Padres active in Rule 5 Draft

The San Diego Padres today selected right-handed pitcher Michael Gardner from the New York Yankees organization and infielder Callix Crabbe from the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the Major League portion of the 2007 Rule 5 draft.

The club also selected right-handed pitcher Gabe DeHoyos from the Kansas City Royals organization and left-hander Kurt Isenberg from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, while losing infielders Juan Ciriaco and Tim Brown in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Additionally, the Padres acquired right-handed pitcher Carlos Guevara from Florida in exchange for cash considerations. Guevara, 25, was selected by the Marlins in the Major League portion (5th overall) of the 2007 Rule 5 Draft before being traded to the Padres. He went 1-2 with 16 saves and a 2.32 ERA (16 ER/62.0 IP) over 51 relief appearances for Double-A Chattanooga in the Cincinnati Reds organization in 2007. Guevara recorded 87 strikeouts compared to 23 walks, averaging 12.63 strikeouts per 9.0 IP while limiting opponents to a .226 average. Over parts of five minor league seasons in the Reds organization, Guevara has a career record of 11-13 with 40 saves, a 2.90 ERA (96 ER/297.2 IP), 384 strikeouts and 105 walks. He has appeared in 202 games, making five starts.

Michael Gardner, who was selected in the first round (14th pick), spent the 2007 season with the Yankees Double-A Trenton affiliate and went 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA (26 ER/81.1 IP) in 44 games (three starts). He compiled 66 strikeouts compared to 30 walks in his 81.1 innings. The 26-year-old Gardner was originally selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. In parts of five minor league seasons in the Yankees organization (2003-07), Gardner is 12-14 with a 2.88 ERA (85 ER/265.1 IP) in 173 career appearances (three starts).

The 24-year-old Callix Crabbe was selected by the Padres in the second round of today's Rule 5 Draft (17th pick). He appeared in 130 games with the Brewers Triple-A Nashville affiliate in 2007, batting .287 (131-for-457) with 23 doubles, nine triples, nine homers, 38 RBI, 84 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. He is currently playing for Azucareros del Este in the Dominican Winter League where he is batting .300 (9-for-30) in eight games. Originally selected by Milwaukee in the 12th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Crabbe has a career .277 average (711-for-2571) with 123 doubles, 36 triples, 27 home runs, 262 RBI, 408 runs scored and 148 stolen bases in 706 minor league games.

DeHoyos was the Padres pick in the first round of the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft (17th overall pick). In 38 combined appearances (two starts) with Kansas City's Double-A Wichita and Triple-A Omaha affiliates in 2007, he went 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA (19 ER/69.2 IP), 53 strikeouts and 24 walks.

Isenberg, 25, was the 29th pick in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft. In 28 combined starts between Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in 2007, he went 6-14 with a 5.23 ERA (87 ER/149.2 IP) with 117 strikeouts and 45 walks.

In the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, players left unprotected may be selected for $50,000. The selection rules provide that the player must remain on the drafting team's 25-man Major League roster during the following season or be offered back to the original club for $25,000.

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