This season will be Padgett’s fourth stint in the Atlantic League. Last year, Padgett ripped five homers and 20 doubles with 43 RBI in 75 games for the Flock. He had spent the prior two seasons with the York Revolution. In 2009, he posted a .274 batting average along with seven home runs and 70 RBI in a career-high 132 games. The infielder has spent 13 seasons in professional baseball.
Padgett’s best seasons came in 2004 and 2005 while in the Florida Marlins organization. As a member of Triple-A Albuquerque, he posted career-highs in home runs (24) and RBI (93) in ’04 and followed that up with career-marks in hits (136), runs scored (71) to go along with a .296 average. The 33-year-old has spent time in the Phillies and Cubs organizations as well, reaching as high as Triple-A. The South Carolina native played his collegiate baseball at Clemson University, where he hit .376 and collected 14 home runs along with 58 RBI his final season. Padgett was originally drafted by the Marlins in the fifth round of the 1998 amateur entry draft.