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Padres prospect Donavan Tate a no-show

Mar 8, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT


Outfielder Donavan Tate, the Padres’ 2009 first-round pick taken third overall, did not show up at Minor League camp. Via the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Tate, the outfielder signed by the Padres for $6.5 million as the No. 3 overall pick of 2009, informed the club that he will not be reporting on time with the rest of the minor league position players on Friday. Tate’s reason for not showing in Peoria was described by the club as “personal.”

Tate hit just .226 overall between Single-A Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, stealing 21 bases but with a disappointing 60 percent success rate. His career has been besieged by injuries and suspensions — most memorably, he was suspended in June 2011 for his second positive test for a drug of abuse (i.e. not performance-enhancers).

22 years old without even a taste of Double-A, and now a no-show at Padres camp, Tate’s career takes an even more disappointing turn. Padres VP Randy Smith suggested that Tate needs to work on being a better person before he can become a better ballplayer.

The two players taken ahead of Tate in the 2009 draft, Stephen Strasburg and Dustin Ackley, have enjoyed at least a modicum of success at the Major League level.

  1. icanspeel - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    His skills have been a no-show since the Padres drafted him.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    You are right. That Ackley character has had a tiny bit of success in Seattle. Strasburg on the other hand just might turn into more than a #3 starter.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I thought MLB scout were all about being able to tell what kinda player a guy is by how he looks? They couldn’t tell he’s a lil take the money and run weasel?

    • louhudson23 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      Those MLB scouts scouted virtually every HoF player in history,and the A’s MLB scouts scouted every World Champion player they ever had.

  4. weaselpuppy - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Well, at least he didn’t drive over some old dude’s melon……..yet.

  5. missingdiz - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Well, yeah. This is going to happen. If I did the arithmetic right, he was 18-19 when he got $6.5 million because of well he played baseball in high school. Sheeeyut–if somebody had given me that much money at that age I would have been lucky to last to 21. There’s got to be another way–trust fund or something. Young people today are typically less mature than in my day, which was bad enough. And males especially, typically–not always of course, aren’t ready to take care of themselves at 18-19. Hell, something like a third of our twenty-somethings are living with their folks.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I think his career as Bruno Mars is just a wee bit more lucrative.

    Plus, bitch is lazy.

  7. genericcommenter - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    He is like the Keith David to Tate Donovan’s David Keith.

  8. lenbias34pt - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Tate has discovered a simple truth:
    Drugs are fun and drugs make life easy.

    What he is yet to discover is that he is burning a winning lottery ticket.
    This low character fool peaked at 17 years old. I’m not sure what is worst fate.

    He’ll be out of $, and or dead in short order.

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