The Portland Beavers were a squad full of veterans but there were a couple of key contributors – one in particular that will be counted heavily upon with the San Diego Padres this year, Terrmel Sledge. Hitting coach Jose Castro gives us the latest on Sledge, his thoughts on Ben Johnson perhaps getting a chance with another club, and Luke Carlin.
January 15, 2007
MOBILE - After Portland's Freddy Guzman, the Padres prospect that may be the best pure leadoff hitter in the system is Mobile's Kennard Jones. Jones, the Big 10 Player of the Year honoree before the Padres took him in the third round of the 2002 draft, has a tremendous amount of athletic ability. Although he has not produced remarkable numbers as a professional, the Padres started to see his potential realized in the second half of the season in Mobile.
May 11, 2006
1) Josh Barfield - Barfield has been on the watch list since he was drafted as an 18 year-old in 2002. Although he's struggled in the opening months each of the last two seasons, his numbers at Portland in 2005 show that he has nothing left to prove at Triple-A. With the departure of Mark Loretta, the future is now for Barfield.
December 14, 2005
Finding a hitter in the Southern League worthy of such admiration to hold the Batter of Year for his team was like finding a needle in a needle stack. There was a lot to look at and not much to find. No batter who qualified hit above .282, making the need for an oracle to guide the way a necessity.
December 11, 2005
In 2005 Paul McAnulty, 24, continued to defy the expectations of a 12th round draft pick, proving that last year's breakout season in Lake Elsinore wasn't a fluke and that he may not only be the best left-handed hitter in the Padres system, but maybe the best hitter period.
December 7, 2005