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
Reliever Josh Spence made his Major League debut last night, working a perfect ninth in the Padres 11-2 win over the Braves. The outing made Spence the seventh player to make his Big League debut with the Friars this season, joining Cedric Hunter, Blake Tekotte, Logan Forsythe, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Bass and Evan Scribner.
Here is video of Spence striking out Jason Heyward, his first Major League batter faced: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16252123
Tonight the Padres take on the Braves in the second of a three-game series. The game marks the eighth of nine tilts between the two clubs this season, with the Padres holding a 4-3 edge so far. A win tonight would clinch the season series against Atlanta for the first time since going 5-1 in 2005.
Dustin Moseley takes the hill tonight, looking for his third win of the season. Over his last five starts, he has gone 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA (8 ER/30.1 IP). Moseley will be facing the Braves for the second time this season.
Anthony Bass is slated make his Major League debut tonight vs. the Rockies. Originally a fifth-round selection by the Padres in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Wayne State University, Bass has gone 7-3 with a 3.41 ERA (26 ER/68.2 IP) in 12 minor league starts between San Antonio and Tucson this season.
Over his last three starts in the minors, he has given up three earned runs in 15.0 innings of work, striking out 16 and walking just three during that stretch.
With his debut tonight, he becomes the third player selected by the Padres in the 2008 Draft to reach the Majors. Tekotte and Forsythe also made their Big League debuts this year.
Lake Elsinore Storm infielder Jedd Gyorko has been named the California League’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending May 22. Over that stretch, he hit .413 (12-for-29) with a .469 OBP and .897 SLG. Gyorko had three doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases in the week.
In other news from the Padres farm system, the club today called up outfielder Blake Tekotte from Double-A San Antonio. Tekotte was hitting .291 (43-for-148) with the Missions, posting a .410 OBP and .486 SLG. He was originally signed by the Padres as a third-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player draft out of the University of Miami.