Padres trade Ceda for Walker

The San Diego Padres traded Dominican minor league pitcher Jose Ceda for infielder Todd Walker on Monday.

Jose Ceda, 19, was signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in November of 2004. The 6-4, 207-pounder was quick to post strong numbers, going 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA (10 ER/60.0 IP) in 13 games (nine starts) for the Padres Dominican Summer League Team in 2005. He limited opponents to a .174 batting average against (38-for-218) while striking out 83 and walking just 29.

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.

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