Padres add seven to 40-man roster

The San Diego Padres announced today that they have selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Simon Castro, Brandon Gomes, Jeremy Hefner and Evan Scribner, outfielder Cedric Hunter, catcher Luis Martinez and infielder Jeudy Valdez.

Simon Castro, 22, went 7-6 with a 2.92 ERA (42 ER/129.2 IP), 107 strikeouts against 36 walks and a .223 opponents batting average in 24 games, 23 starts, for Double-A San Antonio in 2010. The right-hander finished the season with the Padres Triple-A affiliate, making two starts for the Portland Beavers. Rated the number two prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America prior to the 2010 season, Castro was selected to play in and started the 2010 MLB Futures Game for the World team. In 95 games, 91 starts, across five minor league seasons in the Padres organization (2006-10), Castro has gone 22-25 with a 3.88 ERA (191 ER/443.0 IP), 447 strikeouts against 159 walks and a .236 (396-for-1679) opponents average.

Brandon Gomes, 26, went 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA (15 ER/72.1 IP), 93 strikeouts against 25 walks and a .198 opponents batting average in 51 games for Double-A San Antonio this season. Originally signed as a 17th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Gomes has gone 19-10 with a 2.90 ERA (95 ER/295.0 IP), 324 strikeouts against 90 walks and a .236 (262-for-1112) opponents average in 185 games, 13 starts, across four seasons in the Padres organization (2007-10). In his last three seasons, Gomes is 13-4 with a 2.35 ERA (45 ER/172.1 IP), 229 strikeouts against 59 walks and a .209 (133-for-637) opponents average.

Jeremy Hefner, 24, was 11-8 with a 2.95 ERA (55 ER/167.2 IP) and 115 strikeouts against 51 walks in 28 starts for Double-A San Antonio in 2010. Originally signed as a 10th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Hefner has gone 37-27 with a 3.51 ERA (207 ER/531.1 IP), 486 strikeouts against 154 walks and a .252 (499-for-1980) opponents batting average in 75 games, 64 starts, over four seasons in the Padres organization (2007-10).

Evan Scribner, 25, went 4-5 with a 2.59 ERA (19 ER/66.0 IP), 81 strikeouts against 15 walks and a .213 opponents batting average in 57 games for Double-A San Antonio this season. The right-hander was acquired by the Padres on July 17, 2008 from Arizona in exchange for infielder Tony Clark. Originally signed as a 28th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by the Diamondbacks, Scribner has gone 17-15 with a 2.62 ERA (73 ER/251.0 IP), 312 strikeouts against 62 walks and a .209 (195-for-932) opponents average in 129 games across four minor league seasons in the Diamondbacks (2007-08) and Padres (2008-10) organizations.

Cedric Hunter, 22, hit .287 (155-for-541) with seven home runs, 27 doubles, six triples, 64 RBI, 76 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 47 walks against 44 strikeouts for a .342 on-base percentage in 136 games between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Portland in 2010. Originally signed as a third-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Hunter has hit .295 (707-for-2394) with 29 home runs, 113 doubles, 21 triples, 307 RBI, 345 runs scored, 64 stolen bases and 203 walks against 238 strikeouts in 590 games played across five seasons in the Padres (2006-10) organization.

Luis Martinez, 25, hit .282 (101-for-358) with two home runs, 16 doubles, 31 RBI, 48 runs scored and 49 walks against 59 strikeouts for a .368 on-base percentage in 106 games for Double-A San Antonio this season. Originally signed as a 12th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Martinez has hit .263 (297-for-1128) with 11 home runs, 58 doubles, 108 RBI, 141 runs scored and 165 walks against 235 strikeouts in 339 games played across four seasons in the Padres organization (2007-10). The catcher has thrown out 36.5 percent of attempted base stealers (145 CS/397 SBA) in his career.

Jeudy Valdez, 21, hit .247 (130-for-527) with 10 home runs, 34 doubles, three triples, 76 RBI, 81 runs scored and 34 stolen bases in 132 games for Single-A Fort Wayne in 2010. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Padres in November of 2005, Valdez has hit .245 (328-for-1340) with 19 home runs, 72 doubles, 15 triples, 158 RBI, 209 runs scored, 74 stolen bases and 114 walks against 328 strikeouts in 346 games played across five seasons in the Padres organization (2006-10).

With today's transactions the Padres now have 39 men on the 40-man roster.

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