Oscar Robles is hitting .309 (17-for-55) with three triples, three doubles, six runs scored, six RBI and five walks in 16 games with Portland. The Padres signed the 31-year-old as a minor league free agent February 19.
Originally signed by the Houston Astros as a third-round selection in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft, Robles has a career Major League average of .262 (104-for-397) with 18 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 34 RBI and 50 runs scored over 139 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005-06). He made his Major League debut on May 10, 2005, after the Dodgers purchased his contract from Mexico City on May 9. Robles batted .272 (99-for-364) with 18 doubles, one triple, five homers, 34 RBI and 44 runs scored over 110 games that season and ranked among National League rookie leaders in average (9th), hits (5th), total bases (134, 10th), walks (31, 10th), and doubles (7th).
A native of Tijuana, Mexico, and graduate of Montgomery High School in San Diego, Robles played parts of six seasons in the Mexican League for Mexico City (2000, 2003-05) and Oaxaca (2000-02), batting .336 (671-for-1995) with 108 doubles, 17 triples, 38 home runs, 310 RBI, 381 runs scored and 26 stolen bases in 534 games.
Aaron Rakers, 30, signed as a minor league free agent, January 17, and appeared in one game for the Padres, working 1.0 scoreless inning April 19 vs. Arizona. He is 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA (1 ER/9.0 IP) in five appearances for Portland this season, recording seven strikeouts compared to one walk while holding opposing hitters to a .167 average (5-for-30).
In 14 Major League games over parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2004-05) and Padres (2007), Rakers is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA (7 ER/19.0 IP), 14 strikeouts and four walks. Originally selected by Baltimore in the 23rd round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, he has a career minor league record of 34-23 with 65 saves and a 2.51 ERA (123 ER/440.2 IP) in 326 games (one start) with the Orioles (1999-2005) and Padres (2007) organizations.