"He threw well in his two starts for San Antonio, mixing all of his pitches from varied arm angles," said Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith. "We felt that he was ready for another challenge against more experienced hitters."
The hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, with varied hitting environments, should provide that. The Padres, who signed Despaigne for $1 million, feel he's up for the challenge.
"Odrisamer is experienced and savvy enough that he will be able to adjust to hitters at the next level," Smith said. "He's a fun guy to watch as he throws everything except the kitchen sink and he may have thrown that, too."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.