It turned out to be a very good year for the San Diego Padres' minor league system so it's tough to find the negatives. MadFriars.com will look at the top 10 most disappointing seasons for the Padres' minor leaguers this past season.
November 10, 2004
All four Portland pitchers allowed two runs or more, including Sterling Hitchcock, but the opposition allowed even more. Gabe Ribas had his another strong outing and it turned out to be his best of the year. Josh Barfield had a first in BayBear history. The Wizards were two-hit and David Mead served up the first homer he has allowed en route to his worst outing of the year. Errors proved costly to the Ems as Joel Santo was victimized. Matt Bush had a night of two's and most were positive.
July 27, 2004
Chris Oxspring is back and Jon Knott is still on fire. Gabe Ribas struggled in his first Mobile start. Jared Wells didn't in his second Storm start. Howie Pence's streak comes to an end as Greece-bound George Kottaras continues to pound the ball. Do you believe in miracles? Colt Morton hit a homer and it wasn't a solo shot! The pitching in Eugene was stellar as four pitchers combined for a three hit shutout. Rusty Tucker hates the Royals farm team.
July 5, 2004
Jake Gautreau had just arrived, via cab, to the ballpark for his first night this year as a member of the Portland Beavers when we spoke to him. He didn't play, but the now potent lineup produced. Clark Girardeau moved into Lake Elsinore for his first start as though he lived there all year. He takes the place of Gabe Ribas who moves up to Mobile. Chris Tierney was sent to Fort Wayne after some terrible outings. Vern Sterry flirted with perfection in Eugene, a gem for the Ems.
June 23, 2004
Jeff Cirillo has had a hit in each of his rehab starts and added an RBI on Wednesday. Gabe Ribas had the worst outing of his career in his start for the Storm. Kennard Jones shared his new secret to stolen base success. Fort Wayne again went to the pen and suffered the consequences. Mobile had the day off on Wednesday, as did the entire Southern League.
May 6, 2004
Khalil Greene gets his last stand on the prospect list this week as he takes over the starting shortstop job for the San Diego Padres. There has been debate that he should have been number two overall, but the fact that he has seized the opportunity at the Major League level has weight. Therefore, he ranks number one on our top forty prospect list:
March 31, 2004