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Portland Prospect Recap

In 2003, San Diego's AAA-affiliate, the Portland Beavers, started fast, slowed, and barely missed the playoffs. <br><br> I talked to Padres' Director of Player Development, Tye Waller, about the Portland season. He indicated that he felt a bit of apprehension when the season started. The Portland Beavers were kicking off their season with a lot of players who were either young, did not have a lot of professional experience, or both. That bothered him.

When the season closed, the Beavers were only eliminated from the playoffs in their final series of the season. The Beavers finished the season with a sub-.500 season (69-75), but when the man in charge of your development says you "surprised" him. It was a good year. One of the key reasons the Portland Beavers started off so strongly was the emergence of outfielder Jason Bay as a top... Recommended Stories

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