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Padres Prospect Interview: James Darnell

James Darnell

Third baseman James Darnell, 23, was a second-round pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2008 draft, and after a very short stay in Eugene, he put up a monster year between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore in 2009.

As good as Jaff Decker was for the TinCaps, Darnell was better. In the first half of the season, he hit .329/.468/.518 simply blowing away the Midwest League competition. Promoted to the California League in late June, he went on a tear, hitting .318/.410/.600 in August. The only real flaw critics see in his game is where will be able to play after committing 30 errors at the hot corner for the...

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