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Prospect Profile: Wilmer Villatoro

When Wilmer Villatoro showed up in the California League to begin his stint with the Lake Elsinore Storm, it wasn't the start he had hoped for. After a month of substandard performances, he righted the ship and sailed smoothly through the rest of the year. "He got into spring training late because we had some immigration problems," Tye Waller, the Padres' Director of Player Development, said.

"So he missed spring training.  We threw him in some games down there and he kind of pulled a groin-which actually was a problem for him off an on through the course of the year." Villatoro allowed twelve earned runs over his first eight appearances and walked the only two batters he faced in his ninth outing.  His ERA for May was a hefty 10.13.  We walked 15 batters in 10.2 innings of work and...

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