Trouble Sent Packing

As mentioned here first, the San Diego Padres were not enamored with Cliff Bartosh and his lack of success in 2003. It was followed by a horrible stint in the Arizona Fall League and the Friars had enough. Bartosh was subsequently placed on waivers by the team this week.

We first brought news of the troubles of Clifford Bartosh in our 'Trouble on the Farm' story where Kevin Towers made it known that he was "disappointed" in the lefty.

This offseason we knew the Minor League system had to be cleansed. Now Bartosh is the first minor leaguer to be swept away. Bartosh was claimed by the Detroit Tigers off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Friday.

Bartosh, a 24 year old southpaw, was 2-5 with a 4.29 ERA and 10 saves with Triple-A Portland this year. He followed the season up in the Arizona Fall League as the Padres hoped he would regain his form from 2002. Instead, Bartosh, up until Friday, had allowed 10 runs in 14.2 innings and had just two appearances, his first and last, where he did not allow a run. He allowed three home runs, 17 hits and walked six.

"I think Bartosh is a guy who needs adjustment time at each level, more mentally than physically," Mobile BayBears announcer Tom Nichols said. "He is very young, did not go to college, and even though he is an intelligent person, he gets very intimidated and nervous when facing new challenges."

Based on Nichols projections, 2003 was a wash and the Padres should have held onto him for another season. The only surprise coming from his exit is the need for a lefty reliever on the big club.

On the plus side, and in a league where lefties are generally given more leeway, he held left-handed batters to a .211 average (16-for-76) during the 2003 season.

The team has liked what they have seen out of Matt Hampton and feels he is more ready to compete in the Majors. That was one of the major factors in cutting Bartosh loose.

It is unclear if someone else will take his spot on the Arizona Fall League squad.

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