Padres to hold hitter's camp for prospects

Daryl Jones

For the second year in a row, the San Diego Padres will hold an early hitting camp for their prospects. Named the "Buc's Bombers" after hitting coordinator Rob Deer it gives the hitters a jumpstart on the spring and paved the way for Kyle Blanks and Daryl Jones to both move to full-season ball.

The idea with the early work is to set the baseline for the season. By getting in one-on-one time before the rest of the crew comes into camp, the hitters can close the gap of advancement.

There will inevitably be some tweaks with certain players needing to show more power, some need to show more patience, and others need to continue the development process.

Here is the list of 19, their stats in 2006 and what they will be looking for in 2007:

Matt Antonelli
The infielder hit .286 with a .426 on base percentage (OBP) over 55 games for the Eugene Emeralds last season. He also went 2-for-16 in a brief stint with the Fort Wayne Wizards late in the year. Antonelli did not hit a homer in 2006.

Antonelli: adding some power to his resume.

Mike Baxter
The outfielder has an invitation to big league camp, something that was written into his original contract. He hit .256 with a .304 OBP over 117 games for the Wizards. Baxter had 38 extra base hits, including 28 doubles.

Baxter: patience at the plate, continuing to hit the gaps.

Kyle Blanks
The first baseman hit .292 with a .382 OBP over 86 games in Fort Wayne, losing the last part of the season to an infection. He added 30 extra base hits with ten homers.

Blanks: continue mastery of his swing, power and timing.

Kyler Burke
The outfielder hit .209 with a .313 OBP over 45 games for the Arizona Rookie League (AZL) Padres. He added eight extra base hits with one homer.

Burke: consistency with his bat and working counts.

Michael Campbell
The outfielder split time between three stops, hitting .284 with a .345 OBP in 48 games. He added 14 extra base hits with six homers.

Campbell: prove his health with an eye on a regular spot in the lineup.

Juan Ciriaco
The infidler hit .222 with a .277 OBP over 122 games for the Mobile BayBears. He added 26 extra base hits with 20 doubles.

Ciriaco: adding strength, working the count, going with the pitch.

Rayner Contreras
The infielder hit .316 with a .389 OBP over 44 games for the AZL Padres, adding 14 extra base hits and a league-leading 52 RBIs. He also saw action in Fort Wayne, hitting .105 in 38 at bats.

Contreras: build on a strong finish in 2006, confidence, power.

Craig Cooper
The first baseman hit .320 with a .418 OBP for the Emeralds with 25 extra base hits in 60 games. Cooper also hit .333 in a brief audition with Fort Wayne.

Cooper: build upon his impressive pro debut, continue adding power.

Nic Crosta
The right fielder hit .382 with 20 extra base hits and 30 RBIs in 37 games for the Wizards before being promoted to the Lake Elsinore Storm. Crosta hit .267 with 32 extra base hits and a .342 OBP for the Storm over 71 games.

Crosta: begin the year strong after tinkering with his swing in Lake Elsinore, a more level swing the result.

David Freese
The third baseman hit .379 with a .465 OBP over 18 games for the Ems, knocking in 26 on the strength of 13 extra base hits. Freese was promoted to Fort Wayne where he hit .299 with a .374 OBP over 53 games. He added 24 extra base hits with the Wizards and 44 RBIs.

Freese: build upon an impressive year, doing the same things he did last season.

Chase Headley
The third baseman hit .291 with a .389 OBP over 129 games for Lake Elsinore. Headley notched 45 extra base hits, including 33 doubles.

Headley: added weight in the off-season, will look to put that into play with bigger power numbers.

Chad Huffman
The outfielder hit .343 with a .439 OBP for Eugene. He added 26 extra base hits with a team leading nine homers. Huffman hit .214 in a brief stint with Fort Wayne late in the year.

Huffman: continuing the mark he set in his pro debut, maintaining the pace in full season ball.

Cedric Hunter
The outfielder claimed league MVP honors in the AZL, hitting .371 with a .467 OBP over 52 games, reaching base safely in his first 47 contests. Hunter went 4-for-15 with Eugene late in the year.

Hunter: capture the magic of last season with an eye on full season ball.

Michael Johnson
The first baseman hit .231 with a .350 OBP over 61 games for the Mobile BayBears, netting 18 extra base hits, including ten homers.

Johnson: seeks a healthy season to show what he can do with the bat, a consistent approach.

Daryl Jones
Jones hit .242 with a .325 OBP over 121 games in Fort Wayne. He collected 33 extra base hits with a team leading 12 homers.

Jones: pitch selection, work the count, use his quick wrists to send more balls out of the park.

Tom King
The second baseman hit .231 with a .311 OBP over 69 games for the Emeralds. He had 22 extra base hits with a team leading 19 doubles.

King: pitch selection, patience, hitting the gaps.

Jesus Lopez
The shortstop split the season between Eugene and Fort Wayne, hitting .224 with 19 extra base hits.

Lopez: hit the ball the other way, go with the pitch, pitch selection.

Brandon Powell
The Padres, in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, acquired the infielder. He spent last season with Potomac of the High-A Carolina League. He hit .280 with a .341 OBP, adding 52 extra base hits, including 14 homers.

Powell: enters a new system, wants to prove what he can do by turning a few heads.

Yordany Ramirez

The centerfielder hit .252 with a .285 OBP over 78 games for the Storm. He added 24 extra base hits, including five triples.

Ramirez: prove late in the year was no fluke, work counts, pitch selection.

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