Padres outfielder Donavan Tate, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, is beginning his sixth pro season in extended spring training, according to U-T San Diego. Tate, who missed the 2014 season with a torn Achilles, will spend some time in extended spring before being assigned to an affiliate, which will likely be Class A Lake Elsinore. "He's in extended trying to get more ABs," Padres farm director Sam Geaney said. "Had a very good spring and we're optimistic at this point. (The) Achilles' (is) totally healthy." The 24-year-old outfielder's career has been beset by injuries and failed drug tests. He has played in just 194 games in the minors, producing a .238/.355/.320/.675 slash line.
Former No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has returned to the Padres after he failed to report for spring training due to a personal issue, according to MLB.com. Tate reported to the team's workout facility in Arizona for extended spring training Tuesday, and will work to get into baseball shape. "It's been the same kind of things that I've been dealing with in my life for a long time," Tate told MLB.com. "They were issues that I finally felt I needed to address -- not just for me to play baseball, but to live life and enjoy it." Tate has struggled to get going since being selected in the 2009 draft, posting a .241 batting average and .678 OPS in 171 minor-league games, and it is not clear where -- or how soon -- he will resume his career.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday that Padres prospect Donavan Tate will miss the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury. Tate batted .288 with 22 RBI and 19 stolen bases between two levels of the minors.