We caught up with Jeff Kingston, the Padres' Director of Baseball Operations, to get insight into the status of Nick Trzesniak as a six-year free agent, Josh Barfield in the shadow of Mark Loretta and not being called up, Loretta changing positions, Ben Johnson starting in the San Diego outfield in 2006, and Sean Burroughs being the starter at third base when spring training opens as opposed to Joe Randa.
September 26, 2005
One of the Padres deepest and strongest positions within the organization is the catching position. Nick Trzesniak at Portland, George Kottaras at Mobile, Colt Morton at Lake Elsinore, Nick Hundley and Matt Lauderdale at Fort Wayne, and Billy Killian at Peoria give the Padres as many quality backstops as any organization in baseball.
August 25, 2005
Nick Trzesniak's bat is a blazing inferno. Brian Whitaker logs eight innings – sort of. Sean Thompson was on the hill in game two. Fernando Valenzuela has reached base in 15 straight and his average drops? Neil Jamison switches leagues but has the same results. Grant Varnell is in the rotation and Jon Link benefits. Geoff Vandel is carving out some amazing numbers.
August 20, 2005
A slow day in the minors saw Chris Oxspring shine and newcomer Nick Trzesniak the goat. Joel Santo had a strong outing in Fort Wayne but it got away from them late when Brandon Kintzler gave up a three-run jack. Riki Paewai debuted in the Arizona Rookie League and may have wished his visa got delayed an extra day.
August 2, 2005