Padres Lose Poreda In Rule 5

Lefty came to San Diego in Peavy trade





SAN DIEGO—And then there was one.

A little more than two years after the Padres shipped Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy to the White Sox for four pitchers, only lefthander Clayton Richard remains.

Righthander Adam Russell was traded to the Rays as part of the deal that brought shortstop Jason Bartlett to San Diego. Righthander Dexter Carter was released in spring training after struggling for the better part of two seasons after the trade. Then lefthander Aaron Poreda, who was heralded as one of the keys to the deal, was claimed by the Pirates in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Poreda, a first-round draft pick of the White Sox out of San Francisco in 2007, made a positive impression with the Padres at the end of the 2009 season, posting a 3.86 ERA in 21⁄3 innings over four appearances. Despite his good stuff, though, there were signs of what haunted his career: five walks.

In 87 minor league appearances with the Padres, covering 156 innings, Poreda struck out 160, a testament to his mid-90s fastball and plus slider. But Poreda, touted as the No. 10 prospect in the organization in 2010, has been plagued by wildness, walking 164 in those 156 innings. He appeared in 41 games at Triple-A Tucson in 2011, posting a 5.43 ERA. In 70 innings, he had 79 strikeouts, but allowed 65 hits and walked 63. His minor league walk rate is now 5.18 per nine innings.

Despite a need for pitching at the big league level, he was never considered for a call to the Padres last season.

"You never want to lose a guy with his kind of stuff, but Aaron has had trouble throwing strikes," said one Padres coach. "You have to be able to throw strikes to pitch in the big leagues. Aaron didn't throw enough strikes."

FATHER FIGURES

• Shortstop Michael Wing was claimed from the Angels in the minor league phase of the Rule 5. A 26th-round high school pick of the Angels in 2007, the 23-year old Wing hit .317 with 11 home runs last season for high Class A Inland Empire. The Padres are woefully thin on middle-infield prospects, so Wing has some value.

• The Nationals claimed righthander Matt Buschmann in the minor league phase of the Rule 5. Buschmann was a 15th-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2006. He made 15 starts for Triple-A Tucson in 2011 with a 7.31 ERA.