Just how important is the catcher position? Brandon Gottier can tell you. He has already played at three levels within the organization, including Lake Elsinore twice. His work as the backup at each stop along the way has been tough – Gottier has to be ready to play when his name is called.
July 29, 2007
Steve Watkins was stellar over five innings and Pete Laforest went deep in both games. Sean Thompson wins his first game in nearly two months. Kyle Blanks and Brandon Gottier combine to provide the lumber for a Lake Elsinore win. Stephen Faris has a solid outing and Matt Stocco is the hot bat.
June 16, 2007
Six perfect innings wasn't enough to keep Tim Stauffer from a loss. Josh Geer took his second loss of the year even though he surrendered just three hits. Manny Ayala loses for the first time since opening night. Cedric Hunter collected four hits but it was not enough to make a difference.
June 2, 2007
Yordany Ramirez hit for the cycle and added eight RBIs, topping the seven he knocked in on Friday. Clay Hensley rehabs and Jared Wells gets a win in a rain-shortened game. Dirk Hayhurst is scored upon for the first time in San Antonio. John Hussey takes his second loss of the year while Pablo Menchaca debuts.
May 20, 2007
Finding quality catching is one of the toughest things to do within a farm system but the San Diego Padres have stocked their system well over the last few years and roving instructor Carlos Hernandez is excited about the young talent. Brian Hernandez, Clint Naylor, Matt Stocco, Nick Hundley, Colt Morton, Luke Carlin and Brandon Gottier are just a few names in the pipeline.
January 23, 2007
Max Venable got to see and work with some of the brightest starts in the San Diego farm system. The hitters poured through and he was eager to aid the likes of hot hitters Nic Crosta and David Freese, the reemergence of Mike Sansoe and Javis Diaz, the hard work of Mike Baxter, Brandon Gottier and Nick Hundley, a glimpse of Matt Bush, and his own son, Will Venable.
January 20, 2007