And by “great” I mean “all.”
Yesterday, the Padres acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the Oakland A’s in a trade for Luke Gregerson. The news caused shock and disappointment on the Twitters.
This is not about that.
Upon hearing about the deal, I started wondering how many guys named Seth have played in the Major Leagues. The answer is 7 (8 if you count Conrad Cardinal, whose middle name is Seth). None of those players have ever been on the Padres. Until now.
A quick glance Exhaustive research on Baseball Reference reveals there have been a grand total of 3 players (now 4) named Seth in the Padres organization.
This is about them.
Johnston was a right handed second baseman/utility player drafted in the fifth round of 2005. He played in the Padres organization from 2005 to 2009. While with Fort Wayne in 2006 he was named to the Midwest League All-Star team. His best seasons were 2008 at AA San Antonio and 2009 where he split time between AA San Antonio and AAA Portland. But he only played in 9 games at Portland.
Signed by the Padres as an undrafted free agent in 2001, King was a right handed pitcher who only pitched one inning in one game with the short season Eugene Emeralds that season. He had one K and one walk while giving up no hits and no runs.
Drafted in 2000 by the Rockies, switch hitting catcher McCauley played in just 3 games for AAA Portland in 2005. He had a total of 3 at-bats with no hits, no walks, and 2 K’s.
Could Seth Smith become the greatest Seth to ever play for the Padres? Some might say he already is.