"Last year, I had a tendency to create some bad habits," said Nady. "I'm trying to avoid those as much as possible now."
Nady may have hit just .247 in San Diego but he tore up the PCL, swatting .333 with 22 homers and 70 RBI's in 74 games. The same Xavier Nady that hit .407 with runners in scoring position last year with Portland.
A five RBI night on Tuesday, including a walk-off three run homer, put his totals up to 14 RBI's, five homers and ten runs scored for the spring, all of which lead the club. He is also hitting .357 - not bad for a starter on the opening day.
Speaking of Portland, they have a new ownership group, buying the team from the Pacific Coast League.
"The Padres have always enjoyed a tremendous working relationship with the Portland Beavers, and we are eager to see that continue," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "Our team has a commitment to building a championship-caliber team through scouting and player development, and Portland is an integral part of that. It's exciting to see that the Beavers' new ownership group shares that same commitment.
"Several players that have had a significant impact on our major league club, including Sean Burroughs, Xavier Nady and Khalil Greene, have gone through Portland and there are several more players such as Tim Stauffer, Justin Germano, Josh Barfield and Ben Johnson who will be playing at PGE Park this season."