SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2004
Former Dolphins Padilla and Regilio Called Up To Major Leagues
July 10, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Dolphin pitchers Juan Padilla (New York Yankees) and Nick Regilio (Texas Rangers) each had contracts purchased by their respective Major League affiliates last week and are on active Major League rosters. In JU program history, 90 players have been drafted by the professional ranks including nine that have reached the majors.
Padilla, a relief pitcher from Levittown, Puerto Rico, was called up on July 8 after posting a 1-1 record in 30 appearances with a 2.51 ERA, 43 innings pitched, 33 strikeouts and only three walks with the Columbus Clippers (AAA) of the International League. A member of the Dolphin program from 1997-98, Padilla was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 24th round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft and was a part of the Twins organization until being traded to the Yankees in 2004. The righthander spent two weeks with the Trenton Thunder (AA) in the Eastern League before making the jump to Columbus on April 17.
In two seasons with JU, Padilla was a pitcher and shortstop after transferring from Tallahassee Community College. As a pitcher, he appeared in 33 games (19 starts) with a 3.78 ERA, 133.0 innings, 122 strikeouts, eight complete games and five saves. At the plate, Padilla batted .306 with 57 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 50 RBI.
Regilio, a starting pitcher from Deltona, Fla., was called up on July 7 after registering a 6-4 record in 16 starts with a 4.60 ERA, 90 innings pitched and 71 strikeouts with the Oklahoma Red Hawks (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He made his major league debut on July 9, pitching 1.0 inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. A member of the Dolphin squad from 1998-99, Regilio was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft and moved to all levels of the minors until playing the entire 2004 season with Oklahoma. One of the righthanders' accomplishments in the minors was a perfect game against the Jupiter Hammerheads while playing with the Charlotte Rangers (A) of the Florida State League in 2001.
In his final season with JU, Regilio posted a 7-2 record in 13 starts with a 4.58 ERA, 66 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 72.2 innings.