The Padres called up Luis Sardinas who is again playing for the General Manager that A.J. Preller drafted with the Rangers in 2009 out of Venezuela. He was once a Top 100 prospect the Padres are hoping to see what he can do for them.
Sardinas is expected to see more playing time at shortstop as the Padres continue to find out who might be their shortstop for 2017 and beyond.
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The Padres got a good season from Alexei Ramirez, but he was below all of his career numbers and the Padres are getting younger moving forward. Jose Rondon has gotten some playing time, as well as Nick Noonan, and now it looks like Sardinas will get some time as well.
Sardinas played 42 games for Texas in 2014, 36 games for Milwaukee in 2015, and 32 with Seattle in 2016. Now at 23 years old he comes to San Diego after being designated for assignment by Seattle.
In his MLB career he is hitting just .218 with 2 home runs. However in the minor leagues he held a .285 batting average and 108 career minor league stolen bases over 7 seasons.
Padres manager Andy Green was excited: “We’re excited to have him. He played well down in El Paso for the brief time he was there, and he’s a guy that at one point in time a lot was really thought of [him]. And he’s only 23 years old.”
The Padres seem to have better options but are left trying to find what they do have in several utility players in the meantime. Ryan Schimpf has been great at second base for the Padres, but with Cory Spangenberg eventually coming back it might create another infield log jam. For now Sardinas will hope to show what he can do with the Padres.
It just might be an A.J. Preller draft pick that comes full circle 7 years later.