The San Diego Padres have signed Aruban infielder Ray-Patrick Didder to a minor league contract. He is not the first player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands that will play for the Padres. Kalian Sams preceded him and also Jurickson Profar has joined the Padres recently after he was traded by the A’s.
After seven years in the minors with the Atlanta Braves organization, Ray-Patrick elected to become a free agent.
During his career with the Braves, Didder never got past AA even though the Braves assigned him to the Gwinnett Stripers, their AAA affiliate, on September 5.
In the past season, Didder struggled at the plate as he batted a lowly .203. His best season at the plate was 2018 when he batted .275 with the Mississippi Braves, the AA team of the Braves.
Even though Didder is considered a fine defensive shortstop, his defense was rather shabby in 2019 too. In 90 games at shortstop, he committed 14 errors, leading to a fielding percentage of .957.
On the upside, Didder remains a speedy base runner as he stole 28 bases in 36 attempts in the past season.
Pending his performance during Spring Training, it is likely the Padres will assign Didder to their AA farm team Amarillo SodPoodles.