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Pitchers show promise in development

Joel Santo

PEORIA-- The optimism runs deep with the pitching in the Padres' minors with several prospects targeting big years in 2006. Also, injury news on pitchers and position players.

The most talked about name on the roster was Manny Ayala, a pitcher signed out Independent League ball. Several pitchers mentioned him being someone to watch this year and came away impressed with his stuff. Another pitcher that many are impressed with is Ben Krosschell, picked out of high school by the Padres in 2004. They say his maturity has risen to a new level of understanding the game and...

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