Monday, the Padres called up four players from Triple-A El Paso. Meet them here:
ROBBIE ERLIN, LHP
Erlin, 24, is making his first stint with San Diego this season. It’s also his first since being recalled on the first day of September last year. The southpaw holds a 4.58 ERA in 24 games (20 starts) and a 7-8 record during his time in the majors (parts of 2013 and ’14). Erlin struggled some earlier this season with El Paso, but improved from there and pitched a complete-game shutout in his last start of the season with the Chihuahuas. He ended the 2015 Triple-A campaign with a 5.60 ERA in 24 starts (7-6). Erlin’s start for the Padres will be the first time the club has had a left-handed starting pitcher on the mound this season.
CASEY KELLY, RHP
Kelly made six starts for San Diego at the end of the 2012 season, but underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and has struggled to stay healthy since, mostly because of bumps and bruises not connected to the Tommy John setback. He played in four rehab games in 2014 and started three games for El Paso in 2015, giving up 11 earned runs and posting an ERA of 6.32. Kelly was part of the four-player package that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox in 2010 and is the only player from that trade who is still with the Padres organization.
Pat Murphy said Robbie Erlin and Casey Kelly with both get a chance to start. Odrisamer Despaigne back to the bullpen.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) September 15, 2015
JAY JACKSON, RHP
This is Jackson’s first stint in the Big Leagues. The reliever was signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent this past offseason. Over 63.2 innings pitched with El Paso in 2015, Jackson posted a 2.54 ERA and gave up 18 earned runs. He has pitched with Triple-A teams from five different organizations since 2008. He made his Major League debut Monday when the Padres played the Diamondbacks in game one of the series — and gave up two earned runs on four hits before notching the first strikeout of his major league career.
CODY DECKER, INFIELDER
Decker – a cult favorite among Padres fans – has toiled away in the minors for parts of seven seasons before finally getting the call to the Big Leagues. His 154 career home runs are the most ever by a Padres minor league player. Decker mostly plays first and third base, but has been sent to man the outfield (and even catch and pitch a few innings) during his time in the minors. With El Paso, he posted a .252 batting average over 120 games.
Decker is also known for his humorous antics and for the videos pranks he’s played on teammates over the years.
Decker also made his major league debut Monday night against the Diamondbacks. He popped out in his one at-bat off the bench.
No matter how surreal this feels… It appears that it actually IS real! pic.twitter.com/kniv8gUYlQ
— Cody Decker (@Decker6) September 14, 2015
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 15, 2015