Originally written March 27, 2013 on Friarhood:
In the immortal words of Huey Lewis: This is it! The tenth and final piece in the series is here. Whew! I have concluded my identification of the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up last: Relief Pitching. Same general disclaimer as the last piece on pitching applies here. The system is rife with talent on the mound, so I’ve chosen a few that stand out to me as arms that could find their way into the bullpen in the very near future. Brad Boxberger appeared in 37 games for Tucson last season, and all he managed to do was allow 37 hits and strike out nearly 13 hitters per nine innings. He’s already appeared in 24 big league innings, but there’s likely much more to come this season. He was recently optioned to AAA Tucson, but there’s a good chance he’s recalled soon. He features a big league fastball that reaches 95 mph and uses a solid curveball to keep hitters honest. He also decreased his BB/9 from 4.9 to 3.9. If he can maintain that command, the...
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