Arizona Padres 2011 Season Review
The 2011 Arizona Rookie League team consisted of mostly Latin players who have been learning and training in the Dominican facility, as well as some free agent players signed by the Padres from the international market. Many are young and all are just learning their way through American professional baseball. There are a handful of draft picks brought to the rookie league for their first taste of pro ball and an introduction to the Padres system.
Of these players, there are a handful of standouts that are worth keeping an eye on for the Friarhood faithful. The team as a whole finished third in the AZL West division with a 23-33 record, playing a June 20 thru Aug 29 season.
The pitchers of note were 20-year-old Nicaraguan Uber Paz who was signed by the Padres in 2009 and sent to the Dominican facility for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The right-handed starter is 6-4, 194 lbs and has a history of throwing strikes with good strikeout to walk ratios. For the AZL Padres he went 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 games started and 59.1 innings pitched. He had 13 walks and 50 strikeouts, almost as many strikeouts as innings pitched.
Justin Hancock, the 9th round pick for 2011, was 0-3 in 33 IP but had a 2.09 ERA with 21 walks and 30 strikeouts.
Marlon Claveria, a 21 yr. old Guatemalan right-hander, has a good body at 6-3 and 210 lbs. and was highly thought of during his