SAN DIEGO -- There wasn't much that Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin liked about his performance during the team's recently-completed nine-game road trip.
"To be honest, this last road trip was the worst I've felt [offensively] all year," said Maybin, who was 4-for-29 on the trip.
But Monday represented more than just the start of a new week for Maybin, who spent time watching himself hit in the team's video room and talking with hitting coach Phil Plantier about his swing.
On Tuesday, Maybin had more than just a hint of optimism in his voice, and it was backed up by a two-hit output in San Diego's 7-3 loss to the Rangers.
"Yesterday was the best that I've felt," Maybin said. "I was taking good, aggressive swings. I've gotten back to my old mechanics. Looking forward, this is the most excited I've been. I'm ready now to get back to doing what I can do. I like where I'm at."
Maybin, who signed a five-year contract extension worth $25 million in March, admitted to pressing and trying to do too much.
"I think it's been a case where I was trying to build off last year and I changed some things," he said. "I messed around with my leg kick and maybe tried to refine some things that weren't really me."
While Maybin has struggled, he is swinging at fewer pitches outside the strike zone than last season. His strikeout percentage from 2011 (22 percent) has decreased (19.4 percent). His walk rate is also up (9.5 percent) from last year (7.7 percent).
"There have been some positive things to look at," he said.
Now Maybin is hoping there's more, as he attempts to get back to his 2011 form that saw him hit .264 with nine home runs, 40 RBIs and 40 steals.
Padres sign second-round pick Baltz
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced Tuesday that they signed outfielder Jeremy Baltz, a second-round Draft pick from St. John's University.
The Padres have now signed 11 of the 14 players they selected in the first 10 round of the First-Year Player Draft, which was held earlier this month.
Baltz, the No. 68 overall selection, signed for $625,000. The assigned value for that pick was $757,900.
On Friday, the Padres signed their top pick, left-handed pitcher Max Fried, for $3 million. That was the assigned value for the No. 7 overall pick.
On Monday, the team agreed to a deal with right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin. Eflin, who was in San Diego for a physical on Monday, agreed to a deal for $1.2 million.
The remaining unsigned players from the first 10 rounds are Stony Brook outfielder Travis Jankowski (No. 44 overall), right-handed pitcher Walter Weickel (No. 55) and right-handed pitcher Andrew Lockett (fourth-round). Both Weickel and Lockett were high school seniors.
All told, the Padres have now signed 33 of their 44 overall Draft picks.
Padres prospects take part in All-Star Games
SAN DIEGO -- Several Padres prospects took part in two Minor League All-Star Games on Tuesday -- and many of them fared well.
In the Carolina League/California League All-Star Game, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore infielder Cory Spangenberg went 0-for-1 with a walk. Center fielder Rico Noel was 0-for-1 with a strikeout. Starting pitcher Donn Roach tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Outfielder Rymer Liriano was 0-for-1. Kevin Quackenbush recorded two outs in relief as the Carolina League posted a 9-1 victory.
In the Midwest League All-Star Game, Class A Fort Wayne catcher Austin Hedges went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Starting pitcher Adys Portillo walked one in one scoreless inning. Pitcher Frank Garces got two outs, including one strikeout in relief in a game won by the East Division over the West, 18-2.
Infielder Logan Forsythe, who hasn't started a game since Wednesday, was available to pinch-run Tuesday, though manager Bud Black was unsure when he will return to the lineup, as he's recovering from a sore left abdomen.
Forsythe participated in full on-field drills before Tuesday's game against Texas. He took batting practice and ground balls. "He's getting better," Black said. "You could see him in a game ... if warranted. He can run. He wants to play, but he's been honest about how his side feels."