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Padre Notes: Towers assesses spring so far

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Estes a 'sleeper' for fifth starter; Myrow trying to break through


    Identifying the search for a fifth starter, a left fielder and a full bullpen as the big questions, he acknowledged Shawn Estes as his "sleeper pick" for the fifth starter slot.

    Perhaps an even sleepier pick is Wade LeBlanc, a left-handed pitcher who spent the '07 season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, going 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA and striking out 55 in 57 1/3 innings while walking 19.

    Looking for a break: Another Minor League standout fighting an uphill battle to win a spot on the Opening Day roster is first baseman Brian Myrow. A career .303 hitter through seven Minor League seasons with the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox and Padres, the 31-year-old left-hander won the Pacific Coast League batting title last year with a .354 mark, hitting 13 homers and 73 RBIs in 107 games.

    Finest in the field: The Padres will play an intrasquad game Wednesday, edging closer to their exhibition season opener Thursday against the Mariners. But knowing his players can't get enough of the repeated fundamental drills that characterize the early part of Spring Training camps, Black promised to mix in some work on bunt plays at the end of every half-inning.

    Towers went over some of the offseason moves that give him optimism for the Padres' season and briefly reviewed last season, pointing to the loss to Milwaukee on the season's final weekend as the hardest loss he could recall. Tony Gwynn Jr. got the game-winning hit against Trevor Hoffman, setting up the heartbreaking one-game tiebreaker with the Rockies. Towers also cited Scott Hairston as the current favorite to win the left-field sweepstakes.

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