Brad Baker, Dale Thayer Promoted

Brad Baker promoted

As expected, the San Diego Padres promoted right-handed closer Brad Baker from the Mobile BayBears to the Friars Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Dale Thayer moves up to Mobile from his stint with the Lake Elsinore Storm. The move came as Portland's closer Marty McLeary was promoted to the Big League club.

Brad Baker recorded 30 saves for the BayBears this season to set a club single-season and career record in his only year as a closer. He posted a record of 2-1 with a 1.57 earned run average in 55 games. Opposing batters combined to hit only .179 against Baker, who suffered just three blown saves in 33 opportunities.

Dale Thayer's numbers at Lake Elsinore this season are somewhat similar to Baker's numbers in Mobile. He posted a 2-1 record with a 1.63 ERA in 50 games with 23 saves. Thayer allowed six earned runs in his first game of the season, but has allowed only four earned runs in the 49 games since. Thayer played college baseball at Chico State University in California before being signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Padres prior to the 2003 season. In 2003 with Fort Wayne, Thayer went 1-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 25 saves. He was named to the full-season Midwest League All-Star team and named Best Reliever in the Midwest League in the Baseball America Best Tools survey.

Mobile's roster remains at 23 players, one below the Southern League limit.

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