"Last year, I had a tendency to create some bad habits," said Nady. "I'm trying to avoid those as much as possible now."
Nady may have hit just .247 in San Diego but he tore up the PCL, swatting .333 with 22 homers and 70 RBI's in 74 games. The same Xavier Nady that hit .407 with runners in scoring position last year with Portland.
A five RBI night on Tuesday, including a walk-off three run homer, put his totals up to 14 RBI's, five homers and ten runs scored for the spring, all of which lead the club. He is also hitting .357 - not bad for a starter on the opening day.
Speaking of Portland, they have a new ownership group, buying the team from the Pacific Coast League.
"The Padres have always enjoyed a tremendous working relationship with the Portland Beavers, and we are eager to see that continue," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "Our team has a commitment to building a championship-caliber team through scouting and player development, and Portland is an integral part of that. It's exciting to see that the Beavers' new ownership group shares that same commitment.
"Several players that have had a significant impact on our major league club, including Sean Burroughs, Xavier Nady and Khalil Greene, have gone through Portland and there are several more players such as Tim Stauffer, Justin Germano, Josh Barfield and Ben Johnson who will be playing at PGE Park this season."
Mad Friars Blog Day 6
MadFriars Top Stories
Sam Geaney on the San Antonio MissionsWe caught up with Sam Geaney, the Padres’ Director of Player Development for the fifth segment of our six part interview series on the top prospects in the system for 2016.
MadFriarsYesterday at 2:09 PM
MadFriars Interview Missions' Stu PaulThe San Antonio Missions got off to one of the worst starts in club history and finished the first half with a Texas League and franchise worst 22-48 record. Behind strong…
MadFriarsWednesday at 8:30 PM
Texas League Pitcher of the YearA resurgent pitching staff in the second half saved what was on the verge of being a historically-bad season for the Missions. Plenty of pitchers had a say in the turn-around.
MadFriarsWednesday at 8:22 AM
Texas League Player of the YearIn a rough year for the San Antonio Missions, only a few position players contributed consistent value throughout the year.
MadFriarsTuesday at 7:53 AM
Sam Geaney on the Lake Elsinore StormWe caught up with Sam Geaney, the Padres’ Director of Player Development for the fourth segment of our six part interview series on the top prospects in the system for 2016.