Valenzuela released; Johnson off DL

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

Padres Prospect #45: Fernando Valenzuela Jr.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. was the mark of consistency for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2005. His average hovered above .300 for nearly the entire summer – and only a late season slide brought his numbers down.
January 3, 2006

Padres Prospect Audio: Fernando Valenzuela Jr

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

Top 60 Padres' Prospects : 31-60

Here are the Top 60 Padres' prospects, numbers 31-60. 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

California League Prospect/Batter of the Year

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

Padres' California League Hitter of the Year

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

"What might have been" still good enough

Since Michael Johnson became the Padres' second-round pick in 2002, hitting – and hitting for power – has come fairly easily to him. Getting on the field, however, has not.
November 1, 2005

Fernando Valenzuela back up; Grant Varnell dealing

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