Padres' Bass Gets His Shot

Righthander proves he deserves a look





SAN DIEGO—Anthony Bass doesn't stand out from the pack. He's not 6-foot-7. He doesn't throw 100 mph. And he doesn't buckle knees with his breaking stuff.

But the Padres have seen enough of the righthander to want to see more. Bass started the season at Double-A San Antonio, earning a big league callup to make an emergency start in June. The Padres called him back in July to add depth to the bullpen.

Late in the season, Padres manager Bud Black said it was time to give the 23-year-old, a 2008 fifth-round pick out of Wayne State (Mich.), a shot in the rotation. In two September starts, he allowed just seven hits and one run over 10 innings against the Rockies and Cubs.

"Anthony has put himself on the radar," Black said. "He has improved from the day he got here. He's making strides and put himself in the mix for next year."

The Padres would like to see Bass get as many as five starts in the Arizona Fall League. He got off to a 1-0, 2.57 start in the AFL with Peoria, with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings (one start).

Bass appeared in 27 big league games, going 2-0, 1.68 with 24 strikeouts and 21 walks in 48 innings.

He went 6-4, 3.75 with 62 strikeouts and 21 walks in 74 innings with San Antonio. The Padres want to get him to around 160 total innings, including the AFL.

"That works for me," Bass said. "The Fall League starts pretty much right after the season, so there won't be much of a layoff. I'll be fresh.

"They haven't asked, but I'd rather be a starter than a reliever, so I'm excited about getting more starts. That being said, I'd rather work out of the bullpen in the big leagues than start in the minors. So I'd like to show the organization what I can do as a starter."

FATHER FIGURES

• The Padres lost longtime coach, manager and instructor Doug Dascenzo to the Braves. Dascenzo piloted San Antonio to the Texas League championship despite seeing eight of his players called to the big leagues. The Braves hired Dascenzo as a minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

• The Padres didn't renew the contract of hitting coach Randy Ready. High Class A Lake Elsinore manager Phil Plantier had been mentioned as a top candidate to replace him.