Padres' Waller talks promotions

Seven players were moved up the chain by the end of Monday and perhaps a few more are waiting in the wings. Each of the following players made the ascent: Brian Whitaker, Cesar Carrillo, Jared Wells, Clayton Hamilton, Brandon Kintzler, Cesar Ramos and Ryan Klatt. Tye Waller, the Padres' Director of Player Development, discussed each player and move in turn, as well as the promotion of Luke Steidlmayer.

Brian Whitaker moves from Double-A Mobile to Triple-A Portland.

"He is the first in line. He has really thrown well the last couple of outings, keeping the ball down in the zone as he has the last couple of years.

Luke Steidlmayer promoted twice in the last month, ending up in Double-A:

"We liked what we saw prior to the surgery. We wanted to move him forward – if you remember he pitched a game in Triple-A a while back and won. Had he not had the surgery he would have likely started the year (in Mobile).

Why was Luke promoted over Jared Wells – Wells was sent to Double-A on Monday:

"Things don't always appear as they are. We have been trying to get him to use his changeup all year. He was not using it to our liking. We are trying to get him to improve each time out. He has a fastball and slider – hard stuff, and he has to learn to throw the change and give them something soft – work off the fastball."

Cesar Carrillo promoted after four starts with Lake Elsinore to the BayBears and Double-A:

"He moves up. We are going to find out what he has."

The year Clayton Hamilton has had and his promotion from Low-A Fort Wayne to High-A:

"A nice power arm who has a good mix of pitches who can spin off a breaking ball."

The progress of Ryan Klatt returning from injury and his promotion to High-A Lake Elsinore:

"He was pitching very well prior to his surgery. We had to make sure he was a healthy one and got to monitor him in a controlled role. He has done a good job and will probably be in a middle relief role."

What took so long to move Brandon Kintzler up to Eugene and now Fort Wayne:

"He did a good job for us in Peoria prior to (Eugene). He was injured and we brought him along slowly. We believe in taking small steps. Prove that you are healthy. He had a shot at starting the year in Fort Wayne out of spring training had he been healthy."

Cesar Ramos moves up from Eugene to Fort Wayne. Is he tired:

"I think it is getting the ball out and up over the plate. They say his stuff has been crisp and it has been more location. You don't get drafted where he did and not get challenged."

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