The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have signed infielder Matt Padgett for the 2012 season.
a native of South Carolina, played his college baseball at
Clemson University. He was a 5th Round pick(160th overall) by the
Florida Marlins in the 1998 MLB Amateur draft. Padgett played eight
years in the
Marlins organization. He had his best season in 2004, when he hit .267
with 24 Home Runs, and drove in 93 RBI's for Albuquerque(AAA) . Padgett
also played in the
Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. In 2008, he signed
with the York Revolution, where he played for two seasons. In February
2010, he was traded to the Long Island Ducks for John Pachot. Padgett
played two seasons for the Ducks and became a fan favorite. Last season,
he hit .282 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI for the Ducks.
Check out our interview with him!
is a great pick up by the Blue Crabs. He's a solid baseball player as
well as a great person. No matter where he plays, he becomes a favorite.
I know many Duck fans were upset when the Ducks opted on to re-sign
him. Padgett will most likely play first base with third base occupied
by Travis Garcia.