SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced they have extended their player development contract with Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League for two years through the 2016 season. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement.
"Our partnership with the Missions is crucial to our success at the Major League level," said Preller. "We look forward to continuing to develop players through the culture of winning that San Antonio has established."
A Padres affiliate since 2007, the Missions have posted a 586-532 (.524) regular season record over the past eight seasons. The partnership has been highlighted by three Texas League Championships in 2007, 2011 and 2013. The 2007 Missions were named the Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America, while the 2011 club was named Minor League Team of the Year and Double-A Team of the Year by MiLB.com. The 2013 squad went 78-61 (.561) en route to the 13th Texas League championship in franchise history. 2013 was the first year at the helm for current Manager Rich Dauer. In 2014, the Missions recently finished the regular season with a 68-72 (.486) record.
"We are thrilled to continue this partnership with what has been an important franchise in the Texas League," said Vice President, Player Development Randy Smith. "The great relationship the Padres have had with the Missions is thanks in large part to working with the Elmore family and Burl Yarbrough. We look forward to continuing success for the Missions and working together to develop quality Major League players."
Of the players on the Padres' current active roster, 10 were originally signed by the San Diego and made their way to the Majors through San Antonio. The list is comprised of Leonel Campos, Odrisamer Despaigne, Jedd Gyorko, Rymer Liriano, Tommy Medica, Kevin Quackenbush, Cory Spangenberg, Tim Stauffer, Will Venable and Nick Vincent. Four others - R.J. Alvarez, Robbie Erlin, Frank Garces and Joe Wieland - have also spent significant development time in San Antonio.