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News and Notes from Surprise

With the Peoria Sports Complex under reconstruction this summer, the Padres have been in Surprise since the start of extended spring training. We stopped in for a few days to watch as the youngest guys in the system work to hone their game and get accustomed to life as professional baseball players.

AZL Manager Michael Collins is working some remarkably young catchers under the age of 21, Cristhofer Martinez and Jalen Goree – who celebrated his birthday last month – are the only non-teenagers among the infielders and outfielders. "They're all making those adjustments, going through the stages," said Collins. "We point out little things you see – timing issues, or more mental things. But...

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