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Padres Instructional League Awards

Luis Martinez

The San Diego Padres 2009 Instructional League in Peoria, Arizona came to a close on Monday with the team going 12-4-1. As instructs came to a close, the team handed out its annual awards. We caught up with Tom Gamboa to discuss each award plus others who impressed.

Tony Gwynn MVP: Edinson Rincon After hitting .300 for the short-season Eugene Emeralds while playing most of the year at 18, Rincon was sent to instructs to work on his defense. His hitting has never been a question, as the Dominican native has a potent bat that can play anywhere on the diamond. Finding his niche has been essential, as he struggled at third base in 2009. "Terrific," minor...

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