Padres release five Ems

There were going to be casualties. Besides the fact that there always are, it was compounded by a 26-50 season for the Eugene Emeralds. As a result, five players were given their walking papers.

Pitchers Ronnie Robinson and Henry Colbert were released along with catcher Mauber Lopez, shortstop Brett Burnham and outfielder Mark McRoberts.

Robinson appeared in 28 games for the Emeralds during the past two seasons, eight coming in 2004. He allowed runs in four of the eight games before getting promoted to Fort Wayne. There he gave up runs in six of ten games but had an ERA of just 3.77.

Colbert pitched in 21 games for Eugene this season, with three games with Peoria sandwiched in. In his first stint with Eugene, Colbert suffered a 5.51 ERA, allowing runs in six of his 12 appearances. When he returned, his ERA ballooned to 8.80. He gave up runs in his first eight games back with the Ems. Ten of the last eleven runners he inherited also scored.

Lopez appeared in only five games after joining the Ems late in the season. He was hitless through his first four before getting two hits in his final game. He also had one at bat with Peoria.

Burnham batted .253 and tied for fifth on the team with 23 RBIs while also appearing in two games as a relief pitcher. He knocked in 15 runs in his first 14 games, which included an eight game hitting streak. His average dipped to .205 before he brought it back up. He did not allow a run in his first relief appearance and gave up one in two innings of work the second time around.

McRoberts batted .186 in 22 games before an injury ended his season. He was hit or miss for the most part. When he hit, he knocked the ball out of the park or drove in runs, but he missed a lot more often. He struck out in 18 of his 22 games and recorded 11 multi-whiff games. He began the year in Fort Wayne where he hit .168. he struck out 28 times over his last 15 games with Fort Wayne.

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