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Carmon attending Padres' top prospects minicamp

Posted: February 20, 2014 10:33 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Camden native and former Camden High and Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball standout Stephen Carmon is one of 41 players in the San Diego Padres’ minor league system currently attending the organization’s minicamp for top prospects in Peoria, Ariz.
Carmon is a 2009 graduate of Camden High School and was an All-State and all-region selection following his senior season.
Carmon was drafted by the Padres out of USC Aiken in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft and was sent to the Padres’ rookie league entry in Eugene, Ore., that year before the shortstop was moved to Lake Elsinore of the class A California League in September.
Last season, the 5-foot-7, 155-pound Carmon was the starting shortstop for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League. He was batting at a .253 clip with one home run, 14 RBI, eight doubles and three triples before his season came to an end after 50 games due to a wrist injury sustained in a game.
There are 18 players who attended the four previous minicamps who are currently in the Padres’ big league camp.
“The success rate of guys getting to the big leagues or the other side is pretty good,” said Randy Smith, the Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting.
“For some of these guys, it will be their first spring training, so they’ll come here and this gives them a chance to get to know the staff,” Smith said. “I just think it’s an easy way to transition them in to their first spring and give them a head start to their season.”
Smith said the minicamp has evolved over the years, including the addition of more players and also instructors from the Minor League side who will preside over the camp. One addition this year is the minicamp team will play two games against the French National Team on March 6 and March 8. That team is managed by former big league closer Eric Gagne.
The Padres’ minicamp coaching staff includes field coordinator Randy Johnson, hitting coordinator Sean Berry, outfield/baserunning coordinator Glen Barker, upper-level pitching coordinator Trevor Hoffman, infield coordinator Eddie Rodriguez, coordinator of Latin American instruction Evaristo Lantigua and six Minor League coaches and managers.

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