Padres Promote A Pair Of 2006 Picks

Second baseman Matt Antonelli and outfielder Chad Huffman‘"the Padres’ first- and second-round picks in 2006’"have earned second-half promotions to Double-A San Antonio. They join lefthander Wade LeBlanc, himself a second-rounder from 2006, in the Texas League.

Antonelli, 22, hit .314/.406/.500 with 14 home runs and 18 stolen bases for high Class A Lake Elsinore, ranking third in the California League with 109 hits and second with 89 runs scored. Drafted as a third baseman from Wake Forest, Antonelli clearly has demonstrated he can make adjustments. Not only is he learning to play second base’"where he committed 12 errors in 76 games’"but he’s also learning to hit for power with wood bats.

The Padres worked with Antonelli to improve the load to his swing during 2006 instructional league’"after a homerless pro debut in the short-season Northwest League’"and the extra work seems to have paid off.

Huffman led the Northwest League in on-base percentage (.439) and ranked second in both average (.343) and slugging percentage (.576) in 2006, his debut season. This year, the 22-year-old left fielder hit .307/.402/.522 with 15 home runs in the Cal League, where his 76 RBIs ranked third.