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Mobile BayBears 2003: Pitching Prospects

Rusty Tucker

<b>Year in Review Summary</b><br><br> The Mobile BayBears entered the season with the potential to be the best San Diego Padres minor league team, but finished with the second worst record of all their teams. Going into 2003 Mobile expected to have seven of the top ten Padres prospects in the organization as ranked by Baseball America. As one Padres scout said, "If you can play baseball in the Southern League, you can play in the major leagues."

Four of the top seven prospects were pitchers who had a slightly better year than their hitting counterparts. Cory Stewart (#10) and Rusty Tucker (#9) had very good years, the other two Mike Nicolas (#8) and Mark Phillips (#3) never made it. Phillips was traded before the season as a way for the Padres to move Bubba Trammel's contract. At the time it could have been a horrible trade, but in... Recommended Stories

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