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Top Padres Draft Pick To Have Surgery

UNITED STATES – the San Diego Padres’ first-round choice in June’s First-Year Player Draft, Outfielder Donavan Tate, will undergo surgery next week to repair a pubic bone stress reaction.

Cartersville High School (Ga.) product, who inked a club-record $6.25 million signing bonus, reportedly has a small area that’s detached from his pubic bone.

Tate batted .525 in his senior year while smacking 10 home runs with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .788 on-base percentage. Overall. he hit 32 home runs during his prep career and was an AFLAC All-American in ’08.

A gifted athlete, Tate is expected to begin his pro career with the Padres’ summer entry in the Arizona League or the short-season Northwest League.

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