Tucson Padres: Big hitters fill up locker room, box scores

2013-06-08T00:00:00Z Tucson Padres: Big hitters fill up locker room, box scoresZack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Walk into the Tucson Padres clubhouse, and it's hard to miss Kalian Sams.

Sandwiched between the 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound Dean Anna and the 6-1, 215-pound John Baker, Sams occupies two lockers all to himself at 6-2, 245 pounds.

There are five other batters listed at 6-2 on the Padres' roster, but Sams, who was just called up from Double-A San Antonio on Friday, still feels imposing alongside them. The 10 home runs he hit in 26 games with the Missions certainly don't hurt that image.

"Power," Sams said, "people know me for my power."

And Sams, born and raised in the Netherlands, isn't the only mountainous presence in the Padres clubhouse. Seven lockers away, Mike Wilson and Brandon Allen sit side-by-side. Wilson, an outfielder, is 6-2, 245 pounds; Allen, a first baseman, is 6-2, 235.

"It's about baseball players," Padres manager Pat Murphy said. "It's not about the size of guys. You know, you can put a football team out here, too, but you're not going to win a lot of games."

Wilson actually was a football player. Before the Seattle Mariners drafted him in the second round in 2001 out of high school, he was offered a scholarship to play for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.

"Ok," Murphy said, laughing. "But that doesn't ensure that you're gonna play good baseball. They're great guys, all (three) of them, and they also happen to carry around a pretty nice physique."

Here's a look at the three biggest sluggers for the Padres, who will wear throwback rainbow Toros uniforms tonight against Sacramento:

Kalian Sams

Height/Weight: 6-2/245

Age: 26

Position: Outfielder

Best season: (2011): .231 average, 24 home runs, 66 RBIs, 58 runs, 26 steals, 128 strikeouts in 113 games combined with the Single-A Clinton and the High-A High Desert in the Seattle Mariners organization.

He said it: "I can't say for myself, but it's always good to have a guy in the middle of the lineup that can put up some power numbers. But, I'm just trying to help my team." - Sams

Mike Wilson

Height/Weight: 6-2/245

Age: 29

Position: Outfielder

Best season: (2008) .276 average, 27 home runs, 84 RBIs, 76 runs, 9 steals, 117 strikeouts in 119 games with the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx in the Mariners organization

He said it: "He's a big guy with lots of power, he can run, and he can throw." - Allen about Wilson.

Brandon Allen

Height/Weight: 6-2/235

Age: 27

Position: First base

Best season: (2008) .278 average, 29 home runs, 75 RBIs, 87 runs, 17 steals, 124 strikeouts in 130 games with the High-A Winston-Salem Warthogs and the Double-A Birmingham Barons.

He said it: "It's just getting an opportunity and learning to make adjustments for guys like us. Power will come, you can't force the issue with power, we have to let it come, but the swing will generate itself. Let the pitchers make their mistakes, and take advantage of it." - Allen

¡Tus Padres!

• Highlight: Friday night's 14-5 loss to Sacramento makes Tucson just 1-5 on the season against the River Cats, who lead the Padres by two games in the PCL South. Tucson gave up its second grand slam to Sacramento this season when Grant Green smacked one to left field in the third inning.

• Big number: 7. Runs by Sacramento in the third, capped by Green's slam off reliever Wilfredo Boscan after starter Anthony Bass had loaded the bases.

• Tonight's starters: RHP Burch Smith (2-0, 2.70 ERA), Tucson, vs. RHP Bruce Billings (7-2, 4.25 ERA), Sacramento

Today

• What: Sacramento at Tucson Padres

• When: 7:05 p.m.

• Radio: 1290-AM

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