Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

And They’re Off!
April 4, 2011, 18:04
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Okay okay…I know I’m behind (again)…the MLB is in full swing and the Pacific Coast League is only days away from its annual kick off.  The Diamondbacks have lost their second game (they won the season opener in Denver in extra innings!) after being snowed out in Denver yesterday.  And the Dodgers took their first series against the 2010 World Series Champion Giants in Los Angeles, winning three of four games.  Nice way for the Dodgers Rookie Manager, Don Mattingly, to start the season – way to go Donnie Baseball!  

Former Toro Goes BIG!  Tucson native and former Tucson Toro, Tom Wilhelmsen, made the Seattle Mariners roster out of Spring Training.  Tom expressed surprise at the move, since he’d only made it through A ball in recent affiliated experience.  Tom pitched the final inning yesterday at Oakland and came through with an ERA of 0.00 – no walks, no runs, one K, three batters faced.  Keep it up, Tom! 

And on the Home Front…  The Tucson Padres continue to prepare for their first season of play here in Tucson.  The San Diego Padres have filled their AAA team with a lot of talent and it looks like it will be a great season to be a Tucson Padres fan (full article here:  Roster)!  Here’s a quick rundown on the AAA roster: 

        Starting Pitchers (in anticipated rotation order) 

Wade LeBlanc – a lefty with experience in both minor and major leagues (Wade).  He’s on the SD 40-man roster 

Will Inman – spent last year with the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres); 3.61 ERA in 11 games (Will

Josh Geer – although the T-Pads website roster doesn’t show Josh, their article about the roster indicates that he’s “2007 Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Year…Pitched in 35 career major league games, all with San Diego” 

Simon Castro – spent last year with the Beavers; 7 and 7 record with an ERA of 3.28 (Simon).  On SD 40-man roster 

Jeremy Hefner – spent last year with the AA Padres club in San Antonio, TX;  11 and 8 record, ERA = 2.95 (Jeremy).  He’s also on the 40-man 


Luis Martinez – spent last year with the AA Padres club; batted .282 with 31 RBIs (Luis).  Both our catchers are on SD’s 40-man roster 

Guillermo Quiroz – has both minor and major league experience and split 2010 between a couple of AAA clubs and SD (Guillermo


Everth Cabrera (SS) – this is a guy I’m especially excited to see in Tucson!  He split time between the minors and SD last year…in his 76 games in “the show,” Everth batted .208 with 22 RBIs (Everth).  He’s on the 40-man 

Logan Forsythe (2B) – in 107 games with the San Antonio Missions (AA Padres) last season, Logan batted .253 with 38 RBIs (Logan

Jesus Guzman (3B) – played for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) last season (Jesus)…batting .321, 72 RBIs, 18 HRs (first T-Pad I’ve come across with double-digit HR stat in 2010).  He’s on the 40-man, too 

Andy Parrino (Utility INF) – batted .246 for San Antonio last season…49 RBIs, 11 HRs (Andy

Anthony Rizzo (1B) – nice article in the Arizona Daily Star yesterday (Beating_Cancer) about Anthony’s battle with limited-stage classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma…one of the hot prospects in the Padres organization, coming from the Red Sox nation in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.  In 2010 he had 100 RBIs and 25 HRs!  (Anthony


Matt Clark – hit .269 with 97 RBIs and 28 HRs at San Antonio last year (Matt

Aaron Cunningham – played 53 games with the Padres parent unit last year, batting .288 with 55 RBIs and 15 HRs in the Bigs.  Also played with the Beavers in 2010 (Aaron).  He’s on the Padres’ 40-man 

Luis Durango – also on the 40-man, Luis D batted .300 for the Beavers; .250 in 28 games with the Padres (Luis_D

Bobby Kielty – it appears Bobby didn’t play affiliated baseball in 2010…his last experience was with the Mets AAA team in 2009, where he hit .231 in eight games (Bobby).  Bobby has MLB World Series experience, though, with the Red Sox in 2007 

Dan Payne – split the 2010 season between A ball with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) with a combined minor league batting average of .234 (Dan


Kino Bambino – the T-Pads received 150 submissions in their “Name the Mascot” contest…Tucsonan Andrew Jones was the lucky winner with his entry.  


        Manager and Coaches 

Terry Kennedy – former big league catcher with a number of organizations (Kennedy

Bob Skube – batting coach (Skube

Steve Webber – pitching coach (Webber

The Tucson Padres begin their season on Thursday at the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), followed by four games at the Salt Lake Bees (Angels).  Home opener will be Friday, April 15th at Kino Stadium (formerly Tucson Electric Park)…first fireworks of the season on Saturday, April 16th (full promotional schedule here:  Promos).  One Dollar Beer nights will be back on Thursdays, too!  It’s going to be a great season – and I’ll be looking for you in the stands on the 15th!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed/approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Toros, the Reno Aces, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, Diamondbacks, Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, Golden Baseball League, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Tucson Baseball LLC, SK Baseball LLC, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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Glad to hear Bill will still have Thirsty Thursdays.

Comment by Lois B

I know, isn’t it great?

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