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RAILCATS: Reliever Clay Zavada's contract purchased by Padres

2013-07-03T09:36:00Z 2013-07-03T09:56:08Z RAILCATS: Reliever Clay Zavada's contract purchased by PadresTimes Staff Reports nwitimes.com
July 03, 2013 9:36 am  • 

The contract of RailCats closer Clay Zavada was purchased by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and he will report to their double-A affiliate in San Antonio, the team said in a release.

Zavada becomes the 21st RailCat to be picked up by an affiliated organization since 2002. He is the first to be signed by off the RailCats roster since left-handed pitcher Brad Furnish was signed by the Florida Marlins after the end of the 2010 season.

He is also the first signed mid-season since Edwin Walker was taken by the N.Y. Yankees in 2009.

Zavada pitched 49 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, and pitched in Double-A and Triple-A in the Arizona and St. Louis organizations from 2010-12.

At the time of his purchase, Zavada was tied for second in the league in wins with 6. In 16 1/3 innings, he allowed 10 hits, three runs, six walks and struck out 18. Clay allowed runs in only one appearance as a RailCat, on May 26 at Kansas City.

He was riding a team-high 11-inning scoreless streak and leads the team with a 1.65 ERA.

In eight appearances at U. S. Steel Yard, Zavada allowed four hits, one walk and struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings.

The RailCats activated left-hander James Adkins from the disabled list. He was placed on the DL on June 22nd with a tired arm.

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