Padres extend PDC with San Antonio to 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA — The San Diego Padres today extended their Player Development Contract with Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League for two years through the 2010 season.

"After two successful years, one Texas League Championship and a team currently trying to repeat, the Padres are excited to make another two-year commitment with the San Antonio Missions," said Padres vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson. "We are pleased that over the last two seasons they have helped create a path to the Major Leagues which has already produced eight players on the current Big League team."

In two years as a Padres affiliate, the club has gone 148-131, claiming the 2007 Texas League Championship in its first year with San Diego. The Missions have posted a 75-65 overall record in 2008, earning a playoff berth and a chance to repeat as league champions. In two seasons, the Padres have already seen nine former Missions make their Major League debuts, including pitchers Josh Geer and Dirk Hayhurst, infielders Matt Antonelli and Sean Kazmar, catchers Nick Hundley and Colt Morton, and outfielders Chase Headley, Drew Macias and Will Venable. Left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc is making his Major League debut tonight at Los Angeles, becoming the 10th former Mission to debut with the Friars.

San Antonio's 2007 season was highlighted by a sweep of the Texas League honors, with Headley and Geer being named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Headley and Geer were joined by Venable and Hundley on the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team.

"It's been a tremendously successful first two years, and I am pleased that we have extended our relationship for another two years," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers. "Burl Yarbrough and his staff have been great to work with, and we are proud that they are a part of the San Diego Padres organization."

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