Originally posted on Fox Sports San Diego  |  Last updated 7/10/13
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Ask anyone who has been around the minor leagues for some time and they will generally tell you the second hardest thing to do in baseball is to reach the major leagues. Roughly 90 percent of players drafted will never play an inning of Major League Baseball. But the hardest to do is to stay in the big leagues. Pitchers Burch Smith and Robbie Erlin, both top prospects in the organization, have found out first-hand about the difficulty of translating minor league success into big league careers. Both of them have the ability to miss bats, which is always something that you want to see on the major league level, said Darren Balsley, the Padres pitching coach about his two young arms. There are things they need to do to get better, but I think both have bright futures in the game. Smith, who was sent back to Triple-A Tucson before the beginning of the Washington Nationals series, is one whom Balsley sees as making the classic transformation from a thrower to a pit...
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