Magee records his first professional hits, RBIs

Published 12:51 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One of the first goals of professional baseball position players is getting that first hit.

In Saturday night’s opener of the Arizona League, Josh Magee, who is playing for the AZL Padres, did just that.

In his second at bat, Magee, playing in rookie ball, recorded his first professional hit and his first professional run batted in with a single to right field that plated Euri Minaya.

“It was a happy moment,” Magee said. “A lot of emotions and a lot of things went through my head. I was happy to get my first hit out of the way that fast.”

Magee said there was a lot of joy when he got his first hit.

“My first at bat, I squared a ball up pretty good, but the right fielder ran it down. My second at bat, I got my first hit. I felt relieved and I felt like I had accomplished something,” Magee said.

Two at bats later, Magee proved to be clutch again as he tallied another RBI single.

“I think it was a full count. I hit a ball up the middle that made it through, and we scored a run off of that too,” Magee said.

Both of his RBIs came with two outs.

The AZL Padres lost the high-scoring game, 9-7, to the AZL Mariners at the Padres’ spring training home in Perioa, Ariz.

The Mariners scored six runs in the fifth inning after trailing, 3-1, through four and never looked back.

The teams combined for 27 hits as the Padres put up 15 hits.

After an off day Sunday, the Padres were back at it Monday on the road against the AZL Dodgers.

The Padres won the contest 2-0 to even their record at 1-1.

Magee, who played centerfield for both games, was unable to get a hit in his three at bats Monday but did draw a walk.

Magee, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Padres earlier this month, is hitting .250 (two for eight) with two RBIs and a walk in the early going.

The Padres hosted the Dodgers after Tuesday’s press time.