Padres add Blake Tekotte; Venable to Triple-A

Blake Tekotte

The San Diego Padres will bring up outfielder Blake Tekotte on Monday, the 14th ranked prospect in the combined rankings by John Conniff and Denis Savage entering the season. Will Venable was optioned to Triple-A Tucson and right-hander Samuel Dedundo was designated for assignment.

Blake Tekotte was hitting .291 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions prior to his addition to the Padres 40-man roster. The outfielder had 16 extra-base hits in 39 games, including six homers. He posted a 26-to-31 walk-to-strikeout ratio for a .410 on-base percentage. Tekotte also added 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts, scoring 30 runs and driving in 24. He was also hitting .361 with runners in scoring position.

Tekotte already has a hit off Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz, lacing a single on a 2-2 pitch off the fireballing phenom in early May when Feliz was on a rehab stint.

A California League mid-season All-Star in 2010 and the co-MVP of the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2009, Tekotte was drafted in the third-round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Miami.

"He has some power, but the trick for him is to not get to caught up in it," Padres vice president of international scouting and player development Randy Smith said. "His game is about hitting line drives into the gap, using his legs, stealing bases and bunting to get on. Defensively, he has a lot of range in center."

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Will Venable, 28, has hit .224 (30-for-134) with five doubles, two triples, eight RBI, 16 runs scored, 13 walks against 36 strikeouts and 11 stolen bases in 40 games for the Padres this season. The left-handed-hitting outfielder has made 31 starts for San Diego this season. Originally selected by the Padres in the seventh-round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami, the Missouri native has hit .248 (230-for-929) with 34 doubles, 13 triples, 27 home runs, 107 RBI, 130 runs scored, 96 walks against 274 strikeouts and 47 stolen bases in 294 games played over parts of four Major League seasons with San Diego (2008-11).

Samuel Deduno, 27, made his first Major League Opening Day roster with the Padres this season. He was previously optioned to Triple-A Tucson on April 10. Over two relief appearances for the Padres this season he worked 3.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. In 18 appearances for Tucson this season, the right-hander went 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) and 22 strikeouts against 18 walks. Claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on February 1 this year, he posted a 6.43 ERA (5 ER/7.0 IP) with four walks against 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances this Spring.

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