Padres sign Tekotte; Moves made in Eugene

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Blake Tekotte, the team's third-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Blake Tekotte (TEE-coat-tee), the 101st overall selection out of the University of Miami, batted .353 (88-for-249) with 12 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 50 RBI, 81 runs scored, 45 walks and 27 stolen bases in 64 games in center field for a Hurricanes team that reached the College World Series.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior was a 2008 First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and named to both the 2008 NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team and 2008 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team. He finished second in the ACC in stolen bases and tied for fourth in runs scored while leading all Miami batters in hits. A native of Columbia, Mo., Tekotte was named a 2007 Cape Cod League All-Star and garnered All-League honors while playing for the Brewster Whitecaps.

Tekotte arrived in Eugene on Saturday and was in the dugout for the game.

Gary Poynter, who was promoted to Eugene from the AZL, and Tyson Bagley have been moved into the starting rotation in Eugene while Pablo Menchaca and Rey Garramone have been moved to the bullpen.

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