Recap of Rounds 1-10 of the San Diego Padres 2017 MLB Draft

June 14, 2017

Round 1, Pick #3– MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville (N.C.) HS In the weeks leading up to the 2017 MLB Draft, the Padres were scouting a number of top-end talents, including all of the big five players of Hunter Greene, Royce Lewis, Brendan McKay, Kyle Wright, and MacKenzie Gore. A lot was going to depend on how the first two selections played out, but the Padres appeared to be most heavy…

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Padres Announce Tri-City Dust Devils Opening Day Roster

June 12, 2017

With the major league and minor league seasons almost halfway complete, and the MLB Draft happening tonight, the baseball season is in full swing. However, there is still one Padres affiliate that has yet to start the season, and that team now has their roster set for the 2017 season. Among pitchers, there are plenty of guys to keep an eye on this season. At the top of that list…

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Down on the Farm: Weekly Review- June 5-11

June 12, 2017

  Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-17, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 10 TB Nick Buss continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the entire Padres organization. Buss is now slashing .370/.428/.519 after yet another strong week, and could be next in line should the Padres need more Triple-A help later this season. With Jose Pirela showing what can happen when a player is given a big…

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Phil Maton Gets the Call

June 11, 2017

After yet another Padres bullpen collapse in Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, during which the Royals scored nine runs in the 8th inning, the Padres appear to be making moves in their bullpen. Phil Maton is here, Kevin Quackenbush‘s name is not on the lineup card. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) June 11, 2017 With the bullpen struggling mightily, the Padres’ front office is looking to shake things…

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Kirby Yates & Waiver Wire Success Stories

June 5, 2017

For a team in the Padres’ position on the win curve, you need to maximize talent acquisition and find talent wherever you can. Over the last few years, the Padres have tried to exploit a market inefficiency by taking full advantage of the Rule 5 Draft. With three players, Miguel Diaz, Allen Cordoba, and Luis Torrens, currently on the 25-man roster after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, and…

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Down on the Farm: Weekly Review May 29-June 4

June 4, 2017

Jose Pirela– OF/IF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 11-24, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 23 TB No hitter in the San Diego Padres’ organization has been as hot lately as Jose Pirela. Not only does Pirela have 11 home runs over the last 30 days, but he has also belted four over the last ten days. With his hot stretch, Pirela is now slashing .335/.392/.642 on the season….

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Miguel Diaz is Worth Keeping Around

June 2, 2017

Although the Padres are just two months into what is going to be another lost season as part of the rebuilding effort, the team has made some history in 2017. After selecting/acquiring four players in the Rule 5 Draft in 2015, among which two ended up staying with the team, the Padres went ahead and selected another three players in the Rule 5 Draft in 2016. In 2016, Luis Perdomo…

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Down on the Farm: May’s Top Performers

June 1, 2017

Batters Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 80 AB, .350/.404/.538, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 43 TB Going into the season, it was clear the upper levels of the Padres’ farm system were lacking. A.J. Preller and company did a massive amount of work over the last two years to revamp the farm system, but almost all of the talent flowed to the bottom…

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Down on the Farm: May 30

May 31, 2017

Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-4, 1 RBI, 2 R Most of the time, a 30-year-old doing well in Triple-A isn’t really noteworthy. However, Nick Buss is taking that to a whole new level this season. Buss is now slashing .380/.434/.556 on the season with four long balls in just 108 at bats. After starting the season in a reserve role, Buss has earned himself everyday playing time,…

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Framing the Friars: Dinelson Lamet May Very Well Be the Real Deal

May 31, 2017

  The San Diego Padres have won three straight games. One of those games was against the Washington Nationals, and the other two were against the Chicago Cubs. What kind of bizarro world are we living in? I am getting off-track. Anyway, back to the story at hand. The Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, behind a strong second outing from young right-hander Dinelson…

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Down on the Farm: Weekly Recap May 22-28

May 29, 2017

Rafael Ortega– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 12-29, 2 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 18 TB With a strong last month, and an even stronger week and a half or so, Rafael Ortega is now slashing .331/.381/.494 on the season and is proving to be one of the Chihuahuas’ most reliable bats. Ortega is a 26-year-old with major league experience playing in Triple-A, but he has had a…

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Framing the Friars: Franchy Cordero Impresses in First Start

May 29, 2017

One day after striking out in his major league debut against Washington Nationals hurler, Stephen Strasburg, Franchy Cordero was in the starting lineup for the Padres on Sunday. Starting your career off against a guy like Strasburg is never easy, but Cordero had a bit of an easier challenge for his first game as a starter: right-handed pitcher, and former Padre, Joe Ross. After a two-run home run by Ryan…

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