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Padre Minor League Report: Colt Morton

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    After missing Spring Training in '07, catcher glad to be in camp

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    PEORIA, Ariz. -- Colt Morton's version of Spring Training in 2007 amounted to working out in Peoria in June, a callous proposition itself because of the heat, with only a few teammates around while he rehabilitated a bum shoulder.

    No wonder the 25-year-old catcher is enjoying himself so much this spring: He's healthy and is coming off a week where he had two long drives -- one in the Padres' golf outing in Phoenix, the longest on the team, and the other coming on a home run he hit Wednesday during an intrasquad game.

    The home run wasn't so much a surprise to Padres director of Minor League operations Mike Wickham, who has seen a few of the monster home runs Morton has hit since he was drafted in the third round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

    "He hurts the ball ... it's amazing," Wickham said. "I think what everyone likes is the raw power. He looks good so far."

    As for Morton, he's just happy to be healthy.

    In February of last year, at a time when he should have been preparing to go to Arizona for the start of Spring Training, Morton instead was having surgery on the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

    "It was discouraging to come into camp and find out you need surgery," Morton said.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Morton recovered after a diligent rehabilitation program at the team's facility in Peoria. Morton made his season debut in July for the Padres' entry in the Arizona League.

    Morton hit .290 in 11 games before advancing to Class A Lake Elsinore of the California League, where he hit .500 in 24 at-bats. That's when Morton was promoted to Double-A San Antonio, where he hit .266 in 29 games with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

    Morton is set to start the season with Triple-A Portland.

    Where there's a Will: Like Morton, outfielder Will Venable also hit a long home run during the intrasquad game on Wednesday, a sign that his power might be starting to come around.

    Head start: The Padres invited 18 Minor League position players to camp early so that they get some extra work on hitting and fielding before their peers arrive here in Peoria on Saturday.

    The group includes infielders Justin Baum, Shane Buschini, Raynor Contreras, Andrew Cumberland, Sean Kazmar, Angel Mercado, Andrew Parrino and Lance Zawadzki; and outfielders Sam Carter, Yefri Carvajal, Brad Chalk, William Conlon, Craig Cooper, Nic Crosta, Chad Huffman, Cedric Hunter, Kellen Kulbacki and Danny Payne.

    They're No. 1: Right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer, San Diego's first-round pick in 2003 (fourth overall), is among the pitchers in contention for the fifth spot in the team's starting rotation.
  2. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    I adopted Colt in that "other" forum. Here's a pic of him without the Getty crap all over it:

    Yep. He's a stud.

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