Padres extend PDC with Lake Elsinore to 2012

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today extended their Player Development Contract with Single-A Lake Elsinore of the California League for four years through the 2012 season.

"We are extremely excited to extend our affiliation with Lake Elsinore," said Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of scouting and player development. "Dave Oster and his staff have created one of the best venues in minor league baseball and to have them in our backyard is a perfect fit. I speak for all our staff and players when I say this is one of the best marriages in baseball."

Since becoming the California League affiliate of the Padres in 2001, the Storm has compiled a 594-517 (.535) record over parts of eight seasons, including a 67-67 (.500) overall mark in 2008. Lake Elsinore has advanced to the championship series three times during that span and were named co-champions in 2001.

Since becoming a Padres affiliate, 33 former Storm players have reached the Major Leagues, including 25 who made their Big League debut with the Padres. Current Padres who have played for the Storm include Jake Peavy, Khalil Greene, Clay Hensley, Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Sean Kazmar and Tim Stauffer (60-day disabled list). Luke Carlin, Paul McAnulty and Colt Morton round out a list of 10 former Storm players who have appeared for San Diego in 2008.

"I am very pleased that we are extending our relationship with Lake Elsinore for four more years, and I hope it lasts well beyond this most recent agreement," said Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers. "I think the Storm and the Padres share a fan base, which is beneficial to both clubs. From Gary Jacobs to Dave Oster, the entire Storm organization has been terrific to work with."

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