The San Diego Padres announced the release of 13 players today, moving to get their system ready for the start of minor league play next week. Eight pitchers and five position players were affected by today's move. Corey Smith is among the group at his own request.
April 1, 2006
All the players on this list either were beset by injuries making their 2005 season tough to grade, coming back from significant ailments and needing the year to re-acclimate themselves to the game or were hurt late, making their futures cloudy. Many would have been perfect fits in the top 60 Padres' prospects but will only appear here because of the unknown nature of injuries and the ability for a prospect to bounce back.
November 8, 2005
This is the thankless part of the job. Honesty in an assessment, however, is more crucial to development than telling someone they are better than they are. A lesson we learned from Tye Waller. With objective criticism, the hope is the prospect will take what has been said and become a better player – and these Padres' prospects fit the bill.
October 31, 2005
Why was Cesar Carrillo so successful on Saturday night? A player suffers food poisoning. A player joins Lake Elsinore for their playoff run while another player is dropped - and not happy about it. The Padres' brass was out in full force on Saturday. Another player opts for surgery. All this news and more in the Padres' minors.
September 11, 2005
It was a clean sweep in the San Diego Padres minor leagues on Tuesday. J.J. Furmaniak went deep twice and has had a memorable May. Mike Thompson's impressive year continues. Jordan Pickens is driving in runs at a higher rate than he has hits. Fabian Jimenez returned to early season form when he was unhittable.
June 1, 2005
A rare morning start (11 a.m.) in Lake Elsinore brought a quick moving game to get out of the midday heat. In a game that lasted just over two hours, Javier Martinez performed better than he has in two years, cruising through the seventh for the first time since July 22, 2003.
May 25, 2005