Padres Chatter: Minor League HR Leader Joins Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Franmil Reyes' red-hot start to the 2018 Minor League season has paid off with a big league promotion.

The hulking outfielder had his contract selected ahead of Monday's game against the Rockies. Second baseman Carlos Asuaje was optioned to Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.

Reyes leads all Minor Leaguers with 14 homers, and he was hitting .346/.440/.748 in 35 games for Triple-A El Paso. A 22-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, Reyes is known for his easy power and muscular 6-foot-6 frame. He was left unprotected in December's Rule 5 Draft, but every other big league club passed on the outfielder.

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SAN DIEGO --The 1998 Padres team  -- which is being honored for its 20th anniversary this weekend at Petco Park -- wasn't built in a day. And closer Trevor Hoffman, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this July, made a point to remind the current fanbase as much.

"That '98 team started its rebuild, we'll say, in '93 or so, so that's five years," Hoffman said. "I'm not going to put a particular number on it, but I think I'd like to preach some patience. I'm starting to hear an underlying tone about: 'Is the process going to hurry up?' I don't think there's a clear-cut answer. ... But I think we're on the right path."

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