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Eugene Emeralds Player of the Year

Luis Durango

The San Diego Padres Northwest League affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, is usually the first place where we see the top picks of this year's draft who cram 76 games into three months after long college seasons. They are joined by veterans of the AZL and other escapees from extended spring training.

It's great to watch the games in the NWL and become excited about what the future may hold for the organization, but at the same time it's important to remember it's not a definitive judgment. To really have a handle on what a player or pitcher may become, it's better to see their performances after an off-season and spring training. Eugene Emeralds Summary: Despite the Padres having eight of...

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