LeBlanc, Kulbacki take club honors

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres announced today that left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc and outfielder Kellen Kulbacki have been named the club's minor league pitcher and player of the month for August.

Wade LeBlanc, 23, finished August with a 3-1 record and a 2.67 ERA (8 ER/27.0 IP) in five starts for Double-A San Antonio. He struck out 29 batters and issued only eight walks, while holding opponents to a .198 batting average (19-for-96). LeBlanc was promoted to San Antonio on July 4, posting a 7-3 record and a 3.45 ERA (22 ER/57.1 IP) in 12 games (11 starts) for the Missions.

He was also the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 3 of the Texas League Division Series on September 7, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and striking out 10 to help the Missions advance to the League Championship series.

The left-hander began the season with Single-A Lake Elsinore where he went 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA (27 ER/92.0 IP) in 16 starts for the Storm.

LeBlanc was selected by the Padres in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Alabama and is in his second season in the San Diego system.

The 21-year-old Kellen Kulbacki batted .356 (32-for-90) with five doubles, two triples, six home runs, 19 RBI and 16 runs scored in 25 games for Short-A Eugene during the month of August. The outfielder earned Northwest League Player of the week honors from August 20-26.

For the 2007 season, he hit .301 (68-for-226) with 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 33 runs scored in 61 games with the Emeralds.

Kulbacki, San Diego's first pick in the compensation round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft (40th overall) out of James Madison University, was Co-Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association and a First-Team All-American in 2007.

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