John Maffei

Versatility Helps

John Maffei -Premium Content

SAN DIEGO—When Callix Crabbe reported to spring training, the only thing fans knew about him was that he had an interesting name. By the time spring training was over, they had learned the 5-foot-7 bundle of energy could play the game. The Padres took Crabbe from the Brewers in the major league Rule 5 draft in December, so it was an all-or-nothing deal when he got to camp. And he knew it.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#San Diego Padres

Padres Organization Report

John Maffei -Premium Content

The line at second base keeps getting longer. Since the Padres bid farewell to Marcus Giles, they've bulked up at the position. Matt Antonelli, the organization's first-round pick in 2006, is the man the Padres want to win the job. Despite a great 2007 season in the minors, Padres officials fear Antonelli may need a half-season at the Triple-A level before he's ready for the big show.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#San Diego Padres