Pedro Avila Deserves Real Attention After Tuesday’s Start

August 13, 2017

When former Padre Derek Norris struggled to be a competent catcher in 2016, the expectations became low on his trade value. As a result, A. J. Preller received a little known starting prospect by the name of Pedro Avila to little fanfare. Since coming over from Washington on December 2 of last year, Avila has shown to be a possible steal. The small, 5’11”, 170 lb. righty has become one…

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Another Young Hurler Emerging- Osvaldo Hernandez’ Big Night

July 31, 2017

  During the San Diego Padres’ 2016-2017 international spending spree, all eyes were on the uber-talented lefty Adrian Morejon. Today, the Padre shares the spotlight with another Cuban, Michel Baez, who has shot up the Friar’s prospect rankings and firmly cemented himself as seventh best. His domination of the lower minors was thrilling and his ability to win all his games, post a 0.78 ERA in 23 innings at Fort…

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Padres Trade Deadline: What Teams Need Yangervis Solarte?

July 30, 2017

  As the July trade deadline approaches all eyes are on Brad Hand and whether he will be moved for big name prospects. While the Padres will surely strike oil when it comes to accumulating young talent for Hand, the same can be said of Yangervis Solarte. Teams always need depth in the postseason and Solarte is a good, versatile infield option with a solid bat. Since the second half…

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Should the Padres Play Yangervis Solarte at Shortstop?

July 29, 2017

For the second half of the 2017 season, the Padres were expected to use Erick Aybar at short. However, after suffering through a foul ball off his foot on July 22, the former Angel is no longer an option. As a result, Allen Córdoba and veteran minor leaguer Dusty Coleman have taken over. With neither serving as servicable everyday regulars, San Diego has come up with the idea to have…

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Underrated Prospects the Padres Should Target

July 18, 2017

While Brad Hand will certainly fetch the Padres a huge prospect return when traded, the other trade chips on San Diego’s roster are a lot less likely to do so. Instead, names such as Trevor Cahill, Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Richard, and Ryan Buchter will only inspire contending teams to give up their expendable ones. However, the Friars still have a great opportunity, as the club can steal massively talented, yet…

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Is a Potential Padres/Yankees Trade Blooming?

July 10, 2017

Over the last few weeks, reports have circulated that A.J. Preller asked for the New York Yankees stud shortstop prospect, Gleyber Torres, in exchange for prized lefty, Brad Hand. While Torres is obviously too much to surrender for a bullpen arm, the two teams may still hook up on a deal, at least that’s what reports on Saturday indicated. Since the reports neglected to note trade proposals, the fun task…

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Framing the Friars: Richard Bounces Back & Austin Hedges Powers the Offense

July 7, 2017

Before the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Clayton Richard and Austin Hedges were in the midst of struggling stretches. Whereas Richard’s ERA ballooned from 4.20 on June 19 to 4.85 on June 30 due to two extremely horrible starts, Hedges’ batting average dropped from .222 on June 25 to .214 on July 4 with help from nine strikeouts in seven games and awful plate discipline. As such, the first…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Rookies’ Breakout

June 29, 2017

Since the beginning of the season, Padres fans have known that the team will not be good, especially in the wins column. The only hope was that prospects from the Friars system could develop into players on the verge of stardom. To that end, today was an exceptional day, as the rookies helped San Diego to a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. The rookie barrage started with walks earned…

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Which Padres’ Prospects Should be Promoted Soon

June 22, 2017

Nothing but October baseball can match the grandeur of the MLB All-Star Game. The same can be said about each minor league summer classic. Even though the MiLB All-Star games don’t garner as much attention as the parent one, they carry more weight and importance, especially since the major league event will no longer have a home-field advantage rule attached to it. With the Fort Wayne Tincaps and the Lake…

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Two Possible Targets for the Padres’ #69 Draft Pick

June 11, 2017

  When writing about the possible options the Padres could go with during the second round of the MLB Draft, including high-ceiling prepsters Jeter Downs and Drew Waters, the intrigue over whom San Diego could take afterwards became too much. As such, the Padres’ 69th overall pick during the Competitive Balance Round B, will be examined. Even though the chances of taking a quality future major league player diminishes incredibly…

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Options For the Padres’ Second Round Draft Pick

June 8, 2017

  Since the end of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, scouts and baseball writers alike have gone into great detail over which players will be drafted in the first round of this year’s draft. However, there are few sources one can access which will give them a look at who should be drafted in the second and later rounds. Thus, the purpose of this article will be to describe some…

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The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…

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