TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2005
Former Dolphin Juan Padilla to Play in Minor League All-Star Game
July 12, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former JU pitcher Juan Padilla will participate in the 2005 Triple-A All-Star Game as a member of the International League on Wednesday, July 13, at Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif. The right-hander leads the Norfolk Tides, an affiliate of the New York Mets, with a 1.44 ERA and 11 saves in 36 appearances, while also posting a 3-2 record, 59 strikeouts and only nine walks in 62.1 innings.
Padilla, a native of Rio Piedres, Puerto Rico, was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 24th round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft and was acquired by the New York Yankees in 2003 as the player to be named in the deal that sent Jesse Orosco to Minnesota. After going 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in six appearances with the Yankees, the right-hander was released and completed the 2004 season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the year 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA and 25.2 innings in 18 appearances between the two franchises. Padilla was released in the offseason by the Reds and then signed a contract with the New York Mets.
A member of the Dolphin program from 1997-98, Padilla made his major-league debut with the Yankees on July 8, 2004, after posting a 1-1 record in 30 appearances with a 2.51 ERA, 33 strikeouts, 43 innings pitched and only three walks with the Columbus Clippers (AAA) of the International League.