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Padres Prospect Report: Dale Thayer

Scouting Padres prospect Dale Thayer

Two hours plus into a baseball game, the bullpen is active. The team has the lead and the adrenaline is just starting to pump. The precision begins as Dale Thayer grabs his mitt and tucks his hair under his hat en route to the bullpen mound to warm up. He checks the strings on his Rawlings, gives one a tug with his teeth and grabs a ball. A few minutes later, his name is called upon to close out the game. Such is the life of a gifted closer in the San Diego Padres Minor League system.

Dale Thayer was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Chico State (a California State school) prior to the 2003 season. He was a second team All American coming out of Chico as a reliever. "Dale Thayer is one of those guys that the Padres organization is blessed at every level with great closers," one Padres scout tells us. "You never know which one of these guys is going be the guy to...

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