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Padres Minor League Notebook

Greg Sain

Several more San Diego Padres prospects have unofficially found out where they will head in 2004. With older players getting pushed down to Portland this year, some of the younger guys who were due promotions will suffer. Part of the reason stems from the Padres willingness to keep the Kingsale's and Hunter's close by should they be forced to call upon the well. Injuries severely dampened a promising season a year ago and they are attempting to avoid that in '04.

2B Josh Barfield, the son of former major league slugger Jesse Barfield, is headed to Mobile – no surprise. Josh was so impressive in spring training a year ago that the Padres came close to skipping him a level to Double-A Mobile but decided to wait instead. He responded with a monster year, winning the California League MVP. He led the minors in RBI and hits, and tied for the lead in doubles...

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