Padres Minor League news

Not many people talk about it but the San Diego Padres have a team in the Dominican Summer League. Interestingly enough, most of the news comes from there.

Second baseman Carlos Cruz, right-hander Joel Estevez, catcher Francisco Martinez and righty Heath McMurray were released by the club. McMurray was the only player not with the Summer League club.

Cruz was the leading hitter on the Padres team in 2004. He batted .280 with one homer, nine doubles, three triples and 24 RBI's in 58 games. While his .280 led the club, his 24 RBI's placed him second on the team. Cruz even added thirteen stolen bases but his eight walks were among the worst totals on the team.

Estevez led the team in saves with 15. He went 4-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 25 games. His ERA was actually high as the team ERA was 2.64 on the year – with Estevez figured in. He did strike out 35 in 29.2 innings of work.

Martinez was used primarily as a pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement at catcher. He saw action in 39 games but only got 56 at bats. He knocked in six runs with one extra base hit while walking eight times.

McMurray was a former ninth round pick that could hurl a fastball but had little else. He had good control but had a problem with the long ball. The Padres picked him up after he had a strong showing for Winnipeg but his chances were limited with the Friars.

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