A Detailed Look at the Padres’ Minor League Affiliates

January 6, 2017

  The minor leagues are an interesting place. They are obviously not glamorous, nor are they filled with players making multi-millions of dollars a year. For many players, the minor leagues are a struggle. Many minor league stadiums can be in random cities and areas. The Padres have five main affiliates: the Tri-City Dust Devils, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Lake Elsinore Storm, San Antonio Missions, and El Paso Chihuahuas. All five…

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Can Allen Cordoba Make the Padres’ 2017 Roster?

December 25, 2016

  On December 8th, the Rule-5 draft was held at the winter meetings in National Harbor, Maryland. The Padres, seeking to find major talent on the cheap, ended up being the most active team, trading up for the top three picks in the draft. It was the first time in Rule-5 history that a team had done such a thing. The Padres ended up with P Miguel Diaz, C Luis…

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Phil Maton is Progressing Through Padres’ Farm System

December 7, 2016

Of all the prospects in a very deep Padres system, there are a few that seem to be ready to make the jump to the big leagues in 2017. Obviously, 2016 El Paso mainstays Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Austin Hedges all seem to be locks to either start in San Diego or make their way up rather quickly in 2017. After those four, things get a little…

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Who is Going to Play CF in 2017?

November 25, 2016

The 2017 San Diego Padres do not figure to contend for a playoff spot. They do have a lot of interesting players on the big league squad that will be competing for starting jobs during spring training. There are four positions that, barring a pretty major trade, will be up in the air until mid-March at the earliest. Second base is one of those positions, as Ryan Schimpf, Carlos Asuaje,…

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The Padres Should Re-Sign Clayton Richard

November 15, 2016

When the Padres signed Clayton Richard to a big-league contract last August, many people, including me, did not really take it too seriously. It was a signing that was fun to look at, given his past history with the San Diego Padres, but nobody expected him to do very well. Prior to his release by the Chicago Cubs, Richard logged only 14 innings in 25 appearances, giving up 10 runs…

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Padres PNO (Positives/Negatives/Outlook) Travis Jankowski

October 23, 2016

Entering spring training this past February, there wasn’t really a definitive spot for Travis Jankowski on the San Diego Padres roster. Jon Jay, Melvin Upton Jr., and Matt Kemp were all expected to play every day for the foreseeable future. Jabari Blash and his massive power was expected to get a chance to play at the big league level. As a matter of fact, the Padres were apparently talking about…

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Luis Urias Gives Padres Fans Much to be Excited About

October 16, 2016

At the age of 19, second baseman Luis Urias is quickly becoming a prime name to watch in the San Diego Padres system. For good reason, too. As the youngest player in the California League (until his teammate Josh Naylor arrived), Urias hit .330/.397/.440 with a .836 OPS for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2016, en route to winning the California League MVP. He also had more walks (40) than…

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Padres’ Anticipate the Return of Tyson Ross

August 24, 2016

Heading into the 2016 season at age 29, Tyson Ross was expected to further cement his role as the ace in the San Diego Padres rotation. Trade rumors regarding him swirled the previous summer and winter, but A.J. Preller never received an offer for him in which he thought the return would be “fair value”. Alas, he remained a Friar. Heading into Opening Day, Ross and the Padres were hoping…

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Padres News: The Curious Case of Carter Capps

August 5, 2016

Let us pretend Colin Rea and Luis Castillo were not even in the Padres-Marlins deal headlined by Andrew Cashner, because, when all was said and done, they weren’t. Even with those two players eliminated from the trade, the Padres still received a very nice haul for Andrew Cashner. The centerpiece of the trade was 2015 first-round pick Josh Naylor, whose ceiling is probably a 25+ HR first baseman. The 19-year-old…

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Padres Editorial: Brandon Maurer is Blossoming

August 3, 2016

Brandon Maurer‘s short career as a Padre has been anything but normal. Traded to the Padres in late 2014 for #FinalPiece Seth Smith, Maurer dazzled at times in 2015 before he was sidelined by shoulder inflammation in August. His fastball and wipeout “power slider” led to a 3.00 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and a low walk rate. These numbers, prior to injury, made him a tangible part in the Padres Maurer-Benoit-Kimbrel…

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Padres Editorial: Is Hunter Renfroe Ready?

July 23, 2016

Amid a San Diego Padres farm system that has been torn down and built back up again in the past few years, one thing has remained constant: RF Hunter Renfroe. The 6′ 1″, 220 pound 24-year-old who was drafted 13th overall in the first round out of Mississippi has had an up and down road in the Padres system. He has never really put things together for an entire season–…

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Padres Editorial: 10 Reasons Why Wil Myers is an All-Star

July 5, 2016

Wil Myers is All-Star worthy That sentence is probably not something that many San Diego Padres fans expected going into the 2016 season. He had a pretty good April, and then struggled a bit during May. However, since the beginning of June, he has been absolutely on fire, showcasing all five tools and putting himself within reach of a┬ábig league spotlight he hasn’t seen since he was named Rookie of…

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