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Meet your newest Padres

Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:39 pm
 
For both Padre fans left, you may be wondering what you're getting in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez.

Well, here's a quick look at the three players known to be going to San Diego:

Casey Kelly RHP Casey Kelly (pictured): The Red Sox first-rounder (30th overall) in 2008 dropped in the draft some because he had signed a scholarship to play quarterback at Tennessee and many thought he wouldn't sign out of high school. Instead, the Red Sox signed him and gave him $3 million, which is a lot more than even Cam Newton could ask for, so Kelly went the baseball way.

Kelly wanted to play shortstop and was given that shot before being moved to the mound in 2009, where the Red Sox projected him the whole time.

Last season, Kelly, 20, pitched for Double-A Portland, going 3-5 with a 5.31 ERA in 21 starts. He struck out 81 and walked 35 in 95 innings. The Red Sox didn't appear worried about his ERA going from 2.08 at Single-A Greenville and Salem in 2009 to his five-plus ERA mark in the Eastern League (and 6.75 ERA in 16 innings in the Arizona Fall League), because his velocity increased to where he was throwing 90-94 with his fastball, touching 96, while he is still growing, too.

Kelly turned 21 in October and stands 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. He has a plus fastball, curveball and changeup, with good command. The other positive was how he handled his struggles at Portland.

Kelly comes from a baseball family, his father, Pat, was a catcher in the big leagues and currently a minor-league manager in the Reds system.

Baseball America ranked Kelly as the top player in the Red Sox system.

1B Anthony Rizzo: The best comp is from Alex Speier of WEEI.com -- 20-year old Adrian Gonzalez at Double-A Portland in 2002: .266/.344/.437, 17 HR, 96 RBI in 138 games. Last year the 20-year old Rizzo played at Portland as well, hitting .263/.334/.481, 20 HR, 80 RBI in 107 games.

Between Class A Salem and Double-AA Portland, Rizzo hit 25 homers and had 100 RBI in 136 games.

Those numbers out of a high-school kid -- Rizzo was a sixth-round pick in 2007 out of Florida -- are impressive enough, but consider what he went through to get there.  When he was at Class A Greenville in 2008, he was diagnosed with limited stage classical Hodkin's lymphoma and missed the rest of that season to get treatment. Since then, he's been cancer-free and obviously regained all his strength.

Rizzo has struggled against left-handers and has a reputation as a good defensive first baseman.

Baseball America ranked Rizzo as the No. 3 player in the Red Sox system.

OF Reymond Fuentes: Fuentes is the cousin of Carlos Beltran, and has drawn comparisons to the former All-Star. Fuentes was just the sixth Puerto Rican ever drafted in the first round of the draft when the Red Sox took him 28th overall in 2009.

In his first full season as a pro, Fuetntes hit .270/.328/.377 at Class A Greenville, hitting five home runs and driving in 41 in 104 games, while stealing 42 bases. He can flat-out fly.

South Atlantic League managers rated him as the best defensive outfielder in the league, according to Baseball America .

Fuentes is still skinny -- listed at 6-feet, 170 pounds -- the left-handed throwing, left-handed hitting outfielder could add some pop with some time. He will turn 20 in February.

Baseball America ranked Fuentes as the No. 6 player in the Red Sox system.

None of the three figure to see PetCo Park in 2011, but Rizzo and Kelly could be ready for 2012.

The Padres will also get a player to be named.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Meet your newest Padres

You have no rights. You are obviously a terrorist. And stop with the economy BS. Seriously, stop watching the news.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Meet your newest Padres

perlo: Don't believe these sox fans. They are excited about getting an all-star for nothing. The Padres got a bunch of nothings that will only be a foot note in one of the most lopsided and horrible trade of all time. I hope Gonzalez gets hurt and goes downhill. That would be perfect Karma for this travesty of a trade.

You obviously don't know what you're talking about. "Nothing" is what the Padres would have gotten had they not traded Gonzalez. And wishing for a guy to get hurt? Just because he got traded? That's disgusting. Gonzalez didn't demand a trade, so I don't see how you could hold this against him. It would be one thing to hope for the Red Sox to have an epic meltdown, but wishing for a guy to get hurt and ruin his career is juvenile and ignorant. Real karma would be you getting hurt right after posting your lame co
mment.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Meet Your Newest Padres! Lake Elsinore Storm!

So...Should I fire the Padres?  I am not bent out of shape enough yet.  But, would my time be better spent driving the 45 miles one way to Lake Elsinore for Storm games (Single A) or would it be better to go to Padres games 35 miles one way? If the Padres have blown their Pennant Race Wad for the next few seasons I might as well enjoy a more intimate atmosphere in a really nice ball park with players constantly striving for The Show.  I will have to decide.



Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 10:41 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

One other thing, this couldn't happen to a better guy. AG is, as they say, a class act. It'll be interesting to see hat he can do in a lineup with some hitters around him ....



Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 10:32 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

"San Diego fans need to realize they would get nothing for Gonzales if he wasnt traded this year, They receive back 3 players rated in the top 100 prospects of baseball America, Rizzo is going to replace Gonzales in 2 years and has unlimited potential and Fuentes is a potential 5-tool player. "

Redbarron - I think the issue for most Padre fans (I used to be one but have become pretty disinterested with baseball, which is okay, because I was a kid in the early 60's and got to see those guys play, along with some great bb that came after) is that even if these prospects pan out, the 'new' Padres management will not want to pay them. The good news for teams trading for good Padre players is that they don't need to give up the farm and could even get prospects back later, if they pan out, because they won't be paid by San Diego.

San Diego baseball = downtrend unless something fundamental changes in baseball.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 3:26 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

not!! Don't believe these sox fans. They are excited about getting an all-star for nothing. The Padres got a bunch of nothings that will only be a foot note in one of the most lopsided and horrible trade of all time. I hope Gonzalez gets hurt and goes downhill. That would be perfect Karma for this travesty of a trade. Where is MLB to step in and nullify this horrible trade?



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:47 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

Meant to say *this close to playing the Yankees.  Rangers were a good story, but I'd love to see them repeat.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:46 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

reddog, you know what, I actually agree with you.  I have had the opportunity to watch countless Red Sox games and "great" baseball.  However; the reality is this is a soiled product.  2003 was amazing as a former Red Sox fan, but after 2005 I was done with the game I grew up loving.

This system isn't fair to the other 25 teams which can't afford to compete.  It's not a league, it's a plutocracy.  Baseball needs a cap and the sport needs Bud Selig to retire and real competition to set in so everyone can win.  Yes, the Giants won the world series, but they were playing the Yankees and every year if you have the $$$, you're practically guaranteed the playoffs.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:40 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

You try hitting the ball park A Gonz has played half his games in lately. He will be a monster for Boston. He is defo one of the best there is.



Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:20 am
 

Meet your newest Padres

Well, unemployment is over 10% here, the cost of living is through the roof in Socal, and we still finished 2 spots higher in attendance than your Reds, so why not worry about your own "fanbase"...and 26,000 a game for a team with 81 home dates in this economy is not bad.  And besides me being right, we are fans and have the right to voice our opinion about our teams.  So stop whining about us whining.  Ironic.


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