Double-A may have held the most promising pitching staff of all the San Diego Padres affiliates. Bill Masse led the squad in 2008 and talks about pitchers Manny Ayala, Greg Burke, Matt Buschmann, Gabe DeHoyos, Mike Ekstrom, Jon Ellis, Stephen Faris, Steve Garrison, and Will Inman.
December 29, 2008
Just because a player wasn't ranked doesn't mean they won't make the list in the future or be a part of the San Diego Padres. In fact, it is a good bet there will be quite a few that go on to have major league careers. This list includes players that we have seen only once as well – criteria we use to select the top-60. Here are 38 more players that were considered for our rankings.
December 3, 2008
SAN ANTONIO, TX: Manny Ayala almost didn't make it out to San Antonio, much less Portland. He was wallowing in the desert after missing much of spring and the only spot open at the time was a relief role. He took it and has been running since – back into the rotation and a complete game shutout under his belt in his first Triple-A start.
September 1, 2008