Padres Minor League News: Six Years

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The San Diego Padres still have to consider whether they would like to re-sign any of their six year Minor League free agents. Two have already departed to greener pastures but a couple of players with value remain.

Bernie Castro has spent the past two years in Portland but has not distinguished himself as a player who can work at many position needed from a utility player. He worked in center late in the year after spending time at second but he is destined to begin his career anew somewhere else.

Jason Clements has some use as a utility player. He can play all the infield spots as well as the outfield. That could earn him another shot at competing within the Padres' minors.

No one has ever been sure of Alex Fernandez' true age and with a glut of outfielders expected in Portland this year, Fernandez will likely be gone.

Yamid Haad may have proved his worth with late season work at first base. He has a steady bat and his work behind the dish is solid. With the Padres entertaining the thought of keeping Humberto Quintero, or using him as a trading commodity, Hand could be one of the few six year players to return.

Chris Miller was acquired during the season and has some pop in his bat, but had a hard time making contact. That, coupled with the development of George Kottaras could mean the end of Miller.

Rene Miniel was terrible in Lake Elsinore and bounced back with Mobile, a pitcher's league. The likelihood of continued success at a higher level isn't good.

Steve Morales didn't separate himself from the pack as a catching prospect and his value resides as a backup – at the mid-Minors level. With other catchers making their ascent, Morales' chances don't figure to be high for returning.

Lou Pote was acquired from Cleveland and has the Texas Rangers among his suitors. With the bullpen packed in San Diego, Pote will move on.

Chris Rojas had a solid year with Mobile but when challenged at Triple-A he was murdered. That didn't bode well for Rojas' return. He has signed on with Philadelphia.

Todd Sears has little to no value since his position, first base, leaves him handcuffed on the Padres. They have depth at the position on the big club and are anxious to see what Tagg Bozied will bring upon his return from injury.

Rico Washington hurt his chances of returning when he was shipped down to Mobile. He performed well at third base, adding strong defense and a lively bat. He has since signed with Tampa Bay.

Lefty Alan Webb has some nasty stuff and could be a valuable pitcher to keep down in Triple-A as a possible bullpen addition to the Padres club if injuries occur. He may be a little upset with the Padres since he was in the AFL last year and they started him in Lake Elsinore to begin this year before moving up to Mobile and then Portland.

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