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The U

One of the glaring notes about this year’s Spring Training attendees is the number of former Miami Hurricanes that are in Big League camp. With the addition of both infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, the Padres now feature five former members of The U. They combine with outfielder Blake Tekotte and catchers Eddy Rodriguez and Jason Hagerty.

With Grandal  joining the Padres catching corps, nearly everyone who caught a game for the Hurricanes from 2004-2010 is now a Friar.

Grandal, Hagerty, Tekotte and Alonso were all members of the 2008 Miami team that went 53-10 and entered the College World Series as the No. 1 seed.

Here is a look at each of the former Hurricanes and where they were drafted:

Eddy Rodriguez, C: 2004-06, drafted by CIN in the 20th round in 2006

Yonder Alonso, INF: 2006-08, drafted by CIN in the 1st round in 2008

Blake Tekotte, OF: 2006-08, drated by SD in the 3rd round in 2008

Jason Hagerty, C: 2007-09, drafted by SD in the 5th round in 2009

Yasmani Grandal, C: 2008-10, drafted by CIN in the 1st round in 2010

Catching Depth

The Padres come to Spring Training with a new-found depth at catcher, a strength that goes beyond the seven players in Big League camp.

Reporting along with the pitchers on Sunday were Nick Hundley (no introduction needed), John Baker (acquired from MIA in exchange for Wade LeBlanc) and Yasmani Grandal (acquired from CIN in Mat Latos trade), all off the 40-man roster. Also in camp are non-roster invites Brad Davis, Jason Hagerty, Eddy Rodriguez and Ali Solis.

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Not far behind is one of the Padres most exciting prospects. Austin Hedges, a 19-year-old catcher out of San Juan Capistrano, was selected by San Diego in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Hundley enters camp expected to be the Padres go-to man behind the dish. He is coming off a year in which he set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including runs, hits, triples, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Hundley also started a career-high-tying 73 games behind the plate, a total he is likely to top in 2012.

The acquisition of Grandal from MIA instantly inserted a top catching prospect into the Padres organization, strengthening the club’s position as having one of the top minor league systems. Ranked by Baseball-America as the Padres’ No. 2 prospect and No. 53 in all of baseball, Grandal flew through the minors last season, playing at High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in the Reds organziation.

Hedges has been named the Padres No. 6 prospect by Baseball-America despite playing just nine games as a professional. He was widely considered the top defensive catching prospect when selected 82nd overall in the 2011 draft.

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