PORTLAND, Ore. --- Former Portland Pilots catcher Rocky Gale, who spent this season with the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas, was called up by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, marking the first Major League stint for the Keizer, Ore., native. Gale starred on The Bluff from 2006-10 and was named the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year after a stellar senior campaign.
As a senior, Gale hit a team and career-high .347 overall, hit .431 during league play, belted two home runs, had 11 doubles, scored 20 runs and brought home 16. He also threw out a staggering 18 of 23 attempted base stealers, for a national-leading percentage of .782.
Gale, who was also named to the All-WCC First Team in 2010, threw out 94 of 233 attempted base stealers during his four years on The Bluff, for a percentage of .403.
He was drafted in the 24th round by the Padres in the 2010 MLB Draft and he has played exclusively at the AAA level for the past two season, where he was batting .307 with a home run and 39 RBI’s this year. He also had AAA stints 2011-13 after beginning his professional career at the Single A level in Eugene.