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Padres Prospect Interview: Evan Meek

Meek can be seen at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore

When the Twins drafted Evan Meek out of a Seattle-area community college in 2002, they were intrigued by his power arm and strikeout potential. Although he didn't throw his first professional pitch until 2003, he amassed 70 strikeouts in his first 73 professional innings working as a swingman. But he also walked 49 in that time.

Things went from questionable to down-right horrible in 2005, when the thick right-hander who hits 96 with his fastball allowed 36 walks and 20 runs in just 18 innings of work before the Twins released him in June. After he was released, Evan Meek went home and gathered himself, then got an invitation to workout for Mal Fichman, the Padres' dogged scout who often finds players in the independent...

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