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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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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