The San Diego Padres added right-handed pitcher Brad Baker, left-handed pitcher Sean Thompson, infielders Josh Barfield, Tagg Bozied, J.J. Furmaniak and Paul McAnulty and outfielder Ben Johnson to their 40-man roster by purchasing their contracts. Their 40-man now stands at 36. Additionally, the club has signed right-handed pitcher Angel Tovar to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Brad Baker was named MadFriars.com 2004 Padres’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading Double-A Mobile and breaking the record for most saves in a season in franchise history with 30 saves.
The right-hander began the year with 16 straight appearances without giving up an earned run and continued to perform well throughout the year. He compiled a 2-1 record with a 1.57 ERA in 55 games for the BayBears.
When the former first round pick was promoted to the Portland Beavers, Baker went 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 17 strikeouts in eight games.
Sean Thompson tied for the team lead in wins at Single-A Ft. Wayne after going 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 27 games. The left-hander held the opposition to two runs or less in 20 of his 27 starts.
Thompson has a career record of 20-10 with a 3.07 ERA (97 ER/284.1 IP) in 55 games.
Josh Barfield, the Padres 2003 Minor League Player of the Year, batted .248 (129-for-521) with 18 home runs, 28 doubles and 90 RBI in 138 games at Mobile. As he did last year, he led his respective league in RBI’s. Although his average was mediocre at best, he turned on the heat when runners were in scoring position. He batted .331 in such instances where men were in scoring position with eight homers and 76 RBI’s.
Barfield has driven in 218 runs from 2003-2004. Barfield has a career batting average of .297 (566-for-1906) with 46 home runs and 332 RBI in 474 games.
Tagg Bozied, 25, hit .315 (67-for-213) with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in an injury-shortened 2004 campaign at Portland. Bozied was injured after hitting a grand slam in his 57th game of the year – ending his year when he hurt his knee at home plate. He had been on a tear prior to the injury with 15 RBI’s over his final six games and he batted an incredible .413 with runners in scoring position.
Bozied boasted a .629 slugging percentage and had seven games with four or more RBI’s.. Bozied has a career batting average of .280 (394-for-1407) with 60 home runs and 240 RBI in 365 games.
J.J. Furmaniak opened the season with Mobile before being promoted to Portland. The 25-year-old Furmaniak batted .294 (125-for-425) with 17 home runs, 24 doubles and 73 RBI’s. He added one homer and eight RBI’s with Mobile.
Most of Furmaniak’s work came from the eighth and ninth spots in the order, not traditional run producing slots. Furmaniak has a career batting average of .275 (537-for-1950) with 47 home runs and 262 RBI in 534 games.
Paul McAnulty was awarded the MadFriars.com 2004 Padres’ Minor League Position Player of the Year after batting .297 (147-for-495) with 23 home runs, 36 doubles, 87 RBI and 98 runs scored in 133 games at Single-A Lake Elsinore.
His home runs (third), doubles (fifth), on-base percentage (.404; fourth), extra-base hits (62; third) and runs scored (fourth) totals all ranked among California League leaders. He also tied for the league lead with 88 walks. McAnulty has a career batting average of .304 (360-for-1185) with 38 home runs and 211 RBI in 333 games.
Ben Johnson led the Southern League with 57 extra-base hits and finished second only to teammate Barfield with 85 RBI at Mobile. He added 23 home runs and 28 doubles in 136 games with the BayBears. His 12 second half homers led the Southern League.
Johnson has continued his hot hand in the Arizona Fall League, amongst the leaders in runs scored. Johnson has a career batting average of .255 (608-for-2387) with 80 homers and 349 RBI in 678 games.
Angel Tovar, 26, appeared in 36 games with the Cancun Lobstermen of the Mexican Summer League. He went 2-3 with a 1.88 ERA (8 ER/38.1 IP) with 19 saves, tying him for fifth among league leaders.
Tovar walked 21 while striking out 25. He held opponents to a .256 average. Lefties hit .148 and righties batted .283. He had similar home-away numbers as his numbers at home were .194 and away they hit him for a .318 average.
Tovar's last minor league action came in 1999 with the Single-A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. He went 1-1 in three games and 0-1 with the Rookie League Yankees in eight games.