Slow day. Jake Gautreau made his pro debut Saturday night. One hit in five at-bats, two strikeouts, two errors. Did a little better his second game.
Here’s a complete rundown on what the Padres’ first five picks are doing so far:
Taggert Bozied has joined Matt Harrington in the Northern League. He’s playing the outfield for the Sioux Falls Canaries. Yes, Josh Barfield is Jesse’s son. He’s splitting time between second base and shortstop. Harrington hasn’t done much at St. Paul but he’s only 19 and I expect that his experience with the Rockies last year hasn’t put him in the best frame of mind. Greg Sain, the USD grad, is off to a good start at Eugene. He hasn’t yet played in the field in nine games.
Completely unrelated, Sterling Hitchcock is set to make his 2001 Padres debut Wednesday night. He’ll probably make about three or four starts before being traded. The Indians have had their eyes on him for years. Woody Williams is also rumored to be on his way out of town. I’ll miss both of those guys; they’ve been fun to watch.
I have to give Kevin Towers credit. At the time they were made, I thought the Padres got taken in the deals for Hitchcock and Williams. Who knew Scott Sanders and Joey Hamilton, at relatively young ages, would do so little for their new teams? Hamilton at least still has a chance, but he looks nothing like the pitcher we saw in San Diego just a few years ago.