The The San Diego Padres signed outfielder David Dahl to a minor league contract. Dahl, 28 years old and 1.88 meters tall, spent last season in Triple-A with the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationalshitting a combined .279/.345/.442 batting average with ten home runs in 359 plate appearances.
He was once one of the top prospects in all of baseball, coming in at No. 22 on Baseball America’s overall list prior to the 2015 season. Selected 10th overall by the Colorado Rockies in 2012, he quickly rose through the ranks and had an impressive rookie season in 2016, hitting .315/.359/. 500 in 237 plate appearances and lining up to be a Rockies outfield mainstay for many years to come:
However, he suffered a stress fracture in his rib in spring training in 2017 and developed back spasms while rehabbing that summer, leading the Rockies to shut him down for the year. He returned in 2018, hitting 16 home runs and posting a .273/.325/.534 line.
That was followed by an even better year in 2019, as Dahl earned his first All-Star trip in the midst of a season in which he finished with 15 home runs and a .302/.353/.524 slash line in 100 games. Unfortunately, 2019 was his last year of above-average production, and Dahl’s offense regressed considerably in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign as he battled shoulder and back injuries.
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MLB News: Padres signs contract with former All Star outfielder who didn’t play in GL this year