First baseman Fernando Valenzuela Jr. was released by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday as Michael Johnson was taken off the disabled list (DL). Chris O'Riordan was also added to the active roster from the DL and Adam Bourassa was placed on the DL.
May 16, 2006
Fernando Valenzuela Jr., who completed a fine season with the Lake Elsinore Storm, talks about his plans for the off-season, his August struggles, splitting time with Michael Johnson, and what he has to do with Southern League Mobile on the horizon.
November 28, 2005
Here are the Top 60 Padres' prospects, numbers 31-60. MadFriars.com gives a little insight on each selection in our rankings but will follow up more in depth with individual scouting reports on each player throughout this off-season, starting in descending order, after posting the Top 30 next week.
November 22, 2005
The Storm was the Padres best minor league team in 2005, and arguably the most talented. They nearly walked away with the California League Championship, if not for some late season shenanigans by the San Jose Giants who brought down several Triple-A players to help them win the title. It's amazing; you can even loathe the Giants on a minor league level.
November 9, 2005
Adam Bourassa and Steve Baker very likely would have been the final choices had they continued their dominance over the long haul. But one was injured and the other moved on, preventing them from consideration. In one situation they may be calling for the executioner to come take my head. Let me explain. . .
November 4, 2005
Josh Barfield continues to tear up the PCL while Brandon Emanuel faces his own demons. Don't look now – Brian Whitaker has won four straight. Fernando Valenzuela took a brief dip in the sub .300 pool and didn't like it. Grant Varnell has made a successful transition to the starting rotation. Kyle Blanks is back on the scene with a first for the year.
August 25, 2005