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Padres to promote minor league home run leader Franmil Reyes

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As is often the case, the Padres have one of the worst offenses in baseball. As has not always been the case historically, they seem pretty interested in fixing it and have a guy who could maybe just help with that waiting in the wings. Today they’ll call that guy up.

His name is Franmil Reyes, and he’s currently leading all of the minor leagues in homers with 14. His overall batting line at Triple-A El Paso: .346/.440/.748. He’s 6’5″ and he’s only 22. Yes, it’s the Pacific Coast League, and no, Reyes has not been ranked highly or, in some cases, ranked at all on the major prospect lists, so what he’s doing so far could be a fluke, but he definitely sounds like a guy who’ll be fun to see try to keep it up. It’s certainly not like the Padres have so many quality hitters that it makes any sense to block him.

They made room on the 40-man roster for Reyes yesterday by designating Chase Headley for assignment. They’ll make a move on the 25-roster today to put Reyes on the big club. He’s expected to start against the Rockies tonight.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.