Everything You Need to Know About the Lake Elsinore Storm

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“The Storm”

The Lake Elsinore Storm are the minor league Advanced Single-A baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

They have been an affiliate of the Padres since 2001. Prior to that they were an affiliate of the California Angels.

The team plays at Peter Lehr Field. The stadium is called the “Lake Elsinore Diamond” and cost $24.3 million dollars to construct in 1994.

Storm games may be heard on K-Frog 92.9 FM and each game is broadcast by Sean McCall.

Lake Elsinore is just up the 15 freeway and the show they put on is really top-notch. The Padres’ minor league system is growing tremendously, and now is a great time to witness and rub elbows with players who will one day pitch for the Padres at Petco Park.

With a revived farm system, the Padres minor league teams will be more exciting than ever. Before we dig into the who/what/when/where’s of the 2017 Lake Elsinore Storm, let’s take a quick look into the history of the team.

History

The Lake Elsinore Storm first came into the MiLB in 1979 as the Santa Clara Padres. After that, they played in Redwood as the Pioneers until 1985, when they then moved to Palm Springs and became the Palm Springs Angels. In 1994 the wonderful Lake Elsinore Diamond was opened in Lake Elsinore and the team moved there to officially became the Lake Elsinore Storm we know and love today.

Key Storm Alumni

There have been a lot of key players to come out of Lake Elsinore, including some who even got their chance to shine on ten out of sixteen teams in the 2017 World Baseball Classic!

2017 WBC:

Cody Decker

Australia: RHP Sam Holland (2015), RHP Chris Oxspring (2001-02)

Canada: C George Kottaras (2005), 1B Josh Naylor (2016)

China: INF Ray Chang (2005, 07)

Colombia: RHP Ernesto Frieri (2005-08), RHP Tayron Guerrero (2014)

Dominican Republic: RHP Bryan Rodriguez (2014)

Israel: RHP Dylan Axelrod (2008-09), 1B Cody Decker (2010), 1B Nate Freiman (2011)

Italy: RHP Mike DeMark (2007-08)

Mexico: INF/OF Luis Cruz (2004), RHP Luis Mendoza (2005), LHP Oliver Perez (2001-02), INF Luis Urias (2016)

Puerto Rico: OF Reymond Fuentes (2011)

Venezuela: LHP Jose Castillo (2016), RHP Francisco Rodriguez (2000)

A lot of storm players have gone on to MLB and become World Series Champions, Gold Glove Winners, Cy Young Winners, and had plenty of All Star appearances!

MLB:

3B/1B David Freese, OF/1B Darin Erstad, SS Khalil Greene, 2B Jedd Gyorko, 3B Chase Headley, SP Corey Kluber, SP John Lackey, OF/1B Xavier Nady, SP Jake Peavy, and RP Francisco Rodriguez.

Now that you know a good history of the team and who has come through Lake Elsinore, let’s take a look at the current Lake Elsinore Storm squad. The 2017 roster will be announced next week, so this is a look at the roster at the end of the 2016 season.

LAKE ELSINORE STORM ROSTER (end of 2016 season)

 Managers & Coaches
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status
Edwin Rodriguez Manager R R 5′ 11″ 175 08-14-1960 Active
Raul Padron Hitting Coach L R 6′ 0″ 195 09-17-1984 Active
33 Glendon Rusch Pitching Coach L L 6′ 1″ 225 11-07-1974 Active
Freddy Flores Coach R R 5′ 10″ 169 02-12-1974 Active
Pitchers
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
16 Mark Zimmerman P L R 6′ 0″ 195 03-29-1994 Active No
35 Trey Wingenter P R R 6′ 7″ 200 04-15-1994 Active No
50 Bryan Verbitsky P R R 5′ 11″ 205 06-11-1992 Active No
27 Dylan Stoops P L L 6′ 4″ 235 01-27-1992 Active No
Jose Ruiz P R R 6′ 1″ 190 10-21-1994 Active Yes
26 Gerardo Reyes P R R 5′ 11″ 160 05-13-1993 Active No
14 Ben Paullus P R R 6′ 1″ 190 08-31-1989 Active No
30 Zech Lemond P R R 6′ 1″ 170 10-09-1992 Active No
19 Corey Kimber P R R 6′ 1″ 175 06-28-1994 Active No
37 Brett Kennedy P R R 6′ 0″ 200 08-04-1994 Active No
8 Chris Huffman P R R 6′ 1″ 205 11-25-1992 Active No
20 Thomas Dorminy P L L 6′ 0″ 190 06-01-1992 Active No
4 Louis Distasio P R R 6′ 4″ 195 02-05-1994 Active No
21 Enyel De Los Santos P R R 6′ 3″ 170 12-25-1995 Active No
28 Jose Castillo P L L 6′ 4″ 200 01-10-1996 Active No
Ryan Butler P R R 6′ 4″ 225 02-23-1992 Active No
11 Colby Blueberg P R R 6′ 0″ 195 05-11-1993 Active No
Pedro Avila P R R 5′ 11″ 170 01-14-1997 Active No
Elliot Ashbeck P L R 6′ 3″ 215 11-16-1993 Active No
Catchers
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
29 A.J. Kennedy C R R 6′ 0″ 190 01-23-1994 Active No
Infielders
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
Daniel Bravo 2B R R 6′ 0″ 160 02-16-1995 Active No
25 Ty France 3B R R 6′ 0″ 205 07-13-1994 Active No
12 Ruddy Giron SS R R 5′ 11″ 175 01-04-1997 Active No
18 Chase Jensen 3B R R 6′ 4″ 195 01-29-1991 Active No
3 Luis Urias 2B R R 5′ 9″ 160 06-03-1997 Active No
24 Nick Vilter 2B R R 6′ 4″ 220 10-06-1993 Active No
Outfielders
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
23 Michael Gettys CF R R 6′ 1″ 203 10-22-1995 Active No
15 Edwin Moreno CF L L 6′ 1″ 190 10-27-1993 Active No
34 Franmil Reyes RF R R 6′ 5″ 240 07-07-1995 Active No
Designated Hitter
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
13 Fernando Perez DH L R 6′ 0″ 210 09-13-1993 Active No

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