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Sizing up the Padres relief prospects

Craig Italiano

The San Diego Padres have always proven they can acquire quality relievers, but times are changing. In the coming years, they will rely on their own prospects to settle the bullpen. Given the talent base down below, that offers a promising future.

Highest ceiling: Craig Italiano Acquired via trade in 2009, Italiano has a deadly mid-90s fastball and tilting slider that comes from a three-quarters arm angle. His look and feel for pitching, combined with his ability to hit the corners and be aggressive, has him on the doorstep of a bullpen spot. The change in arm angle came just last year so he will need some time to prove it is repeatable...

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