In the Lastest Leaders yesterday, (wow, was it only yesterday?) I got #36. Definitely not my best, but not my worst either. As I can’t think of any Padres who wore the number 36 in recent years, I decided to dedicate my number to a Padres minor league player. I didn’t even have to research it though. Big thanks and shoutout to Carl of Crystal Baseball, who found me a player before I could. So, my dedication this week goes to #36, Robert Woodard!
I don’t expect any of you to know who on earth this guy is, I didn’t until yesterday. But I’m probably going to watch him through the system after this :)
Anyway, Woodard is a pitcher, currently with the the Padres’ Single-A affiliate, Lake Elsinore Storm. But he might move up or down sometime after Spring Training. Looks like he’s been up and down the Padres system a bit. He’s been in Fort Wayne, Portland, and Lake Elsinore. We signed him out of the University of North Carolina in 2007 after the draft.
There’s not that much info on him out there, but he had a 3.77 ERA last year with the three levels. He seems like a pretty good pitcher, and maybe we’ll see him with the big league club in a few years.
In other news, the Padres have signed DH Cliff Floyd and pitcher Scott Patterson. Patterson had three scoreless appearances with us last year, but had to be shut down due to an injury. Floyd will be our left-handed bat off the bench, as well as DH during interleague play. I think these are very interesting signings, and hopefully they will be good for the team. But guess what? The Padres are going to have 35 pitchers in Spring Training this year. Wow. It’s going to be very interesting…
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