Lake Elsinore Storm

The Lake Elsinore Storm is a Minor League Baseball team in Lake Elsinore, California, United States. It is a Class A-Advanced team of the California League, and is a farm team of the San Diego Padres. The Storm plays its home games at Lake Elsinore Diamond (Pete Lehr Field), which opened in 1994; the park seats 7,866 fans.

Lake Elsinore Storm
Founded in 1994
Lake Elsinore, California
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentClass A-Advanced
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCalifornia League
ConferenceSouth Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentSan Diego Padres (2001–present)
PreviousCalifornia Angels (1981–2000)
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1996
  • 2001
  • 2011
Division titles (6)
  • 1996
  • 2001
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2011
  • 2019
Team data
MascotsThunder, Mini Thunder, and Jackpot
BallparkLake Elsinore Diamond (1994–present)
Gary E. Jacobs / Storm LP

This team relocated three times and has been traced back to the Redwood Pioneers, then the Palm Springs Angels, and finally the Lake Elsinore Storm. As the Palm Springs Angels and later as the Storm, it had previously been the "high-A" affiliate of the Angels until the end of the 2000 season (along with their former mascot, Hamlet), when it and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes switched affiliations. Some former members of the Storm later became members of the Angels 2002 World Series championship team.

On May 18, 2007, the Storm set a league record for most lopsided victory, beating the Lancaster JetHawks by a 30–0 score.[1]

Since the 2004 opening of Petco Park, the new home field of the Padres, the Storm has played one home game there toward the end of each season, as the second half of a doubleheader following a Padres daytime home game. Usually, its opponent has been the California League farm team of the Padres' same-day opponents.

In 2011, Nate Freiman played for the Storm setting single-season club records with 22 home runs and 111 RBIs.[2]

On September 7, 2019, the Storm defeated the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 11-2 to win the California League South Division Finals and advance to their sixth California League Championship Series. They will face the Visalia Rawhide, the champions of the North Division.[3]


Lake Elsinore Storm roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 28 Edwuin Bencomo
  • 17 Caleb Boushley
  • 30 Efrain Contreras
  • -- Tom Cosgrove
  • 16 Mason Fox
  • 11 Henry Henry
  • 24 Osvaldo Hernandez
  • 31 Reiss Knehr
  • 26 Nick Kuzia
  • 19 Adrian Martinez
  • 29 Deivy Mendez
  • 27 Felix Minjarez
  • -- Hansel Rodriguez
  • 25 Fred Schlichtholz
  • -- Mason Thompson
  • 18 Cody Tyler



  • 13 Gabriel Arias
  •  9 Olivier Basabe
  •  5 Xavier Edwards
  • 10 Tucupita Marcano
  •  1 Eguy Rosario
  • -- Esteury Ruiz
  •  3 Lee Solomon


  • 15 Tyler Benson
  • -- Nate Easley
  • 23 Tirso Ornelas
  • -- Robbie Podorsky
  •  6 Jeisson Rosario
  • 14 Jack Suwinski



  •  8 Doug Banks (hitting)
  • 20 Felipe Blanco (fielding)
  • 44 Pete Zamora (pitching)

7-day injured list
* On San Diego Padres 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated September 30, 2019
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San Diego Padres minor league players

Notable alumni


  1. "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL". 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. "2011 California League - Season Review," Baseball Cube.
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