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Padres sign C Wynston Sawyer to minor league contract

Sawyer was a former eighth-round pick of the Orioles in 2010.

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On Sunday, the Padres announced the signing of catcher Wynston Sawyer to a minor league contract, as well as inviting the 29-year old to participate with the team in this year’s Spring Training.

Sawyer, a San Diego native, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB draft. He has yet to see any playing time at the major league level and didn’t get promoted to Triple-A until the 2018 season where he spent time with the Rochester Red Wings in the Twins organization.

The 6’3, 205-pounder has also spent time within the Dodgers and Yankees organizations.

Most recently with Rochester two seasons ago, Sawyer slashed .260/.333/.409 with 40 hits, a pair of home runs, and 20 RBIs.

His best season in the minors came in 2016 with the Class-A Advanced Frederick Keys in the Carolina League. In 89 games, Sawyer hit 11 home runs with 51 RBIs.