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San Diego Padres Pitchers
By Padres Staff Writer
Heath Bell is currently the closer for the San Diego Padres. He is right-handed and throws a hard fastball, clocked in the upper 90s. Bell attended Columbus Tustin Middle School and Tustin High School in Tustin, California, which are about 50 miles from his birthplace in Oceanside and 90 miles from San Diego. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 69th round of the 1997 amateur draft but did not begin his professional career until 1998, when he signed with the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent. On November 15, 2006, Bell was traded to San Diego, along with pitcher Royce Ring, for outfielder Ben Johnson and relief pitcher Jon Adkins. He has been named to 2 All-Star games, in 2009 and 2010. Heath Bell ended the 2009 season leading the National League in saves with 42 in his first year as a full time closer. In 2010, Bell won the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award
Mat Latos is a right-handed starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Mat Latos attended Coconut Creek High School in Coconut Creek, Florida and Broward College. Latos was drafted by the Padres in the 11th round (333rd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. In his major league debut on July 19, 2009, Latos went 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 4, in 75 pitches. Latos was the first pitcher in Padres history to win four of his first five career starts. On September 7, 2010, Latos set a major league record with a 7 inning, 10 strikeout performance in a win against the Dodgers. The victory had been Latos' 15th consecutive start logging at least 5 innings and allowing 2 or fewer earned runs. Previously the mark had been set by Greg Maddux (1993–94) and Mike Scott (1986), who had such streaks lasting 14 starts.. That was Latos' last victory of the 2010 season; he lost his last five starts, culminating with a 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on October 3 that, combined with an Atlanta Braves win, eliminated the Padres from playoff contention. Latos finished the 2010 season with a 14-10 record, 2.92 ERA (13th in the majors), 189 strikeouts (18th), and a WHIP of 1.09 (T-7th).
Clayton Richard is a left-handed starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He is 6 feet and 5 inches tall, and weighs 240 pounds. Richard was awarded Indiana's Mr. Football and Mr. Baseball his senior year at McCutcheon High School and was also his class' valedictorian. Richard accepted a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2003. Richard was redshirted for the Wolverines football team his freshman year. In 2004, he battled for the starting spot on the team, but lost out to Chad Henne. Richard appeared in 4 total games for the Wolverines in 2004, only attempting 15 passes for 8 completions and 52 total yards. The White Sox selected Richard in the 8th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Richard made the White Sox opening day roster in 2009. On July 31, 2009 Richard was traded along with Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter to the San Diego Padres for former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy.On September 21, 2010 Richard threw his first career shutout, giving up eight hits, two walks, and recording six strikeouts in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2010, Clayton Richard went 14-9 with a 3.75 ERA.