Synopsis: A very talented staff that keeps the ball down should thrive in the best pitcher's park in the system. If the Missions can hit just a little bit they will be in every game as one through five the starters are as good as any that San Diego has sent to San Antonio in the past.
Keep in mind in recent years the Padres have been aggressive in promoting prospects and we could see quite a few of the position players from Lake Elsinore in the Alamo City before the end of the year.
Three Strikes with Randy Smith, the Padres Director of Player Development and International Scouting:
How has Adys Portillo looked this spring particularly his control?
Randy Smith: He took big steps last year and was just dominating the Midwest League. He got promoted to the Texas League and got hit around a little but he bounced back. As he gets older his secondary stuff and control are going to continue to improve.
Remember this guy is really young and right now we are pretty happy about where ...