Padres Call-up: Luis Durango

From 2005 to 2007, Luis Durango led his respective league in hitting. The outfielder entered the 2010 season with a .320 career minor league average. Mike DeMark was moved up to Portland from Double-A and Cory Luebke was added to the San Antonio roster in corresponding moves.

Only once has he hit under .300 - hitting .281 across 129 games in the Double-A Texas League during the 2009 season.

Luis Durango walked and added a sacrifice fly before getting pulled from Sunday's game in Portland. He also stole his 18th base of the year. A .305 hitter with Portland with one extra-base hit, Durango gets on base with his speed. Long considered one of the fastest players in the system, the outfielder has struggled with determining the mechanics of thievery. He has been caught 10 times this year and is 140-for-211 in his minor league career.

Everything he has done, however, since entering the system has improved. He came in barely able to reach the infield with his arm and is now capable. His routes have improved tremendously. He has good strike zone awareness and the ability to put bat to ball.

in a brief cameo with the Padres, Durango went 6-for-11 with two walks.

Here are the relevant stories on Durango from our coverage through the years, including video of Durango during batting practice:

Scouting Luis Durango 2010

Sizing up the outfield prospects

Portland hitting coach Orv Franchuk on Durango

Padres director of international scouting, player development, Randy Smith on Durango

Portland manager Terry Kennedy on Durango

Franchuk on Durango

Kennedy on Durango

Luis Durango Interview - 2009

Scouting Prospect Luis Durango 2009

Hitting coach Tom Tornicasa on Durango

Manager Doug Dascenzo on Durango

Manager Carlos Lezcano on Durango

Grady Fuson on Durango

Dascenzo on Durango

Luis Durango interview - 2008

Scouting Luis Durango 2008

Manager Greg Riddoch on Durango

Former hitting coach Jose Flores on Durango

Luis Durango interview - 2007

Luis Durango interview - 2007

Scouting Luis Durango 2007

Dominican Scout Felix Francisco on Durango

Lezcano on Durango

Former hitting coach Manny Crespo on Durango

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