Headley headlining Arizona Fall League

Headley headlines play in Arizona Fall League

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is the only player in the Major Leagues with the unusual first name of "Chase." If the San Diego Padres have their way, that will soon change. Third baseman Chase Headley, drafted in the second round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, has emerged as one of the top prospects in the Padres' organization.

Headley, a former college standout at the University of Tennessee, played his first full Minor League season in 2006. The 22-year-old hit .291 with 12 homers, 33 doubles and 74 RBIs for the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A Advanced California League.

Headley will have no time to reflect on his impressive season, however, as he is one of seven Padre prospects playing for the Peoria Saguaros in the talent-laden Arizona Fall League. The Colorado native launched a home run in the Saguaros' first win of the season, a 15-9 romp over the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Here's a look at the other Padres farmhands currently playing in the AFL, as well as four prospects who are honing their skills with the West Oahu CaneFires of the Hawaii Winter League.

Peoria Saguaros

SS Juan Ciriaco -- Ciriaco went 1-for-4 and struck out twice on Tuesday, as the Saguaros absorbed an Opening Day loss. The 23-year-old Dominican struggled at the plate with the Double-A Mobile BayBears this season, as he hit just .222 with 31 RBIs over 442 at-bats.

RHP Jonathan Ellis -- Ellis' AFL debut was a disappointment, as the 23-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in one inning of work. The 23-year-old reliever spent the majority of this past season with Lake Elsinore, where he went 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA over 24 appearances and struck out 37 batters over just 28 innings pitched.

C Colt Morton -- One of the most powerful backstops in the Minor Leagues, Morton split this past season between Lake Elsinore and Mobile. Over 94 games, the former third-round draft pick hit .244 with 11 homers and drove in 43 runs. Morton has had trouble making contact in his first two AFL games, as he has collected a single in five at-bats while striking out three times.

RHP Leonel Rosales -- One of the top relief prospects in the Padres' system, Rosales led the Midwest League in saves in 2004 and repeated the accomplishment in the California League in 2005. This past season, the 25-year-old pitched in middle relief for Mobile and went 5-6 with a 3.21 ERA over 53 appearances. Rosales made his AFL debut on Wednesday and allowed a run over one inning of work.

OF Vince Sinisi -- Sinisi spent the majority of 2006 with Mobile, where he hit .269 with 52 runs scored and 48 driven in over 379 at-bats. The 24-year-old Texan was spectacular in his AFL debut in Wednesday, as he went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs.

RHP Jared Wells -- Wells, who led the California League in ERA in 2005, scuffled through an up-and-down campaign in 2006. The former 31st-round draft pick went 4-3 with a 2.64 ERA over 12 starts for Mobile, but struggled after receiving a promotion to the Triple-A Portland Beavers, where he went 2-9 with a 7.27 ERA over 15 starts. Wells has yet to appear in the AFL.

West Oahu CaneFires

OF Peter Ciofrone -- After driving in 74 runs for Lake Elsinore, Ciofrone came to the Hawaiian Winter League swinging a hot bat. The 23-year-old is hitting .313 (5-for-16) over the first week of the season, with a homer, double, five RBIs and two runs scored.

2B Sean Kazmar -- Kazmar was a solid contributor for Lake Elsinore this past season, hitting .250 with 13 homers and 72 RBIs over 540 at-bats. The 22-year-old has struggled for the Canefires thus far, as he has collected just one hit over 15 at-bats. The Georgia native has shown a keen eye at the plate, however, as he has drawn six walks against just two strikeouts.

RHP Neil Jamison -- Jamison went 5-6 with a 3.31 ERA and notched 31 saves for Lake Elsinore, and now brings his closer's mentality to laid-back Hawaii. The 23-year-old has hurled five scoreless innings over five appearances for West Oahu and picked up a save on Oct. 6 against the Honolulu Sharks.

OF Will Venable -- Venable was one of the best players in the Class A Midwest League in 2006, as he hit .314 with 11 homers, 91 RBIs and 18 stolen bases for the Fort Wayne Wizards. Over four games with the Canefires, he is hitting .250 (4-for-16) with two RBIs and a run scored.

Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.