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Donavan Tate | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Donovan Tate has reported to the Padres' spring training complex in Arizona.
Tate did not show up to camp this past February due to what was described as a personal issue, but he was apparently keeping in contact with the Padres this entire time and has now been allowed back into the organization. "I left baseball in order to gain a grasp on some personal issues in my life," the former third overall pick wrote in a statement to the media on Tuesday. Tue, Jun 18, 2013 05:11:00 PM

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Padres prospect outfielder Donavan Tate will not report to minor league camp on time due to personal reasons.

No word on when he'll report. Tate has largely been a bust since being selected No. 3 overall, including a series of injuries and a drug suspension. The 21-year-old actually stayed healthy for a change last season, but he batted just .226 with a .620 OPS between Class A Fort Wayne and High-A Lake Elsinore.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Padres prospect outfielder Donavan Tate is done for the season with a wrist injury.

Tate returned three weeks ago after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a "drug of abuse." The 20-year-old has sustained a series of injuries since being selected No. 3 overall in 2009, but delivered a promising .288/.410/.411 batting line to go along with an .821 OPS and 19 stolen bases over 178 plate appearances this season between Low-A Eugene and Class A Fort Wayne. We can't call him a bust yet.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 04:05:00 PM

Padres outfield prospect Donovan Tate was reinstated Sunday after serving a 50-game suspension.

Tate was handed the 50-game punishment in June after testing positive a second time for a "drug of abuse." The young outfielder's career is off to an ugly start, but he's only 20 years old and can still turn it all around. He's played in just 43 professional games to this point.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 09:14:00 AM

Padres prospect outfielder Donavan Tate has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test on a drug of abuse.

Tate hasn't done much to sway the opinion of those who believe the Padres' first-round picks are cursed. The 20-year-old has played just 43 professional games since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2009. He has been limited to just 17 games this season due to knee and shoulder injuries.
Tue, Jun 28, 2011 05:13:00 PM

Padres outfield prospect Donovan Tate has recovered from his early-season knee injury.

The 20-year-old is expected to report to short-season Eugene later this week. Tate is a great athlete and projects as an eventual big league starting center fielder, but the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft has had trouble avoiding injuries. He missed part of the 2010 season after breaking his jaw in an ATV accident.
Mon, Jun 13, 2011 02:39:00 PM

2009 first-round pick Donavan Tate collected his first two professional hits for the AZL Padres on Tuesday.

Finally. Since he signed with the Padres last summer, the 19-year-old has underwent sports hernia surgery, sustained a broken jaw in an ATV accident and missed the start of this season due to a sprained left shoulder. It won't stop those who have said that the team's No. 1 picks are cursed, but the expectations are still sky high for the former prep sensation. He has the potential to emerge as an elite power-speed contributor, but the Padres are probably just thrilled to finally see their investment on the field.
Wed, Jun 23, 2010 12:34:00 PM

2009 first-round pick Donavan Tate will miss the start of the minor league season due to a sprained left shoulder.

Tate's professional debut will have to wait. The No. 3 pick suffered the injury while diving for a ball this week. He's hoping to shake the recent trend of San Diego's first-round failures, but the 19-year-old has already underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia surgery, followed by a broken jaw due to an ATV accident. There's still tons of hope for the former prep star, but he's not off to a good start. Padres prospect Jaff Decker, who is currently bothered by a hamstring injury, will keep him company in extended spring training.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sat, Mar 27, 2010 02:50:00 PM

Padres 2009 first-round pick Donavan Tate is preparing for his pro debut this season.

"Everything is healed," Tate said, who had surgery to repair a pubic bone injury in October, then underwent surgery for a broken jaw after an ATV accident in November. "I feel like it was a setback last year with the surgery and not getting to play. It's been beneficial to get out here early and the hang of things before it starts getting crazy." Tate, 19, was the No. 3 overall pick of last June's first-year player draft. Though he has yet to make his pro debut, he was recently named the organization's top prospect by Baseball America. He'll likely stick around for extended spring training before joining the club's Arizona League rookie team.
Source: MLB.com
Fri, Feb 26, 2010 07:37:00 PM

Padres prospect Donavan Tate suffered facial lacerations and a broken jaw that required surgery last weekend in an ATV accident near his Georgia home.

And San Diego's first-round curse continues. Following the ATV accident, Tate’s jaw was reportedly fitted with a plate and wired shut. Tate was the No. 3 overall pick of June's first-year player draft. He already suffered a setback in his professional career after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia in October. The Padres hope he will be ready by spring training.
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 10:30:00 AM

Padres prospect Donavan Tate, the No. 3 overall pick of June's first-year player draft, is recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Tate, 19, underwent surgery on October 7 and has spent the last month resting at the Padres training base on a rehab assignment. "I was really excited and then I got hurt," said Tate. "It's been very humbling. But I'll be healthy in the spring. I'm going to hit the ground running. I'm going to work harder than anyone expects." Tate missed out on a chance to play in the Arizona Fall Instructional League, but he should be fully recovered by spring training.
Thu, Nov 26, 2009 09:30:00 AM

Donovan Tate will have surgery next week to repair a stress reaction in his pubic bone.

Tate, the No. 3 overall pick in June's first-year player draft, will begin his professional career in 2010. He will be ready for spring training. The Padres, who inked Tate to a club-record $6.25 million signing bonus on August 17, decided to play it safe with him from the outset.
Source: MLB.com
Wed, Sep 30, 2009 09:43:00 PM

Donovan Tate will not begin his professional career until 2010 due to a stress reaction in his pubic bone.

Tate, the No. 3 overall pick in June's first-year player draft, has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. The injury isn't serious, but the Padres have wisely decided to play it safe with the youngster. He inked a club-record $6.25 million signing bonus on August 17.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 08:00:00 PM

Padres signed first-round pick Donavan Tate.

The outfield prospect was awarded a $6.25 million bonus. The signing was announced during the Padres' game tonight. Tate, the No. 3 overall pick, had been spotted in San Diego earlier today and was expected to sign.
Mon, Aug 17, 2009 10:49:00 PM

According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, Padres top pick Donavan Tate has been sighted in San Diego and is expected to sign soon.

Tate, selected third overall, will be handed a signing bonus worth around $6 million. He was offered a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of North Carolina next year, but will obviously turn that down.
Mon, Aug 17, 2009 04:33:00 PM

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3B1Chris Nelson
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