Staggs appeared in 26 games for the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the independent Golden Baseball League last year, finishing with a 2.83 earned run average and 39 strikeouts in 41 innings.
Ben Krosschell drafted by the Padres in the 16th round of the 2004 June Amateur Draft, made four starts for the Wizards this season. He was 1-3 with an 8.47 ERA in 17 innings of work. He allowed 22 hits and eight walks, while striking out 10.
With the promotion of Staggs, who is expected to work out of the bullpen, Joel Santo will be moved into the Fort Wayne starting rotation by default.
Santo will make his first start of the 2006 season for the Wizards on Tuesday against the Beloit Snappers (Minnesota Twins affiliate).
Padres executives are not keen on moving Santo to the rotation after his struggles in the bullpen but don't have another option with the Wizards. Jon Link has been solid in relief and they moved him into and out of the rotation but feel he is at his best coming out of the pen.