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Emeralds get help with the bat from Gamboa

EUGENE- During a week of action that saw several members of the Padres' roving staff come through the Northwest, the Eugene Emeralds were able to hone their skills. Tom Gamboa, Bob Cluck, and Bill Bryk were just a few names that dropped in to see the new recruits – they were also there to lend their expertise.

A group of hitters that included Willy Crafort, Chad Huffman and Luke Cannon worked exclusively with hitting coach Matt Howe early on Saturday. The 29-year old son of Art had them working with weighted balls, having them drive through the ball. Howe would then put regular balls on a tee for them to hit. Howe worked more closely with Crafort who was flat-footed while he hit and not turning his...

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