Padres prospect Tate won't show on Friday
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Donavan Tate's athletic career has taken another pit stop. The San Diego Padres outfielder, taken No. 3 overall in 2009, will not report to minor-league spring training on Friday for "personal reasons.''
That's as much as Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith would divulge during Thursday's announcement. Smith did not give a timetable for when Tate would arrive.
Smith says Tate needs to improve himself as a person before he can work on improving as a ballplayer.
In 2011, Tate was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy after testing positive for synthetic cannabis, which the league terms a drug of abuse. It was his second such positive test since receiving a $6.25 million signing bonus after being drafted.