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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The Sad History of the Padres International Signings

May 1, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ historical 2016-17 international signing period will reach its end on June 15th. While the Padres could still hypothetically make one more splash or two (*cough Luis Robert *cough*), almost all of the Padres international scouting work, for this period at least, is complete. And what a job they did. The Padres, taxes and all, invested over $80 million dollars in international talent across the country. It…

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San Diego Padres Take Two of Three in Coors from Rockies

April 12, 2017

  The Padres won their first series on the road in 2017, taking two out of three from the Rockies. Some great pitching, timely hitting, and a cycle (!!!) helped the Padres get back to .500…. Game 1:   On The Bump: Jared Cossart took the mound and pitched surprisingly well for the Friars, throwing four scoreless innings against a potent Rockies lineup. He only walked one batter and scattered…

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Padres Series Preview: The Padres Begin Their First Road Trip of The Season in Colorado

April 10, 2017

Following a successful opening series against the Giants, which included a series victory and the largest opening weekend crowd in Petco Park history, the Padres now embark on a seven game road trip, their first of the season (even though they opened in L.A., it was technically not a road trip). First up: The Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are led by former Padres manager, Bud Black, and boast a mighty impressive…

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Is it Time to Bring Back Melvin?

April 1, 2017

Is it time to bring Melvin Back? He certainly had some magical moments in a Padres’ uniform. Take a look for yourself. On Saturday evening, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that former Padre, Melvin Upton Jr., would not make the Blue Jays’ opening day roster. Upton Jr., who hit .256/.304/.439 with a 1.4 WAR in the first half of 2016 in San Diego, slashed an underwhelming .196/.261/.318 in 165 plate appearances…

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Padres Rule-5 Draftees Progressing Through Spring Training

March 24, 2017

  When A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres front office decided to “splurge” in the Rule-5 draft last December, a lot of doubt was held pretty much everywhere of the Padres’ ability to keep just one, yet alone all three of their selections. The #1 pick, Miguel Diaz, was the most likely to be kept at the time. Infielder Allen Cordoba and catcher Luis Torrens were seen as long…

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Pope’s Best Game of Season Propels Aztecs to MW Quarterfinal Victory

March 10, 2017

The San Diego State Aztecs entered Thursday night’s game seeking to build off the momentum from the previous night, in which they outscored their opponent 36-14 in the final 18:35, and 12-2 in OT, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament. That, they did. SDSU, led by Malik Pope, advanced to the Mountain West semifinals with a 87-68 victory over the Boise State Broncos in Las Vegas…

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SDSU’s Strong 2nd Half Propels Them to OT Victory

March 8, 2017

20 minutes into Wednesday’s Mountain West Tournament opener, San Diego State University’s season was on the brink, and for all intents and purposes, over. SDSU was outscored 32-14 in the first half, shot 14.8% from the field (4-27), and committed eleven turnovers. It was the kind of half that seemed to go along with their season; offensive struggles leading to a little bit of a letdown on the defensive end….

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