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A Padres prospect just made some history

Robbie Podorsky isn’t big, but he swings a pretty big stick.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument
I couldn’t find a photo with proper usage rights of Robbie Podorsky or even of the Tri-Cities Dust Devils, so here’s a dust devil for yas.
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

In the 25th round of the 2017 draft, the Padres selected an undersized (5’7”) centerfielder out of McNeese State named Robbie Podorsky. Turns out this kid can hit a little. After hitting .400/.471/.556 through eleven games in the Arizona Rookie League, he earned a promotion to the Padres’ short-season Single-A affiliate in the Northwest League, the Tri-City Dust Devils. He’s continued to hit.

Last night the Dust Devils played the Boise Hawks in an offense-laden contest that went into extra innings. Starting in centerfield and hitting out of the leadoff spot in the order, Podorsky went six-for-six, something nobody had ever done in the Northwest League, and falling a homer short of the cycle. He also swiped a bag and got caught on the basepaths, but we’ll forgive that trespass. Robbie Podorsky, we salute you and your impressive .421/.492/.596 line, bouyed by an outstanding performance on a warm Boise night. This fanbase loves diminutive, scrappy players, so you just might have some fans waiting for you in Petco!