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California League Prospect/Batter of the Year

Brett Bonvechio

The Storm was the Padres best minor league team in 2005, and arguably the most talented. They nearly walked away with the California League Championship, if not for some late season shenanigans by the San Jose Giants who brought down several Triple-A players to help them win the title. It's amazing; you can even loathe the Giants on a minor league level.

So who was the best of the best? The race came down to a choice between either first baseman Michael Johnson and catcher George Kottaras. To me, Johnson's raw power combined with his growing plate discipline carried the day for me. First baseman - Michael Johnson - .295/.618/.366, with 21 home runs and 76 RBIs. Let's start out with the negatives on Johnson first; too old for the league (2... Recommended Stories

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