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Padres Promote Tommy Medica 

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Things have been going well for Padres prospect Tommy Medica following Sunday night’s victory where the San Antonio Missions moved onto the Double-A Texas League Championship. Even better than the victory was the announcement that the young first baseman was being called up to the majors for a chance to show the club what he’s made of. The announcement came Sunday evening via David Dodd on Twitter.

Medica, 25, spent his 2012 season with Single-A Lake Elsinore and performed so well in the Arizona Rookie League that he was sent outright to the San Antonio Missions to start the 2013 season. Medica has shown that he is certainly a capable hitter, sporting a .296 batting average with 57 RBI and 18 homeruns with the Missions this season. Last year with the Storm, Medica hit for a .330 batting average with 87 RBI and 19 homeruns.

Medica was drafted by the Padres back in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Santa Clara University. While he has performed well out of the designated hitter’s spot in the minors, Medica has been a very capable infielder and even played a handful of games in the outfield and as a catcher with Fort Wayne and Eugene.

It certainly seems that Medica has had a successful run with San Antonio and Lake Elsinore, and one can only hope that his success translates at the Major League Level as well. If things bode well for Medica this September, he may seem himself in San Diego or El Paso next season instead of San Antonio.

Medica will have the opportunity to make his debut Tuesday evening in Philadelphia when the Padres take on the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park at 4:00pm Pacific Time.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!