Padres and Missions extend PDC through 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego Padres announced today that they have extended their Player Development Contract with Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League for two years through the 2012 season.

""The Padres are excited to announce that we are extending our relationship with the San Antonio Missions for another two seasons," said Padres GM Jed Hoyer. "The city of San Antonio and the Missions ballclub, run by Burl Yarlbrough, has been a great place for us to send our best prospects for the last four seasons. The competition of the Texas League and the pitcher-friendly nature of Wolff Stadium make San Antonio an excellent place to coach future Padres."

Over parts of four years as a Padres affiliate, the Missions have gone 283-272 (.510). The partnership has been highlighted by a Texas League Championship in 2007, San Antonio's first year with San Diego. The 2007 club swept the Texas League honors, with Chase Headley and Josh Geer being named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The 2007 Missions were also named the Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America.

"San Antonio and the Texas League have a rich baseball history and the Padres are thrilled to extend our affiliation with the Missions for at least another two seasons," said Randy Smith, Padres Director, Player Development. "We have had a successful four-year relationship and believe San Antonio and the Missions provide the Padres an excellent opportunity to develop players for PETCO Park."

Of the players on the Padres current active roster, seven were originally signed by San Diego and made their way to the Majors through San Antonio. The list includes pitchers Ernesto Frieri, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc and Cory Luebke, catcher Nick Hundley, infielder Chase Headley and outfielder Will Venable.

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