The San Diego Padres traded Billy Hogan, a minor league infielder who had played with the Eugene Emeralds and Fort Wayne Wizards in 2004, for left-handed pitcher Randy Williams from the Seattle Mariners. Williams' addition to the 40-man roster brings the total up to 37.
November 20, 2004
With several names already being jettisoned from the Eugene Emeralds and perhaps more moves looming in the distance, one player, who saw his confidence drop to an all-time low, made the initial cut. Billy Hogan, stellar in his debut season, was a shell of himself in 2004.
October 17, 2004
Expectations were high. Coming off a season where he hit well in a league that was termed tough for younger players, Billy Hogan thought he was on pace for record things in '04. His goal was to make the Fort Wayne team and he did – only to be sent down after not fitting the bill.
August 17, 2004
Steve Watkins had a no-hitter broken up by a fluke play in the eighth inning. Watkins outdueled Cubs phenom Angel Guzman. One man took the Portland Beavers pitching to town. Fort Wayne got solid pitching from an unexpected source and the usual solid outings from Howie Pence and Leo Rosales. The bats are alive and well in Eugene as Alfredo Fernandez got his first win of the year.
June 29, 2004
<i>End of the Year Summaries</i><br><br>The San Diego Padres farm system in 2003 was comprised of six teams, the Portland Beavers, the Mobile BayBears, the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Eugene Emeralds and the Idaho Falls Padres. This article will focus on the two short season teams in the Padres system this past year, Eugene and Idaho Falls, where nearly all of the Padres' draft picks begin their careers, and where the potential players of the future could emerge.
January 17, 2004