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Rob Deer a big part of Padres prospects

Rob Deer has more fans than he should considering his career. Yet Deer has been elevated to a position within the San Diego Padres minor league system that speaks volumes of his ability to get through to the youth and future of the franchise. He is the roving hitting instructor. <br><br> "Rob Deer actually, since I have become a Padre, has had a lot of influence on my career," Jake Gautreau said.

Rob Deer? The man of 1,409 strikeouts. It is kind of baffling in a sense. "It is like he says, he teaches you not to be the hitter he was," Gautreau mused. "He knows what he was supposed to do, he just couldn't do it. He is trying to teach us what he was supposed to do, but he never did." Jake Gautreau has talked about getting comfortable at the plate, finding his own zone and cutting down...

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