of 8,000 people, and how [well] we played the last couple of months."

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