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Padres 2010 Instructional League Awards

The San Diego Padres just completed their annual Fall Instructional League in Peoria, Arizona. Donavan Tate took home MVP honors for his efforts while four other awards were handed out. We caught up with the Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith to discuss the winners as well as newcomers Zach Cates and John Barbato.

"We had all of the roving instructors and coaches nominate someone and then discussed it as a group," Smith said. "We agreed all along. Everyone was in line." Top Hitter: Nate Freiman "The hitting one was a pretty tight one," Smith said. "We gave Nate it because of consistency of at-bats, for hard contact, situational hitting – really a very good Instructional League. (roving hitting instructor...

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