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Padres Minor League Report

(2-2) - AAA

Next Game:
April 12, 2004; 6:30 p.m.
Portland: ? at
Tucson: ?

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(2-2) - AA

Next Game:
April 12, 2004; 5:05 p.m.
West Tenn: ? at
Mobile: Clay Hensley (0-0)

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(2-2) - high A

Next Game:
April 12, 2004; 6:30pm
Lake Elsinore: ? () at
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(0-3) - low A

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April 12, 2004; 4:30pm
Fort Wayne: ? () at
South Bend: ? ()

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WEEK AT A GLANCE (Apr 8 - Apr 11)

After the first (half) week of games, Portland, Mobile, and Lake Elsinore are all at .500 with a 2-2 record. Fort Wayne on the other hand, put together a week of offensive performance that only the Dodgers could be proud of and dropped all three of their games.


  • Greg Sain smacked 2 round-trippers in 9 at-bats this week with 4 rbi. The 24-year is expected to see some time behind the plate this year grooming him as a utility player, but I'm not ready to put that label on him yet and believe he could still emerge as a legit power prospect.
  • Tagg Bozied got off to a hot start going 7 for his first 14 with 4 two-baggers. Bozied has a chance to open some eyes this year for possible midseason trades.
  • Nick Trzesniak belted two homeruns in game one of a Saturday double-header getting his feet off the ground in style.
  • Ben Johnson was on fire the first two games going 5-8 with a dbl, triple and a homer reminding the padres of the 5-tool prospect that had them licking their chops a couple years ago. At 22, Johnson still has time to come around, but this could be a make-or-break year for him.
  • Luis Cruz is my pick to have a breakout year this year. The youngest player on the storm roster at (barely) 20, is more than holding his own in high-A so far this year. He was the hero of two games in this short week going 5-14 with a double and a dinger, scored 3 runs, and knocked in 3.


  • Brian Whitaker gets no love in prospect circles. So I am going to make up for that. After posting a 6:1 K:BB ratio last year in Fort Wayne he almost matched that in his first start in Lake Elsinore going 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1 while allwing only 3 hits and no runs. He's too old, he's too soft, but the guy knows how to throw it.
  • Tim Stauffer made his long-awaited professional debut on Easter Sunday. His line was impressive, but he was off the plate all day and continually working from behind in the count. He finished the game going 5 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out three and walking 2. Good first start.
  • Right hander Jared Wells could be a draft-and-follow gone good. He has one of liveliest arms in the league with a fastball that hits the mid-90's and good complimentary pitches. His Fort Wayne debut went fine - 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (only 1 earned), 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts. He did pick up the loss though behind shoddy defensive work.
  • Dennis Tankersly opened the season for Portland going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned run, striking out six and walking three. With the injury to Sterling Hitchcock, the early struggles of Ismael Valdes, and the trade of Ben Howard, Tank now finds himself real high on the option list to get some time in SD. If he strings together a few good starts, he may find himself throwing in Petco. Man, I hope he does good...
  • Blaine Neal pitched only two innings this week, but I put him here because I expect to see him in San Diego sometime soon. He allowed only one hit in his two innings, and struck out two picking up a win and a save for his efforts.

APRIL 11, 2004

The Beavers and the Storm won the only two games played by Padres' affiliates on thie Easter Sunday. They each evened up their young season record at 2-2. Ben Risinger got it done with the bat and the glove to lead Portland, and Mobile SS Luis Cruz continues his so far steady hitting getting a pair of knocks and driving in a couple. The story of the night though was Tim Stauffer's semi-impressive professional debut.

. . . . . . Portland pulled out a win in the top of the 11th with a Ben Risinger single to score Tagg Bozied. Risinger was 2-4 on the day and had earlier saved the game robbing Koyie Hill of a basehit that would have scored the winning run for Las Vegas. Bozied had a couple hits for himself including a double. Big Matt Bruback pitched a pretty good game for the no decision giving up 2 runs in five innings while striking out 7 and walking 3. The two runs could have easily been unearned as Las Vegas's Eric Riggs hit a grounder to SS Jose Nieves that according to the Beavers' play-by-play man should have been out number three. The ball ate up Nieves and Las Vegas went on the score their two lone runs. Brandon Puffer redeemed himself after a horrid appearance on Friday, holding the tie for two innings and allowing only 2 hits. Blaine Neal got the win working a perfect 10th and Bart Miadich picked up the save shutting the 51's in the 11th. Neal has given up only one hit in his two appearences (2 ip) and has struck out 2. I know it's early but with the Padres bully giving away games left and right, he could see some time in San Diego soon.

. . . . . . Lake Elsinore evened up their record at 2-2 wit ha 5-3 win over Inland Empire. Marcus Nettles, Luis Cruz, and Paul McAnulty picked up a pair of hits each with Cruz also knocking in a pair. Tim Stauffer's pro debut went just about as well as you could hope a pro debut to go. His line was pretty impressive going 5 innings, and allowing only 4 hits and 1 r (earned). He struck out 3 and walked 2. Stauffer threw 70 pitches, 40 for strikes. Although he hit a pretty nice groove between the second and fourth where he retired seven straight 66ers, Stauffer was continually working behind in the count (falling behind to 15 out of 20 batters) and gave up plenty of sharply hit foul balls. Still he got the job done, and got that first start out of the way. Look for his stay in Lake Elsinore to be a short one.


PORTLAND 3 at Las Vegas 2

W: Blaine Neal (1-0)
L: Agustin Montero (0-1)
Sv: Bart Miadich (1)

Tagg Bozied: 2-4, dbl, run
Ben Risinger: 2-4, dbl, run, rbi, bb, so
Matt Bruback: 5 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 7 so
Blaine Neal: 1 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 2 s


Inland Empire 3 at Lake Elsinore 5

W: Justin Craker (2-0)
L: Rich Dorman (0-1)
Sv: Mike Wodnicki (2)

Marcus Nettles: 2-5, r, rbi
Luis Cruz: 2-4, 2 rbi
Paul McAnulty: 2-4, 2 dbls, r
Tim Stauffer: 5 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 3 so


APRIL 10, 2004

I headed out to Petco to see the Padres beat the Giants today so I didn't get to listen to any of the minor league games. Got a couple pics from the game, including a Bonds / BALCO pic ;) . . . .

. . . . . . Portland won it's first game, beating Las Vegas 7-6 in 10 innings. Bernie Castro went 4-6 on the night with 4 singles and a run scored. Rico Washington, Ben Risinger, and Xavier Nady had a couple of hits each as well. Nady also nailed a runner at home. As is the theme so far this year in the padres organization, 3 errors led to 4 unearned runs.

. . . . . . Mobile swept a Saturday double-header against Carolina 6-5, 7-1. In the first game, Mobile was held to 6 hits, luckily 5 of them were round-trippers. Catcher Nick Trzesniak went deep solo twice, while Greg Sain, pitcher Steve Watkins, and pinch hitter Jake Gautreau also went deep in the win. In the second game, Joseph Gerber got in on the action going 2-3 with a double and a homerun. Todd Donovan and Steve Morales also had a couple knocks, while Chris Rojas went 5 allowing only 3 hits and 1 unearned run.

. . . . . . A day Lake Elsinore would rather forget, losing 16-4 to Inland Empire yielding 20 hits to the 66ers. Starting pitcher, and highly touted prospect, David Pauley lasted only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits and 7 runs (5 earned). Dale Thayer, the ace of the Fort Wayne bullpen last year, also got rocked, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits in 2 innings. Paul McAnulty had a pair of singles, and Andres Pagan picked up a pair of doubles and and rbi in an otherwise dismall Storm performance.

. . . . . . Fort Wayne lost a close game to the South Bend Silverhawks 2-1. Casey Baker, Fernando Valenzuela, and Drew Macias each had a pair of singles in the loss. Fort Wayne has only 1 extra-base hit (double) through the first 3 games.


Reminder: Tim Stauffer will make his pro debut Sunday in Lake Elsinore


PORTLAND 7 at Las Vegas 6

W: Bart Miadich (1-0)
L: Doug Nickle (0-1)
Sv: Blaine Neal (1)

- Bernie Castro: 4-6, 1 run
- Xavier Nady: 2-4, dbl, walk, run
- Chris Oxspring: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO


Carolina 5 at MOBILE 6 (game 1)

W: Jack Cassell (1-0)
L: Kevin Cave (0-1)
Sv: none

- Greg Sain: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
- Nick Trzesniak: 2-3, 2 HR
- Jake Gautreau: 1-1, HR
- Steve Watkins: 1-1, HR, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO


Carolina 1 at MOBILE 7 (game 2)

W: Chris Rojas (1-0)
L: Ronald Belizario (0-1)
Sv: none

- Todd Donavan: 2-3, 3b, run, 2 rbi
- Joseph Gerber: 2-3, 2b, hr, 2 runs
- Steve Morales: 2-3
- Chris Rojas: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


Inland Empire 15 at LAKE ELSINORE 4

W: T.A. Fullmer (1-0)
L: David Pauley (0-1)
Sv: none

- Rob Watson: 0-3, 2 rbi
- Paul McAnulty: 2-4, 2 singles
- Andres Pagan: 2-4, 2 doubles, 1 rbi
- David Pauley: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO


FORT WAYNE 1 at South Bend 2

W: Chris Kinsey (1-0)
L: Sean Thompson (0-1)
Sv: Alexander Cremidan (1)

- Casey Baker: 2-3, R, BB
- Fernando Valenzuela: 2-3, 2 singles
- Drew Macias: 2-4



APRIL 9, 2004

Well, a clean sweep against the pads farm teams today, not much to write home about

. . . . . . After going up 2-0, Portland couldn't recover from a 3-run Luis Garcia homerunin the sixth, the only runs starter Brian Sweeney surrendered in an otherwise good outing, and lost to the Las Vegas 51's 7-3. Jon Knott had a couple knocks in the game and Tagg Bozied was a perfect 3-3 with 2 doubles, a run scored and an rbi. He's 5-7 through the first 2 PCL games

. . . . . . It was a slugfest in Mobile with a combined 34 hits and 21 runs, unfortunately the Bay Bears fell short losing 12-9. Ben Johnson twice tied the game, in the fifth with a two-run homerun making it 6-6, then again in the 7th, when he roped the first pitch to left field tying the game 7-7. The Bay Bears would go ahead 9-7, before reliever Homero Rivera allowed 5 runs in the eighth. The Mudcats have hit 9 homeruns in the first two games off Mobile pitching. Greg Sain had two hits including a homerun, and Josh Barfield collected his first AA hit

. . . . . . . Lake Elsinore dropped one to Inland Empire 5-4. Paul McAnulty barely missed tying the game in the ninth with a 425 foot out in left-center. Gabe Ribas allowed 5 runs (only 1 earned) in 4.2 while walking one and striking out two. Michael Johnson made it a 5-3 game going deep in the sixth with a 3-run shot, and Luis Cruz went yard solo in the seventh to make it 5-4. Kennard Jones was 2-3 with a walk and stole 3 bases. Cruz may make the biggest leap up the prospect ladder this year.

. . . . . . Randy Johnson - I mean Matt Chico shut down the Fort Wayne Wizards striking out 6 of the first 9 batters he faced. The former Trojan and 2003 3rd rounder struck out a total of eight in six innings, allowing only one single and walked 2 for the South Bend Silver Hawks. The Wizards got two more singles in the ninth for a whopping 3 hits in the game. Brian Wahlbrink led the offensive attack going 1-4 with 2 stolen bases. The Wizards committed 4 more errors giving them 8 for the young season. Jared Wells pitched a decent game going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned) walking 1 and striking out 6. The 22-year old northpaw and 31st round draft and follow in 2002 was 4-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 14 starts last year for Eugene.


PORTLAND 3 at Las Vegas 7

W :Heath Totten(1-0)
L: Brian Sweeney(0-1)
HR: POR- None LVG- Luis Garcia (1)

- Jon Knott: 2-4, 3B, R - .477
- Tagg Bozied: 3-3, 2 2B, R, RBI - .941
- Brian Sweeney: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO


Carolina 12 at MOBILE 9

W: Randy Messenger (1-0)
L: Homero Rivera (0-1)
Sv: Kevin Cave (1)
HR: CAR - Eric Reed (1), Josh Willingham (1,2), Joe Dillon (3), Jim Kavourias (1); MOB - Greg Sain (1), Ben Johnson (1)

- J.J. Furmaniak: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI - .377
- Josh Barfield: 1-5, 1 R - .185
- Greg Sain: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI - .500
- Ben Johnson: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI - .604
- Josh Carter: 3-4, 1 RBI - .705
- Duncan McAdoo: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO


Inland Empire 5 at LAKE ELSINORE 4

W: Felix Hernandez (1-0)
L: Gabe Ribas (0-1)
Sv: Darwin Soto (1)
HR: IE - none; LE - Michael Johnson (1), Luis Cruz (1)

- Kennard Jones: 2-3, BB, K, 3 SB
- Michael Johnson: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2K, 1 BB
- Luis Cruz: 2-4, solo HR
- Gabe Ribas: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO


FORT WAYNE 0 at South Bend 6

W: Matt Chico (1-0)
L: Jered Wells (0-1)

- Brian Walhbrink: 1-4 single, 2 SB
- Jared Wells: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

APRIL 8, 2004

Not a very good opening day outside of Lake Elsinore. A ton of errors led to Portland/Mobile/Fort Wayne losing by a combined score of 30-8. Tank had an okay first start. Bernie Castro had a couple of hits and 2 RBI in his first game back from his injury last year. Josh Barfield went 0-4 in his first AA action, while Jake Gautreau had 2 hits and an rbi in the first game of his second go-around in Mobile. Brian Whitaker pitched 6 scoreless innings of 3 hit ball, striking out 5 and walking 1 for Fort Wayne, while catcher Colt Morton struck out all three official at-bats (with one HBP). The 2003 third round pick struck out 28 times in 76 at-bats during late-season work last year in Fort Wayne.


PORTAND 2, Las Vegas 7

W: E.Jackson(1-0)
L: D.Tankersley(0-1)

- Bernie Castro: 2-5, 2 RBI
- Jon Knott: 1-4
- Xavier Nady: 1-4
- Tagg Bozied: 2-4
- Humberto Quintero: 1-4, 1 R
- Dennis Tankersly: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
- Joey Hamilton: 1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO

Notes: Errors by Bernie Castro and Jon Knott led to a 4 run 7th for Las Vegas.
Carolina 11, MOBILE 3

W: T.Hutchinson(1-0)
L: J.Germano(0-1)

- Josh Barfield: 0-4
- Ben Johnson : 2-3, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI
- Jake Gautreau: 2-4, 1 RBI
- Justin Germano: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
- Jack Cassel: 1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Notes: Nice to see Gautreau pick up a couple hits and a rbi in the opener. Here's to hoping a second go-around at Mobile and moving back to third base means more success this year for Jake.
LAKE ELSINORE 1, Inland Empire 0 (9 innings)

W: J.Craker (1-0)
L: C.Jimenez (0-1)
S: M.Wodnicki (1)

- Luis cruz: 1-3, 2B, R
- Brian Whitaker: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO

Notes: Luis Cruz, the youngest player on the storm this year (20), hit a double to lead off the 9th innings, moved to third on a sac bunt by Andres Pagan, and scored the winning run on a balk.

FORT WAYNE 3, South Bend 12

W: W.Juarez(1-0)
L: E.Bonine(0-1)

- Juan Ciriaco: 2-4, 1 R
- Colt Morton: 0-3, 3 K
- Eddie Bonine: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notes: Ex-Palomar Comet, 3B Skip Adams committed 3 errors and SS Juan Ciriaco commited 1, leading to 7 unearned runs. Adams was signed in February out of the Northern Leauge.


  1. Greg Sain - MOB
    4-9, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  2. Tagg Bozied - PORT
    7-14, 4 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO
  3. Nick Trzesniak - MOB
    3-10, 2 HR
  4. Ben Johnson - MOB
    5-13, 2B, 3B, HR 4 R, 4 RBI
  5. Brian Whitaker - LE
    6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
  6. Luis Cruz - LE
    5-14, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
  7. Jon Knott - PORT
    4-13, 3B, 2 R, RBI


  1. Skip Adams - FW
    0-12, 8 K, 3 errors
  2. Colt Morton - FW
    0-6, 5 K, HBP
  3. Josh Barfield - MOB
    1-12, 3 K
  4. Homero Rivera - MOB
    0-1, 1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB
  5. Jack Cassel - MOB
    3 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO


  • 2003 first round draft pick Tim Stauffer will make his professional debut this Sunday in Lake Elsinore. Game time is 2:05 just up the 15. If you can't make it to the game, you can listen live.


  • Jared Weaver suffered his worst outing of the year on Thursday, which isn't saying much. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings and struck out 6, while picking up his 10th straight victory (10-0).


  1. Josh Barfield - MOB
  2. Khalil Greene - SD
  3. Freddy Guzman (hurt)
  4. Tim Stauffer - LE
  5. Ben Howard (traded)
  6. Jon Knott - PORT
  7. David Pauley - LE
  8. Kennard Jones - LE
  9. Tagg Bozied - PORT
  10. Chris Oxspring - PORT