San Diego Padres Prospect Watch: Jose Castillo

March 20, 2017

With each passing year, spring training marks a time for players to make a statement. Teams are looking to fill spots on their opening day rosters and players are looking to earn those spots. This fact rings doubly true for rebuilding teams, a label that is extremely fitting of the 2017 Padres. However, 2017 is different, as the World Baseball Classic has provided an additional, grander stage for players to…

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Padres Rotation is Coming Into Focus & Other News/Notes

March 17, 2017

Just last week here at East Village Times, I wrote a four-part series detailing the San Diego Padres’ rotation options, and who looked to be in line to earn a spot this spring of 2017. Over the last week since then, the rotation has come into clearer focus. As it currently stands, it appears the trio of Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin, and Clayton Richard have all more or less earned…

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Prospect Watch: Phil Maton Gaining Recognition

March 15, 2017

The Padres were borderline unwatchable in 2016. With the team in the middle of a rebuild, the Padres big league roster lacked much big time talent to entertain fans. Given that rebuild, it’s natural for fans, and the baseball world in general, to focus more on the Padres’ minor league system. Padres fans used that to find hope for the future, while baseball writers and pundits used it to find…

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Padres Make Several Moves; Trim Roster to 54

March 14, 2017

  As spring training keeps moving forward, the San Diego Padres are getting closer and closer to opening day. On Monday, the Padres roster got closer to being a finished product as well. Although the more discussed news on Monday was the Padres signing of yet another teenager from Latin America, this time 18-year-old, left-handed pitcher, Osvaldo Hernandez, out of Cuba, the Padres also made some other roster moves. In…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 4: Who Will Fill the Rotation?

March 10, 2017

It’s been well established that the 2017 edition of the San Diego Padres won’t be good. While there may be quite a few bright spots, as a whole the team should struggle to win many games. Not only is the offense not good, but the pitching staff might take a step into a whole new level of mediocrity. In fact, the Padres may make a real good case for the…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 3: Further Depth

March 9, 2017

  Earlier this week, in parts one and two of a four-part series, I discussed the Padres’ starting pitching options for 2017. On Monday, I looked at pitchers that would be returning to the team after pitching significant innings for them in 2016, and on Tuesday, I looked at some new additions who could crack the Opening Day rotation. With the most likely options out of the way, we now…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 2: New Options

March 7, 2017

Yesterday here at East Village Times we took a look at the Padres returning options for the rotation. Out of that group of Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Paul Clemens, Jarred Cosart, Clayton Richard, and Cesar Vargas, the Padres could form a decent enough major league rotation. In fact, they did just that in 2016, although decent may be a bit of a stretch. Even though the Padres had enough pitchers…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 1: Returning Options

March 6, 2017

The year 2016 was a tale of two very different seasons for the San Diego Padres. On the field, the team was dreadful, winning only 68 games and finishing with the worst record in the National League and tied with two other teams for the second worst winning percentage in all of Major League Baseball. In terms of actual baseball played on the field in 2016, it was a year…

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A Look at the Padres Non-Roster Spring Training Invites

February 20, 2017

  February might seriously be the most boring time of the year for a baseball fan. The Christmas holiday has just passed, football season is over, and baseball is on the verge of pitchers and catchers reporting. As boring as February can be, it is a sign that baseball is right around the corner. With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, it is only a matter of weeks before we…

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Prospect Watch: 2017 is a Big Season for Javier Guerra

February 17, 2017

  After what has been a rough couple of years as a San Diego Padres fan, the Padres finally have some real hope for the future. With a flurry of trades and big time international signings, the Padres have turned one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball into one of the game’s deepest. On top of that, many Padres prospects had successful 2016 seasons, which gave the…

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The San Diego Padres’ Secret Weapon

January 31, 2017

The San Diego Padres weren’t good in 2016. Despite their best efforts, they weren’t even good in 2015 after a hectic off-season filled with trading by then new general manager, A.J. Preller. In fact, the Padres haven’t really been objectively good since 2010, their last winning season, and haven’t made a postseason appearance since way back in 2006. Going into 2017, the Padres are once again not expected to be…

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Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero is on the Rise

January 30, 2017

I would be lying if I tried to say I have always had a strong interest in prospects. As a San Diego Padres’ fan, I have always been told to hold hope for the future, because there were always better players coming up to make the Padres a winner. For the last twenty years I have watched the Padres. I have watched young players get called up, play well for…

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