Down on The Farm August 11-Hansel Rodriguez Earns Another Save

August 11, 2017

DSL Padres: PPD (Rain) AZL Padres 1 (20-18): 10-9 win @ AZL Mariners AZL Padres 2 (20-17): 8-3 loss @ AZL Dodgers Tri-City Dust Devils (29-25): 3-1 win vs Hillsboro Fort Wayne Tincaps (57-60): 8-7 win vs Bowling Green (60-54) Lake Elsinore Storm (55-63): 6-4 loss @ Lancaster (65-53) San Antonio Missions (68-49): 5-1 loss vs Tulsa (63-55) El Paso Chihuahuas (57-62): 8-7 loss vs Las Vegas Key Performers: 2B…

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Seven Reasons to Keep Watching the Padres

August 9, 2017

As I type this, the Padres are currently 49-62 and fresh off the heels of an 11-3 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Yeah, not all that fun. The Padres have been playing decent baseball for the last few months, but part of that has been due to luck. Their run differential is by far the worst in the big leagues, at -143. They are an even thirty games behind…

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Down On the Farm: August 8- Pedro Avila K’s 17 for TinCaps

August 8, 2017

DSL Padres (19-34) PPD (Rain) AZL Padres (19-17) vs AZL Padres 2 (19-16) In a good ole AZL pitching duel, the two Padres clubs played against each other again tonight. The lone run of the game came on a Esteury Ruiz RBI single in the 7th, leading AZL Padres 1 to the victory. Tri-City Dust Devils (28-23) Tri City’s pitchers struck out twelve, the offense cranked out ten hits, and…

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Trading Jhoulys Chacin

July 30, 2017

  The trade deadline is tomorrow, and it is more than likely the Padres will strike and make at least a few moves before the clock strikes 1 PM on July 31st. Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Jose Torres, Yangervis Solarte, heck, even Clayton Richard all seem to have been the subject of at least a few phone calls in the past month or so. Then, there is Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin’s…

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Framing the Friars: Bat Flips & the Padres Bullpen

July 24, 2017

If you missed the game tonight, you missed an amazing one. From the Jabari Blash almost-walk-off home run that was inches foul, to Hunter Renfroe going yard twice, this was one of the most entertaining games of the season. So what? It was fun and they lost. Big deal. The highlight of the game was this:   Hunter Renfroe DESTROYED A BASEBALL: Any farther, and we'd be looking for this…

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Blashing Off in San Diego

July 21, 2017

  When Hunter Renfroe went on the DL with a strained neck coming out of the All-Star break, the Padres needed an outfielder to hold down the fort until he felt well enough to return.   Hello, Jabari Blash.   Jabari Blash was absolutely terrorizing PCL pitching before his promotion.   I know, it’s the PCL. But still. Quietly, he had a .291/.407/.631 slash line with a 162 wRC+ &…

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Blake Rogers Interview: TinCaps’ Pitcher Starting to Find His Groove

July 11, 2017

Blake Rogers was drafted by the Padres in the 37th round (1,107th pick) of the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. His collegiate career started with him sharing time both behind the plate and on the mound. At Lyon College in Arkansas (NAIA), Rogers hit .350 and was named Second Team-All Conference as a catcher. His second year of college saw him move to the mound full-time….

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Framing the Friars: Talking Brandon Maurer

June 26, 2017

Brandon Maurer‘s season, at least to this point, has not gone the way he or the Padres have hoped. Maurer has a 6.53 ERA in 2017 and has given up 32 hits in 30.1 IP. He is still striking out almost a batter per inning and has been extremely good at Petco Park (2.60 ERA, .183 BAA). On the road, though, he has an ERA hovering around 12; giving up…

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Appreciating Yangervis Solarte

June 24, 2017

Ever since the Padres traded for Yangervis Solarte in 2014, he has provided stability to an organization that has anything but that. In 3+ seasons as a Padre, he has hit .274/.334/.427 with 43 home runs while spending time at second, short, and third. Over that time, he has accumulated a nice 6.9 WAR. If one had to describe Yangervis Solarte on the field, it would probably be this: rock-solid….

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Q & A with San Antonio Missions’ Jerry Keel

June 10, 2017

  In the midst of a system filled with starting pitching prospects, left-handed starter Jerry Keel is quietly having one of the more productive seasons in the Padres’ minor league system. Keel, drafted out of Cal State Northridge in the 9th round (267th pick) in 2015, started the 2017 season out in Fort Wayne with the TinCaps. As somewhat of an older A-ball pitcher, he went 3-2 with a 2.96…

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Framing The Friars: Inside Perdomo’s Third Inning

June 8, 2017

Coming off a few very nice outings against two of the N.L.’s best, Luis Perdomo entered his start on Wednesday with confidence that he could keep the streak going. Through two innings, he seemed to be well on his way. In the first inning, he worked around two walks en route to a scoreless inning. The most impressive pitch of the first was a filthy 95 MPH two-seamer (with sink)…

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An Ode to Former Padres’ LHP Cory Luebke

May 10, 2017

When the Padres signed Cory Luebke to an extension in March of 2012, hope sprang eternal for fans and the organization alike. The extension guaranteed the left-hander $12 million dollars, with a chance at earning $27.5 million if both his player options were picked up. If all went well, the extension would last through 2017. Luebke, drafted 63rd overall by the Padres in 2007, figured to be in the rotation…

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