Alan Zinter Out as Padres’ Hitting Coach

September 1, 2017

All it takes is a single look at the 2017 offensive leaderboards. Batting average? The San Diego Padres are the league’s worst, at a dismal .233. Runs? Last as well, at just 509. On-base percentage? The Friars’ .298 mark again represents the league’s rock bottom. Advanced stats paint a similar picture, with the team slotting in at 29th in both wOBA and wRC+. Those numbers continue a trend of offensive…

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Sonny Gray Trade Talk: Padres Wasting Valuable Time on a Valuable Asset

July 28, 2017

Sonny Gray has all the makings of a top midsummer addition. There’s his performance so far this season, 97 innings of 3.43 ERA baseball with nearly a strikeout per inning and backed by peripherals that point more towards another step forward than they do towards significant regression. His numbers across the board represent either a return or an improvement to his Cy Young-worthy campaigns of seasons past. There’s his age,…

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A.J. Preller Is Overplaying His Hand

July 20, 2017

  I will start by saying this: Brad Hand is very good at baseball. Selected off waivers from the Marlins at the beginning of last year, Hand almost immediately parlayed a newfound opportunity on the mound into a career revitalization. He struck out over 30 percent of the hitters he faced. He also carried a 2.92 ERA through 89.1 innings, the heaviest workload of any relief pitcher in the league…

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Padres Trade Talk: Is Trading Wil Myers Really an Option?

July 16, 2017

The Padres are expected to be one of the busier teams at the trade deadline this year – that is no secret. Sitting solidly in fourth place in the division thanks to those even-worse baseballers from the Bay Area, and firmly entrenched in a full-scale rebuild centered around being awful for the next few years, anyone on the roster with a hint of talent and a contract that expires anytime…

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Trade Talk: Kicking the Tires on Maikel Franco

June 26, 2017

  A glance at the Padres’ list of top prospects reveals a couple of observations. One: our future pitchers (Adrian Morejon, Cal Quantrill, Anderson Espinoza, Mackenzie Gore, etc.) are going to be good. So too are the team’s collection of up-and-coming outfielders – Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Jorge Ona, and Jeisson Rosario all have scouts excited. Two: our future infield may not be. Wil Myers, while likely not the superstar…

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Great Expectations: Let Wil be Wil

June 25, 2017

In the midst of the Padres’ prospect paradise stands a 26-year-old “veteran,” under the stadium spotlight since age 22. Between all the conversations about volatility and inconsistency surrounding him, he has shown us exactly what to expect from him – an average of around .260, an OPS of around .800, and counting stats that in a healthy year should have no problem surpassing twenty homers, eighty runs, and eighty runs…

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Louisville LHP/1B Brendan McKay is Interesting Option at #3 for Padres

June 9, 2017

  It all started with this guy named Babe Ruth. A pitcher by trade when he entered the league, Ruth spent the first four seasons of his illustrious career on the mound, tossing his way to a 2.28 ERA over 163 appearances. However, it soon became clear that as good as he was throwing the ball, he was even better at hitting it, and he made the transition into the…

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Know Nick Allen’s Name: Scouting San Diego’s Best Prospect

June 6, 2017

  San Diego is no stranger to baseball talent. Even while the major league Padres have struggled for the vast majority of their existence, the region has become a breeding ground for prospects and pros alike. Top youngsters like Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, and Mickey Moniak. Established stars such as Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hamels, and Adrian Gonzalez. Legends like Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn. All spent their prep days under the…

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Is Royce Lewis a Future Friar?

June 4, 2017

You could call it one of the Golden Rules of Roster Management. Build through the middle – catcher, shortstop, second base, and center field. These are the players with the greatest likelihood of being involved in a play on defense, occupying positions that require a skill set unique enough that contributions at the plate are often considered a plus. The Padres appear set for the long-term at three of these…

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Kyle Wright the Right Pick for Padres?

May 31, 2017

Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for the amount of puns myself and other sportswriters will use Kyle Wright’s name for in the years to come. Now, with that off my chest… With just two teams picking ahead of them in this year’s amateur draft, the San Diego Padres have a number of options to narrow down to ahead of their first round selection on June 12. There’s do-it-all high schooler…

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Contention Clock: Forecasting the Padres’ Window to Win

May 2, 2017

We’ve all allowed ourselves to imagine it. The final out is recorded. The stadium erupts. Players pour out of the dugout and mob the mound. The National League West banner (or dare we dream for more?) once again flies above America’s Finest City. Yes, the return of the San Diego Padres from baseball’s basement is sure to be met with cheers (and possibly tears, if you’re anything like me). However,…

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The Times Other Teams Got Padres-ish

April 3, 2017

Ah, opening day. For baseball fans, today’s season opener is one of the best days of the year. As the old adage goes, every team is in first. Hundreds of thousands of fans will walk through the turnstiles or flip on the TV thinking “Hey, this could be our year.” Maybe you even feel this way right here in America’s Finest City (bless your optimistic soul). Spoiler alert: 2017 will…

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