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Forsythe named No. 5 prospect for Padres

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Forsythe named No. 5 prospect for Padres

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback baseball player Logan Forsythe has been named the No. 5 prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system by Baseball America. The publication also named him the prospect with the best strike-zone discipline. Forsythe was the 46th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft."It doesn’t surprise me one bit that Logan has been recognized as a top prospect for the Padres," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "He is an outstanding defender that plays the game extremely hard every day. In that respect, he’s a bit of a throw-back player because of his work ethic. I’ve told Logan that any manager is going to love him because of how hard he works, and in just a short period of time, that hard work is showing through."

Forsythe just completed the 2009 season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. In 66 games with the Missions, he carried a .279 batting average with three home runs, 31 RBI and 37 runs scored. He totaled 68 hits, including 15 extra-base hits.He opened this past season in the California League where he earned an All-Star Game appearance as a member of the Lake Elsinore Storm. Forsythe hit .322 in 66 games with the Storm and registered eight home runs and 30 RBI. He scored 46 runs for the Storm and tallied 24 extra-base hits with a .504 slugging percentage. Collectively, Forsythe totaled 11 home runs, 61 RBI and a .300 batting average during his time with Lake Elsinore and San Antonio.During his three-year Razorback career, Forsythe led the team in hits for two seasons-78 in 2007 and 65 in 2008-and finished his junior campaign with a .351 batting average, seven home runs and 34 RBI. He was named to the 2008 All-SEC First Team for his season performance. Along the way, he also earned an SEC Hitter of the Week award. He also led Arkansas in stolen bases in his final two seasons with 18 as a sophomore and 11 as a junior.The final pick of the first-round compensation draft, Forsythe was one of four Razorbacks take in the 2008 draft. His selection by the Padres marked the first time in program history that an Arkansas player was drafted in the first round in back-to-back years; Nick Schmidt was taken with the 23rd overall pick by the Padres in 2007.



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