The San Diego Padres are ready to give center field prospect Blake Tekotte a shot in the Majors. Tekotte, a patient center fielder with speed and some pop, was ranked #158 in my top 175 prospects list. The ranking was a bit higher than most but nowhere near as high as the optomistic Adam Foster who was the only one I saw that had him in their top 100.
Tekotte, a 3rd round pick out of the University of Miami, has played very well in the minors but has been a bit old at each level. After hitting .250/.324/448 in Double-A last year he got to repeat the level this year and was hitting .294/.416/.490 with 6 homeruns, 14 stolen bases, and a 26:31 BB:k rate in 175 plate appearances. The Padres obviously thought this was good enough to warrant a Major League call up one day before his 24th birthday; what a nice birthday present