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    Padres Press Clips Thursday, June 15, 2017

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    Cordero clutch, Chacin strong as Padres sweep Reds UT San Diego Sanders 2

    Padres not shy about adding arms as draft concludes UT San Diego Lin 4

    First pitch: DL'd Trevor Cahill ramping up activity again UT San Diego Sanders 6

    Carlos Asuaje sends El Paso to win UT San Diego Sanders 8

    Luis Urias starting at shortstop in Texas League All-Star UT San Diego Sanders 10

    Game

    Padres rally to beat Reds, sweep series MLB.com Ruiz/Paris 12

    Padres bet on youth with prep picks, arms MLB.com Cassavell 14

    Padres draft rookie Bellinger's brother, Cole MLB.com Cassavell 17

    Diaz to face former club in first start MLB.com Ruiz 19

    Padres to host blood drive at Petco Park Padres.com Center 21

    Padres fans deserve a round of applause Padres.com Center 23

    Padres finish 3-game sweep of Reds, 4-2 Associated Press AP 26

    Padres Finalize 2017 Draft Class NBC San Diego Togerson 28

    Padres Complete Sweep of Reds NBC San Diego Togerson 29

    Bloodlines a factor for pair of Padres draft picks UT San Diego Lin 30

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    Cordero clutch, Chacin strong as Padres sweep Reds Jeff Sanders

    Yes, Franchy Cordero showed bunt. It was only a show. The 22-year-old rookie, too, believes he’s swinging the bat too well at the moment to give himself up.

    “I was just trying to bring the infield in,” Cordero said through an interpreter after his seventh- inning single propelled the Padres to a 4-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday afternoon and just San Diego’s second series sweep of the season. “I was trying to bring them in just a little more. Then any ball I hit would be able to get through.”

    It worked.

    Cordero’s single through the right side of the infield with runners on first and second staked the Padres to their first lead of the afternoon. It was his seventh hit of a series that saw the converted center field prospect blast the first three homers of his career – including two on Tuesday – double and drive in four runs in 14 at-bats.

    Which is why third baseman Glenn Hoffman felt compelled to have a brief conversation with Cordero drawing strike one with a half-hearted attempt at a bunt with runners on first and second.

    The reliever, Michael Lorenzen, had walked the first two hitters on eight pitches. No one outside Jose Pirela was swinging the bat better than Cordero. The message was succinct when Hoffman called timeout to speak into the Dominican’s ear just up the third base line.

    Hoffman just hoped nothing was lost in translation when he delivering the directive in English: Swing.

    “I didn’t know the Spanish word for ‘swing,’” Hoffman said with a chuckle, “but he got it.”

    Cordero’s getting a lot these days.

    His second single of the afternoon pushed his batting line to .339/.383/.625 through his first 17 games in the majors and – paired with Hunter Renfroe’s game-tying blast in the sixth – made right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (6-5, 5.10 ERA) a winner for the fourth time in seven Petco Park starts (1.72 ERA).

    The 29-year-old Venezuelan struck out four, walked one and allowed two runs – Jose Peraza homer to lead off the game and Joey Votto’s solo shot in the fourth – over an efficient seven-

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    inning outing that might have gone even longer had his spot in the lineup not come up to lead off the seventh.

    “He was really pitch efficient all day, the two home runs being the only damage,” Green said. “The rest of the day he was getting early action with pitches just outside the strike zone very often. That's a great recipe for success.”

    At 85 pitches in a 2-2 game, Chacin was lifted for pinch-hitter Matt Szczur, who walked to lead off the inning.

    Pirela followed with a walk and Cordero pulled a 1-1, 91 mph cutter through the right side of the infield to give the Padres their first lead of the game. Renfroe’s RBI groundout to second with the bases loaded extended that advantage to 4-2 before Brad Hand and Brandon Maurer closed the game with scoreless frames.

    An inning before Cordero’s go-ahead single, Renfroe interrupted a 1-for-19 slump with a two- run, 433-foot homer off Amir Garrett (6 IP) that bounced off the back of the Estrella Jalisco Landing deck in left field.

    The home run was his 14th of the season, tied with Nate Colbert (1969) for the most by a Padres rookie before the All-Star break despite his .224 batting average.

    “He's a power guy,” Green said. “At the end of the day he's going to run through phases where he's not squaring the ball up consistently. What we want as an organization when he's going through those stretches, if he's staying in the strike zone, it's going to come back quicker.”

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    Padres not shy about adding arms as draft concludes Dennis Lin

    In 2015, the Padres drafted 23 pitchers and 16 position players, 29 college players and 10 high schoolers. Last year, they selected 24 pitchers and 19 position players, 27 college players and 16 high schoolers.

    On Wednesday, they completed their third draft under General Manager A.J. Preller and Scouting Director Mark Conner. Once again, San Diego did not shy away from adding young arms.

    Of San Diego’s 41 selections, 20 were drafted as pitchers. Five catchers, three first basemen, two shortstops, three third basemen and eight outfielders rounded out the class. Twenty-five players came from the college ranks, 16 from high school.

    “We thought there was a lot of catching in this draft, which there hasn’t been in years past, and I think we had a few good ones, not just two (on day one),” Preller said. “We had mentioned pitching as a potential strength of the draft this year. The ability to go get some of the pitchers we did, left-handed pitching and catching, and get guys that our scouts liked, guys that from a makeup standpoint I know are going to help us win and help us get better at the big-league level down the road, it’s a good feeling.”

    Notable final-day choices included right-hander Cole Bellinger, the brother of Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger; right-hander Jake Lyons; and outfielder Daniel Cabrera. The Padres took two players with local connections: Fresno State left-hander and Coronado High alum Fred Schlichtholz, and Madison High righty Kevin Abel.

    Nabbed later in the draft, Abel (35th round) and Cabrera (26th) are highly regarded prep players with strong college commitments. Abel is an Oregon State pledge. About an hour before he was selected, Cabrera tweeted that he was “100% a (LSU) tiger.”

    The Padres have the majors’ fourth-largest bonus pool ($11,839,000) and significant negotiating flexibility, though it remains to be seen if they can convince someone such as Cabrera to forgo college. Baseball America rated Cabrera and Abel as the No. 82 and No. 216 draft-eligible prospects in the country, respectively.

    “Daniel Cabrera is one of our scouts’ favorite hitters in the entire draft class,” Conner said of the Parkview Baptist (La.) School outfielder. “Truthfully, the commitment to LSU’s pretty strong, but from our relationship and what we’ve scouted of him and how well we know him and knowing we believe in him, we wanted to take him in the draft and see how it all plays out. Whether it’s this year or down the road, we’ll find out.”

    Cole Bellinger (15th round) starred as a two-way player for Hamilton (Ariz.) High. His older brother, whom Padres executive Logan White drafted for the Dodgers in 2013, is a leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year.

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    “Our first-year area scout James Parker did a really good job on (Cole Bellinger),” Conner said. “Cole is considered more of a position player by a lot of people in this draft. (Parker) went in and saw him pitch and really, really liked him and kind of sparked our interest.

    “Logan’s ties to the family definitely helped that connection and comfort of knowing the makeup of the family and of Cole. And then between James’ work and the added work of Logan, just from the history with the family — he came to a workout and threw for us, and honestly our entire group was excited about his upside.”

    Lyons, a 22nd-rounder out of Weatherford College, was ranked No. 282 in the draft class by Baseball America. Other noteworthy picks included hard-throwing right-hander C