Peoria sends reinforcements

The Eugene Emeralds welcomed outfielders Sam Carter and Cedric Hunter, first baseman Jeremy Hunt, and pitchers Matt Handley, Matt Huff and Pablo Menchaca from the Championship AZL Padres team in the Arizona Rookie League. Catcher Brian Hernandez was also shipped to Portland.

Sam Carter hit .278 over 34 games, smacking three homers, nine doubles, and driving in 24. He also drew 24 walks while striking out 36 times. Carter hit .333 over his last 18 games.

Cedric Hunter reached base safely in each of his first 48 games and ended the year by getting on base in all but one of his 52 contests. He hit .371 with 13 doubles, four triples, and 44 RBI's while also scoring 46 times. Hunter also drew 40 walks while striking out 22 times and was successful on 17-of-22 stolen base attempts.

Jeremy Hunt ended the year with a .323 mark, collecting eight doubles, three triples, five homers and 32 RBI's. He also drew 28 walks and struck out 37 times. Hunt hit .444 during the month of July but hit .194 in August where he battled dehydration.

Matt Handley went 2-0 with three saves and a 2.36 ERA. He held the opposition to a .196 average against and allowed runs in two of his 20 appearances.

Matt Huff went 4-1 with one save and a 3.15 ERA over 23 appearances. He tallied 38 strikeouts in 34.1 innings while walking seven. He limited the opposition to seven hits in 37 at bats with runners in scoring position.

Pablo Menchaca was 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA over 13 appearances, including seven starts. He posted a 1.32 ERA as a starter with a .205 average against. He held the opposition to a .224 average with runners in scoring position.

Brian Hernandez hit .258 with four doubles and 15 RBI's over 30 games, drawing nine walks while striking out ten times. He hit .429 with runners in scoring position and two outs this year.

The San Diego Padres also allowed pitcher Stephen Faris to leave the Eugene Emeralds and return to school. Faris was 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA over 11 appearances, including seven starts.


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