This season with the Padres Arizona League club, Ceda has gone 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) over his last six games (three starts) while holding opponents to a .200 average.
"He throws pretty well," catcher Clint Naylor, who has caught him in Peoria, said. "He has a bit of sting. He is quite good. He has the best fastball - it is pretty straight but 98."
In just 89.0 career innings of work, the Santo Domingo, D.R., native has struck out 114 batters while allowing 58 hits and walking 40.
"Jose Ceda is a guy we signed basically in a rain storm throwing in the Dominican inside the batting cage," Randy Smith, the Padres' director of international scouting, said. "Last year he hit 99 a few times. It doesn't necessarily mean success but it sure is a nice way to start."
Todd Walker, 33, signed with the Cubs as a free agent prior to the start of the 2004 season. The left-handed batter hit .286 (311-for-1087) with 33 home runs and 130 RBI in 333 games with Chicago. Walker was batting .277 (88-for-318) in 94 games with the Cubs this season.