Padres extend PDC with Eugene through 2012

EUGENE, Ore. -- The San Diego Padres today extended their Player Development Contract with short-season Class A Eugene of the Northwest League for four years through the 2012 season.

"The renewal of our partnership in Eugene brings a lot of excitement for the future," said Fuson. "A new stadium for 2010 along with the continued support from Emeralds President Bob Beban and his staff make this one of the most enjoyable environments for our young players to start their careers."

The Emeralds have been an affiliate of the Padres since the 2001 season.

"We consider Eugene one of the great cities in the Northwest League," Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers said. "Our working relationship with the Elmore ownership group and President Bob Beban is tremendous and we were eager for it to continue. We are excited about the opportunity to open the new ballpark."

During the affiliation, 12 players have advanced to the Major Leagues, including current Padres pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, catcher Nick Hundley, shortstops Khalil Greene and Sean Kazmar and outfielder Chase Headley. Since 2001, San Diego has sent 11 of the Padres' first-round and supplemental first-round picks to Eugene.

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