The name Jeremy Baltz is one that we Padre fans need to become more familiar with. After his 2013 season spent with the Lake Elsinore Storm, batting .309 in 67 games with 10 home runs, he's most definitely proven himself a force to be reckoned with.
Twenty-three-year-old Baltz was originally drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school, but instead went to St. John's University and was later drafted by the Padres in the 2nd round of the 2012 June Amateur Draft. In his short time spent with our single-A affiliate he's blazed quite the trail, and though many Padres fans may not yet be familiar with his name, he has quite the following among minor league fans.
Baltz became a favorite amongst fans last season in Lake Elsinore, as well as in Forte Wayne the prior season. Fans love watching him play because his obvious love of the game comes through in his play. Baltz's dedication to each and every play and his effort on the field is a sight to see. No matter what angle the ball takes on its way out to the wall, you can expect it to be caught if it's heading in Baltz' direction.
This is a heads up to all Padres fans to keep an eye on this man's numbers. He's steadily working his way up to the 40-man and it will most definitely be an exciting ride to the top.